Stop! Stop!

Guru Terath Singh Khalsa served as the Chancellor for Sikh Dharma, basically the top legal man on Yogi Bhajan’s staff, for over 30 years.  These are his words about the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct by Yogi Bhajan, shared by his wife, Jivan Joti K. Khalsa on Facebook, March 7, 2020.

The problem, folks, is that in this time of Social Media, because it is said, it is automatically believed. This leads to modern-day mass hysteria.  Here it is…

STOP!  STOP!  This is becoming an Age of Aquarius lynching.  As a starting point, you should ask yourself a very straightforward question:  In your life experience, is the man described by only a handful of people out of the tens of thousands who interacted with him the man you knew?  Is he?  And if you never met him, do you think that are your personal experiences of kundalini yoga, meditation, devotion to the Guru and the many other experiences that you have had could have come from the teachings of a monster?
This should not be the world of McDonald’s instant gratification. The consideration of serious matters takes some time. Additional information from an investigation can give you more to consider. Patience pays.

I have been down this road. In addition to what I shared in my first message of being involved in thousands of investigations, I was also one of the first lawyers in the United States to represent multiple victims of priest sex abuse and was involved in a Federal Court lawsuit against the Catholic Church in Catholic New Mexico in the 1990s.

This was years before the Boston Globe articles that exposed the widespread complicity of the Church in the sexual abuse of children. I received ongoing death threats.  But we did a thorough investigation, even including me deposing leaders of the Catholic Church in Winnipeg (in December of all times), concluding with evidence of the Church’s direct complicity in the horrible abuse of many, many children. But it did take time.

I want to share the story of Rebecca Nurse with you. In the late 1600s in Salem, MA, an elderly woman in her 70’s was accused of being a witch. Among other things, it was said that she put a spell on children who would then have fits of spastic movements and howling. At her trial, the evidence was that she and her husband were lifelong members of the Church, that they were respected for having raised many children, all with the highest virtues. That they served the community through their church, with many of the most respected people in the town testifying that she was pious and had the highest moral character. The jury found her not guilty.

With that, a couple of the kids starting having fits in the courtroom. The jury asked to reconsider their verdict. They did, came back and found her guilty. They then took her out and hung her from a large oak tree