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The Sikh Road to Wellville


Following Ryan’s example, I have just bought a packet of Peace Cereal, from a shop in Japan. The cereal company is connected to Yogi Bhajan (Harbhajan Singh), who, as it happens, died just the other day. According to a source quoted in an obituary, he was “the Pope of new age Sikhism”:

Yogi Bhajan was a master of the ancient science of Kundalini Yoga, which he began teaching publicly. He offered a cure for addiction that was a mix of yoga, meditation, yogic philosophy and loving acceptance. He called it the “3HO” (healthy, happy, holy) way of life.

Ryan feels bad about his purchase:

If I’m going to snicker at new religious movements, the least I could do is not purchase products from them, right?

Well, if I took that attitude I wouldn’t have a big heap of conservative Christian paperbacks. And anyway, whenever I eat a bowl of Cornflakes, I think of John Harvey Kellogg and his anti-masturbation Seventh Day Adventist philosophy.

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