Official website: www.3ho.org

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3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) is an American cult that started about 1970. It was founded in the West by Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, also called "Yogi Bhajan".[1][2][3][4][5]

Men and women often wear white turbans. The movement is known for including some practices found in certain traditions of Hinduism,[6] such as vegetarianism, meditation and Yoga, particularly Kundalini yoga.[4][5] The Sikhs, including the Sikh leadership, in Amritsar, does not consider 3HO as Sikhs.[2][5] 3HO consider the teachings of Yogi Bhajan as authoritative as the Guru Granth Sahib, which Sikhs consider as heresy. 3HO also believes openness to Yoga and spiritual ideas as a source of strength.[6][7]


In 1977, journalist James Wilde wrote an article published in Time magazine describing the devotion of supporters and hostility of opponents of 3HO and Yogi Bhajan, its founder.[8]

3HO Sikhs, states Nicola Mooney, have combined "ethic and capitalism" to their spiritual pursuits, with the community creating Yogi Tea and Akal Security brands with a worldwide presence.[9]


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  2. ^ a b Sects in Sikhism, Encyclopedia Britannica
  3. ^ Pashaura Singh; Louis E. Fenech (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies. Oxford University Press. pp. 8, 358, 515–522. ISBN 978-0-19-100411-7.
  4. ^ a b Kristen Haar; Sewa Singh Kalsi (2009). Sikhism. Infobase Publishing. pp. 9–14. ISBN 978-1-4381-0647-2.
  5. ^ a b c Opinderjit Kaur Takhar (2016). Sikh Identity: An Exploration of Groups Among Sikhs. Taylor & Francis. pp. 161–168. ISBN 978-1-351-90010-2.
  6. ^ a b Kamala Elizabeth Nayar (2004). The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver: Three Generations Amid Tradition, Modernity, and Multiculturalism. University of Toronto Press. pp. 127–128. ISBN 978-0-8020-8631-0.
  7. ^ Jakobsh, Doris (2008). "3HO/Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere: The Forgotten New Religious Movement?". Religion Compass. Wiley-Blackwell. 2 (3): 385–408. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8171.2008.00068.x.
  8. ^ "Religion: Yogi Bhajan's Synthetic Sikhism". Time. 5 September 1977.
  9. ^ Mooney, Nicola (2012). "READING WEBER AMONG THE SIKHS: ASCETICISM AND CAPITALISM IN THE 3HO/SIKH DHARMA". Sikh Formations. Taylor & Francis. 8 (3): 417–436. doi:10.1080/17448727.2012.745305.

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