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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most certainly the next Best-seller!!!
Gurusant Singh is painfully honest & refreshingly candid as he regales us with his humorously detailed account of India and his very own journey through life, a major chunk of which was spent in the 3HO cult led by Yogi Bhajan. His writing style is very American, very witty, enthralling, bouncing effortlessly back & forth between his past, present and future and most...
Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by AMRIT SINGH

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2.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag
An interesting journey of self realisation. The book really slows down towards the end and becomes a little laborious.yogi bhajan is someone i only just discovered and have listened to numerous recordings of his. This book highlights the darker side to his operation albeit from one persons perspective. You do have to question the subjectivity of someone who has been...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most certainly the next Best-seller!!!, 12 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Confessions of an American Sikh: Locked up in India, corrupt cops & my escape from a "New Age" tantric yoga cult! (Paperback)
Gurusant Singh is painfully honest & refreshingly candid as he regales us with his humorously detailed account of India and his very own journey through life, a major chunk of which was spent in the 3HO cult led by Yogi Bhajan. His writing style is very American, very witty, enthralling, bouncing effortlessly back & forth between his past, present and future and most certainly catering to readers globally. It is a real eye-opener to Eastern Sikhs about Yogi Bhajan and his den of`Gora` Sikhs, to the Yoga students about the futility and commercialization of Yoga, to the non-Sikhs about Sikhism and to the world the rampant corruption in Indian bureaucracy. The current rape protests in India are but the tip of the iceberg!
He gives satirical information about the social evils and sham of a democracy in Indian society, the desperation of Sikhs to re-locate abroad to escape it all, whatever the cost! He was able to feel the pulse of the Sikhs and their unrest to secure a separate homeland for themselves. He describes the lawless torture in Indian jails, where a whole generation of innocent Sikh Youth languishes without any hope of justice for at least next few decades. Had Gursant not made good his escape via Nepal, that would inadvertedly been his fate too. Thanks to his quick lateral thinking.
The author gives inside information of the Yogi Bhajan`s opulent lifestyle, his spell and power over unsuspecting followers who were genuinely searching for the Truth, his shameful abuse of power and authority. He made a mishmash of Hindu & Sikh religions using the external garb of a proud martial race but practicing Hinduism, covertly.Bhajan misled these innocent people into a life of crime in the name of God.Gurusant Singh like others, seemed to have blind faith in him doing his every bid, till it was almost too late to turn back! But Akaal Purukh took mercy on his soul and led him to Punjab where he finds the true Sikh religion. He decides to settle down with a loyal Indian Sikh woman and approaches a marriage broker for an arranged marriage. This lands him in serious trouble as the marriage broker promises prospective brides marriage to Gurusant Singh unknownest to him, whilst charging them exorbitant bribes.Gursant Singh is completely baffled and bemused when he`s thrown unceremoniously into jail alongside the broker. Now this is commonplace in India, the world`s largest democracy! People can just vanish in thin air, be framed in false encounters with the police or be dumped in prisons for eternity.Gurusant Singh was one of the lucky ones to escape!
I could not but ponder how Yogi Bhajan managed to manipulate this tender soul coming from a religious, upper middle class American background, on the threshold of an excellent career and a bright future, into a life of callous deceit. I just shudder to think how many more such lives were ruined.
And all the time we Eastern Sikhs held Yogi Bhajan in such high esteem thinking he was leading them to the Guru by baptizing them with Amrit.For non 3HO Sikhs, taking Amrit means an exalted spiritual state where you control the five vices of lust,anger,greed,attachment and egotism. One does not lie or cheat. One must devote one-tenth of the daily time to God & and contribute one-tenth of the daily earnings to the needy, whilst wearing ALL the five Ks at all times, until the last breath. The book was a revelation to me in that this is not what the cult practises.We Eastern Sikhs sometimes spend our entire lives preparing for Amrit and here Amrit was made so cheap and insulted at that.
The author is reflective and remorseful as he weaves his way towards the ultimate goal of this precious human birth-walking towards his Guru.
This book is most entertaining, an easy read and a compulsive page-turner! I read it in a few hours and look forward to his next book and most certainly a movie on this great memoir! We would definitely like to know more about what happened on his return to America.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book About Yogi Bhajan on the Market, 11 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Confessions of an American Sikh: Locked up in India, corrupt cops & my escape from a "New Age" tantric yoga cult! (Paperback)
Gursant Singh's recounting of his passage to India and out of a corrupt yoga empire is as enjoyable as it is compelling. This is a story of exploitation -- Gursant's victimization by his fraudulent master, Yogi Bhajan, and his own demoralizing work running scams to prop up the yogi's luxurious lifestyle. It's a quick-paced adventure that describes the ersatz Sikh lifestyle dumped on a clutch of white Americans and the peculiar dangers of the Indian bride trade.
The book revolves around Gursant's quest for a Punjabi marriage partner. His desire to acquire a subservient wife echoes Yogi Bhajan's tantric babble about men and women. If you've endured a Yogi Bhajan "teaching" on sexuality, you'll be dismayed, but not surprised, by his longtime student's view of women. Gursant's role as Bhajan's aide and bodyguard revealed the man his followers refuse to see -- a womanizer and a brute. Yogi Bhajan's round-the-clock use of a dozen female assistants is well-known. Those who question why the self-proclaimed leader of the Sikhs of the Western world required not just a personal harem but an armed security detail will find answers here. Gursant lays out his time among the sleazy operators and criminal hustlers swirling through Yogi Bhajan's Healthy Happy Holy Organization/3HO in some depth -- not enough intricacy for some of us, but doubtless far too much for the old charlatan's remaining devotees.
Fortunately, the book doesn't devolve into a personal Mea Culpa nor does it read like the diary of a starry-eyed seeker. The bizarre mishmash of Eastern aphorisms and yoga postures that Yogi Bhajan concocted made his Sikh Dharma group appealing to a small, lost tribe of the counterculture. Mercifully, Gursant was no hippie and he doesn't write like one. Yet his "Confessions of An American Sikh" makes the case for Sikh Dharma's inclusion as a footnote to '60s experimental spirituality. More importantly, this book is a fascinating look at the seamy side of the Indian marriage business and a frank exploration of life in a destructive, authoritarian group.
Gursant's tone is appealing whether he is describing the filthy interior of a lock-up in Amritsar or his posh daily luncheons with Yogi Bhajan on Rodeo Drive. His growing disillusionment with Bhajan's bogus spin on the Sikh religion comes to a climax while Gursant is trapped in India. He finds himself trying to emerge from two forms of imprisonment -- one physical and the other spiritual. Through it all, Gursant maintains his sense of humor and his innate faith.
This is an absorbing story for any reader. And it's a must-read for those caught up in Yogi Bhajan's 3HO/Sikh Dharma --ex-followers, Second Generation casualties, family members, law enforcement, cult researchers -- and for every Kundalini yoga student or Yogi Tea drinker, past or present.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest Writing, 4 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Confessions of an American Sikh: Locked up in India, corrupt cops & my escape from a "New Age" tantric yoga cult! (Paperback)
All i say is that the book is written very honestly and simple language is used keeping target readers in mind. While reading the book, i felt like i am Gursant invisible companion and experiencing all the life events with him. The way the book is written impressed me a lot. The highlight of the book is the chapter where Gursant stands upto Yogi and confronts him about Yogi's intention of snatching his house. when i was reading that incident, i felt so proud of Gursant, that tells you that he was a born sikh who stood up against injustice. all in all, a book worth buying :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener, 8 Jan. 2013
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This has certainly opened my eyes to the inside world of these cultists. A very well written,truthful and soul full journey from an American boy to an ambassador of the Sikh faith.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book!, 27 Dec. 2012
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A warts and all Journey narrated in a very humorous and likeable way, giving a valuable insight of Yogi Bhajhan's doctrines and way of life.

This gentleman's faith and resolve are an eye opener. He should be commended on seeing real Sikhism and practising it accordingly.

Really is one the best reads, highly recommended.

Well done Gursant Singh
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and easy to read, telling everything warts and all., 25 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Confessions of an American Sikh: Locked up in India, corrupt cops & my escape from a "New Age" tantric yoga cult! (Paperback)
In this book, Gursant Singh tells his story. We learn about his early life and subsequent association with Yogi Bhajan through flashbacks in the central narrative, an intriguing tale of conspiracy, corruption, bureaucracy, greed, outrageous suggestions and moments of heartbreaking sadness, disappointment and reflection. Gursant is refreshingly candid, telling everything warts and all, and his writing style is engaging and easy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool, 13 Jan. 2013
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really entertaining book .. i would recommend to anyone for an interesting read. its not much different to how people feel when they try to adjust in an alien culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure is the disease and Pain is the medicine, 24 Feb. 2013
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A great insight into the 3HO organisiation and the complexities of the Indian legal and social system. I am impressed with t he authors fortitude and positive nature despite the tsunami of events that go against him . His faith takes him through quite an adventure-despite all the ups and down he comes out of it a wiser and more enlightened Sikh
The Cult angle is interesting because it gives on an insight of how these organisations work-they offer the gift of enlightenment but it is a sham for control and financial benefit. It is sad to read about the blindness with these Cult organisations
India is a fantastic adventure for Guru Sant-some mistakes are juvenile but others are those of an innocent man manipluated by people that want to make a quick buck-or rupee as in this case!!
Got to admire the author -I learnt a lot of how to deal with the ups and down of life-he is quite an inspiration!
The author has a great sense of humour which carries him through his adventure and it looks like he has found a friend for life in Mr Shira
Enjoy the read-its quite a tale that has a wonderful message about Sikhi
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener, 13 May 2014
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The book is what I feel is an honest account Gursant Singh trapped in India under trumped up charges. What started off as a simple trip to have dental work done and a visit to what he considered his holy temple turned into a nightmare. He describes in detail his own history, the history of 3HO and a short version of the Sikh history.
Whilst engaging, there are parts that are hard going, hence the 4 star.
My eyes were opened about Yogi Bhajan, kundalini yoga, the India justice system and the troubles in India that I do recollect from the news years ago, although not in the way he described it. [Always good to have a different perspective on the news which is usually biased]
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2.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag, 24 Aug. 2013
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An interesting journey of self realisation. The book really slows down towards the end and becomes a little laborious.yogi bhajan is someone i only just discovered and have listened to numerous recordings of his. This book highlights the darker side to his operation albeit from one persons perspective. You do have to question the subjectivity of someone who has been shunned. But overall worth a read
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