The photos come from Philip Deslippe's research. He wrote From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric, a must-read article that explores Yogi Bhajan's "lineage".
'Politician or Godman? Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari stood out'
Dilip Bobb December 18, 2006
His name is spoken in hushed whispers in the corridors of power and he is a widely discussed figure in Delhi's diplomatic and cocktail circuits. Representatives of several MNCs and internationally known enterprises regularly keep in touch with the swami.
Every morning, his tall, stately figure can be seen striding down the paved pathways of 1 Safdarjang Road, the prime minister's official residence. Ensconced in the garishly plush office in the Vishwayatan Yoga Ashram, barely a few kilometres away from the prime minister's house, the swami plays host to an endless stream of visitors, many of them cabinet ministers, politicians, or top business figures.
Every Wednesday thousands of viewers watch him on TV preaching the gospel of yoga. However, he prefers to remain in the background - but not too far from it. For that is precisely where his power stems from - his access to the Gandhi household. But it is due to Indira Gandhi's Colossus-like domination of the ruling party that Brahmachari, who has no official status, can bask in reflected glory by his ostensible proximity to her.
BEHIND THE SCENE
Swamis and gurus with political clout and a self-serving aura of mystery are a rupee a dozen in India. Even in this mystic marketplace, Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari stood out. First there was his dress: a diaphanous muslin toga which left his upper body bare, the statutory flowing beard and hair, and his signature accessory: a ladies handbag slung over his arm.
He claimed to be Indira Gandhi's yoga teacher but his proximity to the Gandhi family gave him awesome power. Virtually overnight, he acquired a private aircraft, sprawling ashrams in Jammu and elsewhere, drove a flashy Toyota and lived in a 1.5 acre plot in upscale Friends Colony in Delhi.
The Janata Government filed a series of cases against him for misappropriation of property, illegal import of aircraft (it was impounded but hastily returned when Indira came back to power) and fraudulent business dealings. The Shah Commission noted: "the effortless manner in which the Brahmachari was able to compel officials of ministry after ministry stands out as a classic example of how an entire administrative system was subverted by an errant individual."
Charlatan or businessman? Politician or Godman? Our story was the first major profile of the man backed up with an exclusive interview conducted by Editor Aroon Purie and Prabhu Chawla where he was grilled on his political connections, controversies and the charges against him. His most memorable answer was to a question on his attachment to material things: "Even God likes good things. If you got an ugly wife, you would reject her." PS: Swami Dhirendra died shortly after in a plane crash.
Here's another take on Brahmachari which includes his opinion of Bhajan.
It's an excerpt from a collection of essays by the late writer and politician Khushwant Singh, published in India in 2000.
(http://www.amazon.com/Not-Nice-Man-Know ... ikram+seth)
Khushwant Singh's interview with Swami Dhirendra Bhramachari:
I asked Swami Dhirendra Bhramachari about serpent power. 'Is there anyone today who has been able to rouse the kundalini within him?' The Swamiji's reply, though somewhat obscure, implied that such a person does indeed exist. 'Rousing the kundalini is the ultimate goal of a yogi,' he said. 'The experience cannot be described. Only he knows who knows.' Then he proceeded to list signs by which one who has roused the she serpent within him could be recognized. 'He is slim, his face is radiant, his eyes sparkle, his ears catch all the ten kinds of sounds, his body is free from sickness, his digestion is perfect, his urine and feces do not emit unpleasant odours, he has no nervous tension, his semen instead of running downwards as in most mortals, runs upwards.' To help me further in identifying the person who had roused his kundalini, Swamiji casually mentioned that many years ago his personal servant had remarked that, although his master had used the same spot every day in the field to urinate and defecate, a strange fragrance came from the spot instead of a bad odour.
I ask him about Yogi Bhajan, who teaches kundaliniyoga and has a sizable following in the United States.
'That fellow is no yogi-shogi,' scoffed Swami Dhirendra Bhramachari. 'I warned him that he was doing wrong. I told him that the only thing that would save him from hell would be the accumulated goodness of his American disciples. It is people like this Bhajan Yogi and that Udupa chap with his rats who are giving people the wrong idea about yoga.'
off subject...a RTI filed ('freedom of info) showed the recently deposed 'mayor' of delhi had 31 AC's in her house. 31 ACs in one house...she old maybe a little dementia has settled in or she is part eskimo. and the rest of delhi was getting power shortages/outages.