Digital Commonwealth

Stephen Josephs Photograph Collection, 1972-1978

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives

The Guru Ram Das Ashram was founded in Montague, Massachusetts, in 1972 by Steve Josephs under the inspiration of Yogi Bhajan. Affiliated with the 3HO (Healthy Happy Holy Organization) and the Sikh Dharma Brotherhood, the ashram provided instruction in Kundalini Yoga and Tantric meditation, and at one point, there were as many as 21 residents of the house. United in an arranged marriage by Yogi Bhajan in 1972, the Josephs (then called Gurushabd Singh and Gurushabd Kaur) left the ashram in 1983. The thirteen digital images in the Stephen Josephs Collection document the early years of the Guru Ram Das Ashram, and its founders Stephen and Alice Josephs (Gurushabd Singh and Gurushabd Kaur). The collection includes images of Yogi Bhajan, the Josephs, and their infant son Sean (Sat Narayan Singh).

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