Did Harbhajan Singh Yogi say

If you want to learn something - read about it; understand something - write about it; master something - teach it.

Wikiquote has it as unsourced, and there's an unsourced claim that a variant, "To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach." is a Hindu proverb.

  • I guess your question is, not whether he said it, but whether he invented it, i.e. was the first to say it?
    – ChrisW
    Sep 25, 2013 at 9:30
  • @ChrisW it's quite possible that even if the quote existed, he hasn't said it. Sep 25, 2013 at 10:01

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The quote is noted on the official site that publishes and certifies on his behalf,

Kundalini Research Institute

“If you want to learn something, read about it. 
 If you want to understand something, write about it. 
 If you want to master something, teach it.”   
   —Yogi Bhajan

(see the bottom of that page)

If this is implied in other ways in older texts that remains to be confirmed.

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