SDI Board of Directors
Siri Sikdar Sahiba, Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, MA
Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa started her career in 1974 developing and building the legacy nonprofits established by the Siri Singh Sahib including 3HO Foundation, Kundalini Research Institute, Sikh Dharma Education International, and Sikh Dharma International. She worked internationally in community development and established with the Siri Singh Sahib the Khalsa model of education for Miri Piri Academy in India. She also supporting the formulation of 3HO events & programs, including Solstices, Khalsa Women’s Training Camp, Khalsa Youth Camp and she helped to standardize the framework for the early stages of the Kundalini Research Institute’s Teachers Training Program by engaging the International body of teachers. She co-founded Amar Infinity to provide endowments and grants to support all the Siri Singh Sahib’s inspired legacy nonprofits in order to bring prosperity for the future of this mission.
Until 2007 she served on all the Non Profit Legacy Board of Directors. From 1985, for 20 years, she served as Secretary General of Sikh Dharma International and served the leadership body of ministers by developing the agendas for the International & European Khalsa Council meetings. During that time she traveled around the globe in service to the Sadh Sangat helping communities and individuals through transitions, growth challenges & governance issues as well as facilitating White Tantric Yoga courses. In 2004, at the Siri Singh Sahib’s passing he bestowed upon her the privilege to serve the Sangat as a spiritual guide to bring all to the feet of the Guru. An ordained minister of the Sikh faith since 1977, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Religions.
The Siri Singh Sahib has said about her:
“When you want a logical and rational spiritual counseling, Guru Amrit is the best. She has a very different kind of vitality and projection as a human being. But if you are in a terrible difficulty she is very kind and compassionate. She can do in three minutes what nobody can do in thirty days. In three minutes she will give herself to you and she can enter your soul to uplift it to the height you can experience. There is no magic about it.”
“I have never seen a human being with such a perpetual grit that she stood with me through every odd and even like a rock. She has an extremely dependable character and she has a God given gift which I don't think can be valued in any way. She is absolutely a living rational and logical person and extremely analytical and extremely soothing. Her style is her own. Her life is her own, herself is her own. She is a very rare human being. I not only respect her. I have great reverence for her. She is a very unique person. Her language is her own and it is very joyful and I am very happy and extremely feel very helped that I have all these years of association with her and she is a comrade in hand, friend in the waiting. She is a great healer. She is a real missionary.” Lecture: Los Angeles, California 3/20/1991.
Bhai Sahiba - Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD
Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD, holds the distinguished position of Bhai Sahiba or Chief Religious Minister of Sikh Dharma, and she was the wife of Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji for 52 years. To Sikhs around the globe, she is a revered "mother" and honored as an ambassador of good will and a harbinger of interfaith dialogue among religious leaders.
In 2006 she was named the New Mexico Ambassador of Peace by Senator Shannon Robinson. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson appointed Bibiji as his Representative to India in 2007.
In 2005, Bibiji received the honorific 'Panth Rattan,' from Singh Sahib Iqbal Singh of Takhat Sri Patna Sahib. In Sikhism, we honor those people with title of Panth Rattan meaning "The Jewel of the Nation," for outstanding service given to the Sikh panth. It is a title seldom granted, and then only after serious consideration. In November of 2004, Bibiji was recognized by the Akal Takhat as the Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere, a position she has held in the West since 1975.
In May of 2004, Bibiji was presented with the Kashi Humanitarian Award by the Kashi Ashram in Florida, and in April she was appointed to the Akal Takhat Religious Advisory Counsel in India, a prestigious body of 21 Sikhs selected from among esteemed ministers, teachers, and counselors throughout the world, credentialed and recognized in their fields. The Akal Takhat Advisory Council was created to conduct studies and make recommendations to the Akal Takhat on critical issues facing Sikhs in the world today.
The Bhai Sahiba is responsible to advise Sikh Dharma on religious matters and promote good relations with the global community.
Bibiji serves as the head of the 3HO delegation to the Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) body of the United Nations. She is the Founder and Program Director of Create Inner Peace, a program to manage critical incident stress for first responders, utilizing yoga and meditation technology.
Bibiji has authored a number of books on Sikh educational principals that are used throughout the world, including Living Reality, a question and answer book for Sikh youth, and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib Blessing, an intricate and esoteric description of the rags (musical scales), poetry, and architectural design of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred body of Sikh scripture, hymns, and holy verse. Bibiji is sought as a public speaker, lecturer, and teacher at hundreds of seminars worldwide.
SS Avtar Hari Singh Khalsa
As President and CEO of Intuitive Century Enterprises, Inc., Avtar Hari Singh Khalsa currently works with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to help them adopt conscious business practices and evolve organizational cultures that support the highest level of success and fulfillment for each employee.
Since 2000 Avtar Hari Singh has focused his professional energies in the non-profit arena. Most recently he was CEO of 3HO Foundation, a secular educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1969. 3HO is dedicated to fostering personal inner peace by teaching a healthy, happy and holy lifestyle. It accomplishes this mission through its worldwide network of yoga centers and certified Kundalini Yoga instructors and through its International Peace Prayer Day event and global peace efforts. Believing that inner peace leads to world peace, 3HO has held its annual summer Peace Prayer Day event in New Mexico for the past 21 years. This event celebrates diversity and recognizes, through Peace Prayer Day Grants, those local, national and international organizations that have worked to foster peace.
Prior to leading 3HO, Avtar Hari Singh served as Executive Director of SikhNet, the first and perhaps most internationally recognized Sikh-oriented educational organization on the Web. He led the post-9/11 transformation of SikhNet as it performed a new role in educating Americans about Sikhs and Sikhism, and Sikh Nationals worldwide about their rights and responsibilities in the face of heightened travel security measures and changing global attitudes. In addition to his not-for-profit work, Avtar Hari Singh spent over 30 years in the for-profit sector holding such entertainment industry positions as President of Time-Life Television and Executive Vice President of Tandem Productions, Norman Lear's television production company. After spending 15 years as a real estate developer and investor, he joined Khalsa International Industries and Trades (KIIT), a group of consumer products and services companies, first serving as KIIT's Executive Vice President and then as CEO of Sun & Son, Inc., its computer software consulting company. While serving at KIIT, Avtar Hari Singh developed a profound interest in promoting the acceptance of spirituality in business and conscious behavior in the workplace - an interest that has significantly influenced his subsequent professional endeavors.
Avtar Hari Singh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, California, he and his wife, Ravi Kaur, currently make their home near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
MSS Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa
MSS Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa was in the group of the first women to become ordained as Sikh Dharma ministers in 1972. She has been an active minister dedicated to the Khalsa Panth, including interfaith work, working with Sikh youth including pioneering Sikh youth camps, and in the Office of the Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma.
She was the editor of Victory & Virtue (the Sikh Dharma Minister's Manual), and The Aquarian Teacher Training Manual, and is a KRI Senior Teacher Trainer.
She is active in the Sikh community in British Columbia, Canada, and has served as Chairperson of the Khalsa Council. Guru Raj Kaur was one of the founders of Khalsa Credit Union, British Columbia, and served as a Director for 16 years. During that time, she also served on various Boards within the Credit Union and larger Co-operative Movement in B.C. She is a founder and director of 3HO Vancouver, which operates an active Kundalini Yoga Center, and director of the renowned Khalsa Ladies Camp.
For decades, she has travelled globally - teaching, and singing Gurbani kirtan. Her melodious voice is captured on numerous CD recordings. Her present passion is taking women on Khalsa Ladies Camp Yatras to Mother India! She currently travels extensively as a guest trainer training Kundalini Yoga Teachers. She and her husband are grandparents and live in Vancouver.
SS Dr. Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa
Dr. Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa, MD is a retired professor of the Department of Pathology and Epidemiology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She holds a Master Degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany. She is the CEO of ABAKY, a KRI Lead Trainer, Minister of Sikh Dharma and Khalsa Council Member.
Guru Sangat Kaur returned to Brazil in 1995 from Germany and opened the first Kundalini Yoga Center in Belo Horizonte. In 2004 she founded ABAKY, a non-profit Organization dedicated to promote health, education and life style according to the Teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Ji. ABAKY has become a successful Aquarian platform to sustain Sikh Dharmic and Kundalini Yoga values and to inspire people coming from various walks of life. Since its inception, over 40 Kundalini Yoga Centers have opened to serve the community through the principles of Seva, Simran, Bana and Bani in Belo Horizonte and the surrounding areas. The Sangat in Belo Horizonte has become a consistent model of an Aquarian practice as taught by Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan Ji.
In February 2008, Dr. Guru Sangat, working together with her fellows in ABAKY, built the first Gurdwara in Belo Horizonte, installing the Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to uphold the Divine Frequency which will carry everyone into the new age of Aquarius and beyond.
Dr. Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa has written many scientific papers and books including an autobiography which demonstrates to the community in Brazil how a "scientist" has become a Kundalini yoga teacher to fulfill her mission as an educator and healer.
MSS Kirtan-Singh Khalsa
Kirtan-Singh was appointed by the Siri Singh Sahib to the position of Secretary of Gurdwara of Guru Ram Das Ashram Los Angeles in 1985. He is responsible for the administration of the many beautiful and inspiring activities that take place there on a daily, weekly and annual basis. He has served for many years as one of Sikh Dharma’s outreach coordinators into the interfaith, political and extended Sikh community.
Kirtan-Singh had the privilege of serving for two decades as charge de affaires for the many dignitaries the Siri Singh Sahib Ji hosted in Los Angeles, including, Akal Takhat Jathadars, SGPC president and officers, the President and Vice Presidents of India, Members of India’s Parliament and the many international guests of Sikh Dharma that have visited the region. He continues to work closely as a representative of the Sikh Dharma Community with various state, local and national Sikh organizations involved in forwarding the cause of Sikh awareness and identity.
For more than twenty five years he has been coordinating the annual Southern California Baisakhi celebration, which brings together more than 20 Gurdwaras and 15,000 attendees including many local, state and national political dignitaries.
He and his wife, Siri Bhrosa Kaur Khalsa, reside in Los Angeles and have 2 children and 3 granddaughters.
Sada Sat Simran Singh Khalsa
Sada Sat Simran Singh Khalsa was born into a Sikh family in Great Falls Virginia. He has been a member of 3HO since birth and grew up in the community in Northern Virginia. He went to Miri Piri Academy in India at the age of 9 and attended until graduation in 1999. He was School Captain and taught Gatka (the Sikh martial art) as a senior student.
After graduating from MPA, the Siri Singh Sahib sent him back to Amritsar to further study Sikhism and learn Punjabi and Gurmukhi, Gurbani Kirtan and Sikh lifestyle. He would do Seva in the amrit vela (2 and half hours before the sun rises) at the Siri Harimandir Sahib, the Golden Temple by washing the par karma with the Sangat, making chapatis, and cleaning the inside of the Golden Temple and the Akal Takhat. After meeting his Ustaad ji, he spent most of his days playing music and serving his teacher.
As a member of the Chardi Kala Jatha, Sada Sat Simran Khalsa has had the honor of traveling all over the world to perform music, to teach the ancient musical meditative practice of Gurbani Kirtan and Naad Yoga as well as Kundalini Yoga and Martial Arts The Chardi Kala Jatha have been blessed to perform kirtan inside the Siri Hari Mandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar many times in the last 10 years.
SS SatSundri Kaur Khalsa
SS SatSundri Kaur Khalsa, became a Sikh Dharma minister mid-70s, and is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She brings professional skills and love of the Guru into all her endeavors, and especially enjoys serving and living amongst the Sadh Sangat. She is mother and grandmother to 2 grown children who spent their early years in school in India, and a beautiful grand-daughter, in addition to enjoying all of our beautiful Khalsa children.
SatSundri Kaur currently contracts for business services to the legacy Board of Managers of EWTC (Yogi Tea) and Akal Security Board of Directors & President. She is an early student of the Siri Singh Sahib, meeting Siri Singh Sahib Ji while still at the University of Oregon in 1971, moving into Ashram life at that time. Throughout her primarily non-profit business-centered career from Journalism / Advertising/Marketing/ Public and Community Relations to Executive Director in the public sector in the 90’s and early 2000s, some Dharmic (ad)ventures include - an Ashram Co-Director in the 70’s; a variety of youth services including director, and food services coordinator to the large Khalsa Children Programs in the 80’s (India and Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico); and fairly recently General Manager of Sikh Dharma Worldwide; Executive Director of Sikh Dharma International; and assistant Manager at Dashmesh Sadan, Siri Singh Sahib Ji’s home in Anandpur Sahib, India.
She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards including our legacy Boards, other Sikh Board of Trustees, Interfaith, and school Advisory Boards, and in other volunteer endeavors, and feels giving back to the Community in service has been a gift in her life.