Siri Sikdar Sahiba - Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, MA
Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa holds the office of the Siri Sikdar Sahiba, the Chief Spiritual Minister of Sikh Dharma.
Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa started her career in 1974 developing and building the legacy non profits 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 non profits 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 Counsel 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 on Sikh Dharma 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 is sought as a public speaker, lecturer, and teacher at hundreds of seminars worldwide.
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 Gurujot Kaur Khalsa - Secretary General & CEO
Gurujot Kaur holds the office of the Secretary General of Sikh Dharma Worldwide. Appointed in 2009, she has served the Sikh Dharma community as the CEO of Sikh Dharma International, and Sikh Dharma Worldwide throughout this period of challenge and transformation. She is dedicated to working with our Sikh Dharma communities throughout the world, and fostering inclusive and empowering organizational structures as we move forward in service to humanity. As a long-time member of the Khalsa Council, she served as the body’s Chief Facilitator since 2000, organizing the meetings and setting the agendas for this international leadership body of Sikh Ministers that was inspired and created by the Siri Singh Sahib.
Ordained as a Sikh Minister by the Siri Singh Sahib in 1974, she resides in the Sikh Dharma community in Herndon, VA, which serves the Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. She has served on the Board of Directors of Sikh Dharma of Virginia, and on the Administrative Council focusing on community development. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a wife, a mother, a step-mother and a grandmother.
She has participated in numerous public affairs events with the Siri Singh Sahib and Bibiji including 2 presidential inaugurations and congressional meetings and has represented Sikh Dharma at meetings with other national Sikh organizations. She had the privilege and blessing of coordinating the Siri Singh Sahib’s memorial services in Espanola in 2004, where thousands of students, friends and family members came to pay their respects and honor this great man of God.
SS Amrit Kaur Khalsa - Chancellor
Amrit Kaur is an attorney in private practice since 1985 in Anchorage, Alaska focusing on Probate Law. She brings her wealth of legal knowledge, experience, and finely honed common sense to the SDW Office of the Chancellor, serving as Chancellor since January 2008. She is a Sikh Minister and since 1992, a Member of the International Khalsa Council, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of Amar Infinity Foundation.
After receiving her law degree, Amrit Kaur served as a law clerk for one of the three judges on the Alaska Court of Appeals (criminal) for one year and then entered the private sector. Since 1987, she has been a Self-employed Attorney focusing on Probate of decedent’s estates, estate planning, guardianship, and small business corporations.
Her educational degrees are J.D., Cum Laude, Gonzaga University School of Law (Spokane, Washington), and B.A. Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama). She has been a Notes Editor & published author with the Gonzaga Law Review, and from 1987 to present she has been a presenter at various legal seminars for other lawyers and for the general public on estate planning, probate, and elder law topics.
She is a member of theAlaska, Anchorage, and American Bar Associations, Estate Planning and Probate Section and the Elder Law Sections of the Alaska Bar, Anchorage Estate Planning Council, and Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers. She is a past member of Alaska Bar Association Ethics Committee from June, 1998 to June, 2007.
She and her husband, a secondary math teacher, are certified Kundalini Yoga teachers, who also enjoy outdoor sports and their granddaughter!
OngKar Kaur Khalsa - Program Director
OngKar joined SDW in May of 2012. Her focus is to reach out to the worldwide sangat to encourage participation, education and personal growth in the Dharma.
Along with her husband, Guru Amrit Singh Khalsa, over the last 10 years, she has built a thriving business that provides mortgage processing, bookkeeping and data entry services.
At an early age of 5, OngKar first met the Siri Singh Sahib when he visited her parents home in Orlando, FL. She has fond memories of "the early days" and growing up in an ashram community. The Siri Singh Sahib's influence was integral to her life.
She attended school at Guru Nanak 5th Centenary School in Mussoorie, India; then spent 5 years in Catholic school and finally completed her formal education at New Mexico Military Institute. OngKar lives in the Herndon, Virginia community where she has been happily married for 30 years and is the proud mother of 2 grown sons.
Every day OngKar is inspired by and grateful for the gift of this Dharma. Her mission is to serve and continue to inspire each other so that we may all grow in consciousness and live to our highest destiny.
SS Guru Kirin Kaur Khalsa - Comptroller General
Guru Kirin Kaur has been working for the Siri Singh Sahib Legacy organizations since 1995. Her focus has been primarily in the financial departments. She has a deep love for the Guru and brings that to her work at Sikh Dharma Worldwide.
She was a pioneer in the India Sikh Dharma educational programs where she went to middle and high school in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India.
She has a Bachelor's in Accounting and is currently working to finish her CPA certification.
Amrit Kaur Khalsa - Donor Care Officer
Amrit Kaur is the Donor Care Officer for Sikh Dharma International. She has been working with Dasvandh since 2000, and is very dedicated to serving and building the prosperity of the Dharma through the practice of Dasvandh. With strong personal belief that giving Dasvandh, one tenth of one’s time, income, and projection, will bring prosperity and blessings into one’s life, she has served and developed the systems for Sikh Dharma’s Dasvandh program for the past ten years.
Amrit Kaur joined the 3HO/Sikh Dharma community in Vancouver, BC over 20 years ago and has been a devoted student every since. She lives in Espanola, NM with her husband, Mehtab Singh, and has two children attending Miri Piri Academy. She and her husband love to serve and make prasad together for our Sunday Gurdwara. They maintain a vegetable garden, fruit trees and are beekeepers and are working towards more sustainable, responsible living.
Outreach Communications Team
Ad Purkh Kaur
AdPurkh Kaur graduated from the Colorado College in 2010 with a B.A. in Fine Arts. Her professional experience includes customer service, design, marketing, and sales. She also works as a jeweler and painter. She has traveled extensively, including service trips to Peru and Ghana and studies throughout Europe.
APK first bowed her head to the guru in October 2011. Since then she has espoused the Dharma, pursuing studies in Sikhism as well as Kundalini yoga including, living at Millis Ashram, attending winter (and summer) solstice where she took Sikh vows, traveling to India, and studying kirtan with Bibiji Amarjit Kaur. She now lives with the sangat in Herndon, VA.
She is a Hatha Yoga teacher, and completed the 28-Day Level One KRI immersion training this August, she will complete her training this March.
She is engaged to fellow OC Team Member Hari Simran Singh, they will marry in the summer of 2013.
Gian Dharam Kaur Khalsa
GianDharam Kaur Khalsa was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in 2010 graduated from Kundalini YogaTeacher Training there. That same year, inspired by her Mother, she started taking steps toward the Sikh life style. She then moved to Espanola, New Mexico for six months, where she came with the intention to be surrounded by the concrete Sangat and be totally focused on being participating in Sadhana and Gurdwara every day. After that, she made a huge transformation in her lifestyle and started to serve the Guru with her life and soul.
With more than a year of experience teaching Kundalini Yoga, she has also done a level 2 module. She does weekly seva of teaching yoga to the children from the Espanola Sangat.
Before becoming a Sikh she attended university and worked as a property manager for two years. Starting in 2011 she started working with SuperHealth as the Assistant Event Coordinator for the first SuperHealth training intensive, and has continued working with SuperHealth since.
Last year, she married Gurujot Singh Khalsa who currently works with SikhNet. Speaking fluent Portuguese and functional Spanish, she is very excited, and open to learn. She has a strong out-going personality, is a good communicator, and wants to bring an "International Taste" to the young SDW team. Because she comes from outside of the US, she feels she can bring a different perspective on how to serve and reach people.
Hari Simran Singh Khalsa
Hari Simran Singh was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Miri Piri
Academy from 5th Grade onwards, graduating in 2007. He earned a Bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Adelphi University, graduating magna cum laude from the Honors College in 2011. He worked as a student writer for the University's Office of Public Affairs, creating content for Adelphi's website and publications.
Hari Simran has taught Kundalini Yoga and helped facilitate workshops in Germany,
Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and around New York City. Notably, he is a lead instructor and co-founder of Occupy Yoga, which supports conscious activism in New York City through donation-based Kundalini Yoga classes in public spaces.
Hari Simran's studies, work, teaching, and travels have all informed his passion for effective, uplifting communication. He looks forward to helping the global Sangat serve humanity through the gift of the Shabd Guru.
Shabd Singh Khalsa
Shabd Khalsa spent his formative years, aged 12 to 18, in the city of Amritsar in the
Punjab state of India where he attended boarding school. His mother is French and his father American. Both of his parents are converts to the Sikh faith, to which Shabd is also an adherent. His multicultural background informs his worldview and has propelled him towards the field of international relations and religious freedom.
Shabd has written professionally since age nineteen for various blogs and website publications on subjects as varied as yoga and meditation to the persecution of the Karen people of Myanmar. He has also worked extensively with the nuclear non-proliferation organization Global Zero, for whom he began a student chapter at the University of Oregon, his alma mater. With Global Zero, he attended summits with global and student leaders on the subject of nuclear non-proliferation in Los Angeles and at Yale University.
During the summer of 2011, Shabd worked as a congressional intern in the offices of
Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio and David Wu, interned with the Sikh civil rights organization SALDEF, and wrote a memo for Rep. Wu on the Sikh impact on Foreign and Domestic Policy in the Indian Sub-Continent.
Shabd was awarded his B.S. in Planning Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon in June of 2012. He is also fluent in French and functional in Punjabi. He now teaches economics and international studies to high school students at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India.
He is excited to work with the SDW team to create fun, informative, and beautiful
content to share with the global Sikh sangat. He is particularly interested in Sikh history, both the written story as well as the art, music, and architecture of the Sikhs. Living in Punjab for the year with camera in hand, he hopes to work on creating content on the birthplace of the Sikh philosophy, practice, and identity.