Sikh Dharma began in India a little over 530 years ago and since then Sikhs from the Punjab region of India, who make up less than 2 percent of the population of India, have migrated throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia, numbering about 28 million worldwide.
Sikhs in the West
In the early seventies, Yogi Bhajan, who would later be known as Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji began to teach in the United States. Through his inspiration, insight and example many Westerners began adopting the Sikh way of life, attracted by the spiritual practices of Sikh Dharma and its egalitarian teachings that respect all religions. Sikhs do not convert people. Sikh populations everywhere participate enthusiastically in outreach activities and contribute to their surrounding communities. The Sikh teachings encourage people to live their lives in service to others. Sikhs believe in creating abundance, peace, and prosperity throughout the earth, to serve humanity, and to build interfaith dialogue and cooperation, as well.
Since 1973, Sikh Dharma International (SDI) has been a recognized non-profit 501c(3) religious organization in the United States and an effective vehicle for spreading the teachings of the Sikh Gurus in every direction of the globe. It is a California registered non-profit 501c(3) organization that serves the needs of the global Sikh Sangat (community). There are many affiliates of the organization throughout the U.S. and many communities around the world.
The headquarters for Sikh Dharma International is located in the beautiful Espanola Valley in northern New Mexico, at Guru Ram Das Ashram (Hacienda de Guru Ram Das). On these pages you will learn much about our organization, staff, and projects. As a global organization, we serve the Sikh Dharma International Family all around the world.
Sikh Dharma International is a non-profit religious organization sharing the universal teachings and lifestyle of the spiritual path of Sikh Dharma through service, education, and community so that every human being can experience their divinity, spirit, and fulfillment. The teachings and technology of Sikh Dharma are found in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the writings of the Sikh Gurus, and have been shared and taught by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji.
Part of the primary mission of Sikh Dharma International is to preserve, organize and continue to share the teachings of the Sikh Gurus as described by the late Siri Singh Sahib in his unique style. His way of talking and teaching about the path of the Sikh has, for the first time in history, made the Sikh faith accessible to people from every background, language, and culture of the world.
With utmost gratitude to God and Guru, those of us serving the Global Community Sangat through this work at Sikh Dharma International, feel it a special privilege to be a part of this Legacy. Wahe Guru!
2016 Year in Review