In Memoriam – SS Sada Anand Singh Khalsa

Sada Anand Singh passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 22nd, as he was on his way to teach in Taiwan and then lead a Yatra to the Golden Temple in India.

Living and teaching in Japan for more than 30 years, Sada Anand Singh was an ordained Minister of Sikh Dharma and the Director of 3HO Japan and the Ikoma Mountain Yoga and Retreat Center.

He will be remembered for his indelible optimism, infectious laugh, big heart, and his ability to make the impossible possible. We bathed in his heartfelt, sublime music. His Sadhana kirtan always sent us into bliss.

Just a few days ago, he shared a beautiful post on Facebook “May you be blessed with warmth in your home, love in your heart, peace in your soul and joy in your life. Stay blessed.”

We celebrate his life and know that all the Gurus and angels are welcoming him Home.

Click here to hear Sada Anand Singh chanting to Guru Ram Das.

Here he and his daughter are singing Peace to All

My Friend SS Sada Anand Singh Khalsa

by SS Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. 

“What!” I exclaimed. “You can’t mean the guy in Japan?” I asked Dr. Sat Kirpal Singh on the telephone.

“Yes,” he said.

What a shock and total bummer.

How can this be?

But alas, it’s true. My long-time good buddy has left his body and in a sudden fashion.

I can just see him there at the Tokyo airport with a smile on his face as was always the case, getting ready to board a four-and-a-half-hour flight to Taiwan to teach. When suddenly, he collapsed.

He’d been to Taiwan many times and was beloved by all.

Indeed, my wife Kirti Kaur shared that her friend in Taiwan, Satwant Kaur, who is Italian like Kirti, said that all his many students there, not unlike us here, were in a state of shock, dismay, and disbelief.

Sada Anand Singh and I first met at Summer Solstice in the late 1980s. That was just before the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan sent him to Japan to teach Kundalini Yoga and start an ashram.

And guess who visited him in 1991? That’s right. It was me.

We had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being with him in his adopted hometown of Shin Kobe. With time he built up a nice following in Japan, and Taiwan.

I’ll always remember my long-time friend having a smile on his face as we shared a laugh or two. And, as he always told everyone, “Dr. Dharma Singh was the first one to visit me in Japan.”

In Gurmukhi, the original language, Sada means “always,” and Anand means “bliss.” So, my dear friend, I know wherever you are, you will always be in bliss.

Sada Anand Singh leaves behind a daughter, Siri Amrita Kaur.

A wonderful person. A fine musician and a true pioneer and great yogi. SS Sada Anand Singh Khalsa brought many people joy, and now as I write these words my heart is heavy.

I wish I could see you in Espanola this summer, my good friend and brother.

You will be sorely missed.

SS Sada Anand Singh’s Timely Recording of “The Day of Marriage”

by SS Bir Kaur Khalsa

When Sada Anand Singh was in the US in August 2022 to attend the Yogi Tea Convention in Oregon, he made a detour to see his dear friend Bir Singh in the Albuquerque Trauma Center Hospital. I was so surprised to see him and deeply touched that he came. A few days later Bir Singh passed away. Sada Anand Singh attended the cremation ceremony and planned to play “The Day of Marriage.” Sadly, the opportunity didn’t arise at the funeral home. We had hoped he could play it for us at the memorial, but he’d had to leave the day before.

On his way back to Japan he briefly stopped over in Hawaii to see his daughter Siri Amrita. He was determined to record the song with her and get it to us in time for the memorial the following day. He and Siri Amrita stayed up most of that night, perfecting and recording the song and emailing it in time for Bir Singh’s memorial.  It was so beautiful and moving to listen to it, surrounded by my family and friends.

This article was originally shared in the “First Quarter 2024 Ministry Newsletter“.

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