In 1969, 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. They were attracted by the spiritual practices of the Sikh faith and its egalitarian teachings that respect all religions.
Sikhs believe in creating abundance, peace and prosperity by praising the name of God, earning a righteous living and sharing what they have to serve humanity. Sikhs do not convert people. Sikh populations across the globe enthusiastically participate in outreach activities and contribute to their local communities by serving food (langar) and through building interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
The teachings and technology of Sikh Dharma International are found in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the writings of the Sikh Gurus and as taught by the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, in his unique style. His way of talking and teaching about the path of the Sikh, for the first time in history, made the Sikh faith accessible to people from every background, language and culture of the world. Sikh Dharma International continues to preserve, organize and share the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, as described by the late Siri Singh Sahib.
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 and serving the needs of the global Sikh Sangat (community). There are many affiliates of our organization throughout the U.S. and many communities around the world.
The headquarters for Sikh Dharma International is located in the beautiful Española 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.