Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa Appointed Sikh Dharma Ambassador, Western Hemisphere
by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
It is my mission and blessing to promote diversity and cultural
competency as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and gender for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, dialogue, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, and cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate
the current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability,
and extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. In addition, I
welcome and support other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels.
My commitment is to afford as many people as possible the
opportunities to explore the sensitivities of the human spirit to wit
each person is inspired to (a) teach and interact with people while
maintaining a keen appreciation for their longing for inclusion, the innate longing
to belong within our human nature; (b) respond with compassionate consideration
and sensitivity to those racial, cultural, religious, ethnic, economic, political, social, ethical, psychological, and philosophical differences that exist within every community.
Sat Nam. I have known Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa Ji since 1978. He was born and raised in India; speaks Punjabi and English. He acted as a senior 'aide de camp' to Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji. He arranged and accompanied Siri Singh Sahib Ji on his travels to and from India, and elsewhere for twenty-six years. Bhai Sahib Ji is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a minister of Sikh Dharma. He was appointed Bhai Sahib by Takhat Patna Sahib and recognized by the other four Takhats, and he has maintained a Sikh Dharma presence at major religious gatherings and conferences of World spiritual leaders, before and after Siri Singh Sahib Ji's passing in 2004. Satpal Singh Ji knows well the Punjabi and Western cultures and has financially supported many Sikh Dharma missionary programs for over 38 years.
October 4, 2016 --Panth Rattan Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji left for his final abode this day eleven years ago at Espanola, New Mexico. The time was 9.05 PM, October 6, 2004.
All that day the mood was somber at the Ranch and inside the Dome as we knew the time had come to say our final goodbye to our beloved Teacher. Most people who come in this world are involved in their own affairs and those of their loved ones. Siri Singh Sahib came to this world for others. He touched and inspired the lives of many around the globe. He was an outstanding pioneer in many fields with a deep and compassionate insight into the human mind and condition.
Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
Among the many institutions and companies he formed were 3HO Foundation, Sikh Dharma, Akal Security, Miri Piri Academy and Yogi Tea. Today these establishments provide employment to tens of thousands of people, uplifted the lives of hundred of thousands of people and his teachings inspire many millions of people in all corners of the world. I was honored and privileged to spend over 26 years with him-travelling and learning from the Master.
He was my Spiritual Teacher who showed me the purpose of my life; inspired and uplifted me through his love, kindness and compassion. His legacy and teachings shall live on for the benefit of many future generations. (See Yogi Bhajan's Mission by Tarlochan Singh.)
His motto: "If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all." His credo: "It's not the life that matters, it's the courage that you bring to it." His challenge: "Don't love me, love my teachings. Become ten times greater than me."
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa is a well known diplomat for Sikhism. Bhai Sahib has worked tirelessly for the cause of Sikh Dharma in the Western Hemisphere by sharing the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
Born on the 1st of August in Chennai, India, Satpal Singh completed secondary schooling and college in India. After graduating from Summer Fields school in 1975, he joined the prestigious Science department of St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree, B.Sc., after which he left for the U.S. for further studies.
Bhai Sahib moved to the United States in May of 1978. Here he furthered his studies taking accounting, marketing and business principles, and was involved in several businesses including real estate development and investment. Bhai Sahib now mostly travels in the U.S. and Worldwide for humanitarian work, and sharing the teachings of Sikhism, i.e., Love, Service and Peace.
His spiritual calling came when he met Panth Rattan Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji -- Yogi Bhajan, who had a great influence on his life. Yogiji was not only his celestial father but also his spiritual teacher. He appointed Satpal Singh as the Assistant Chief of Protocol for Sikh Dharma International and as his Personal Emissary to India. He was responsible for arranging Yogiji’s meetings with world political and religious leaders. See Yogi Bhajan by Sadar Tarlochan Singh.
Satpal Singh also travelled with Yogiji as he taught courses throughout the world. He worked with all of Yogi Bhajan’s organizations and business corporations such as Sikh Dharma International (SDI), Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO), Sikh Net, Miri Piri Academy, Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) and Khalsa Council International.
Bhai Sahib Ji accompanied Siri Singh Sahib Ji, aka Yogi Bhajan, to Hazur Sahib, India, 1996
Bhai Sahib Ji with Siri Singh Sahib Ji speaking to the press in India, 1999
Sat Jivan Singh Ji, Siri Singh Sahib Ji, and Bhai Sahib Ji in India, 1999
Bhai Sahib Ji, Siri Singh Sahib Ji, and Manchanda Singh Ji, Delhi, India 2001
Bhai Sahib’s effort to share the Sikh way of life and its values has been recognized by the Sikh clergy in India. He was bestowed the title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ and ‘Ambassador of Sikh Dharma’ by the Jathedar of Patna Sahib. His services to promote Sikhism have been recognized by Jathedars (High Priests) of all the five Takhats (the supreme seats of Sikh Dharma).
After Yogi Bhajan's passing in 2004, Bhai Sahib dedicated his life to further the mission of Yogi Bhajan and advancing the foundation of Sikh Dharma in America and the rest of the world. He travels extensively giving lectures in many cities around the world. He is currently working on publishing books on Sikhism including a translation of Japji Sahib and other Banis (Prayers) of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Bhai Sahib is also a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. He took his first class in Kundalini Yoga with Kundalini Yoga Master -- Yogi Bhajan in 1978, in Espanola, New Mexico. Thereafter, he attended many classes and courses taught by Yogi Bhajan across the U.S. and worldwide. Since then he has been actively practicing Kundalini Yoga and promoting KRI worldwide. See Documentation.
Bhai Sahib often travels to India dedicating his time to helping Sikhs in rural areas and children who cannot afford education. He assists Sikhs and other residents of Punjab in areas where drug abuse problems are on the increase. Bhai Sahib continues to work with youth in India, particularly in Punjab to keep their hair and turban. He works on various programs relating to issues of women, youth problems, human rights, peace and cessation of war. These activities are supported entirely by donations from Sikh organizations around the world, including the above mentioned Sikh Dharma13, ACT, Sikh Dharma USA, Guru Ram Das Sikh Mission of America (GRDSMA) and others.
In addition, Satpal Singh is working to promote, protect and serve the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and Sikh Dharma, particularly in bringing Yogi Bhajan’s Teachings and Guru's Technology to the World. --
Bhai Sahib Ji with Hazur Sahib Yatra participants, India, 2008
Bhai Sahib Ji with Hazur Sahib Yatra participants, India, 2008
Bhai Sahib Ji meets with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Ji, New York City, 2015
Bhai Sahib Ji honored by Singh Sahibs at Hazur Sahib, India, 2008
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Ji with Espanola, NM sangat members and guests.
L to R Guruneil Singh, Saraswati Kaur, Guruka Singh, Nirvair Singh, Guruka Kaur,
Guru Simran Kaur, Sat Sundri Kaur, Hari Jiwan Singh, Indian Counsel General Harish,
Mukta Kaur, Gurumustuk Singh, Jaap Kaur, Pawan Singh Dhindsa, and Amrit Singh
Bollywood Actor Vivek Oberoi with Bhai Sahib Ji, New Delhi, 2016
Bhai Sahib Ji with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji 2016
World Cultural Festival in New Delhi, India
Bhai Sahib Ji attending Interfaith Peace Rally in Haryana, India, 2016 with Baba
Ram Dev, Swami Shi Gyananand Maharaj Ji, Naharaj Ji, and Dr. Lokesh Muni Ji
Bhai Sahib Ji doing seva at Kundalini Teacher Training, Espanola, NM
Satpal Singh promotes the Kundalini Research Institute.
Chairman of the Guru Ram Das Sikh Mission of America, which include these accomplishments:
Guru Ram Das Mission sponsoring the Shabad Guru seminar which was also the launching of Guru Granth Sahib Tri-centennial in North America
Successfully lobbing to have the U.S. Congress condemn the searching of the Turbans of the Sikhs at the Airport in pretext to the security checks
Assisting in translation and presentation of Guru Granth Sahib in Spanish at Hazur Sahib, Nanded
Representing the Guru Ram Das Sikh Mission of America Tercentenary celebrations held at Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in 2008
Past President of Sikh Chetna Mission in New Delhi, a non-profit organization working for education of underprivileged children
Granted the “Bhai Sahib” title from Takthat Sri Patna Sahib
Honored with Knighthood for his services towards Sikhism (2007)
Received an NRI Gold Medal from the British High Commission in India
Received the Robe of Honor (Chola Sahib) at Hazur Sahib
Appointed as Deputy Sheriff in New Mexico
Received Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Shelly Berkley for his diligent efforts, supporting the advancement and recognition of Asian Americans through his personal dedication and Philanthropy
Received the Certificate of Commendation from Senator Harry Reid, for his persevering and hard work towards the Asian American Community
Appointed as Convenor of Special Committee of Akal Takhat to handle U.S. affairs
Appointed to the Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), Peace Advocacy Committee
Appointed as HWPL Publicity Ambassador
Appointed Ambassador to the Parliament of World Religions --
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
World Alliance of Religions, September, 2015
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, walking the walk.
Parliament of the World's Religions, October, 2015
Sikh Dharma International and others, walking the walk.
From left to right: Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Dr. Acharya Lokesh Muni, Pujjya Swami
Chidanand Saraswati, Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, Bhagawati Saraswati, Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi
and Guru Roop Kaur Khalsa. Photo taken on October 15, 2015 at Salt Lake City Parliament of
World Religions event. The langar hall organized by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevwak Jatha (U.K.)
in front of the most beautiful photo of Sri Darbar Sahib. This was at the inauguration of the langar
Seva at Parliament event. The langar committee wanted to start the langar Seva with Imam Ilyasi
who is the head of
all Imam's in India. Foundation of the Golden Temple was laid by a Muslim.
L to R: Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Michael Bernard
Beckwith, Yonatan Neril, Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.
October 15, 2015 at Salt Lake City Parliament of
World Religions event.
Langar hall organized by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevwak Jatha (U.K.)