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Sat Purkha Singh – Los Angeles

May 6, 1952 – May 15, 2011

“Answering the Call” by Gurprasad Kaur Khalsa

On a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, my dear brother Sat Purkha Singh went
home to take his post-langar nap. He shared a duplex with my husband, son and
me–we lived downstairs; he lived upstairs. During that nap, without any fanfare,
Sat Purkha, True Being and “the Real Deal” as he liked to call himself, quietly
slipped out of his body at the age of 59, and went Home for his reunion with Akal
Purkh, Eternal Being—the Really Real Deal. It was an ultimate departure, the likes
of which the rest of us can only dream. He left in total alignment with the true
Yogi and servant of the Guru that he was, putting in his day of selfless service,
starting with Ishnaan Seva in the Amrit Vela; singlehandedly carrying carpets back
inside as an unexpected rain began to fall; pausing at the back of the Gurdwara to
join in the meditation for victory in our lawsuit; assisting in the first Prakash of Siri
Guru Granth Sahib Ji for the day; and finally, setting up, serving, and cleaning up
after langar. With his work done and his mission complete, he consciously drew
his last breath, completely whole and intact, unquestionably in Cherdi Kala, and
easily returned to the One.
Since the moment when I ran upstairs to call him to dinner that night and
discovered that he had kept a far more pressing appointment with Azuriel, the
angel of Death, I have deeply pondered over his life and more importantly, his
final merger. The desolation and sadness that I felt in being left behind without
the big brother that I’d always counted on to show me the way, was at first
unbearable. I was lost without my friend and mentor who knew and understood
me inside out because we shared the same family of origin and ended up
together in our true family as Khalsa. Grief has gradually been replaced with
peaceful acceptance of his breathtaking passing and wonder and awe at who he
was in his life and who he had evolved into before he left this earthly plane. I live
day by day, moment by moment, in the memory of his legacy of always paying
attention to– and most importantly, hearing– the Call, and then being ready to

answer the Call, no matter what, come what may. That is truly how he lived; it is
certainly how he died.
Sat Purkha Singh was a big man in all ways. Tall and physically massive, he always
took on more than ever seemed possible for one man to do. He had huge
successes and huge failures in his life. He was brought to his knees more than
once. Yet he always maintained that true success lay only in experiencing failure
and in being able to get up and walk in faith after losing everything.
Sat Purkha Singh loved and venerated the Siri Singh Sahib with fierce devotion
and wrote to him frequently. The responses he received were his model for the
highest consciousness one can aspire to. He lived from breakthrough to
breakthrough in his meditation and in his business, which he approached as a
meditation. He was continually reaching for new levels of awareness and
understanding, kindness and compassion. He was the most devoted practitioner
of these teachings that I have ever been blessed to witness. Time after time he
would tell me, “It was the best Sadhana I have ever had!” and he meant it. It
made him so happy that he would cry tears of delight when describing his
experience with the Lord of the Universe. And it was surely in that deep longing
in his heart for merging with God that his prayers were answered. God tested his
heart with His touchstone and found it to be pure. And reclaimed him as His own.

Sat Purkha’s life, like the lives of many of the unsung heroes that form the
backbone of this precious Dharma, was made up of quiet, unrecorded daily deeds
that were full of grace and humility. He didn’t have throngs of students and he
never recorded an album. But he was the one who—after learning that his sister
had just mistakenly poured out a bucket with 2 cases worth of coconut water that
he had laboriously and painstakingly extracted from the coconuts, thinking that it
was dirty water—simply responded, “that’s OK.” He was the one who, at the
drop of a turban, rushed to Guru Ram Das Ashram for overnight Sevadar duty
when the scheduled person was stuck in traffic, or was not able to make it due to
a last-minute change of plans. He was the one who always said yes to driving
someone to the airport; yes to serving in any capacity, no matter how difficult or

inconvenient. He was the one who only worked for the commonwealth, the
“common wealth of all,” with never a thought of enriching himself. He was the
one who, after surrendering everything to God, was ready to move to New
Mexico to serve his dying wife, Nav Jiwan Kaur. And instead silently departed
himself–to simply show her how easy it was to let go.
Nanak says such a one and all the ones “who have meditated upon the Naam and
departed after having toiled by the sweat of their brows, O Nanak, their faces are
radiant in the Court of the Lord, and many are liberated along with them!” I say,
“Sat Purkha Singh, it was an honor and privilege to be your sister in this lifetime
and may we all live in the example that you leave us.”
Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh!
Sat Purkha Singh is survived by his children, Abinashi Singh and GuruParkash Kaur,
his sister, Gurprasad Kaur, and brother, Bob Frye.

Sat Purkha Singh, SS – MO

October 28, 1950 – January 12, 2022

by SS Krishna Singh Khalsa, Espanola NM

SS Sat Purkha Singh Khalsa (along with Guru Singh, the Siri Singh Sahib, myself, and several others) were the founders of Sunshine Brass Beds in Los Angeles in 1972. It was the first multi-million dollar 3HO business, where during our first year of operations everyone earned an average of 13 cents an hour!

He and Baba Singh were outstanding punsters, providing humor while the 10-hour days wore on. Sunshine Brass Beds provided the seed capital for starting a waterbed manufacturing plant in Espanola in 1975.  Sat Purkha Singh was the operations foreman of that business.

Sat Purkha Singh was a great tabla player and often played with MSS Vikram Singh. At the time, the best available place for developing tabla skills was the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in the Bay Area. Sat Purkha Singh would travel there frequently to receive teachings.

He was also a strong practitioner of Shotokan Karate. In the late eighties he became a chiropractor while living in the Kansas City (MO) ashram with his wife (my sister, SS Sat Purkha Kaur Khalsa), and their daughter Sopurkh Kaur.

Sat Purka Singh passed on January 12, 2022, in Kansas City, Kansas after an extended illness. His ashes will be spread on the land at Guru Ram Das Puri, here in New Mexico, where the dust of saints will live in memory forever.

Rajinder Kaur, SS

SS Rajinder Kaur Khalsa died of cancer at her home in Taos, NM, at the age of 62. Her
name personified her demeanor: ‘Raj’ means royal, noble, one who governs wisely and
is in tune with the divine flow. ‘Inder’ is one who dwells in divine consciousness.
Rajinder Kaur was blessed with the capacity to guide and counsel others with kindness
and wisdom. As a Montessori teacher for 27 years, she had the gift of reaching children
and uplifting their hearts and souls and directing them to their own victory. For over 30
years she was a steady presence in Sunday gurdwaras—as a teacher to the children
and as a powerful tabla player.


Rajinder Kaur’s service to all, her humble personality, and her strength to meet her last
challenge, all defined her. She is survived by her husband, SS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa,
who currently lives in South America.