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Sarb Jit Singh, SS

July 31, 1944 – April 25, 2016

SS Sarb Jit Singh Khalsa began his Dharmic path in 1971. He lived a life of service—to the animals,  to the birds, to the gardens, and to the land wherever he lived. He married Sarb Jit Kaur in 1971 and began an Ashram in Oklahoma City where he created a Golden Temple Natural Foods Store and restaurant. He became a minister in 1973. He took excellent photos especially of the Golden Temple when he visited in 1976. In 1985 he moved to Millis and finally to New Mexico in 1991. He lived at Ram Das Puri where he created a garden masterpiece which the Siri Singh Sahib noted every time he drove into the camp. He loved his animals, his gardens, and the sound of Gurbani Kirtan.

He is survived by his wife, Sarb Jit Kaur, who still lives at Ram Das Puri tending the birds, gardens and cats.

Satsang Singh

October 23, 1945 – June 3, 2017

Satsang Singh (Dirk Vermeulen) was 71 years old when he died at his place of residence in Espanola,
NM. He will be remembered for his big smile and positive attitude.

Adi Kaur

May 19, 1947 – June 26, 2017

Adi Kaur was born on May 19,1947 and passed from this earth on June 26, 2017…one month into her 70th year. She had suffered for seven years from a multitude of complications resulting from a hypertensive brain hemorrhage.

Adi was born in Ohio and lived there until she was seventeen. She was a beloved only daughter, with an older and younger brother. The family, of mostly , lived close to many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Adi’s high school life was filled with success—she was gifted in her studies and enjoyed playing clarinet in band. The day after graduation was life-altering for this strong yet sensitive soul. The family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to be close to relatives who had recently moved there in order to get out of the north’s cold, snowy winters. Yet for this sweet soul, at this time in her life, the move was a bit of a culture shock and brought about some uncomfortable big changes.

Adi briefly attended junior college and married young. She and Steve lived in Tempe, Arizona, where they both worked for U-Haul for over 30 years. Adi was a devoted wife,mother of two beloved children, and grandmother of five. From the time she met Steve, he had had a debilitating heart condition, from which he eventually succumbed. After many difficult years, Adi found great joy in getting to know people in the Phoenix ashram, 3HO and Sikh Dharma. Taking part in activities with the sangat, and women’s courses with Sangeet Kaur, awakened her love for spirituality. She became enthralled in her studies of this new lifestyle. On her first Yatra to India with the Siri Singh Sahib and a small, intimate group, they visited shrines where Lord Buddha had been. Adi loved this time with her teacher.

As time and space meet, a Master then enters into one’s Destiny. The Siri Singh Sahib stepped in and told Adi to move to Espanola, NM to work with Sun & Son, Inc. She thought she would be applying her vast experience of working on main frame computers & programming, as she had done under the employ of U-Haul. But by the time Adi arrived, Sun & Son, Inc. had dissolved. Nevertheless, Adi kept up on her new path! Then the Siri Singh Sahib positioned Adi at corporate Akal Security. She excelled and served tenaciously and devotedly for many years, often putting in long hours after the workday was done. At the very beginning of Adi’s employ at Akal, Kudrat Kaur introduced us. Kudrat intuitively knew that the two of us would become great friends and support each other in our lives. We became the sisters and best friends that had been missing since both of our childhoods.

We later moved into our new home, named Amar Nivas by the Siri Singh Sahib. For 19 years we filled our lives with much seva for him and for the sangat of Hacienda de Guru Ram Das. Adi was devoted to reading in the weekly Akhand Path. She was a wonderful spiritual sister and devoted friend to me, and later to my husband Scott as well. For years we co-hosted many events in our home, including one very special night ofrenowned ragis from the Harimandir Sahib.

Adi loved life in the sanctity of our community. We went on two yatras together to India, one being on the 300 the anniversary of Khalsa in Anandpur Sahib, and the other being the last yatra the Siri Singh Sahib organized. Together we also traveled to Florida to attend Winter Solstice, and afterwards to enjoy Epcot Center and visit with my Mata, who Adi regarded as her second Mom.

We attended all the Summer Solstices/Peace Prayer Day, White Tantrics and weekly classes with Yogi Bhajan. Each Sunday we set up the sheets for Gurdwara together, participated in the Prakash, and then attended faithfully, with joy. Adi loved dressing in finery for the annual birthday party honoring the Siri Singh Sahib.

Adi also enjoyed attending performances like River Dance, Stars on Ice, Arlo Guthrie concerts, Lyle Lovett concerts, ballets, operas and Christmas concerts at the Lensic. These events were completely new in her life – she soaked them all in with love! When Adi became ill, and for the seven years until her passing, Scott and I – her family – devotedly attended to her 24/7. She was content in her new status, ever smiling and peaceful. Into the lap of Guru Ram Das, she flew; with many prayers and chants done daily for her. Gurbani Kirtan always played in our home until her last breath. Shortly after her passing, her ashes were scattered on the Healing Walk at Ram Das Puri. She lived as Adi Kaur Khalsa and died ‘unofficially’ as Guru Charan Kaur Khalsa. The Siri Singh Sahib honored her with this second name. She worked and played hard; and lived a blessed life of service, grace, and smiles. Well-earned a life of Waheguru.

Dr. Harijot Singh, SS

January 22, 1934 – October 24, 2018

Dr Harijot Singh was born Sidney Zerinsky on January 22, 1934, and spent his early years in Union City, New Jersey.  He was a gentle soul and loved being a friend to all.

Always a non-conformist, Harijot was drawn to many fields of study, leaning towards spirituality and natural healing arts.  He opened one of the first health food stores in New Jersey in the 1950s before going on to study Physical Therapy at the Swedish Institute in NYC.  He made his career in Manhattan, eventually becoming the director of the Swedish Institute as it transitioned into a professional school for Massage Therapy.  He was instrumental in bringing professional standing to the practice of massage therapy.

For a time in the 1960s, he coached a teenage basketball team in Chinatown, NY – and while at the home of a Chinese team member he saw a wall chart of acupuncture meridians.  Thinking it was a Chinese physical therapy trigger-point chart, he struck up a conversation with the father (translated by the son, as he spoke no English).  He learned that the father, Mr.Young, was a doctor of Chinese medicine.  This began Harijot’s love and lifelong study of this healing modality, as well as Taoism and Chinese history.  He studied with Mr.Young for many years, learning Cantonese in order to do so.  He finalized his studies and received Certification in the Practice of Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong in 1974, as one of the first Westerners to be certified.  He ran a private practice in Manhattan while continuing his work at the Swedish Institute, where he met Seva Kaur.

He and Seva married in 1980 and they moved to Kent in upstate New York.  They had two children, Satamrit Kaur (Bazil Zerinsky) and Siri Hargobind Singh. Seva introduced him to 3HO in 1981 at winter solstice.  He felt a deep connection to the teachings of Guru Nanak and quickly built relationships within the sangat.  Harijot and his family moved to the Española ashram in 1985, where he served the community as a healer for many years. 

After moving to New Mexico, he opened a private practice in Chinese Medicine and Physical Therapy in Santa Fe.  Much beloved by the community, he would walk downtown every day on his lunch break and talk with shopkeepers.  He loved linguistics and made a point to learn enough of many languages so if he met someone from another country he could greet them in their own language.

Harijot was a gifted healer.  His big heart, his compassion, and his unique ability to tap into innate health, reached deeply into his patients.   Stories abound of the profound, life-changing healing they experienced in his care.  Harijot lived his name, as God’s light shone through him.

He officiated Bazil’s marriage in May of 2018, when she and her fiancé John came from Greece.  This meant so much to Harijot, to Bazil and John, and to all of us. 

Harijot died in his home with his son Siri Hargobind by his side and daughter Bazil on the phone with him (from Greece) on October 24, 2018   He was 84 years old.  He is survived by his son Siri Hargobind, his daughter Bazil Zerinsky, his granddaughter Maia and his ex-wife and friend Seva. He was a sweet man who touched many lives.  He remains in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him.

Seva Kaur Khalsa

Varnjeet Kaur, SS

February 1, 1955 – October 30, 2018

by SS Nam Kaur Khalsa, Santa Barbara, CA

Our dear sister, Varnjeet Kaur Khalsa, took her last breath and returned Home on October 30, 2018. She was best known for her love of life, her vibrant spirit, and her sweet smiles and laughter. Varnjeet’s depth of devotion to the Sikh lifestyle was unwavering. She loved attending Gurdwara, Solstice, the Siri Singh Sahib’s classes and doing White Tantric Yoga with her husband Gurulal Singh. Varnjeet means ‘the supreme embodiment of divine victory.’ Her nickname was VJ, and after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer I told her it stood for Victory & Joy.

Varnjeet Kaur manifested healing around her through her kindness and compassion. She reached out to help those in need.  Adopting a neighbor’s puppy who was doomed to life on a chain, is just one example of her big heart. But one dog wasn’t enough— Varnjeet was inspired to do more. She became Chairwoman of Chain-Free Santa Fe, and helped pass a law making it illegal to chain dogs in Santa Fe County. Varnjeet was also a generous supporter of Food4kids, which provides backpacks of food for needy New Mexican schoolchildren.

Varnjeet Kaur had a strong executive mind. She studied Business Management at the University of Southern California and was co-founder of PuriThrive, dedicated to creating herbal formulations for optimal health. She served on the Board of Directors of 3HO Colorado and as President of HGRD Corp in Espanola. Varnjeet also lent her expertise to the mission of SuperHealth.

Varnjeet Kaur was a beloved member of the House of Guru Ram Das sangat. For two weeks before her passing the community gathered nightly to chant to Guru Ram Das after she developed an acute respiratory illness. Many miracles took place for her and her loved ones during this time. At Varnjeet’s memorial Gurdwara the energy was so high and the kirtan was sublime. It was wonderful to come together and celebrate the beautiful soul we knew and loved.

VJ is survived by her husband Gurulal Singh, their son Sat Charn Singh, daughters Sis and Guru Deva Kaur, son-in-law Sat Bir Singh, twin grandsons, and her sister Tej Kaur.