April 21, 1948 – February 27, 2021
Honoring Siri Ved Singh Khalsa
Excerpted from Sikh Dharma Office of Public Affairs
After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Siri Ved Singh Khalsa passed away February 27th, 2021.
Many of us know people who selflessly serve behind the scenes, for little acknowledgement and even less compensation. One such individual was Siri Ved Singh. For over 30 years he traveled with Yogi Bhajan and recorded his lectures, more than 3600 video recordings and approximately 8,300 lectures in all, including audio tapes. Many of these recordings have now been transcribed and are found at the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings.
Without formal training or funding, Siri Ved Singh took on the huge task of documenting the classes of Yogi Bhajan. He was relentless in pursuit of this mission, and while not alone in the work, Siri Ved Singh was always the central figure. Before there was an internet, the only way to learn from Yogi Bhajan was to attend class or to listen to cassette tapes or watch VHS videos made by the intrepid Siri Ved Singh. Even after the internet took shape, it took decades for the Library of Teachings to be launched, making the teachings of Yogi Bhajan available to the public. The Library of Teachings is now home to thousands of videos, audio, and transcribed lectures that comprise the lifelong teachings of Yogi Bhajan.
These recordings have captured the many inspirational teachings of the 3HO lifestyle, Kundalini Yoga, the Sikh way of life, and healthy living. They have inspired countless people all over the world to be better people, live a more spiritual life, and to walk the path of Guru Nanak as Sikhs.
“When I started taping Yogi Bhajan’s classes in Los Angeles, I had no idea that what I was doing was anything more than a hobby,” said Siri Ved Singh many years ago. “Being able to supply people with something that is so beneficial and appreciated has been and continues to be a most rewarding experience.”
We are eternally grateful for Siri Ved Singh’s years of service, so that the gift of these teachings can now be available for all generations to come.