New Delhi: In a wonderful meeting of hearts and minds, Kulbir Singh Khalsa, son of the late Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji and chief of Sikh Dharma International, met with his Holiness, Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. On this sunny afternoon in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, there was a warm and open exchange of love and support. The Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Kulbir Singh and Sikh Dharma International to continue the work of serving humanity and bringing spirituality to the world.
“It was a wonderful meeting and exchange of thoughts,” said Kulbir Singh. “The Dalai Lama and his people have suffered a lot, and it is very uplifting to hear him speaking with gentleness and hope. His consistent message, over these many years, is that there is no other answer to the problems of today but to bring all of humanity together in love and peace. We must leave behind greed and aggression and serve people. When you do that, you will see all people as equal. That is the same message as the Sikh teaching of Sarbat Da Bala – wishing good for all people. This is what we believe in.”
Kulbir Singh invited the Dalai Lama to participate in the year-long celebrations to honor the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Guru Nanak, putting on Tibetan dress, visited both Eastern and Western Tibet in the 15th century and his impact on this region was profound. Known as Guru Rinpoche, or “Precious Teacher”, images of Guru Nanak can be seen in Buddhist monasteries in Eastern Tibet. Guru Nanak’senlightened teachings of the universality of spirit and the equality of mankind remain alive in Tibet today.
In early seventies 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, attracted by the spiritual practices of Sikh Dharma and its egalitarian teachings that respect all religions. Sikhs do not convert people.
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 in every direction of the globe. It is a California registered non-profit 501c (3) organization that serves the needs of the global Sikh Sangat (community). The headquarters for Sikh Dharma International is located in the beautiful Espanola Valley in northern New Mexico, at Guru Ram Das Ashram (Hacienda de Guru Ram Das).