Sardarni Sahiba Holy Kaur Khalsa
Feb. 26, 1957 – Sept. 26, 2013
The Sikh Dharma Ministry sends its blessings and prayers to the family of Sardarni Sahiba Holy Kaur Khalsa. She was the example of a graceful, noble Khalsa woman. She excelled as a warrior-saint, a healer, teacher, mother and wife. She will be missed and we bless her light to merge with the Light of God.
by Jai Kartar Kaur and SS Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa
Holy Kaur Khalsa, a dedicated student of Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Trainer, lived and served in Portland, Oregon, from the late 1970s. She left her body sweetly and divinely on September 26, 2013 in the company of her beloved family: her husband Hari Dass, sons Har Rai, Guru Amrit and Hari Amrit, daughter-in-law Amrita, and her brother and sister-in-law. This tribute is for those who loved her and those who will only know her through her living legacy.
Holy Kaur was a person of grace, power and presence. She lived a life of deep devotion to God and Guru, the Siri Singh Sahib, family and sangat, students and clients, friends and loved ones, which includes everyone she met. Holy Kaur lived like the hand of the Divine working in the world, serving as a healer and Minister in Sikh Dharma.
It was not unusual for her to put aside her own life to travel to care for someone in crisis or invite them into her home. With generosity, humility, and sensitivity, she answered the call to serve the One in the many, sometimes with a light touch of reassurance, other times taking firm hold in a challenging situation.
Holy Kaur was a brilliant light, and what she radiated was Love. Her beautiful heart was open and welcoming, and we were all drawn to its nectar, not just those blessed to know her, but strangers in airports and small children. The most common comment on student evaluations of Holy Kaur in Teacher Training was that they wished they had more time with her. We all do. Her love lives on and expands as it is carried in so many hearts.
Because of who she was and how much she cared, Holy Kaur excelled in all she did. She received recognition as a student earning her Masters in Spiritual Psychology at Santa Monica College. She impacted generations of students in the Northwest Teacher Training and classes at Summer Solstice, not only with her command of information but also her commitment to the individual. The basis of her success as a business and life coach is embodied in the message of her business name: LifeWorks Unlimited. Whether creating a curriculum or ironing a chuni, she delivered excellence because the elevation of her Being required it.
From early childhood until her last breath, the magnificent Spirit that is Holy Kaur was her lodestone. She followed an inner call that was always present, flourished when she met Yogi Bhajan, and matured in her years of practice and serving the world. Her vast and beautiful Spirit has returned to God to join with Guru Ram Das and the Siri Singh Sahib in blessing us all. She truly lived her name: she is Holy Kaur and she is divine.
Radiant Khalsa Woman
by SS Hari Nam Singh Khalsa, Oregon
On the morning of the first day of the Fall 2013 Khalsa Council Meeting (September 26, 2013), after a beautiful musical version of Japji Sahib, the Khalsa Council honored our beloved sister, Sardarni Sahiba Holy Kaur Khalsa, who passed away that morning after fighting a valiant battle with cancer for the past six years.
She was a radiant example of a noble Khalsa woman and her divine presence and grace was an inspiration to all. The Khalsa Council recited an Ardas and chanted Akal for the merger of her soul with the Infinite, followed by a Hukam.
Holy Kaur was a Sikh Dharma Minister and member of Khalsa Council. Holy Kaur lived like a Khalsa and she died like a Khalsa, as a warrior. She was the example of Khalsa. Holy Kaur was radiant and strong and also sweet, humble and vulnerable.
When she was appointed to Khalsa Council, she was so thrilled to be in this family and it validated everything she did. She was a woman who knew how to pray. She would pray through the Khalsa Council meetings. We could not have won our battles without her prayer. She won this battle with her prayer. Holy Kaur was about being.
She was a bright soul, she is one of our own. This is an irreplaceable person; her spirit is with us. Keep her in your heart.
A Soul’s Presence
by SS Viriam Singh Khalsa, Eugene, Oregon
My wife Viriam Kaur and I were blessed to spend a day with Holy Kaur shortly before her passing. Hari Dass Singh, Holy Kaur’s husband, called us and said it would be a good time to visit. Holy Kaur had been released from the hospital to home and hospice care the previous day. This was Friday, September 20th. I was unprepared for my experience.
Holy Kaur was conscious but could not speak. Her soul presence was enormous, like a clear pond with no obscuring by mind or emotions. There was just her soul. She would look at you with her bright blue eyes of understanding and consciousness. No drama. Her presence drew you to the Infinite.
Holy Kaur was surrounded by her family, especially her husband and her three sons, Har Rai Singh, Guru Amrit Singh and Hari Amrit Singh. There was so much love in the room. It was humbling to watch the family take care of Holy Kaur, anticipating her needs and problem-solving issues on the spot. All in total loving service, with this light of Holy Kaur’s soul pervading everything.
I was powerfully struck by the awareness of how blessed Holy Kaur is. How blessed we all are in this life to know and serve our Guru and our Dharma. In the end there is only our soul and God. Holy Kaur showed us this reality. Wahe Guru Akal Akal Akal.