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.