It was the first morning of the Khalsa Council 2009 Fall meetings. As part of our initial process, we met in our check-in groups. I sat next to Kirtan Singh from Los Angeles. Before we started, his cell phone rang. I heard him say, “Oh, I am so sorry to hear it.”
I knew before he said the words that Guru Simran Kaur (14 years old) from Los Angeles had left her body. Tears started to make their way down my cheeks. The group wanted to know if I was okay. Kirtan Singh shared the news with them and then we both left the group to take care of our responsibilities.
I sensed that her blessed soul was fine but my heart went out to her family. I found the group of younger generation Khalsas and conveyed the news. They immediately went into the Gurdwara. I found the Khalsa Council chairperson, the Sikh Dharma International Secretary General, and the Siri Sikdar Sahiba and let them know what had happened.
Soon the entire Khalsa Council convened in the Gurdwara. My heart was heavy with grief for the parting of this soul and the loved ones she left behind. I bowed my head to hear what Guru had to say. This is the hukam we received:
SORATH, FIFTH MEHL
I met the True Guru by great good fortune, and my mind has been enlightened.
No one else can equal me, because I have the loving support of my Lord and Master. || 1 ||
I am a sacrifice to my True Guru.
I am at peace in this world, and I shall be in celestial peace in the next; my home is filled with bliss. || Pause ||
He is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts, the Creator, my Lord and Master. I have become fearless, attached to the Guru’s feet; I take the Support of the Name of the One Lord. || 2 ||
Fruitful is the Blessed Vision of His Darshan; the Form of God is deathless;
He is and shall always be. He hugs His humble servants close, and protects and preserves them;
their love for Him is sweet to Him. || 3 ||
Great is His glorious greatness, and wondrous is His magnificence; through Him, all affairs are resolved.
Nanak has met with the Perfect Guru; all his sorrows have been dispelled. || 4 || 5 || Page 609-610
Hukam taken upon the passing of Guru Simran Kaur Khalsa
Beloved daughter of Guru Ram Das, the Siri Singh Sahib Ji
and Siri Marka Singh Khalsa and Dharm Dev Kaur Khalsa of Los Angeles, CA
Siri Singhasan e Khalsa Gurdwara, Espanola New Mexico
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In hearing the Guru’s words, my heart was uplifted and I was thrilled for Guru Simran Kaur’s soul. The Guru completely shifted my experience of this event. I was comforted at a very profound level. The Guru spoke very directly and covered my darkness with light. The Guru’s wisdom reassured my being.
Wahe Guru Ji ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji ki Fateh!
SS Dr. Sat Kaur Khalsa
Secretary of Religion
THE SECRETARY OF RELIGION
SS Dr. Sat Kaur Khalsa has served as Secretary of Religion since 1991 and was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister in 1975. As Secretary of Religion, Dr. Sat Kaur oversees and is ultimately responsible for the delivery of the functions of this Office. Dr. Sat Kaur is a long-time member of the International Khalsa Council and the Khalsa Council Executive Committee. She maintains a full-time psychotherapy private practice in Santa Monica, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico, counseling individuals, couples, and families to support their personal and spiritual growth. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a facilitator of White Tantric Yoga®, and a published author.