Sikh Study Loyola University’s newly appointed Professor Dr. Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa visits Santa Ana Orange Temple
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Los Angeles, May 27, 2015
Dr. Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa was appointed professor of Sikh Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles to teach the Sikh study Punjabi courses staring on September, 2015. After her appointment, she visited the Sikh Temple at Santa Ana Orange County, California to meet and greet the Sikh Community at large & to exchange ideas and views before starting the program.
Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa’s parents adopted the Sikh religion, became family of Kundalini Yogis, and she was born in 1988. She became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher at the young age of thirteen. In 2003, she left for India and graduated from Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar. She had a wonderful teacher and master, Narinder Singh Sandhu at the school to teach her “Raag” and Classical Indian Music. She learned eastern music theory, along with how to open her voice and sing from a deep place with a full voice.
She has a deep understanding of the Shabad Guru. She did her PhD in Renaissance of Sikh Devotional Music ( Kirtan & Gurbani ) from University of Michigan.
As Nirinjan grew up, she remembers accompanying her mother to different events, kirtans, or classes, where her mother would teach and sing. Her father, Hari Singh Khalsa, is a music producer, and helped Guru Raj Kaur with much of her music production. Both parents were constantly teaching Kundalini Yoga.
In the summer of 2005, Nirinjan recorded her first album, “So Purkh”: A special mantra that was often given by Yogi Bhajan to women as a prayer for men in their lives. Siri Amrit and Nirinjan were engaged later that summer, before their final year in India. In 2007, Siri Amrit and Nirinjan were married in Española, NM. The birth of her son, Gobind Singh Khalsa, was on January 31st, 2010.
Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa was accompanied by her assistant Ana Funes and provided Saropa at the temple. Dr Nirinjan Kaur was welcomed by Mrs. Sukhjit Kaur Dhillon, a president of the Temple who pledged her support for the cause. At the end Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa thanked the President and Sikh community for welcoming and for their input and suggestions.
"Almost 66% of Americans admit that they know nothing about Sikhs, a new survey by NRIpress-Club has found, despite the fact that Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world," Ram Singh Khalsa told NRIpress. "When we have shown a photograph of a turban man to american public, only 12% identified the turban guy as as Sikh and more than 25% thought he was Muslim."
Now American Sikhs (white) are helping in North America to expand and awareness of Sikhism. Due to the activities of Harbhajan Singh Yogi via his Kundalini Yoga, which focuses on 3HO (Happy, Healthy, Holy) Organization, Sikhism has witnessed a moderate growth in non-Indian adherents. Most of them attend the Miri Piri Academy (MPA), an International boarding school in Amritsar where foreigners who converted to Sikhism leave their children to immerse themselves in the religion.