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Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa
Prominent American Sikh

Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa

Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa
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Intro Prominent American Sikh
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1942, St. Louis, USA
Age 79 years
Star sign Libra
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Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa is a prominent American Sikh. He is Chief of Protocol for the American Sikh group called Sikh Dharma.

Early years

Khalsa (born Stephen Oxenhandler) was born September 29, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri, to a well-to-do real estate development family. He was raised in a reformed Jewish community with whom he spent his youth between St. Louis and Palm Springs, California.


Khalsa attended the University of Oklahoma Business School and Washington University Law School before entering the family business. In the early 1970s he started practicing Kundalini yoga. When asked what yoga did for him, he answered: "Yoga gave me the experience of spirituality before my time and without years of spiritual practice. Once having experienced it, I wanted to live there rather than just visit." Thus, began his conversion to the Sikh faith 40 years ago. Explaining his attraction to Sikhism, Khalsa said, "First, my teacher and spiritual master Yogi Bhajan was a Sikh and he's the one who afforded me the way to this experience. Secondly, and most importantly, after studying many religions and teachings, Sikhism was inclusive rather than exclusive. It acknowledges the truth of all religions but still has a discipline of its own. Sikhs believe it's great to be a Christian, a Jew or a Hindu; just be a good one. For, if you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all."


For the last 30 years Khalsa has worked with Yogi Bhajan, serving as Chief of Protocol for Sikh Dharma.

Khalsa has served on the Interreligious Council of Los Angeles for many years. He is a member of the World Affairs Council and the Committee for Better Government Cooperation with Religions. He has lectured and taught throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. In recent years, as Yogi Bhajan's health didn't permitted him to travel, Khalsa has served in his place representing him across the country.

Khalsa has engaged in various business activities, including the Jivan Jewelry and Nine Treasures, a purveyor of luxury watches, in order to provide financial resources for Sikh Dharma.

In connection with one enterprise, Sweet Song Corporation, Khalsa and his associates were sued by the FTC for falsely representing the value of gemstone investments, and were subsequently barred from engaging in any business related to collectibles investments. From the 1970s and into the 1990s, Khalsa owned a large toner telemarketing operation which funneled money into Yogi Bhajans' various corporations.

Spiritual life

Khalsa was made a Mukia Singh Sahib early in his career with Yogi Bhajan. In the Sikh Dharma religion in the west, a Mukia Singh Sahib is the highest title other than the Siri Singh Sahib, which is the title of Yogi Bhajan. Khalsa said, "To be honest, I really didn't know what the title meant or how I should represent it when it was first bestowed. But, that's how Yogi Bhajan worked. He expected me to continue growing until I realized that I would never fully understand what this title meant because, if I did, I would never be worthy. I have come to understand that this title, this blessing, I've been bestowed is to live, think, and represent Sikh Dharma as our Guru commands. Naturally, it's a never ending duty."

Khalsa was also bestowed the title of "Chief of Protocol" of Sikh Dharma in 1976. "Again," Khalsa states, "My idea of what this title entailed was in great variance with what I've come to know today. Yes, I entertained dignitaries, guests, whoever Yogi Bhajan requested, but the real value in this title lies not in what duty it requires, but, rather, in how I saw myself. I was no longer a fraternity guy from the Midwest; I now presented a view of who we were to all I hosted. Naturally, this necessitates continually changing to become better and better in this duty. I have been blessed with many opportunities."

Family life

Khalsa currently lives in Espanola, New Mexico, the home of Sikh Dharma in the West. He is married to Sat Bachan Kaur Khalsa for 35 years. Mrs. Khalsa is from Toronto, Canada. They have two children. Hari-Amrit Kaur Khalsa is an attorney in Albuquerque. Sarab Shakti Kaur Khalsa is the assistant vegan chef at Apple Computer in San Jose, California.


Khalsa has written articles for several publications on the topic of gemstones.

Khalsa was featured in the book Fathers and Daughters: In Their Own Words.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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