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Sikhism In The West

Came across this book Meditation as Medicine by Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa. The back cover had a picture of Dr Singh with a flowing beard and a turban. As I started reading, I realized that Dr Singh is a white American who converted to Sikhism after getting drawn into Kundalini Yoga.

Apparently, converts to Sikhism are not all that rare in the west. Found this in the book prologue:

In America virtually all Western Sikhs practice kundalini, but the majority of the world’s 15 million Sikhs, most of whom live in India, do not practice Kundalini. One major reason that many of America’s kundalini practitioners have converted to Sikhism is because Sikhism is the religion of Yogi Bhajan, America’s only kundalini yoga master, who was raised in the Sikh tradition in India.

Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa

Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D

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Written by maald

August 1, 2009 at 9:57 pm

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  1. You’re absolutely right about the growing non-Punjabi Sikh population in the US, though because Sikhism has never sought to gain any followers by conversion they are not technically termed “converts”.

    I am a white Sikh in the UK and although I am part of a more uncommon phenomenon, there are definitely growing numbers of white Brits getting interested!

    Prithi Hardkaur

    May 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm


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