Raj Khalsa Gurdwara

A home for the Guru inspired by the teachings of the SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji

The Story of Raj Khalsa Gurdwara The roots of Raj Khalsa Gurdwara were planted approximately 40 years ago in Washington, DC. Yogi Bhajan, also known as Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, established a community that was based on Sikh and yogic practices. It was his mission to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and to help people live healthy, happy, and holy lives. The community attracted mostly young Americans who were spiritual seekers, and who wanted lives of meaning and service. Yogi Bhajan inspired us to live according to the Sikh Rehit. We rose in the Amrit Vela to recite Japji Sahib, to practice yoga and meditation and to chant the Guru’s bani. He introduced us to the Sikh principles of Bana, Bani, Simran and Seva. We began to wear turbans and to dress in noble bana. We studied Gurmukhi, we learned Gurbani Kirtan, and we immersed ourselves in the Sikh way of life…not just as a philosophy, but as a daily practice. Most of us took Sikh vows and participated in an Amrit ceremony to be initiated into the Khalsa. Our community at that time was called Ahimsa Ashram. In 1970 we opened a vegetarian restaurant which we named The Golden Temple Conscious Cookery. Our restaurant was very successful and we served delicious vegetarian food there for about ten years. As our community grew and many of us married and had children, we decided to move from the city, and in 1979 our community moved to Herndon and Great Falls, where we still reside. Our children have been raised as Sikhs and have been given a strong identity of what it means to live in the purity of Khalsa consciousness. From 1978 – 1986 we operated a Khalsa pre-school and we then built a school in Amritsar, India called Miri Piri Academy where most of our children have been educated. Please visit: www.miripiriacademy.org We established a Gurdwara in 1980 at 6 Export Drive in Sterling, where we hold Sunday Gurdwara services. In 1998, as our Sangat membership grew, we increased the size of our space, quadrupling the square footage, and adding a kitchen and Dharma school room. We asked the Siri Singh Sahib at that time for an official name for our Gurdwara, and he named it Raj Khalsa Gurdwara, the royal domain of the Khalsa.

Mission: Provide a Gurdwara where all are welcome, all may serve, and the Shabd Guru is exhalted.

Delegate David Reid

This morning, Guru Sangat Kaur Khalsa of the Raj Khalsa Gurdwara, the Sikh temple in Sterling, gave a wonderful invocation for the 36th day of the 2020 session!

You can learn more about the Guru and her Gurdwara at

Raj Khalsa Gurdwara and the Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies partnered up to honor Martin Luther King and represent Sikhs at the annual Martin Luther King march and celebration in Leesburg.

Martin Luther King March and Celebration 2020

Martin Luther King March and Celebration 2020


Celebrating the advent of year 2020 in Raj Khalsa Gurdwara Virginia, United States of America

New Year's Eve Program 2020

New Year's Eve Program 2020

Health Fair Main Hall

Blood Drive Registration Booth

Health Fair Medical Camp Setup

Raj Khalsa Gurdwara is proud to support EcoSikh at their 7th Annual Fundraising Gala! In 2019, EcoSikh planted 43 beautiful and thriving sacred forests in Punjab and 13 more in other areas of India and South Asia to celebrate Guru Nanak's 550th Birth Anniversary.

Community Health Fair

The first-ever Health Fair hosted by Raj Khalsa Gurdwara! Doctors in many specialties volunteered their time to provide free consultations in areas including internal and family medicine, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, dentistry, oncology, chiropractic care, nutrition and more. Enroll Virginia and the Asian American Inter Community Service assisted participants with health insurance enrollment for open season. The Red Cross was on site accepting blood donations from many participants. Langar was served and an introductory yoga class was offered.

The first-ever Health Fair hosted by Raj Khalsa Gurdwara! Doctors in many specialties volunteered their time to provide free consultations in areas including internal and family medicine, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, dentistry, oncology, chiropractic care, nutrition and more. Enroll Virginia and the Asian American Inter Community Service assisted participants with health insurance enrollment for open season. The Red Cross was on site accepting blood donations from many participants. Langar was served and an introductory yoga class was offered.

We are delighted to announce the first-ever Raj Khalsa Gurdwara Community Health Fair, coming up on December 7! All are welcome!

[10/20/19]   Hukam for October 20, 2019

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੩ ॥
सलोकु मः ३ ॥
Salok mėhlā 3.
Shalok, Third Mehl:

ਹਸਤੀ ਸਿਰਿ ਜਿਉ ਅੰਕਸੁ ਹੈ ਅਹਰਣਿ ਜਿਉ ਸਿਰੁ ਦੇਇ ॥
हसती सिरि जिउ अंकसु है अहरणि जिउ सिरु देइ ॥
Hasṯī sir jio ankas hai ahraṇ jio sir ḏee.
The elephant offers its head to the reins, and the anvil offers itself to the hammer;

ਮਨੁ ਤਨੁ ਆਗੈ ਰਾਖਿ ਕੈ ਊਭੀ ਸੇਵ ਕਰੇਇ ॥
मनु तनु आगै राखि कै ऊभी सेव करेइ ॥
Man ṯan āgai rākẖ kai ūbẖī sev karei.
just so, we offer our minds and bodies to our Guru; we stand before Him, and serve Him.

ਇਉ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਆਪੁ ਨਿਵਾਰੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਰਾਜੁ ਸ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਕਾ ਲੇਇ ॥
इउ गुरमुखि आपु निवारीऐ सभु राजु स्रिसटि का लेइ ॥
Io gurmukẖ āp nivārīai sabẖ rāj sarisat kā lee.
This is how the Gurmukhs eliminate their self-conceit, and come to rule the whole world.

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੁਝੀਐ ਜਾ ਆਪੇ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇਇ ॥੧॥
नानक गुरमुखि बुझीऐ जा आपे नदरि करेइ ॥१॥
Nānak gurmukẖ bujẖīai jā āpe naḏar karei. ||1||
O Nanak, the Gurmukh understands, when the Lord casts His Glance of Grace. ||1||

ਮਃ ੩ ॥
मः ३ ॥
Mėhlā 3.
Third Mehl:

ਜਿਨ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਆਏ ਤੇ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥
जिन गुरमुखि नामु धिआइआ आए ते परवाणु ॥
Jin gurmukẖ nām ḏẖiāiā āe ṯe parvāṇ.
Blessed and approved is the coming into the world, of those Gurmukhs who meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

ਨਾਨਕ ਕੁਲ ਉਧਾਰਹਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਮਾਣੁ ॥੨॥
नानक कुल उधारहि आपणा दरगह पावहि माणु ॥२॥
Nānak kul uḏẖārėh āpṇā ḏargėh pāvahi māṇ. ||2||
O Nanak, they save their families, and they are honored in the Court of the Lord. ||2||

ਪਉੜੀ ॥
पउड़ी ॥

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਖੀਆ ਸਿਖ ਗੁਰੂ ਮੇਲਾਈਆ ॥
गुरमुखि सखीआ सिख गुरू मेलाईआ ॥
Gurmukẖ sakẖīā sikẖ gurū melāīā.
The Guru unites His Sikhs, the Gurmukhs, with the Lord.

ਇਕਿ ਸੇਵਕ ਗੁਰ ਪਾਸਿ ਇਕਿ ਗੁਰਿ ਕਾਰੈ ਲਾਈਆ ॥
इकि सेवक गुर पासि इकि गुरि कारै लाईआ ॥
Ik sevak gur pās ik gur kārai lāīā.
The Guru keeps some of them with Himself, and engages others in His Service.

ਜਿਨਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਮਨਿ ਚਿਤਿ ਤਿਨਾ ਭਾਉ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇਵਾਈਆ ॥
जिना गुरु पिआरा मनि चिति तिना भाउ गुरू देवाईआ ॥
Jinā gur piārā man cẖiṯ ṯinā bẖāo gurū ḏevāīā.
Those who cherish their Beloved in their conscious minds, the Guru blesses them with His Love.

ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖਾ ਇਕੋ ਪਿਆਰੁ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਤਾ ਪੁਤਾ ਭਾਈਆ ॥
गुर सिखा इको पिआरु गुर मिता पुता भाईआ ॥
Gur sikẖā iko piār gur miṯā puṯā bẖāīā.
The Guru loves all of His GurSikhs equally well, like friends, children and siblings.

ਗੁਰੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਬੋਲਹੁ ਸਭਿ ਗੁਰੁ ਆਖਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀਵਾਈਆ ॥੧੪॥
गुरु सतिगुरु बोलहु सभि गुरु आखि गुरू जीवाईआ ॥१४॥
Gur saṯgur bolhu sabẖ gur ākẖ gurū jīvāīā. ||14||
So chant the Name of the Guru, the True Guru, everyone! Chanting the Name of the Guru, Guru, you shall be rejuvenated. ||14||

SGGS p(647)

“It is good to say, ‘Hello, how are you? Good morning, my Creator. Thank you very much.’
It is called gratitude. Attitude of gratitude brings you opportunities beyond your concept. And when the prayer becomes the vibration of the soul, mind, and self, we can create a miracle.”
~Yogi Bhajan 12/8/89 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You only want to deal with a few things, so you pick and choose. This way you build a character of being limited, because you only want to deal with the limited. No limited thing can be happy, because God is unlimited and the environments are unlimited.”
~Yogi Bhajan 2/13/95 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You have to basically understand the concept of cleanliness and it is a western word-cleanliness is a godliness; to keep the body clean, neat, perfect, unharmed is just to protect the temple of God. Those who do not feel themselves to be capable to protect the body, what God realization is expected by them? It's a simple question.”
~Yogi Bhajan 10/21/69 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Be relaxed with everyone. People love to talk to you, if you experience relaxation, if you believe relaxation, if you are a relaxed being. All it takes is for you to just talk to somebody and that person will be relaxed right there and then.”
~Yogi Bhajan 10/2/73 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Ask yourself these questions, ‘Who am I? What am I doing? What is my object? What is my subject? What is my distance and what is my destiny?’ That is how you should start the day. It is called ‘Starting to realize the Self.”
~Yogi Bhajan 1/9/95
©YB Teachings, LLC

“Your job in the Age of Aquarius will be to understand your own self, your self-dignity, your self-esteem, your self-morality, your self-ethic, your self-spirit and rise and resurrect yourself to the point that you can lift by sight, touch and word.”
~Yogi Bhajan 5/4/94 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“What a woman can do with one smile, you would need a very expert doctor to do. Her divine healing power is more than even she understands, because God has given her the status of a mother. If she’s not a mother, she’s a mother in potential. Therefore, her mechanism, her life, her clarification, is basically divine.”
~Yogi Bhajan 7/9/84 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“This is the time for the virtue of your breath to be in control of yourself. This is the moment you have to create all power within yourself. Concentrate on the breath. Feel God within you with each breath. Feel the universe around you with each sound.”
~Yogi Bhajan 8/8/2000 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Nobility is such a virtue. You can conquer the whole world with it. It is a code of conduct to be noble. Nobility is self-determination to not be corrupt. It is a self-declaration.”
~Yogi Bhajan (© YBTeachings, LLC)

“Life was given to you to experience life. Life was not given to you to experience traumas. Life is a caliber. It is given to you once, and it's not meant to be wasted in games.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Human caliber must decide what it wants. If you want to run after things, things will not run after you. If you become still and steady and make your mind to be your mind, then everything will come to you.”
~Yogi Bhajan 5/15/78 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Just remember every soul is a God and every soul is a test for you. Every soul is testing how you are behaving; how you're reacting; how you're projecting; how your aggression and progression is.”
~Yogi Bhajan 10/22/94 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You must understand when somebody talks to you, if you are not willing to hear them out, you are foolishly going for an unsuccessful future. The first principle of success is, when somebody is talking, hear it. Don't interrupt. Let him complete the sentence; hear him properly. When they are done and you are asked to speak, do not answer the question if you cannot uplift the person. If your answer uplifts that person, you shall be prosperous.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“If you want to pass the test of time, life, self, grace, projection, and reality, you must decide to keep up, no matter what. There is no other way. And you have to keep up in the face of everything.”

~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“When we cannot listen, we cannot speak. This head has a working mechanism. It only becomes elevated when you listen.”

~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Nothing can change the pattern of human destiny until the devotion is so strong that one is willing to sacrifice his patterns. And when that occurs, life is greatly changed. Elevated consciousness is a surety. Happiness is around the corner.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

"The act of kindness is such a powerful weapon that it is endless in its scope. You can never run out of kindness. Kindness is the supreme gift of the elevated person. It is the beauty of the beauty of the beauty.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Truth is nothing but giving your values of earth away and taking the values of ether to you. Truth is nothing but your strength of your commitment. Truth is your security.”
~Yogi Bhajan 10/6/77 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

Traducción en Español::

La Verdad no es más que regalar tus valores de la tierra y tomar los valores del eter. La Verdad no es nada más que la fuerza de tu compromiso. La Verdad es tu seguridad.

Yogui Bhajan 06/10/77
Traducido por:
Gurubachan Kaur Khalsa

“Once a person gives himself to the righteous path of divinity and decides to be a soldier for righteousness and a saint for humanity, that person has achieved God-like grace. It is a mental capacity. When you reach a state of consciousness where nobody can reach you, nobody can buy you, nobody can have you, then you are priceless.”
~Yogi Bhajan 1975 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Creativity blossoms when every word becomes respectful, using a respectful language is the power to prosperity, is path of ecstasy, is life of joy.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Inhale deeply with reverence, love, compassion and kindness. Communicate with your breath that it must give you peace of mind, peace on the mother planet Earth, peace and oneness with God and His creation.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“The greatest beauty in you is that if you become sacred, your price will go up. If you want to protect your future, never act cheap. If you want to be free, never control anything—it will drag you to death. If you want to be respected, never nag. And if you want to be loved, then deliver. Let your words mean what you say.”
~Yogi Bhajan 7/4/95 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“The first stage of higher consciousness, is the state of equilibrium where neither praise inflates you nor slander depresses you. You may love the praise, but you offer it at the altar of your Creator. You may dislike slander, but you offer it at the altar of your Creator. A person who lives in this state is super-sensitive therefore he is grateful. This attitude of gratitude makes a person great.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“In old times God used to speak from the sky and men used to listen and act. God spoke to Ibrahim, God spoke to Noah, God spoke to many people. God might have spoken many times to Jesus. God spoke to Buddha. I was not there with a tape-recorder, so I don't know whether He spoke or not, but in this Age of Aquarius, your consciousness will speak to you all the time. If you have not ears to listen, you shall always be in pain, trouble and face a very painful destruction.”
~Yogi Bhajan 5/4/94 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You can lie to everybody but you cannot lie to your consciousness. And you cannot deny your intuition.”
~Yogi Bhajan 1/26/94 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“The greatest blunder I have seen that almost everyone makes is to just speak their mind. It doesn't make any sense. They sound like squawking ducks in a pond. The mind is not meant to be spoken. The mind is mostly waves of thoughts and sensations of many sources. The mind is meant to know the truth. Know your own mind and use it to speak the truth.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You have to learn only one thing. This planet belongs to God. God rotates this planet. Let God take care of your routine. Do not interfere. Spare yourself from pain, tragedy, desperation, and desolation.”
~Yogi Bhajan 2/8/95 (YB Teachings, LLC)

“Give Mother Earth the chance to be in peace. Give mankind the chance to live. Give children of the future a chance to enjoy the faculty that the Creator has created for us. At this time your mental projection in peace can change the warring minds. Peace has a price—the head and heart of all of us. Let us pray.”
~Yogi Bhajan 6/10/89 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Transformation in the game of love requires a complete reorientation to the rules of the game. In order to truly experience love and union, we must begin by playing with a new rule book. In the West, we have been trained to look for that one person—our soul mate—who can fulfill our longing, who can give us what we believe we need or want from a relationship. To truly love, we must first fulfill that longing within ourselves with the Infinite, the love of God. Anything less will fall short. No human being can fill that particular hole—not even a soul mate.”
~Yogi Bhajan (©YB Teachings, LLC)


Wahe Guru! Tune in this Sunday. 🙏

Snatam Kaur Khalsa is not only nominated but is performing at the Grammy's!

“When an obstruction comes into our lives, we feel very upset. We suffer. We think everything is ruined. No, it’s not true. A car without brakes is not going to be driven on any road. These obstructions, these negativities, these nuisances are part of the game. They give you a chance to cross over them. But you can’t cross them, because you have not acquired friendship with your own spirit.”
~Yogi Bhajan 10/5/73 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“You now have an action to take, you must achieve your own fulfillment so that your inner satisfaction will be strong enough and your courage will be strong enough that you can let the world know that there is a place where we live in total reality. There is an achievement that a man can accomplish, not ritualistically, but in a total reality, and it is that total reality which shall prevail tomorrow.”
~Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1989 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

“Appreciation is an art and a lifestyle; a source of happiness and fulfillment. It’s called gratitude, an attitude of gratitude. A person who develops an attitude of gratitude is absolutely divine. You don’t have to sweat. If you have achieved the attitude of gratitude, everything in the world will come to you. If you make it a point to have an attitude of gratitude, it could be the greatest achievement in your life. Gratefulness will make you great. It takes away any discrepancy, any negativity, any bother.”
~Yogi Bhajan 6/27/1984 (©YB Teachings, LLC)

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