It was 1978 when I embarked on making knives, swords and kirpans full time. I’d studied art, silver and gold-smithing at a university in upstate New York for six years prior to that with two accomplished metalsmith professors. At the same time I began embracing the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and Naam Simran as well as the martial arts. These ‘tools’ helped me a lot back then to begin to integrate my new identity as a Singh and eventually a Khalsa and have become things I lean on still every day of my life, by His grace. Around the same time a wise man from Punjab who had become a teacher for many of us in the West, Yogi Harbhajan Singh, encouraged me ‘to use my artistic gifts to create things that uplift and inspire people’. By His further grace and with my team we have been doing that ever since.
I’ve held a vision for some years now that the name Khalsa would be synonymous with the name ‘Fabergé’ of Fabergé egg fame. (Peter Carl Fabergé was a master artisan from Russia who created splendid artifacts for the Russian czars among others. He was prolific from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s). I recently embarked on a project to teach and present inspiring opportunities for the exceptional children at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar. This is a special school my teacher set up, away from some of the not so positive influences of modern Western culture to train young men and women as saint-soliders. My vision is to help facilitate these mostly Western children to be creative with their minds and hands in manifesting sacred jewelry, swords, kirpans and other objects to help bless and heal our world. This feels like one way that this vision of the name ‘Khalsa’ that God shared with me might begin to unfold. If you may have interest to support this project by helping set and equip the metals studio in the art building there please email: info@KhalsaKirpans.com or call 508-376-8162. Donations can be tax deductible.