About the JHSD Team

Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma is a joint effort of its creator and facilitator, Mata Mandir Kaur, and her support team consisting of Baldev Singh, DukhNiwaran Kaur, and Gurukarm Kaur.


dnk3-optDukhNiwaran Kaur, JHSD Community Connections, takes charge of JHSD’s Facebook and other social media presence. She is a Kundalini Yoga Professional Teacher Trainer and has been practicing Kundalini Yoga and delving into its spiritual depths since 1997. As a therapeutic bodyworker and massage therapist, she strives to serve the souls of those she treats through the power and wisdom of the body. Working at a treatment center for young adults with mental illness, substance abuse and eating disorders, she holds the space for their transformation as spiritual beings having a human experience. Opening up space for spiritual explorations, DukhNiwaran is developing a spirituality program at the center. She now serves as a Minister of Sikh Dharma.

DukhNiwaran had been living as a Sikh for many years before taking Amrit in 2012. Taking the Journey Into the Heart of Sikh Dharma course in 2011 has been a transformational experience for her. Experiencing this course has given her an organizing center from which to teach – the deep love and expansiveness of the Sikh path. DukhNiwaran shares her joy of this path with warmth, witnessing and nurturing the gifts each student brings. DukhNiwaran lives in Chicago with her wife of 26 years and 2 cats.


Baldev Singh, Marketing Manager. Having taken Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma, I found that the course provided me the opportunity to reconnect my true self with the many aspects of Sikh Dharma that I had put aside because work consumed me. It is my prayer that I can serve Mata Mandir Kaur and this course to help others feel the power of themselves in relation to their connection with Sikh Dharma.

I have been actively involved in Ashram living for over 40 years. In my early years I taught yoga in the US and in Europe. Most recently I have been a general manager of a chain of retail stores that I helped grow from 7 to 32 stores over a 12 year period. Some of my strengths are understanding people, how to market a product, and how to develop a business.



Gurukarm Kaur, web manager, handles the website of JHSD. Gurukarm Kaur and Mata Mandir Kaur have been friends since living together in the then-ashram in Buffalo NY, and then living and working together in Washington DC in the Golden Temple Conscious Cookery and other businesses owned by the DC sangat. She began learning about HTML, CSS, and other web-related work while employed in the Biology Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been working in this and related arenas since 1998. Gurukarm Kaur has had the privilege of taking the JHSD telecourse twice, and highly recommends the experience to every interested person.

Gurukarm Kaur lives with her husband Baldev Singh in the Millis, Massachusetts, sangat, and works as an email marketing specialist for a non-profit Jewish Federation in Boston.