“How did Gurbani really save Me” interview with Harsangat Kaur from US at the Española, New Mexico Gurdwara after 3HO Summer Solstice 2012
Kaur takes pride in calling herself Persian-Scandinavian Singhni who was born and raised in Texas. Today, she is a mounted archer in true Sikh tradition.
Inspired by a Nihang Sikh, Kaur not only adopted the lifestyle but also completed the ritual baptism of to become a Nihang Singhni. She was baptized by Baba Budda Dal Jathedar Joginder Singh in 2012 during his first visit to the UK. She told that she has been riding horses since she was five. Trained as an archer too, she was fascinated by what she calls “the brotherhood of the horse” and slowly got attracted to the Nihang way of life. She says she finds this lifestyle to be natural, and today, she can easily recite Gurbani. Kaur has also visited Takht Shri Damadama Sahib and tried her hand at Gurmukhi, a Sikh script, by writing the letters in sand.
“My father’s native tongue is Farsi so it’s an advantage for me with Gurmukhi at times,” she says. On how her family reacts when they see her in the flowing robes of a Nihang, she says, “It’s not their favorite image of me.” However, she admits that ever since she embraced Sikhism, there have been several changes in her lifestyle. “My life has changed for the better and I give my thanks to Waheguru each day,” she says.
Harsangat Kaur Khalsa’s personal journey in Sikhi led her to become the 1st woman to ride a horse in Holla Mahalla since perhaps the time of Mai Bhago. She is now in Austin Texas pursuing her dream on the international Tent Pegging team.
Harsangat ji, how did you come across Tent Pegging ?
It really is amazing. I moved back to Texas and I wasn’t sure why I came back. I definitely wanted to spend more time with my family, but I felt out of place because before this I was living in sangat. Here, I’m back with my old friends and this is what I had left to become a Sikh. Then, I got a call a few months ago from a friend of mine, Jamie. She is married to a Sikh and she is on the Tent Pegging team. She said, “There is a Tent Pegging team and it’s only thirty days old and it’s in Houston.”
That’s only a couple hours away from Austin. I was blown away. That’s what I wanted to do when I was in India. When I rode a horse at Holla Mahalla, I did race, but I didn’t have a lance and peg like most of the people there. I wasn’t taken seriously. I had to prove my ability. They gave me an unruly stallion and I rode it with the best of them. Now hopefully, especially with being on the Tent Pegging team, they will let me fully participate in Holla Mahalla next time.
This is the first Tent Pegging team in the history of the U.S. I interviewed to be o
|254/38+9*-and they wanted me on. Now I’m part of U.S. history and I’m really excited about it. source from doabamedia.com