American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm Members of a community of American Sikhs in Espanola, N.M., live quiet lives of meditation, yoga and vegetarianism. They also run a big business. Akal Security guards protect federal courthouses, military installations and embassies from Ecuador to Iraq.
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American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm

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American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm

American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm

American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm

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Daya Singh Khalsa heads up the Sikh-run Akal Security company, which landed more than $1 billion in federal contracts after the Sept. 11 attacks. The company protects federal courthouses, embassies and military installations. Ryan Heffernan/Aurora Photos for NPR hide caption

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Daya Singh Khalsa heads up the Sikh-run Akal Security company, which landed more than $1 billion in federal contracts after the Sept. 11 attacks. The company protects federal courthouses, embassies and military installations.

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During a wedding ceremony, Sada Sat Sinran Singh reads from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the book of sacred writings. The book is considered a living body of wisdom that gives advice and helps guide one through life. Ryan Heffernan/Aurora Photos for NPR hide caption

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During a wedding ceremony, Sada Sat Sinran Singh reads from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the book of sacred writings. The book is considered a living body of wisdom that gives advice and helps guide one through life.

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This was the summer home of Yogi Bhajan, the late kundalini yoga master and spiritual director of the 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) movement. Ryan Heffernan/Aurora Photos for NPR hide caption

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This was the summer home of Yogi Bhajan, the late kundalini yoga master and spiritual director of the 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) movement.

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