SS Gurubachan Singh Khalsa, Albuquerque NM
There is one simple guiding principle as a Minister of Sikh Dharma: Mission without Commission. To honestly serve this mission we have to put aside our own personal agendas and serve the needs of the time and space before us.
It is such a tremendous privilege to serve in the capacity of a Minister that there are no limitations in service. As the Guru is the hub and touchstone of the community so too is the Minister a guiding physical presence.
The world is full of many changes today and no one is sure where they are leading. With the beginning of the Aquarian Age we are faced with an increased pace of life that is becoming unbearable; a huge amount of anger, frustration, and stress; an increase in feelings of isolation, insecurity, confusion and depression.
On top of it all, we are on such information-overload that our nervous systems cannot even fathom one more megabyte without freaking out.
As Ministers we must have the consistency of personality to be trusted. We must also develop a neutral mind set and a strong vitality to deal with not only our personal challenges but also the challenges of others.
We must first and foremost be in tune with ourselves. We must have a self-connection because otherwise we will not be able to connect with others.
It is incumbent on us to have a solid sadhana to achieve this self-understanding and identity. Sadhana also gives us the consistency to act, a strong nervous system not to react, and a neutral mind to bring to all aspects of our service.
The general public judges our Dharma by how our Ministers and sangat members act and behave. Everyone looks at the clergy of any religion and passes a judgment based on what they see. If we are able to be consistent in our strength, compassion, and service we will be judged by those virtues.
However if we are scattered, reactive, emotional, commotional, and angry we will not be in a position to serve ourselves, let alone serve anyone else.
These are times that require a conscious commitment to our practice, our sangat and our Dharma. This great challenge that we face on a daily basis is really a wonderful opportunity for us to excel in our human spirit to serve the humanity and help others usher in the Aquarian Age.
About the Author
SS Gurubachan Singh Khalsa is an ordained Sikh Dharma Ministers. He served the Siri Singh Sahib for many years and travels around the world sharing about Guru Ram Das on the Lord of Miracles Tour and teaching meditation through the Breathe tour.