Spiritual Maturity is the path in which we move from individual consciousness to universal consciousness, passing through collective consciousness—unavoidably. There is no shortcut in which we do not consider that we live in society, seeing the other not as a means but as an end.
So using the logic of this walk of consciousness, from my individual perspective, being a Minister of Sikh Dharma is an opportunity to serve, and to put myself on that walk. It is an opportunity to give my isht a body to direct my ego, and remember that as a Raj of the Guru my role is not to reign over others but humbly to serve them and, maybe, assist them in making that walk.
From a collective perspective, being a Minister of Sikh Dharma challenges me to immerse myself in this shared intelligence, where individual wills and conflicts have the opportunity to dissolve, and spirit to rise.
Thus, on my walk as an ambassador of the Guru and Khalsa consciousness, an altar is created that comes from the persona but goes beyond and serves everyone without distinction and whenever necessary. I see my role in this dynamic as a partner, supporting the hard work done by the Guru, in direct relationship with the individual.
“…to be a Minister of Sikh Dharma
is to bring the universal values
that we cultivate into action—whatever
is needed to bring harmony and balance.”
The idea of an ambassador may seem a little static, but I see that to be a Minister of Sikh Dharma is to bring the universal values that we cultivate into action. It means being proactive in service to all, through elevation, containment, boosting, or stabilization–whatever is needed to bring harmony and balance.
In my view, as Ministers of Sikh Dharma, we should not merely have our peers on our radar. In order to make social justice and prosperity a reality for all, we must extend ourselves beyond our equals and embrace everyone, so that our sangat becomes the whole humanity.
From the perspective of universal consciousness, a Minister of Sikh Dharma aspires to be a living expression of the coherence of the teachings; and ultimately to surrender to that supreme intelligence when crossing the world ocean.
As messengers of the teachings, we use our personal practice to go to the ethers; moreover, we bring down these experiences into action in the world, infusing the life around us with the Naam.
About the Author
SS Gururaj Singh Khalsa was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister on July 18, 2020. He is a Federal employee in Brazil who became a Kundalini Yoga trainer and a Sikh Dharma Minister after falling in love with the Shabad Guru. In these roles, he has been advocating for social justice and human rights, especially marriage equality. As a devotee of Sikh sacred scriptures, Gururaj Singh teaches courses on Shabad Guru and Gurmukhi and has been transliterating and translating the entire Nitnem in Portuguese.