To be a Sikh Dharma Minister is upgrading and solidifying my relationship to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and the Gurus.
My personal experience is not personal anymore as I am investing it into the collective space of sharing in the service of the Sangat.
The habit and literally, my religious garb, carry the meaning that I am available to serve patiently, selflessly, honestly, and fearlessly. I feel called to upgrade my mind.
“To be a Sikh Dharma Minister is upgrading
and solidifying my relationship
to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and the Gurus.”
All dimensions of myself, all facets of my being, are called to converge in this place that is most difficult to attain and to inhabit permanently—the open heart that feels all without limitation, the ears that listen without condition, the eyes that see what is to be seen and not judge and to forgive and see God in all.
It is asking me to actively validate the Sat Nam that I am rather than asking for confirmation or validation of any mistaken, limiting, or limited identity based on my personal history, status or ego.
The challenge is to not avoid, ignore, or feed the pitfalls and contradictions that will reveal themselves to me and ask to be taken one by one, breath by breath, step by step.
I have no illusion about my limited grasp of what it really means to be a Sikh Dharma Minister, but I am fully aware that learning by doing is the only way. Overall I feel a need to pause and rest and deeply listen.
What mental and physical habit, what state of being is required to serve, listen, and hold that space? Practically, it means to remember that I represent more than myself, and take all that I encounter as communication with and from the Divine and respond accordingly.
It certainly is a validation of what I have been doing in the past months by teaching about Sikh Dharma through Kundalini Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga through Sikh Dharma. At another age, I would have been excited about this perspective. Rather, I find myself getting quiet and calm, accepting that proceeding from here is more in the hands of God than in mine.
What is Guru’s will for me to do, to learn, to share, and to become? Where shall I invest my breath, time, and energy in the coming years? I know that the hukam will come and I will follow by dropping whatever is required to be left behind and stepping forward into the future.
About the Author
SS Kirpal Singh Khalsa was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister on August 18, 2021. He was educated in West Germany and studied Philosophy in Berlin and Paris. He has lived in France since 1988, and also teaches in Italy, Germany, and England. Since his childhood, Kirpal Singh felt a strong mystical calling. He has studied Western and Indian music and has been exploring the transmission of the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, Sikh Dharma, and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib for many years. He took Amrit in 2009 and takes great pleasure in teaching KRI Levels 1 and 2 courses through the lens of the Shabd Guru.