From a very young age, I had a deep restlessness. I was constantly searching for answers about the Self; the origins of life; God; the relationships between human beings; the relationship between life and death; nothingness.
These questions led me to look for answers in different religions—questions that were left unanswered most of the time. As my search intensified, I was directed towards the continuity and analysis of various spiritual paths.
Naturally, almost magically, after reading several books on Hindu philosophy, I began to ‘feel’ that the path was dimly illuminated in my inquisitive horizon and I understood that perhaps the answers were hidden in the Vedanta philosophy.
I devoured many books. The questions multiplied inside me, but in a general abstract context, many of the themes and doubts began to make sense. Even today, many of these doubts persist. But I have come to understand that religion in the Western sense would never satisfy my restlessness and my search would continue until my death.
On this wonderful path of study in search of answers, I found Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. It was no longer necessary to continue searching because I had the certainty—as an inner warning—that I had found the path that would return me to the origin, the roots, and the answers—to trust and surrender, without fear.
“A Sikh Dharma Minister is a fighter
who does not faint and whose banner
is justice, truth, and reason.”
With this new perspective, I deepened my practice of Kundalini Yoga and made the commitment to live the yogic lifestyle and take Amrit vows. I did this, completely “self-convinced”, without any doubt about the decision— the most successful of my life!
Without the constraints of Western religions, in which God is the punisher and guilt and fear prevail, there was no longer any reason to continue suffering! The possibility of liberating the soul opened up before me!
I understand that a Sikh Dharma Minister is not an inaccessible religious figure with powers and privileges, but a leader who walks with his brothers and sisters to help them in their lives.
A Minister is a leader who teaches by the example of a compassionate and fair life—a leader who fights for common ideals and creates spaces of opportunities to grow—a leader who supports the community in times of crisis. A leader who fights for justice. who supports the weak, and faces challenges in order to serve the community.
A Sikh Dharma Minister is a fighter who does not faint and whose banner is justice, truth and reason.
I pray to Guru Ram Das to fill my life with strength and determination to fulfill my duty until death.
About the Author
SS Livtar Singh Khalsa was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister on November 7, 2020. He is a KRI Teacher Trainer and has taught Kundalini Yoga professionally since 2008. He founded and is Director of Shunia Kundalini Yoga School in Lima, Peru, organizing KRI courses and workshops. He specializes in programs for children, SuperHealth (addictions) and introduced Kundalini yoga as a tool for recovery. Livtar Singh is an architect and studied medicine. He developed an organic, vegan food brand, “Prana Gourmet” and teaches cooking and nutrition with a vegan/Ayurvedic orientation. He is in the process of co-developing a Gurmukhi Academy and is Director of Asociación Cultural Shunia, an NGO promoting health and wellness through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Conscious Eating. He is currently a member of the Latin American Karam Kriya School.