Being a Sikh Dharma Minister gives me a greater sense of identity that is both empowering and solid. It is a constant reminder that there is nothing between God and me and that for the rest of my life I will have an inner Self striving to serve God and Sikh Dharma.
As a Sikh Dharma Minister, I will always have to raise the bar of my own consciousness and choose to do the right thing, when perhaps my own ego is telling me otherwise.
I will have to be the best I can be, and the identity of a Minister gives me this opportunity for excellence.
“Being a Sikh Dharma Minister
gives me a…sense of identity
that is both empowering and solid…
a reminder that…for the rest of my life
I will have an inner striving
to serve God and Sikh Dharma.”
In addition, being a Sikh Dharma minister offers me an expanded awareness of community and an opportunity to set myself to learn and share with other Sikh Dharma Ministers, as well as the greater community of man.
It is not only a great opportunity to set myself to a higher standard but also an opportunity to hone my skills of working with others and meeting my challenges in these areas.
I will have to become an example for others, and in doing so, I need to take special care to watch my words—to make sure I am making the impression I desire. It will give me occasions for tolerance, as I need to become more self-reflective about my behavior in order to constantly improve myself.
Most of all, I aspire to develop a far greater sense of tolerance and compassion for my fellow Sikhs and humanity. Tolerance and especially compassion were the qualities the Siri Singh Sahib stressed above all others, and as a Sikh Dharma Minister, my goal is to embody these traits, so that they become part of my inner being in my quest for excellence in all that I do.
About the Author
SS Satya Kaur Khalsa Corfield was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister on June 24, 2017. She and her future (late) husband, Satya Singh, met the Siri Singh Sahib in March of 1970 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She says, “My journey has taken me in directions unseen in that other lifetime. Life with a family of three daughters and working as a teacher in the at-risk areas of the five states in which we lived, there was little time for more. However, with the passing of my husband, and my retirement, I felt the need to affirm my belief system by becoming a Minister of Sikh Dharma in 2017. All our children have pursued their paths, serving in ways that reflect the fast-pacing times we are living in.”