What a special Minister’s Gathering we had at Summer Solstice 2014! These gatherings were created to help build a sense of community among the Ministers, to offer tools for our Ministers and to support each other with our unique contributions.
As Secretary of Religion, I am dedicated to supporting Ministers to help shape the future of our Ministry. It is my belief that Sikh Dharma Ministers, through their leadership, will manifest the future of our Sikh Dharma Ministry and thereby, Guru will manifest the future of the Dharma. Towards that vision and purpose, this gathering was the fifth in a series we started at Summer Solstice 2012.
At the Summer Solstice 2012 gathering we asked the question: “What do you do in your capacity as a Minister that brings you joy and fulfills your natural desire to serve?” The Winter Solstice 2012 topic was: Qualities, Values, Virtues, and Caliber that Exemplify a Sikh Dharma Minister.
At Summer Solstice 2013 we did a visioning process. Winter Solstice 2013 was focused on Aquarian Leadership. The intention for the Summer Solstice 2014 gathering was to forge a deeper connection to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and one’s own inner guidance, so that the leadership and seva of the Ministry can be a means through which the Guru can manifest the future of the Dharma.
We had the great good fortune of having SS Dev Suroop Kaur Khalsa take us through “The Ten Facets of a Great Chant.” It was powerful, educational, uplifting and profound. By exploring these elements we had the opportunity to experience our own unique and true voice. Dev Suroop Kaur used the shabd Satgur Daya Nidh.
What a beautiful way to connect with the Guru. “A disciple who walks one step towards Guru to take his refuge and goes to him with devotion and humility, Guru advances to receive him (devotee) by taking million steps.” Clearly each Minister’s connection with the Guru is essential in manifesting the future of our Dharma. This experiential gathering was a gift to all of us.
SS Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa
ABOUT THE SECRETARY OF RELIGION
SS Dr. Sat Kaur Khalsa has served as Secretary of Religion since 1991 and was ordained as a Sikh Dharma Minister in 1975. As Secretary of Religion, Dr. Sat Kaur oversees and is ultimately responsible for the delivery of the functions of this Office. Dr. Sat Kaur is a long-time member of the International Khalsa Council and the Khalsa Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sat Kaur maintains a full-time psychotherapy private practice in Santa Monica, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She counsels individuals, couples, and families to support their personal and spiritual growth. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, facilitates White Tantric Yoga®, and is a published author.