We are currently witnessing and experiencing a great many changes in our global communities. There is a need to step back, re-evaluate, and re-structure where appropriate, and sustain what is essential. We are still very much in the grieving process.
It is hard to hold a vision when so much pain still exists. Nevertheless, reflecting on our past reveals that we have been here before—in ways perhaps less obvious, more subtle, yet significant. We can learn a lot from history if we take the time to study it. And honoring our history is an important function of the grieving process.
The energies of the Aquarian Age are different from those of the Piscean Age. Attempts to make much-needed shifts during these times often prove challenging. Polarization seems to be very strong in some of our communities, while compassion and kindness are barely experienced.
I think of the first Sutra (concept or teaching) of the Aquarian Age, “Recognize that the other person is you” and wonder what might happen if indeed we embraced that touchstone. Would our journey at these crossroads be more inclusive of our differing viewpoints? I believe it might.
The current issue features articles that highlight shifts and changes that our Dharma witnessed and experienced during significant events in the 1980s and ‘90s. Told from the perspective of those who helped to create the changes, the stories seek to shine a light on what is possible to achieve despite challenges.
Through our Ministers’ accounts, we get to look back at how we developed and matured as individuals. 3HO/Sikh Dharma communities grew and evolved during these turbulent times. We were moving from the old ways that were dissolving to allow the new ways to emerge.
We have a Guru as our steady guide, taking us from darkness to light. That is truly our blessing. It is my experience that Ministers have committed to this path in a significant and profound way; yes, it is subtle yet powerful.
Vibrationally, Ministers are an essential part of the whole and have helped to lead on many fronts. Our story changes with each decade; it is an evolution over time. Seeing the arc of change can help us create a better future.
May God and Guru ever bless you.
SS Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa
Secretary of Religion
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. She maintains a full-time psychotherapy private practice in Santa Monica, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, counseling individuals, couples, and families to support their personal and spiritual growth. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a facilitator of White Tantric Yoga®, and a published author.