What does it mean to be a Sikh Dharma Minister? Perhaps your soul incarnated during the lifetime of Guru Amar Das Ji, when the Sikh Ministry began in the mid-1500s. Unfortunately, over time the system became corrupt and Guru Gobind Singh put a stop to it.
In 1972 the Siri Singh Sahib saw that there was again a need for an organized system of leadership for our Dharma, and he established our Sikh Dharma Ministry. Whether the Siri Singh Sahib awakened your soul to this destiny directly, or you experienced this calling within yourself, being a Sikh Dharma Minister is part of your destiny this lifetime.
Your presence must work. From showing kindness to a lone camper at Solstice who missed dinner and who comes to the kitchen for a little food—to teaching about Sikh Dharma technology to a legislative body in Chile—you are serving as a Minister. It is a consciousness in your psyche that you manifest in your daily life. It is spreading the Guru’s Word in the world. It is indeed part of your destiny, that by Guru’s Grace, you shall live unto your last breath.
Shaping Our Future
The ongoing theme of “Ministers Shaping the Future of our Ministry” was the topic of our Ministers’ gathering at Winter Solstice 2013. It is important to note that the discussions that took place at the gathering are just the beginning stages of the Ministry shaping future Minister training. There are a variety of models that we can draw upon and nothing has been decided at this point in time. Clearly, it is important for your voice to be heard by attending these gatherings.
In training us in the consciousness of being a Minister, the Siri Singh Sahib established the annual renewal process for Ministers. He said that part of the consciousness of being a Minister was to renew your ministerial commitment yearly. These simple requirements keep our Ministry both legal and current.
The Ministry is a self-funding group of our Dharma. Therefore, on a very practical, earth plane level, we depend on Ministers to stay current and pay their dues. Outside of a ten-hour per week administrative assistant’s position, the rest of the work of this office is 100% seva. If Ministers are not current with their dues, it hurts our ability to administer the Ministry. Please help us continue to support you. Stay current. Renew. Keep up. Keep going.
Be the unique creation of God you were made to be. We need each and every one of you to create the whole Ministry, both energetically and on the good old earth plane. Let us continue to serve this destiny with grace and consciousness. Thank you for doing your part.
Blessings to all of you,
SS Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa, Secretary of Religion
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.