The year 2017 embodies the energies of Guru Gobind Singh and the Radiant Body. The overarching theme of our four e-newsletters reflects these energies. When the Radiant Body is strong it gives spiritual royalty, creativity, nobility, courage, and excellence.
With what is currently happening in the world, it is critical to strengthen one’s Radiant Body. There is so much negativity, anger, hate, division, and polarization present, we need that buffer to shine light on the darkness.
For years, the Siri Singh Sahib told us to be the lighthouses. Clearly, that brightness is needed at this moment in time.
In the Ardas we say: “Great, great is Guru Gobind Singh, Protector of the faith, Master of the unity. May he protect us everywhere.” Is it any wonder that we need to call on the help of our Tenth Master in 2017?
We know about Guru Gobind Singh as the soldier-saint. However I, for one, have heard little about his lesser-known gifts of poetry and artistry. In his court, Guru Gobind Singh introduced a new approach to literature, not only with regard to the understanding of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, but also to the concept of comparative religions.
Our beloved SS Satwant Singh of Herndon, VA, facilitated our Winter Solstice Ministers’ gathering. He spoke about these lesser-known gifts of the Tenth Master and shared some of the poetry inspired by Guru Gobind Singh. Please be sure to read Satwant Singh’s inspiring Minister Gathering report in this issue.
What is a Minister?
Yes, it is that time of year to renew your Ministership. The Siri Singh Sahib purposely set up our Ministry with an annual renewal process, so that we consciously renew our commitment as Ministers every year.
In The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings, we recently found a rare lecture entitled “What is a Minister?” On July 9, 1981, during Khalsa Women’s Training Camp, the Siri Singh Sahib called the Ministers to the Ranch to address them specifically.
He spoke of the requirements for Minister renewal and the reasons to stay current in your Ministership. This inspiring lecture in The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings is well worth reading (and listening to).
As leaders of our Dharma, it is essential that we stay Current in our Minister status to be able answer the call. Please note that there is a Siri Singh Sahib Corporation election and nomination process coming up soon, and Ministers need to be “in good standing (i.e. Current)” in order to cast your vote and be eligible to run for the board.
More and more, the responsibility for the future of our Dharma rests on the shoulders of the Ministers. Please do your part and stay current with your Ministership. As the Siri Singh Sahib taught us: “Travel light, live light, spread light, be the light.”
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. Dr. Sat Kaur 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.