Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
The Ministry is flowering. Its roots are strong, its stem is reaching upwards and the flower is blooming. As I reflect on the articles in the last three volumes of our 2015 e-newsletter—and now this volume—I am struck by how much Ministerial work is being accomplished around the globe.
We have reported about inspiring service in South America, Central America, Mexico, Western Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Africa, as well as North America. I am amazed, uplifted, inspired, and humbled. The Siri Singh Sahib must be smiling!
However, with the Ministry expanding and becoming more visible, there are also more public issues, concerns, and challenges coming our way. The Regional Minister Coordinators are starting to facilitate a process by which Ministers in their geographic locations can have their voices heard on these issues.
It is time to participate, share and support each other. As we are challenged, it is critical that we keep the purity of our Sikh Dharma teachings as taught to us by the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji intact. How do we do that as Ministers?
Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
A wonderful suggestion was given to me recently to read or listen to the Gurdwara lectures in The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings. It is true—these lectures are full of pertinent information for us to better serve as Ministers and to share the essence of Sikh Dharma.
For example, I went to the Library of Teachings and searched on “Gurdwara Lectures Sikh Dharma” and 386 results came up! I chose a lecture he taught in Los Angeles, CA. called “The Rising Spirit” (November 19, 1989).
In this lecture, the Siri Singh Sahib said: “There is a concept in Sikh Dharma. It’s a very unusual concept. Chardi Kala—rising spirit.” I am afraid I didn’t get much further in the lecture, as I was left contemplating these two words and their literal meaning. It seems to me that the Ministry embodies this “rising spirit.”
Ministers around the world are raising spirits, either by the work they themselves are doing or by supporting others in their endeavors. As we flower, let us hold dear what our teacher has given us. It occurred to me that if each of us once a week took the time to read one of these lectures, the powerful energy created by our group consciousness will serve to assist us in our efforts. What do you think?
Blessings to you and for the seva you are doing.
SS Dr. Sat-Kaur Khalsa, Secretary of Religion
About the Author
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.