SS Shanti Kaur, Sada Sat Simran Singh and SS Gurujodha Singh
During our topic, “Khalsa Call to Action – Answering the Call of the Times”, we discussed some of the current issues and events which are impacting our world today. Many are facing discrimination and intolerance, and have fear and insecurity about their future. We have had a series of natural disasters, and many are struggling for simple survival. This is a time when we can reach out to serve those in need.
SS Shanti Kaur shared that political engagement remains a priority and encouraged the members to get to know their government officials and cultivate relationships and engage with the people who represent them politically. She spoke about some of the ways we are reching out through our Legacy Organizations, including Peace Prayer Day, 3HO/ Sikhs Plaza Day, the Yogi Bhajan Life and Legacy Party. She encouraged each member to find their own Call to Action.
We reviewed an exceptional document distributed by the Southern Poverty Law Center entitled “10 Ways to Fight Hate”. Shanti Kaur highlighted ways the Khalsa Council and our Dharmic organizations can stand up to hate, and she created the “10 Khalsa Ways to Fight Hate”.
Click here for 10 Khalsa Ways to Fight Hate
She stressed the importance of reaching out to connect with active community groups who respond to hate acts, getting to know them now, as this can give an early warning if hate is brewing in your community.
SS Gurujodha Singh shared about his experience at the 5th anniversary of the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting, and he mentioned a film titled ‘Welcome to Oak Creek’, which highlights the power of small acts of kindness, turning hatred into understanding and how we can neutralize hate. He stated that we must strengthen our resolve as Ministers to prepare for what is coming. Have the clarity to act as Khalsa. We must be prepared and able to show, as leaders to the entire world, what it means to be a spiritual warrior in the advancement of justice, righteousness, and peace.
SS Sada Sat Simran, spoke about the importance of maintaining connecting with people of consciousness and working together. He stressed the importance of supporting the victims and embracing those who have been hurt. This is not the time for silence. It is time to voice what is right. He asked us to remember Bhai Kanaya, who saw the face of a brother in both friend and foe alike. He asked us to examine our own attitudes about diversity. Doing our daily practice, will give us the clarity we need. We must represent the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. We must live through service.
After the presentation, members met in small groups to discuss how each one of us and our communities are being effected by the current political and social climate, and what actions we can be take, as individuals and as the International Khalsa Council to answer the call of the times.