The Call of Duty

April 18, 1996 |

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A poem about the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan by Gurutej Singh Khalsa on April 18, 1996

For the Call of Duty he rises each day,
Though his body cries out and begs to stay,
But Duty is his Sovereign, so he serves to obey,
Then, with bright eyes flashing he enters the fray.

The pain runs deep, yet he stands tall and proud,
He does not falter, nor cry aloud,
He has never retreated, never cowed,
For to his Sacred Self, his head is bowed.

However painful the job may be,
However difficult the choice he sees,
Whatever the Call of Duty may be,
He always delivers unto Victory.

His heart, though broken, continues to shine
With that shimmering radiance we call Divine,
Magnified by the shining steel of his spine,
Yet, he makes no claim and denies, “Not mine.”

The Call of Duty is the song he sings,
The Way of Duty is the Path he brings,
Devotion to Duty is what it means
For those who call themselves Kaurs and Singhs.

The Call of Duty has brought him here
And the Call of Duty has made it clear
That WE must stand and dismiss our fear,
Then carry his mission, far and near.

Gurutej Singh Khalsa is a yogi, warrior, businessman, poet, healer, and teacher. For 35 years he studied Kundalini Yoga and the teachings of the Sikhs from his teacher Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, aka Yogi Bhajan (1929 – 2004). As a trained law enforcement officer, Gurutej was a personal bodyguard and aide to Yogi Bhajan and traveled the world with him. He is the Founder of Akal Security, Inc., which he grew from a small start-up business in his living room to the largest privately held security services contractor in the United States and largest provider of protective services to the U.S. Government. Gurutej is a respected and recognized teacher, speaker, healer, and counsellor in his own right and has taught Kundalini Yoga, the science of meditation, and the teachings of the Sikhs all over the world. In 2001 he published a book of poetry, Children of the Cusp, about his experiences as a student on the spiritual path under the guidance of a great teacher. In 2014 he published his moving and inspiring novel RAJNI, which was awarded the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence. Drawn from myth, legend, and historical events and the first of a trilogy, RAJNI is a deeply moving epic about the powers of love, sacrifice, and the elevation of the soul. Gurutej Singh lives in Singapore with his wife and son.  Click here to purchase a copy of Children of the Cusp

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