On May 1, 2015, Valarie Kaur delivered a keynote at the Pentagon’s second-ever commemoration of the Sikh faith. Kaur spoke on “Seva” – selfless service in the Sikh religion. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain on Vaisakhi, the program was organized by Major Kamal Singh Kalsi and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers,” says my friend Bishop Gene Robinson.
So I draw my son close and whisper in his ear the prayer my grandfather taught me: “Tati vao na lagi” – the hot winds cannot touch you, not when you walk the path of true service. Even if you are beaten down. Even under a rain of fire. Even if you are bleeding – in the birthing room or on the battlefield – the hot winds cannot touch you. Because you are with the holy, and of the holy. You are with God, and of God. You are with love, and of love. And that kind of love saves us all.