Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Unity

I was just thinking about how many people have eaten here:
Sikhs are strong, and we're committed. With our history of shaheeds we know Sikhs to have strength in all circumstances and to die before giving up their commitment. Sometimes though, we seem to believe that being strong and committed doesn't allow for the diversity that is God's creation. As committed as we are to being Sikh is how committed we should be to accepting people no matter what and helping them. That is what a committed Sikh really is. With so many people judging even other Sikhs, based on miniscule differences, it seems difficult to follow the path of acceptance of ALL. Despite, the Guru's message still lives on.
We've all eaten in this langar hall! Every kind of person eats here. The person with the exact and opposite rehit of yours and the exact and opposite beliefs as you has eaten here. There is unity in this building, in this service (langar), in this world. It's called God. Whatever you believe you have to understand the other person is you as well. Nothing can be separate from God's creation.
WaheGuru!

3 comments:

Sifar said...

Bhai Prabhu Singh jee…

You said it. It is very wrong to consider yourself to be committed to Guru and then not treat the whole mankind as one. It is said by Guru Gobind Singh jee Himself, “Manas kee jaat sabe ek hi pechanbo”. Here is a Sahki (story) about one of Guru’s True Sikhs, Bhai Khaniya, who actually implemented the above quote of Guru Gobind Singh jee in his life….

BHAI KHANIYA (1648-1718), was a Sikh of Guru Teg Bahadur ji and was the founder of the Sevapanthi or Addanshahi sect of the Sikhs. Bhai Sahib was born in a Dhamman Khatri family of Sodhara near Wazirabad in Sialkot district (now in Pakistan). His father was a wealthy trader, but he himself being of a religious bent of mind left home when still very young and roamed about with saddhus and ascetics in search of spiritual peace.

His quest ended as he met Guru Teg Bahadur ji (1621-75) and accepted initiation at his hands. Kanhaiya established a dharamsdhal at Kavha village in the present Attock district of Pakistan which he turned into a preaching centre. His special mission was selfless service of humanity with no distinction of nationality, caste or creed. In 1704/5, he was on a visit to Anandpur when the city was invaded by a combination of hill troops and the imperial mugal army.

During the frequent sallies and skirmishes between the Sikhs and the enemy, Bhai Kanhaiya was often seen carrying a mashak (a sort of pouch made of goat's skin that was used to carry water from one place to another), to serve water to anyone who was thirsty. He took upon the task of quenching the thirst of the wounded soldiers in the battle of Anandpur Sahib in 1704. He did this sewa with love and affection without any discrimination between the Guru's Sikh soldiers and the Mughal army's soldiers. His act of compassion stirred up stern criticism amongst his fellow Sikhs, who went ahead and complained to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, pointing out that Bhai Kanhaiya Ji was serving water to the wounded soldier's from the enemy camp. They were especially annoyed because the mugal had surrounded the city and stopped all their food supplies, and here was Bhai Kanhaiya sharing with them what little water they had. They had tried to stop him many a time, but he would not pay any heed.

This great deed of Bhai Kanhaiya to roam around serving water to the wounded and the dying without distinction of friend and foe eventually led to a summon by Guru Ji. This benevolent action of this special Sikh had upset some sikhs who went directly and complained to Guru Gobind Singh ji that Bhai Kanhaiya had been resuscitating the fallen enemy soldiers. Guru Gobind Singh summoned Bhai Kanhaiya and explained that he had received a complaint about his actions on the battlefield.

Guruji said, “These brave Sikhs are saying that you go and feed water to the enemy and they recover to fight them again – Is this true?”
Bhai Kanhaiya Ji replied "Yes, my Guru, what they say is true. But Maharaj, I saw no Mughal or Sikh on the battlefield. I only saw human beings. And, ... Guru Ji, .. they all have the same God’s Spirit? – Guru Ji, have you not taught us to treat all God's people as the same?"

The Guru was very pleased with the reply. Bhai Kanhaiya Ji had understood the deep message of Gurbani correctly. Guru ji smiled and blessed Bhai Kanhaiya. Guru Ji said, "Bhai Kanhaiya Ji, You are right. You have understood the true message of Gurbani". He then continued and told the Sikhs that Bhai Kanhaiya had understood the deeper message of the Gurus' teachings correctly and that they all have to strive to learn lessons from the priceless words of Gurbani.
Guru also gave Bhai Kanhaiya Ji medical ointment and said “From now on, You should also put this ointmnet on the wounds of all who need it”'

Then turning to the sangat Guru Ji said, Saadh sangat ji, Bhai Kanhaiya is a God-fearing saintly soul. His impartial and non-biased behaviour towards others has led him to achieve Sehaj-avastha. Let him carry on with his mission. Many more will follow in his footsteps in the years to come and keep the tradition of Nishkam sewa alive."

Guru ji reminded the Sikhs of Gur Arjan Dev Ji Shabad:
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I have totally forgotten my jealousy of others,
since I found the Saadh Sangat (the holy congregation). ((1))Pause
No one is my enemy, and no one is a stranger. I get along with everyone. ((1))
Whatever God does, I accept that as good. This is the sublime wisdom I have obtained from the Holy. ((2))
The One God is pervading in all. Gazing upon Him, beholding Him, Nanak blossoms forth in happiness. ((3)(8))

Source : www.sikhiwiki.org

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Nice post Bhaji Prabhu Singh.

Dhan Guru Nanak Dev jee who's investment of 20 rupees has resulted in people across the world able to enjoy and share love and unity through caring, feeding and sharing with others.

Prabhu Singh said...

To the anonymous who left a comment:
I deleted that comment because I don't want my blog to link to or be associated with hate sites. The Guru instructs us not to slander, but also instructs us not to even listen to slander!
I would suggest that if you want to know about Yogi Bhajan rather than listen to people who lie and slander, listen to the lectures that Gurumustuk posted on his blog. Listen to them and then you will understand why he was greatly respected. Further look at his actions, he was respected by people of all backgrounds, all religious (including Sikh) leaders honored him and held him in high regard. Think about other Sikh leaders who've been slandered, even our Guru's were slandered. Truth is far more important.