Monday, March 19, 2007

Thoughts about achievements

    I really appreciate the website Sikhchic.com. I think it's great to highlight achievements of the Sikh community. Especially since we get so little media or negative media in the West and more often negative media in the East. In highlighting achievements and getting known by the public and in the media, the name of the game is 'IMAGE.'
    It's great for a Sikh to be proud of their image, this is becaues a Sikh stands in the image of our great Gurus. We stand in the natural image of God's perfect creation. This is why we never alter our bodies or desecrate the sacred temple of the body that God has created. We never cut our kaysh (hair) and we do not mutilate the flesh (tattoos, piercings, etc.). In this Dharmic (righteous) practice we honor the creator and the instructions of our beloved Guru. However if we fall into the Karmic (unconscious consequences of actions) cycle of self will and self image, what do we achieve?
    A Sikh strives to defeat false pride in self and feels pride in the acheivements of their Guru. The only pride I honor in myself is my pride for the great example and acheivements of the Gurus and the Guru Khalsa Panth. Pride in self, as any spiritual seeker knows, is more damaging than helpful on the path of Dharma. In this vein I cannot feel any pride in the achievements of individuals.
    When a Sikh in the Guru's roop (the Guru's form) achieves something great, that achievement is associated with a Sikh of the Guru, with the image of the Guru, with the Khalsa Panth. Those who honor the Guru while making achievements create victories for all Sikhs. When a Sikh who has abondoned the image of the Guru achieves, what does it do for any other Sikh? I appreciate the achievements of the Indian community as I appreciate achievements of any other community, but how can I appreciate a Sikh achievement when there is no 'Sikh' representation in the achievement? When it comes to image and pride, if it's not for the Guru or the panth, it is for the ego.

The following are a few articles that can be found on Sikhchic.com:

Here are a few higlighted INDIVIDUALS:
'Kash the Bash' presumably because he bashes people?
Bob Dhillon (like Bob Dylan?) who is "more spiritual than religious."
GOP "Babe of the Week"
golfer
congress man
jewelry artist
novelist


Here are some achievers who have promoted the image of the Khalsa:
Baltej Singh, first Sikh Mountie (real victory for the panth!)
Narinder Singh, Father of fiber optics
Sanjit Singh, business leader
Satyendra Singh, community leader
BibiJi Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, community leader
Mohanbir Singh, Professor of Technology
Waris Singh, actor
Dya Singh, singer
Snatam Kaur, peace activist
The list goes on at Sikhchic.com

In closing, I commend Sikhchic.com for their efforts in promoting the acheivements of Sikhs. Further I commend those Sikh achievers who respect the Guru's roop and through their achievements share their victories with the whole panth.

4 comments:

Balbir Singh said...

Dear Cyber Sangat ji,
Waheguru ji ka khalsa,wahegur ji ki Fateh,
I completely agree with Veer Prabhu Singh ji.A person who has not kept the saroop given by our Gurus or not followed the hukam of our Gurus has not enhanced the image of Gurus or Guru's sikhs. What ever he/she has achieved is individual performance.He might have born in the sikh family and gone astray.I can pray to Waheguru that such people come to their home and join the simple life of Gursikhs.
I also find images of persons on sikhnetmatrimonial without sikhi saroop.What message this gives to the future generation?

Anonymous said...

Dear Prabhu Singh,

While your intention in honoring the Sikh Gurus is perhaps worthy of merit, I take issue with your statements. Firstly, why would you choose to criticize another. You seem to believe you understand the will of God, which in your mind is that all Sikhs would be led to choosing the Guru's roop. While it is established that you have chosen to take this form, and feel pride in doing so, that grants you no liberty to judge the path that others walk. Remember, the one God flows through their being and has led them to a differing outcome as yourself. Have their accomplishments not been based on their life experience, the guidance of their inner being? Do you criticize the God in them which has creatively brought forth their achievment, their offering of their life force in the world? Rather than focusing on differences, perhaps you would do more service celebrating the one God in All. If you can't see God in all you can't see God at all.

Humbly yours.

Prabhu Singh said...

Dear Anonymous (I probably know who you are, but I won't write it here)
I appreciate your taking the time to comment. However, you are doing the same thing that many others have done, which is misinterpret what I mean and further try to teach me a lesson in tolerance. A lesson that many people have prided themselves in "teaching" me, but has not changed my opinion.
I am in no way judging the character of the people who cut their hair. I am in no way saying their acheivements don't mean much. I am only saying that their acheivements do not reflect upon Sikhs, but upon themselves.
As a western Sikh will you ever be associated with the acheivements of somebody of Indian descent? Only if that person of Indian descent carries the distinguishing form that you also carry. The form, the roop, of a Sikh.
Why should a website designed to celebrate how 'chic' Sikhs can be, bother to highlight individuals who's acheivements can never be associated with the whole Sikh community? It's Indian chic, until it encompasses the Sikh identity, then it will be Sikh chic.

Apaar Singh said...

Prabhu,

I Co-Sign on that. I think its interesting that the website has choosen to highlight individuals who have choosen to turn away from the Sikh identity.
I think for people who have gotten to know you from your blog should realize by now that you show no hatred towards other people of any background. This is not about hate its about truth.
I would like to make a clear example of what Prabhu is talking about below:
A white male who may attend gurdwara on a regular basis but does not keep a Sikh Identity is not labeled a "Sikh". Furthermor, if this man had a great achievment in life, would this accomplishment be labeled a great Sikh Accomplishment? No it would not and its clear why not. I think often times in the Sikh community we confuse Punjabis with Sikhs. And thats all this website it doing. I think they are making a great effort in encouraging young Sikhs but the focus should be on Sikh pride if the website is called SikhChic.