REMEMBERING THE FOUNDER OF KHALSA

The celebration of any festival is not of utmost significance to a particular community or sect only but to the people at large irrespective of their religious affiliations. The birthday of the founder of the Khalsa Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji holds special significance for all Indians especially in view of the nation’s multi-religious composition and as such every festival finds participation of people belonging to all communities thus upholding the ages old secular ethos in this region. While celebrating the birth anniversary of the last Sikh Guru every sane nationalist feels the dire need to emulate and follow the teachings towards transforming into pure human beings by cleansing our minds and purifying the hearts to make this world a peaceful place to live. Today when the whole world is witnessing bloodshed and mayhem in the name of religion perpetrated by hate mongers and self styled religious bigots to fulfill their vested interests, it is high time for every Indian to realize and understand that every religion teaches the people to lead an extremely pure and simple life devoid of rigidities. It is necessary to recall Guru Ji’s words while laying foundation of the Khalsa, “From now on, you have become casteless. No ritual, either Hindu or Muslim, will you perform nor will you believe in superstition of any kind, but only in one God who is the master and protector of all, the only creator and destroyer. In your new order, the lowest will rank with the highest and each will be to the other a Bhai (brother). No pilgrimages for you any more, nor austerities but the pure life of the household, which you should be ready to sacrifice at the call of Dharma. Women shall be equal of men in every way. No purdah (veil) for them anymore, nor the burning alive of a widow on the pyre of her spouse (sati). He who kills his daughter, the Khalsa shall not deal with him.” These words unambiguously indicate the vision of this great Guru who transformed the people as per the need of time. Even today we find the Indian society being afflicted with the most dangerous social evils like casteism and gender discrimination which were outrightly discarded by Guru Ji. Following the path of love, peace and mercy besides conducting ourselves for the good of the society and the mankind at large as taught by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, we can easily address the issue of hatred, strife, violence and polarization that is posing a great challenge today. Let the misguided ones realize today that all religions demand that its subjects transform themselves into the purest form and it would not be wrong to say that words Khalsa, Momin or Pandit are not confined to followers of any particular religion but to the humanity at large. As such on this auspicious day the best tribute to Guru Gobind Singh Ji would be to emulate his teachings by one and all and establish purity and peace across the nation and globe.