1984 June

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Suffering is the price we pay for being alive.
More than that, it is the price we pay for being human.

The month of June has totally different meaning for me now. I think it is an indicator of the internal changes am going through. No more, it is the month of my birthday. It’s first week is anniversary of the big tragedy that befell on the Sikh nation. Time and love have not healed the wounds. And no proper justice has been achieved.

But I still ask my question to myself, where do we go from here? Do we carry the sadness and pain of being in an unfair system, till it leads to disharmony and hate? What would have the Gurus advised? Where would they lead us? I search for tragedy on SikhiToTheMax and this is what I get:

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
Dhanaasaree, Fifth Mehl:

ਹਲਤਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਲਤਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਨਿਤ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਿਮਰਨੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਕਾ ਸਦਾ ਲੀਜੈ ॥
Peace in this world, peace in the next world and peace forever, remembering Him in meditation. Chant forever the Name of the Lord of the Universe.

ਮਿਟਹਿ ਕਮਾਣੇ ਪਾਪ ਚਿਰਾਣੇ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਮੁਆ ਜੀਜੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
The sins of past lives are erased, by joining the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy; new life is infused into the dead.

ਰਾਜ ਜੋਬਨ ਬਿਸਰੰਤ ਹਰਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਮਹਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਏਹੁ ਮਹਾਂਤ ਕਹੈ ॥
In power, youth and Maya, the Lord is forgotten; this is the greatest tragedy – so say the spiritual sages.

ਆਸ ਪਿਆਸ ਰਮਣ ਹਰਿ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਏਹੁ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਭਾਗਵੰਤੁ ਲਹੈ ॥੧॥
Hope and desire to sing the Kirtan of the Lord’s Praises – this is the treasure of the most fortunate devotees.

I am not saying what happened at that time can be forgotten or forgiven. But are we just letting ourselves slide into a worse fate. The blades of grass are cut and crushed all the time, still they will come out and grow in the glory of sun.

The tragedy for me was not a personal one, something which happened to people I know. When I read about it, there is a moment of loss, loss of words and loss of hope. After some time, my mind recovers and I go on with my life. It is very different for people who went through this loss, they see and relive it just too often. But is the personal loss same always? I don’t know. Someone dying can impact your life differently if you are 3 years old or 30 years old. It could be the one same person, but as you are more aware of their presence in your life, it could affect you differently.

If you have lost someone in 1984, I am not saying move on or be left behind. I am just saying it is possible to move on. And we have to, or we will be stuck in that dark period. Our central purpose of life is to attune to Waheguru. It takes a lot of acceptance and forgiveness.. forgiveness not for others, but ourselves.

And there is lot of healing to be done in our community. Something which will happen when we connect to Gurbani. Invoking our anger is the easiest thing to do. We are so reactive that even a child can figure out how to make us lose our minds. Accepting God’s Will is still hard. Seeing God in every thing and every action is unattainable.

Justice will not come if we depend on a broken system. And it saddens us to know that many people, support the perpetuators of the ugly violence. Boycotting those who pray on others, could be a very important stand. But no, we all will use the wild sentiment of the whole ethnicity as it fits us.

What is my blog post about? That Khalsa Panth has to stick together. Whether you think someone was a terrorist or not. Whether you think an operation was justified or not. Whether the tragedy was a personal one or not. Whether you want autonomy or not. Whether you have moved on or not, whether you have forgiven being a coward or still carry a fire of vengeance.

Khalsa Panth was united by the blessings of Akal Purakh, under the directives of Guru Gobind Singh. Khalsa Panth has One Guru, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Khalsa Panth has faith only in Akaal. Khalsa vibrates with the goonj of Gurbani Kirtan. Let’s shed all our labels and views which divide us. Let us get back to the primal, eternal, elemental and flawless vision of our Gurus and live up to being their Sikhs.

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