It’s 6th November today. You all knew the date but something that you didn’t know is that this day is probably the greatest day of the year for any Sikh. Not just because it’s the birth day of who this world knows as a true Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of Sikhs. But who really are Sikhs? These are the people who can give away their life for good of someone and who can also take someone’s life for the good of someone. We’re not devils. We’re the saviors. We have sacrificed a lot. Starting right from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Singh Ji , we have sacrificed our family for the good of the common people. We have our pride. We live by a code which the world happens to call righteousness.
We don’t boast about all that we have given to this world, all that we have sacrificed for the people who aren’t even from our religion because we have always believed that God is one. ‘ Saheb mera eko hai (I have One and only One God, the True Lord) ‘ and ‘ Ek Onkar ( God is One ) ‘ . These words were recited by Guru Nanak Dev ji. We Sikhs are the people who give true meaning to the word ‘equality’ . We have always treated the king and his servant the same way. We have loved all living beings the same way. We don’t discriminate.
We Sikhs are not bound by the rituals that mislead. When Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born, he said that he would never wear a thread that some pandit said is sacred. He abandoned all these practices and misconceptions that the world was tangled up in. We Sikhs have a history that will just awaken the humanity and good virtues of even those people who think that they can feel happy only when they hurt people. I won’t even start quoting instances from history because the greatness just won’t come to an end and then at some point you’ll start doubting whether it’s all true.
Everything that we have ever shared with this world is love even when we were treated with hatred. We have suffered a lot. We have gone through stuff that people wouldn’t begin to imagine. Our people have been killed by our very own countrymen. Innocent Sikh people have been killed and not just killed, Sikh men had to see their wives and daughters go through something I can’t even put in words and when those demonic spirits were done with their evil deeds, they’d kill our men. I think I am deviating from the road I wanted to travel. I just wanted to share that we Sikhs just might be the most loving and caring people in the world. We haven’t seen justice being brought to our people who went through hell in 1984, people who lost their souls (you can just add their families, their respect and everything that a human holds close to him, to the list of things that they lost) .
To describe us, I can say that we are lions but we don’t hunt unless we’re really really hurt. But when we hunt, you’d rue the day you ever decided to mess with us. We Sikhs can tolerate a lot and that’s specifically the reason why we love so much and hate to hate anyone. We are not the kind of people to praise ourselves but when there’s too much of partiality going on then at some point you need to start looking for your own. No one praises Sikhs for all the good they do but they don’t leave any occasion to prove that we are the bad people. During the disaster which hit Jammu and Kashmir, food for around 1,00,000 people was prepared daily from the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, The Golden Temple (Sri Harmandir Sahib), but no one talked about it. It feels like people today have decided to make us look bad. The langar served in Gurudwaras are a everyday livelihood support to thousands of people in the capital of our country but we never got any appreciation. We don’t do it because we expect something in return but atleast we deserve a fair chance to live our lives with freedom.
We haven’t seen justice in last 30 years and still we love and care for every person just like one of our own. So the next time you see a guy in turban with a beard and a moustache that’s has never been cut, trust me you can count on that guy to help you if what you want to do is not wrong.
I wrote this not to boast about us Sikhs, but just to share that we will love you like you would never expected so just accept us truly with your hearts. I apologize if I said anything that might have hurt any of you in any way.
Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji de janam divas di sab nu lakh lakh vadhayi hove ji.
– Gagandeep Singh Suri