Articles: Essays on Sikh
Values: Truth is Ever Constant
Truth is Ever
scu purwxw nw QIAY nwmu n
mYlw hoie ] 3-1248-9
sçc purwxw nw QIAY
nwmu n mYlw hoey ]
Such purana naa theeae Naam aaa maela ho-ae
The Truth is ever constant. Name of the Lord never
Sikhi (Sikh faith) in the time to come
If the edicts, symbols, Scriptures, and history of the
faith are distorted or destryed, the faith will not be there any
True to this proverb, the Sikh faith is ‘immortal.’ This
faith had been in the porcelain from the birth of Guru Nanak in 1469 AD,
to the death of Guru Gobind Singh in 1708 AD, and even after that. It had
always been on the anvil since its inception to the present day (2004).
Throughout, the Sikh Gurus - Prophets, kept working on this faith for about
235 years, for its survival. It was born in the hostile period, bloomed
in the past, is doing so in the present, and will continue to do
in the future.
Annealing of the Sikh faith was done by seven martyrdoms
in the Guru family - Guru Arjun Dev, Guru Tegh Bahadur, four sons of Guru
Gobind Singh, and of Guru Gobind Singh himself. The mother of Guru Gobind
Singh, also belonged to the same category. Besides the Guru family, there
were countless Sikhs like Bhai (Brother) Dyala, Bhai Satti Das, Bhai Mati
Das, (at the time of Guru Arjun Dev), Bhai Taru Singh, Bhai Mani Singh,
and others (after Guru Gobind Singh), as well as the Sikh women and children,
who made it imperishable by their sacrifices. To all of them, we offer
our gratitude in our “Ardas” (invocation) twice a day.
The world will ever find Sikhi - the Sikh faith, as it
is today, or as it had been at its beginning. There is no doubt, it will
keep spreading in the world like the fragrance of a flower whereever the
Sikhs will go, and they will be going ever farther.
Promotion of the
The Punjab is homeland of the Sikh faith, and right from
there the Gurus in their own lives took the faith far and wide, even outside
India. Wherever they went, they set up centres for preaching Sikhi (the
Sikh faith). The travels of Guru Nanak demand a special attention in this
respect. No doubt, they were influenced in proportion to the backup support
(from already set up centers). But with the changed perception of the time
and space in the present era of ever advancing technology, the world has
shrunk so that now a break in the feedback of such centres is almost impossible
- there is constant intercommunication. Also, it is the local Sangat -
congregation, that establishes such centres and these have not to fall
back on the baseline i.e. root institutions, for their survival. The so
called satellite centres, although connected to, are mostly independent
of the central establishments.
In places outside the Punjab, and countries other than
India, the independence of subsidiary centres of the Sikh faith will expose
them more to the local environments which usually will be heterogeneous.
Basic edicts will remain unchanged, but the Sikh principles will constantly
face the outside challenges. This may in time have a limited influence
on the visible topography of the faith - hair etc. It will be hard to protect
this aspect from the natural process of making things fit to survive -
Darwin’s phenomenon “Survival of the fittest.” Whatever be, there will
never be a shortage of devotees. As well, the Gurbani might have to be
provided to the coming generations in the local languages rather than only
set in the original Gurmukhi script. It will be very hard to protect the
faith from environmental effects, and to stop changes: evolution in the
faith. It is hard to accept, but the facts cannot be denied.
We will have to understand the realities and to intelligently
compromise for reasonable adjustments, preserving the discipline of the
faith. Without this, the Sikh faith may have a hard time to face.
Euphoria can be helpful, ignoring the fact may be rewarding,
but the reality will be the winner, and it should be our guiding force.
In fact, a time may come when we will have to wisely protect the values
of Sikhi (the Sikh faith) in the light of the spirit of it. For this, we
will have to plan and work to get ready right from now. Otherwise, sudden
shock of reality may bewilder us not to act wisely, but to react to the
unexpected. The change may not be sudden, but by keeping our eyes closed,
it may prove a surprise which may not be easily pocketable.
We need to urgently have the institutions to monitor and
modify the cultural, geographical and historical effects on Sikhi (the
Sikh Faith), in an organized and scientific way, using modern techniques
as well as facilities to keep it fit to survive by developing endurance
to the influence of the time and place.
We will have to inculcate harmony in the people to adopt
the principles of the Sikh faith for its wellbeing and promotion, because
this is the most modern and scientific religion fit to be the faith for
the whole world. This simple and energetic faith can deliver peace to the
people and remove unrest from the earth.
We may or may not be able to find directions in the Sikh
Scriptures or history, to imagine the Sikh faith in the time to come. But
to a great extent we can build a picture of it by studying the passage
of it through the time since its conception, and by directly or indirectly
applying Gurbani and history to it. We will find that the spirit of the
Sikh faith had ever been constant, and it will remain so. If this gets
effected, then the faith is lost. The ideal thing is development of the
faith staying within its parameters. It is practically impossible for the
people to lay down limits for this, and only the Guru can provide the guidance.
Whatever be, we should mold ourselves according to the
edicts of the faith, and not that we expect the faith to adjust itself
to our whims. Putting conditions on the faith is no way. We have to change
and not the faith. We should strictly guard the faith. If any changes
against the edicts of the Sikh faith will enter it, then the byproduct
may become its unimaginable and unbearable denomination, but it will not
be left the original Sikh faith created by the Gurus. If such a a phenomenon
will continue indefinitely, it will doom the Sikh faith. But it will never
happen! The Sikhs had been facing their massacres from the time the faith
was born, and still they are going strong, because they kept sticking fast
to their faith.
Those who seriously and strictly practice the faith (erroniously
labeled as fanatics), have their great significance and role. They are
the people who sincerely protect the faith and its originality, and promote
its traditions and precedences. They are life line of the faith, and do
not allow meaningless, unwanted, or harmful minor or major changes to enter,
and distort its established face. They help to protect and carry the faith
Everyday, the scholars and reseachers keep on announcing
their controversial findings. They keep creating alternatives to the dates,
figures and facts. They shun to mention intentional or unintentional miracles
connected to the Gurus, although many examples of these are there even
in Guru Granth Sahib. These people add confusion to the Sikh world, and
weaken its roots. To protect the faith from such a havoc, and confusion
of the people with contradictory things, the Panth (Sikh world) should
control research works and standardize every thingin the Khalsa Panth (the