Monday, 29 March 2010

Back to Basics

"If some lucky men survive the onslaught of the third world war of atomic and hydrogen bombs, then the Sikh religion will be the only means of guiding them.' When asked, isn’t this religion capable of guiding mankind before the third world war? He said, ‘Yes it has the capability, but the Sikhs haven’t brought out in the broad daylight the splendid doctrines of this religion, which has come into existence for the benefit of the entire mankind. This is their greatest sin and the Sikhs cannot be freed of it."

Bertrand Russell (Philosopher, Mathematician 1872-1970)

Half of us don't follow the 'splendid doctrines of this religion'. How can this dude expect us to teach others about it??

We spend so much time worrying about tiny details in reht (conduct), pro vs anti-khalistan, jatha v jatha (groups/sects within Sikhi) that we've forgotten the basics of Sikhi:

Truth, Contentment, Humility, Love, Honest earning (Kirat Karna), Seva (selfless service) Vand ke Shakna (Sharing), Reading Gurbani and most importantly Naam Japna (contemplation on the Divine Name).

I bet you ANY money, once we start practicing all of these aspects together, everything will fall into place...until then...

*photo i think is from Jasleen Kaur but I could be wrong :S


Mai said...

I, too, am guilty here. It's so easy to get caught up in these other things and forget who we really are and what we are here for.

I have been playing a recording of the Mool Mantar every night for about 2 hours every night as I go to sleep. I guess I'm hoping it will penetrate into my being.

Here is my playlist.

Mai said...

At my suggestion, an abbreviated version of this has been posted on SPN (Sikh Philosopjy Network) at If this displeases you, it can be removed. Or if it pleases you, perhaps you could give permission to post the whole thing. I think what you have written is important and deserves a wide audience.

I haven't heard from you for a while. I pray all is well with you. In any cae, of course, it's all Hukam!

Gupt Singhni said...

Sukhmani Sahib is my lullaby haha
I'm all good thanks, just incredibly busy with deadlines n exams now, so everything is on hold for a while. I hope you're okay. Thanks for posting my post up lol, I'll have a look see.

Mai said...

I'm making Sikh Smileys. They are fun. Some are here, in Flickr:

But Wait! I am also learning GIF animation. I am having fun. I posted this one on the Khaliblog.