Monday, April 03, 2006

Prince Charles... Are We Honoring The Wrong Person?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

Lately Prince Charles has been in the news, for his visit to Punjab and to a bunch of Gurdwaras. What I have noticed is that all these parbhandaks chase after Prince Charles and go out of their way to accommodate him and treat him like royalty. This really saddens me. People pay more respect to Prince Charles than they do to Guru Sahib, or Guru Roop Sadh Sangat.

Sangat was blocked off for a while or inconvenienced due to the visit of the prince and his princess Camilla. I have no qualms with Prince Charles and Camilla visiting the gurdwara I think this is great, and I believe they are extremely lucky to have Darshan of Guru Sahib. What troubles me is, we have the King of Kings Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj sitting their, and everyone is running after a worldly prince, when the king of this world and the next is sitting on their thrown right in front of you. Than on top of this, the Sadh Sangat, who when together is a form of Guru Sahib themselves is inconvenienced to come have darshan of Guru Sahib.

The sangat which is so much more important than any single person gets old white sheets to sit on. But for Prince Charles everything is brand new. Is Prince Charles really that much more important than Guru Roop Sadh Sangat, or Guru Sahib and their darbar?

Than Prince Charles is given a Kirpan and a siropa. What has he done to receive that siropa? Siropa isn’t a small thing, it’s a huge honor, but most parbandaks abuse the use of siropas these days.

Sant Kartar Singh Ji Bhindrawale is a great example of how one should act in the presence of Guru Sahib and in Guru Sahibs Darbar. On December 7, 1975 the sangat was 220,000 strong at the Nagar Keertan to remember Guru Tegh Bhadur Ji’s Shaheedi in Delhi. After the Nagar Keertan the Sangat congregated at the Gurdwara. Indira Gandhi showed up at the Gurdwara and everyone stood up to honor her as she came in. Sant Kartar Singh Ji stayed seated and remained focused on Guru Sahib.

Leader after leader went up on stage and did Indira’s ustat (praises). Indira’s first child was married to someone from Punjab, and the leaders all shamelessly begged her to marry her second child to a Punjabi girl. Sant Kartar Singh had seen enough and now when they had their stage time they started of with the line “Sir Jaave Ta Jaave, Mera Sikhi Sidkh Na Jaave”. They than quoted Bhai Sahib Singhs Rehitnama. They than went on to tell the Sangat that how can you ask for Indira to marry her son to a Sikh girl, he is a mona, he is patit. Is this how desperate we are? We should marry our daughters to rehitvaan Gursikhs. Sant Ji also gave reference to how the Hindu’s used to marry of their daughters to suck up to leadership in the past, and pretty much sell their souls, and now we are doing the same.

Sant Kartaar Singh Ji went on to say that Indira Gandhi is Prime Minister of India so it is fair to say she deserves some respect, but without Guru Tegh Bhadur Ji’s Kurbani (sacrifice), there would be no seat of Prime Minister for her. The reason all these Hindu’s aren’t Muslims is because Guru Sahib gave his life to save them. Our Guru Sahiban gave their lives to protect these people and without them there would be no seat in Delhi for Indira. If Indira is so big she should have given her head to protect others, but she isn’t that great. Only Guru Sahib was this great. So the sangat should never honor anyone in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, because Guru Granth Sahib Ji embodies all of our Guru’s including Guru Tegh Bhadur Sahib Ji. Guru Tegh Bhadur Ji gave their head, Indira can never come close to sacrificing this much for humanity. We should give all our respect to Guru Sahib and no one else. Guru Sahib is highest. After Sant Kartar Singh Ji finished the sangat let out non-stop Jaikarai.

The lesson to be learned from this is that we shouldn’t sing someone’s praises, especially infront of Guru Sahib. No one deserves more praise than Guru Sahib who gives us everything, and enables us to do what we do. Parbandaks from our local gurdwaras around the world have it all wrong they needlessly give out siropas and sing peoples praises without a second thought, just for their own gain. People should feel privileged to have Guru Sahib’s darshan. Instead when someone visits the Guru Ghar we think it’s a privelage for us that they have graced us with their presence, this is ridiculous. Siropa’s are being misused, the honor of receiving a siropa is huge. Daas will post about this another day. Until than let us learn from the example Sant Kartar Singh Ji Bhindrawale set.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

*Daas is in no way disrespecting Prince Charles. Daas just feels that in Guru Sahibs Hazoori only Guru Sahibs Ustat should be done.