Daas recieved an email today, about a program that will be happening in Toronto, so that the Sangat can show support to the people of Darfur who are dying by Genocide and to reach out and involve the sangat in human rights organizations. It seems that Amnesty International and Canadians Against Slavery and Torture will be in attendance at this program. Daas encourages everyone to attend this program, and show the world that Sikhs dont just talk about Sarbat Da Bhalla everyday, they actually go out and do something for Sarbat Da Bhalla.
Stop Genocide Save Darfur Sunday June 25, 2006 2:30pm - 5:30pm Sikh Spiritual Center 9 Carrier Dr., Rexdale, Ontario 416 - 746-6666 Email: SikhsAgainstGenocide@Gmail.com
Daas also requests you to raise awareness about this event, wherever you are in the world, so that others can also take up the cause and rekindle the spirit of activism in our youth. Feel free to add the pop up to your site or blog. All you have to do is copy and paste the code from here into your sites code after the tag...
Why is that whenever we accomplish something against all odds, we end up destroying it ourselves?
The Sikhs led by Banda Singh Bahadur toppled the Moghul Rules. All Sikhs worked together to accomplish a common goal. Khalsa Raj was established. Everything was going great. Than Sikhs started getting greedy and in-fighting started. This was than sorted out under Raja Ranjit Singh, and once again Khalsa Raj was established.
Once again, everything was going well, even though there were a couple of Sikh led rebellion attempts against Ranjit Singh. Once Ranjit Singh passed away, Sikhs resumed fighting amongst each other for control. The British started making plans to take over the kingdom, which they didnt dare attack while Ranjit Singh was around. The Sikhs in-fighting opened the door for the British to attack, the British still would have lost, if some Sikh regiments did not sell out. Challo, we have no one to blame for losing our Raj than ourselves.
Than, the Singh Sabha Agitation to get the British out of India and get our Gurdwaras back. Everything went well all Sikhs working together for a common cause. Goals were accomplished. Now SGPC is messed up, Sikhs are fighting again, the freedom we fought for, we are handing back to the GOI and its agents, we have once again been infiltrated.
1984 era, Sant Ji succesfully uniting Sikhs bringing them back into the proper Sikh lifestyle, causes India to tremble at its roots. Longowal et al, get jealous want power, start making problems, invite the GOI to attack darbar sahib, which they would never had dared if not invited by the SGPC leadership and the 'leaders' of the Sikhs.
Look at the present, leaders selling their souls, ruining everything that was accomplished by major sacrifices in the past.
My point? When Sikhs are united and work together, there is not a force in the world that can stand up to the Sikhs. Sikhs will alwyas be victorious when united.
The problem? Once Sikhs accomplish their goal, the in-fighting and jealousies start. People don't want to let go of control for the betterment of the panth, they want control in their hands. They get greedy. This destroys everything that was accomplished before.
The Solution? Learn from our past mistakes, unfortunately we haven't up to now as we keep repeating the same mistakes. 'Leaders' try to keep control to themselves for their own gain and families gain. To them I say, if you were honest to the panth not only would your family be well of, but so would every Sikh family. These families are all our brothers and sisters, we are all one family under our father Guru Gobind Singh Ji and our mother Mata Sahib Kaur. The sooner we realize this, and realize that when we get greedy and move further from Sikhi principles we destroy all the hard work that went into getting us to this point. The sooner we will rid ourselves of all these problems and all these internal and external threats to Sikhi.
Conclusion? Be strong in your Sikhi, do simran, do sewa, read bani, take out daswandh. When they day comes that we rise up and defeat our enemies we must be strong enough in our mind that we dont get greedy, and we learn from our past mistakes and keep Guru Sahib and the beautiful panth at the forefront, and our own selves in the background.
Daas stumbled upon some audio tracks of some katha / keertan by Bhai Sukha Singh on this website. It was really nice to listen to. I was wondering if there is any other place to get some of Bhai Sukha Singhs Keertan on the net, I really enjoyed the keertan. (Katha was good to).
Daas goes on message boards once in a while just to see if there are any interesting discussions from which daas can learn from. Today Daas stumbled upon a thread about a problem that happened at a Gurdwara in UK.
Now I don't know what happened or didnt happen, allegedly a lady who had cigarettes in her hands and was high on drugs entered the gurdwara, and one side wanted her out, while another side embraced her. Daas will not specualte on details because it does not matter. The point daas wants to make is as follows.
Daas saw written on the message board by many users that, everyone is welcome to the gurdwara, and we must embrace everyone who comes. This is where my problem comes. I agree we should embrace everyone who comes to the gurdwara, BUT NEVER WHEN THEY HAVE ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTES ON THEIR PERSON, OR WHEN THEY ARE INTOXICATED. This is clearly against Sikhi principles and rehit maryada.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji's horse knew better than to enter a tobacco field. Most Sant's nad learned gursikhs teach that if you come into contact with tobacco you should wash ur clothes and take a shower. Damdami Taksal maryada says that even if you step on a cigarette you should take a shower and change your clothes.
Tobacco and cigarettes are like poison to a Gursikh, we should not even go near it, let alone embrace someone who brings it inside the gurdwara. Sure eveyrone is welcome in the gurdwara, provided they dont bring cigarettes and are not intoxicated.
When daas saw many people posting saying they should embrace the intoxicated lady who had cigarettes in her hand, this hurt daas, because they put their Sikhi principles to the side. Sure help her out, if she needs help, but NO ONE has the right to allow cigarettes in the gurdwara. NO ONE.
Benti to all UK Sangat to make it out to the Freedom and Remembrance rally tommorow (Sunday). Parnaam Shaheeda Nu, its our duty to support programs like this and make sure they are successful and maximum sangat comes out. If we dont take the initiative no one well. Keep up the great work sewadaars in UK.