Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Disappointing Comments on Message Board

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

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.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh