The hate that I hold for this Mind, words can not explain

My thoughts, my ego, my desires, my hypocrisy

The way I imagine scenarios that don’t exist

Singing praises of people that don’t matter

Finding joy in the most horrible things

Engulfed in misery but to blind to notice it

Disguising myself to be accepted

To insecure to pick a side

And to weak to love Him. 

But I want to so badly. 

I want to be madly and deeply in love!

To have my day, my every second, be devoted to that love

To have that love completely engulf every corner of this disgusting mind

To have it undue all these sins that haunt

I just want to love Him, like how He loves me. 

The Khalistan Revolution

Born into activism, we are a people of revolution, rebellion, and change. It is in our blood to listen to the cries of the oppressed and uplift them into Kings and Queens. However, have we lost that quality, as a people? Have we allowed ourselves to cower under the oppressors? Have we turned from lions unto sheep?

After 1984, the time for us to cower was over. The time for us to do something became apparent, and after Operation Woodrose, we decided to act. Almost a year and half later, “On April 29, 1986, the Sarbat Khalsa at the Akaal Takht was convened at the behest of the Indian and Punjab governments, but unexpectedly, it declared the territory of Punjab as Khalistan — an independent nation.  It is because of this that the Indian state would not allow Sikhs to assemble again for a gathering of the same scope.

What is Khalistan? Literally, it refers to the [Nation] State of the Khalsa. The Sikhs were tired of being continuously beaten by and lied to from the government. The Khalistan movement was the passionate result of decades of injustice and the 1984 Genocide. However, what occurs now is a constant battle/debate over the need for Khalistan, especially in my area. 

If a person even tries to discuss Khalistan, they are branded as: terrorists, radicals, or extremists! We have lost our ability to have an open forum or dialogue about this major concept. Many that I know fear the mention of it, and while many that I know sing its praises from the rooftops. 

Personally, I find the division tedious and boring. Personally, I believe that when Maharaaj is ready for us to establish a Khalistan - a physical state - we will be given Kirpa and it will occur. This is not me being of radical thought, but logical thought. I truly believe that there will come a point in our Panth where corrupt leaders will be thrown out of Gurudwarae, the committee systems will become subservient to the Sarbat Khalsas of the community, and the Khalsa will again become true Sant Sipahis. 

However, we must focus on the lynchpin to all of this: Gurbaani. Without it, we are blind monkeys, jumping from one life to the next. It must become our way of life, the way we breathe in the morning, and the only way we are able to sleep at night. The power that lies from believing in the Guru is enormous and infinite. If we look at our history and those rulers of the Panth that kept it central to their ideology and daily life, they were some of the greatest leaders of our Panth (ex: Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia). 

The Khalistan Revolution is the physical manifestation of our spiritual sovereignty. To achieve the Khalsa Raaj as Guru Maharaj intended, we must adopt Gurmat. We must re-introduce the Sarbat Khalsa system, The political and spiritual power of the Panj Pyaare, and education of Gurbaani and daily living as a Sikh. Without any of these concepts, especially education, we will be stuck in the same place of oppression and slow degradation for the next millennium. 

Bhul Chukk Muaaf. 

I hope that when I see You;

I hope that when I see You,
my eyes can meet your gaze.
I pray that I will not be shy,
and can find solace in your embrace.

I hope that when I see You,
your face will not be stern;
I know that I have let you down,
but pray that I, your forgiveness earn

I hope that when I see You,
my mind be surrendered whole;
May I shed all trace of duality,
and be One with Your limitless soul.

Why Sikh Celebrate Diwali - Myths and Gurmat Itihaas

Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas everyone! As promised, here’s why Sikhs should observe today with utmost reverence.

Myth: Celebrating Diwali is purely cultural and has nothing to do with Sikhi.

Gurmat Itihaas: The celebration of Diwali in the Sikh Panth originated loooong before the Bandi Chhor of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru hargobind Sahib Ji Maharaaj. Sri Guru Amar Das Ji gave hukam on this day that all Sikh should gather together on this day and spend it as a day of sangat and remembrance of God. This was not a recommendation, it was a hukam. So when you whine about going to the Gurdwara on Diwali seeming ritualistic, well, actually, it’s not! It’s hukam. :)

Myth: Today has little importance in Sikh history

Gurmat Itihaas: Not only was this a day of obligation for sangat, but many important events occured on this day. We all know the Bandi Chhor story; Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji was wrongfully jailed by the Mughal regime due to religious persecution. Eventually, after seeing the overwhelming amount of pressure being put on them, the Mughals allowed Guru Sahib to leave, but Guru Ji refused. He said, I will leave only if you allow these 52 other Hindu kings that you have kidnapped to leave with me. The jailor laughed and said, “You can take those many kings who can grab hold to the hem of your robe.” Guru Sahib then sent for his Sikh to sew him a special robe with 52 tassels. Each king grabbed onto one, and they all left the jail in Gwalior and arrived home in Amritsar. 

On this day too, Sai Mian Mir, a Sufi Muslim who was very dear to Guru Sahib, laid the foundation stone for Sachkhand Sri Harimandir Sahib (colloquially known as the Golden Temple) under the grace of Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaaj, and the architecture of Baba Buddha Ji. It is one of the holiest temples in Sikhi, and holds a special place in the hearts of Sikhs worldwide.

Also, if Diwali wasn’t important, why would Bhai Mani Singh sacrifice his life to celebrate it? Bhai Sahib was martyred by being cut joint by joint as a result of him gathering at Harimandir Sahib to celebrate Diwali against the wishes of the Mughal regime.

Myth: Lighting lamps is not a Sikh practice, and it is completely meaningless. 

Sikh Itihaas: When Guru Hargobind Shaib returned to Amritsar, he was greeted with aatishbazi (fireworks) and a big deep utsav (festival of lights). You have to understand that his return was more crucial than we think it is, because he didn’t leave by himself, but rather he broke the shackles of oppression for the other 52 kings. The light of our world came back to our world on this day. Why not celebrate with light? Yes, we don’t light lamps for Ramchandr or Lakshmi, but we light them for our Guru.

Bhai Gurdas Ji writes in his Vaaraan about the lighting of lamps and how it is an alangkaar (symbol) of the shortness of life. Why are lit, we burn as the years progress, eventually the oil of our breath runs out and we are extinguished. This isn’t talking about not celebrating Diwali.

At the end of the day, today is day of joy. With no joy in our lives, with nothing to look forward to, we are left with a boring life, and that’s not what Sikhi is about! Stop turning into a Western orthodoxy. Have fun. Light lamps. Stuff your face with gulab jamuns. Enjoy your day.

Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas!!!

Every morning and evening, a random reading is taken from Guru Granth Sahib Ji when they become Parkash (visible) for the day. This is known as the Hukamnama. Nama means edict and Hukam means command, so Guru Ji is essentially giving us a command as to how we should live our daily lives.

In Darbar Sahib, the epicentre of the Sikh psyche, the same Hukam came from Guru Ji THREE DAYS IN A ROW.

Dhan Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj!!! Our Guru is truly Hazar Naazar.