All of us have often heard stories about how we SINGHS are lions..because lions are brave, awe inspiring etc etc. Anyone who has watched National Geographic or Disney's Discovery Channel Documentaries or Animal Planet...will tll you that the LION is the LAZIEST, greediest animal...a lion NEVER hunts..he lets his lionesses hunt for him....and then GRABS the "LION'S SHARE" ( which is sometimes the whole carcass) for himself before he lets the females eat.. Lions as a Species sleep the most and lions are NOT particularly brave...it is just their relative bigger size that intimidates others..who are better hunters like the cheetah, leopard etc. And lions will run away from their prey when a group of wild dogs hyenas arrive.. Looking at thse charecteristics of lions, i find it hard to convince my students that GURU GOBIND SINGH JI really modelled us after lions ?? Secondly we have heard stories "praising" horses, swans, etc and "deriding" donkeys, cranes, crows etc. We are supposed to be "horses" and not "donkeys"..WHY ?? arent Donkeys a perfectly good hard working species..it is just man's perception that we prefer horses because it can run faster and is used in war...but a donkey can work harder and longer... in fact a mule is unchallenged in certain types of mountain climbing/load carrying etc. And being "swans" is ok but cranes have their place too...and what would we do without scavengers like crows..it is just like saying we must all be "brahmins"...but then who would carry our scavenging work if everybody became brahmins.. every species and everything created by GOD has its rightful place.. i think it is wrong to place preferences...how would you feel if you were a "donkey" and everybody preferred the "horse" and ignored you ?? or everybody rushed to admire the "brave lion" and left you hanging out with the hyenas.. Just some random thoughts inspired by the questions little minds ask me during gurbani paath classes... and i am still seeking answers ??