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The Challenge Facing the Sikh Nation

Discussion in 'Sikh Youth' started by drkhalsa, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. drkhalsa

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    I found a nice reading to share with you ,if you havent come across it​







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    The Sikh Times, September 12 2002








    THERE are numerous and varied challenges​




    facing the Sikh nation worldwide.​

    The challenges will confront the very​

    essence of Sikhi and the response to​

    these challenges will determine the​

    exact role that the Sikh people will​

    encompass in the next millennium.​

    One of the greatest challenges facing​

    the Sikhs is APATHY. Currently this​

    debilitating disease is draining the life​

    force from the Sikh people. Where once​

    stood a protean, dynamic Nation ready​

    to confront all that was thrown at them​

    and more, now stand a meek people​

    ready to ignore the challenges before​

    them. Apathy is preventing the discovery​

    of guiding principles that will protect​

    an individual through the trials and​

    tribulations of life. To develop a character​

    that is both strong and versatile. In​

    short the embrace of Sikhi itself and​

    retaining Gods love within an individual.​

    After centuries of religious and political​

    persecution we still find a physical​

    challenge posed to the Sikhs. In society​

    there are some that wish to physically​

    harm the Sikh Nation. To this end they​

    attack us under the guise of race or religion​

    or political. Our ancestors have​

    always resisted this threat. Thanks to​

    their courage we are alive today. Part of​

    Sikhism is the Martial aspect, not for​

    offence but for the defence of the self​

    and the persecuted. Yet we have abandoned​

    the Martial Arts. Why? The​

    world, unfortunately, is still a violent,​

    dangerous place. Martial Arts develop​

    confidence and character that is transferable​

    to other aspects of life.​

    In addition to being exceptional warriors​

    our Sikh ancestors were Social and​

    Political REVOLUTIONARY'S, albeit​

    GODS Revolutionary's. From Guru​

    Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Singh Ji​

    each challenged society's conscience.​

    Whether it was the ruling (Social) classes​

    attitude toward the downtrodden, to​

    women or the might of the (Political)​

    Mogul Empire's bloody disdain for​

    minorities, to democracy (the Misl system​

    as introduced by Guru Gobind​

    Singh Ji). The foresight of our Gurujis is​

    beyond comprehension if minutely​

    analysed. They were visionaries.​

    Those who live in the west are at times​

    perplexed as to the challenges. I hear​

    some of you think, what challenges?​

    There is economic prosperity and political​

    stability. Our time is peaceful and​

    challenges non-existent. Why not just​

    enjoy life? We embrace business globalisation​

    yet reject social justice globalisation.​

    What of the challenge posed by​

    eradicating poverty? The challenge of​

    war in a distant country? The challenge​

    of greater inclusion in society for all?​

    The challenge of social; economic;​

    political justice? Fortunately we live in a​

    democracy, how about those (Sikh or​

    otherwise) who do not? Where standing​

    for your beliefs will result in a knock at​

    the door at midnight, to be dragged off to​

    who knows where? Looking after the​

    self is the first step, but is intrinsically​

    linked to looking after our fellow human​

    being.​

    Why does the concept of Sikh​

    Nationhood stick so violently in the​

    throats of our people? Opposing vehemently​

    to their last breath any utterance​

    of a United Sikh Nation. Only 16 years​

    have passed since it was open season on​

    the murder, robbery and rape of Sikhs in​

    New Delhi. Yet most have "forgiven"​

    that period of "Indian democracy" and​

    regard themselves first and foremost​

    Indian/Asian. Who remembers the dead​

    of New Delhi? Who will do something​

    in their memory? To ensure their loved​

    ones are able to live a fruitful life?​

    We are now scattered to the four-corners​

    of the world; this has lead to greater​

    opportunities for future generations.​

    Sikhs must involve themselves in all​

    aspects of life (not just IT, law and medicine,​

    noble as they are); political;​

    social; local community; the arts, thus​

    stimulating the proselytization of Sikhi​

    whilst suffusing a greater understanding​

    of Sikhi to the wider community. To​

    connect all the Sikh people from​

    California to London to Panjab to​

    Singapore City.​

    Sikhism is the best kept secret in the​

    world, but we must no longer hide​

    Sikhism but share this great religion​

    with all those around us.​

    I shall quote Guru Gobind Singh Ji as​

    he spoke with Baba Banda Singh​

    Bahadur in their Dialogue of Destiny.​

    "It is only when men like you fail to​

    perform their function in life that the​

    world truly becomes a wicked place.​

    When men of ability, strength, passion​

    and courage such as yourself run into the​

    woods and worry only about their own​

    stake in life, the world is overcome by​

    the tyranny and injustice of ruthless​

    kings. Old men and women cannot live​

    their lives with dignity. Children cannot​

    enjoy the riches of their own culture and​

    are forced by the threat of death to​

    renounce their faith. God did not create​

    men like you to worship him and seek​

    his salvation, but, rather to live life with​

    conviction and protect his children."​

    These words were spoken hundreds of​

    years previous to the year 2000. Yet their​

    potency has increased over time. The​

    "ruthless kings" have become apathy​

    and the insatiable quest to disregard our​

    heritage. We hide not in the "woods" but​

    within the confines of our homes. Our​

    children still cannot enjoy the "riches of​

    their own culture" for they have never​

    been taught it!! Alas death (and in the​

    West persecution by some) still casts a​

    sinister shadow over our nation.​

    Guru Gobind Singh Jis words are relevant​

    for ALL men AND women of​

    today, regardless of faith. We sit smugly​

    in our BMW's, drenched in the success​

    of gold. Yet what have we achieved in​

    the time we have been in the West? Yes​

    there are some Sikhs who have surged​

    ahead economically but there are many​

    that are left behind. Rather than abandon​

    our brothers and sisters we should provide​

    time to share our skills and knowledge.​

    Thus enabling another segment of​

    our community to advance economically.​

    What of our brothers and sisters in​

    India? What of the land of Panjab? Sikhs​

    from all over the world should co-ordinate​

    themselves to promote prosperity​

    among our nation. The need to transfer​

    our expertise back to Panjab is paramount,​

    otherwise we may have to bid​

    farewell to the last Sikh as he/she leaves​

    Panjab.​

    Apersonal challenge many must overcome​

    is our petty jealousies that seem​

    perpetually prevalent in some Sikhs psyche.​

    After all, when Sikhs are being targeted,​

    whom do we turn to? Our Sikh​

    brethren!​

    This is the surmountable challenge of​

    UNITY, a half-understood concept.​

    Unity is greater than just "standing"​

    together; it is about Sacrificing for the​

    greater good of the community.​

    Many Sikhs are ashamed of how they​

    look. Girls will not marry men with​

    Turbans and boys want the latest hairstyle.​

    All want to be "cool". They attend​

    weddings for the​

    Party; the first inconvenient part of the​

    Gurdwara ceremony is usually skipped.​

    Yet these are the very same people who​

    are the first to shout and sing with joy at​

    Baisakhi.​

    These are the very same people who​

    live off the achievements of the past,​

    forever bathing in the golden glow of a​

    glorious past. Yet who were the people​

    who forged that past? So that a Sikh with​

    a Turban is instantly recognisable. It was​

    men who had long beards and Turbans.​

    Women who cared not to change their​

    suits twice during the course of a wedding​

    but to stand alongside their Sikh​

    men and challenge all the persecution​

    and injustice that the Sikh nation faced.​

    In short they were the True Sikhs.​

    They lived Sikhi.​

    Do you think you can stand amongst​

    them as equals?​

    The greatest challenge facing the

    Sikhs is to rediscover and re-embrace

    the values of the Khalsa. This rejuvenates

    the soul, the body and spirit.

    Preparing an individual to face any challenges

    that this world may pose.


     
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  3. Neutral Singh

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    Drkhalsa ji, a very good food for thought and introspection... thanks a lot for sharing with sangat... i hope such messages go a long way in rekindling the spirit of sikhism in the coming generations...
     
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    Guru Fatehe to every one.
    I am touched by this article. Sikhs need to be in Chardi Kala and spread the message of Gurus.
    Guru Sehai
     

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