- Jan 31, 2011
Muskeveer ji ,You have a duty to yourself ,so correct your own and leave your fathers to correct theirs.
This is either one of the most misunderstood threads I have ever started, or my understanding is incorrect on this,.
The title is 'do I have a duty to correct the sins of my fathers'
Allow me to explain from the only angle I can, a personal one, My family, like all families contain genetic traits that have been refined through centuries. Not only genetic, but also traits that have been passed through the generations through habits and ritual. The sikh practices that have been passed down through the generations are also personal to our family, the understanding, the interpretation, the meaning of life, all passed down, refined, misquotes, misunderstandings, etc.
I have spoken to my father at length about his own personal fight with demons, and he maintains that there was no fight, he married my mother, he loved her dearly, he had kids, he got a job, he worked day and night, he kept up with all the family responsibilities, he attended births and deaths, marriages, and now in his sixties is completely at peace with himself. I am not fortunate enough to have the chemical soup my father has, and neither was my brother, to be honest, dad did not deserve either of us, I know we caused him much sadness along the way, however, when I look back into my family, there are personalities and even physical similarities that mirror mine.
This is not a thread about beating myself up about acts done long ago, it is about refining myself so that my contribution to the next generation brings knowledge, understanding, information. If I can talk to young people about the pure essence of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji without the ritual, without the facets that make us all here so dismayed, then maybe all that effort, to make sure sikhism is not misunderstood will filter through to someone, anyone, but that effort is by my own actions, so the point is, if we all behave in a manner that befits sikhism, and I am not talking here about maintaining a physical presence, but a spiritual one, if we all follow the tenants as laid out in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to the best of our abilities, not for us, not for the Creator, but so that our input into life changes the negatives into positives, changes misunderstanding into understanding, changes hate into love, if we can deal with every situation that arrives on our doorstep in the spirit of sikhi, then surely, we can make the world a better place, through action and thought.
I do sincerely believe that the more people act and think in a way that encourages unity, peace, love, not only for ourselves, for our fellow species, for the environment, this will balance the molecules of hate and anger that so freely penetrate us as a society.
Do we have a duty to behave like this? Yes I believe we do, a duty to ourselves and a duty to the Creator
Note, although I have mentioned spiritual presence over physical presence, my belief is that we carry ourselves spiritually for the Creator, our physical presence is irrelevant, in the sense that once one is doing the Creators work, all the physical facets of sikhism will present themselves as our way of showing gratitude and respect to the Creator and Creation, in the same way that if you eat carrots all the time, you cannot stop your skin pigment taking on an orange hue, thus, if you think and act within Gurbani, your hair will flow