Monday, April 27, 2009

Evolution of Sikhism over 500 years

Act one, by Mr Nanak Bedi (better known as Guru Nanak Dev), circa 1500 AD:
At Mecca, Nanak was found sleeping with his feet towards the Kaaba, before which the Muslims prostrated themselves when performing their prayer. Kazi Rukan-ud-din, who observed this, angrily remarked: "Infidel! How dare you dishonour God’s place by turning your feet towards Him?" He also kicked Nanak. The Guru did not show any anger. In fact, he was never angry with anybody. He smiled at Jiwan. In a calm, sweet voice he said to him, "Brother, don’t be angry. I am very tired. I need rest. I respect the House of God as much as any one. Please turn my feet in a direction in which God or the House of God is not."

The Qazi took hold of the Guru’s feet. He dragged them in the opposite direction. Then he lifted his eyes. He saw the Kaaba standing in the direction of the Guru’s feet. He turned the Guru’s feet in another direction. The Kaaba was seen standing in that direction. Qazi dragged the Guru’s feet to this side and that. He dragged them round and round. The Kaaba was seen to be going round and round. It was always, in the direction of the Guru’s feet. His feet were always towards the Kaaba. The Qazi was struck with wonder. He then recognised the glory of Guru Nanak.

Kazi Rukan-ud-di and the other hajjis were all filled with wonder. Jiwan let go of the Guru’s feet. The Guru got up and said, ‘Don’t you see that God’s House is in every direction? I tell you He dwells in every place, in every heart. He is in your hearts. He is also in mine.’ (Sikhwiki)

Interlude: Sikh religion is established based on the teachings of Guru Nanak and his successors.

Act two, by Mr Rajeev Kumar, 2009 AD:
A youth forcibly occupied the “holy peehra” (small cot), meant for the installation of Guru Granth Sahib, in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in the wee hours today.

The incident occurred at 3 am. The youth, identified as Rajeev Kumar (21), a kesadhari, was seriously injured following thrashing by SGPC’s task force, radical Sikhs and sangat following the incident. (The Tribune)

"It's an unfortunate incident," SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said. "The man appears to be mentally challenged. We'll tighten the security to prevent a repeat of this incident." (The Times of India)

4 comments:

Change said...

This is the current state of FOLLOWERS of any religion/sect/cult/Guru.

The principles or philosophy of any religion/Guru has been established by a sngle person, who understood the depth of his existance. It appears that the person who established this principle/pholosophy might have overlooked the fact of human conditioning under the shadow of his realization. Otherwise, he would not have allowed to form an establishment arround his teachings/philosophy, which is subsequently becoming a mear BLIND FOLLOWING of the words or symbals of his philosophy and not the meaning of his techings.

This true with all the established religions in the whole world as well as the Cult/Sect established by so called Gurus which are having BLIND FOLLOWERS.

However, I am not condemning those who use the teachings of religion or Gurus for their real (??) upliftment, but the BLIND FOLLOWERS.

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Harmanjit Singh said...

"It appears that the person who established this principle/pholosophy might have overlooked the fact of human conditioning under the shadow of his realization."

# This mistake wasn't an inadvertent "overlooking", this mistake (of allowing an authority and an establishment to form) is central to Sikhism, as the status of the Guru, and of "sangat" (the religious community), is of the highest importance, and the only factors which can provide realization.

And if there is a Guru, so will there be a following, and intolerance. Following, and faith, is always blind, otherwise why follow and have faith at all?

Change said...

"And if there is a Guru, so will there be a following, and intolerance. Following, and faith, is always blind, otherwise why follow and have faith at all?"

Well said and any one who has common sense can agree on this statement.

But the point I would like to highlight is that, since there are believers and followers around any Gurus, there is no reason for blind rejection of his philosophy also. By blind rejection, one is just exhibiting an equal and opposite reaction of a believer/follower. According to me, analyze his philosophy and then decide on acceptance/rejection. Even if we accept, we need not follow his philosophy word by word, then it become same as following.

The question is how to analyze a philosophy? If we start analyzing, we analyze it based on our conditioning only, at most, the conditioning we developed ourselves and not inherited from our parents. Hence the result of our analysis is also biased based on our conditioning. Then how to analyze? It is a big question mark for me as on now. In such situation my suggestion is neither accept nor reject, just experiment with it with a bias which is close to neutral (absolute neutral biasing may not be possible for almost every one of us, unless we have changed drastically in our life time)

“…….as the status of the Guru, and of "sangat" (the religious community), is of the highest importance, and the only factors which can provide realization.”

When we conclude about this point, my humble point is that we need to consider about the situation, culture, state of mind and so many factors of people to whom it is addressed. It might not have been addressed to every one in the society, but to a selected ignorant group with in that society. Who knows it except the one who commanded that? Hence the problem is with the followers, who just forget that they are also living being and they have also certain intelligence and living in this world means using that intelligence. It is not helpful to condemn the teaching of Guru itself.

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Reluctant Warrior said...

The first chapter of Geeta is titled The Yoga of Arjuna's grief . The word yoga put in there to emphasise the action or the effort that Arjuna's mind had to exert to come to that position or level (of grief).

It was only because of that, that Arjuna got to hear the Geeta. It was meant only for him, not Bheem or Yudhishtra or Bhishma or any of the several million people out there in the battlefield.

Geeta would not have made any difference (sense or nonsense) to them.

The blind follower/faithful is inconsequential. He is the generic. Unneccessary, unchosen by the evolution that your title refers to .