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Surrender Of Self:
Vaisakhi

PARVINDER MEHTA

 

 

 





Imagine a community of believers

gathered at Anandpur Sahib on Vaisakhi

to listen faithfully to their Guru’s wisdom.

The plume-adorned Guru dazed them

like a bolt of lightning on a sunny day

a poet philosopher inspiring his listeners

with a clarion call, simply demanding a wilful

surrender of self -- a readiness to give up self-worship.



Imagine those five beloveds

from different creeds and castes:

a shopkeeper, a farmer, a tailor,

a water-carrier, a barber who

rose up to the call for solemn sacrifice.

Fearless with faith to meet the Guru’s sword,

they stepped up to follow him unquestioningly

ready to surrender their lives for the Guru.



Imagine as the Guru brought

his beloved disciples back -- the glorious Khalsa

adorned in his image nurturing compassion,

righteousness, courage, strength and humble grace

to follow the path of oneness and fellowship

to resist tyranny, to defend social justice

to serve humanity with selfless love

and to promote compassion for all.



Imagine such wonder of selfless love

embracing thousands of seeking souls.

A sweet immersion into a promise

of compassionate connections initiated

the five beloveds as they sipped the sweet Amrit.

The Guru then bowed for his own initiation –

Guru became disciple -- his palms joined blissfully

to drink the sweetened sword-dipped nectar …



Imagine such undying legacy of humanity as

the Guru gifted his disciples with 5 Ks, names and purpose,

asking Sikhs to relinquish rituals, forego taboos,

cast-off castes, renounce superstitions and unshackle their

minds from divisions. Instead assume a unique identity --

to be courageous Singhs and Kaurs practicing equality,

and creating a world of freedom and revolutionary love

where no one is superior nor deemed inferior.



April 14, 2017
 

Conversation about this article

1: I J Singh (New York, USA), April 16, 2017, 10:39 AM.

Wonderful. Thank you, much.

2: Sangat Singh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), April 16, 2017, 4:16 PM.

"Jau tau prem khelan ka chau ..." - "If you want to play the game of love / First put your head on your palm. / If you set foot on this path, / Don’t hesitate to give your head" [GGS:1410]. Herein, the script for the Khalsa was provided by Guru Nanak himself.

3: D J Singh (USA), April 16, 2017, 4:20 PM.

The five beloveds: a shopkeeper, a farmer, a tailor, a water-carrier, a barber. These first five humble, honest, simple, hard-working, courageous, compassionate souls became the best role models for humanity.

4: Parminder Jassal (Austin, Texas, USA), April 18, 2017, 5:53 AM.

Congratulations. Potent - a small dose of Sikhi in all its beauty and glory. What a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing. Would love to see more of your work.

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