Every year Sikhs around the global gather at the local Gurudwara Sahibs to welcome the New Year with the true Guru, Guru Granth Sahib Ji. In His presence we beg for His blessings so that we may have a good year. Some of us make promises and bargains so that our wish of a good year may come true. We make resolutions to give up the negatives and embrace the positives but rarely do we keep those resolutions. For 2011 let us not make promises that we often can’t keep, instead let’s ask/beg to have the ability to live in His will. No promises or bargains, just His Hukam; whether it is desired, easily attainable hukam or one that is unbelievably difficult to comprehend.
Typically when we do ardas asking for guidance, in back of our head, we know what our desired hukam from Guru Granth Sahib Ji would be. We silently will Guru Ji to give us that Hukam, which would let us do what our heart desires. And even Guru Granth Sahib Ji listens to his true Gursikhs because He knows what they desire for is not against Sikhi. Such was the case on October 12, 1920 when some newly blessed Gursikhs from the so-called low caste went to Harmandir Sahib to offer an ardas and were turned back. They desired to get the blessings to Guru Granth Sahib Ji but were stopped by the masands that controlled Shri Akal Takhat Sahib Ji at that time. Instead of fighting and creating bloodshed in Guru Ji’s presence both parties agreed to do ardas and take a hukamnama to see if the new Sikhs parsad and ardas would be accepted. The hukumnama clearly said that even the lowest were transformed by the Guru and that Sikhi had no place for caste. The masands then ran away from the Takhat and abandoned their posts. Thus, without any bloodshed under the hukam of Guru Granth Sahib, parsad and ardas were accepted and new management came to place. The desires of true Gursikhs are fulfilled by the true Guru, Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Occasional a Sikh goes to Guru Granth Sahib Ji in hopes for Hukam to guide them but gets a hukamnama that is unbelievably difficult to comprehend for a person that doesn’t have full faith. But for those that have faith, there is little doubt about carrying out Guru Ji’s Hukam. Such was the faith Bhai Lachhman Singh and all the Sikhs with him that day that they had no fear that the Hukam taken when leaving home hinted that the freedom of Gurdwara Nankana Sahib would come at the price of their lives. Even when they were stopped at the orders of the panth, they marched ahead at the orders of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. That day Mahant Narian Dass caused about 150 Sikhs to receive martyrdom in the cruelest fashion. First Sikhs would be injured to the point they were on their last breaths and couldn’t fight back and then chopped into small pieces to farther torture them. At the price of their lives, Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Sikhs did exactly as commanded by Guru Ji and freed Gurdwara Nankana Sahib. After the martyrdom of these brave Sikhs the outraged Sikh community insured the Mahant got the death penalty and they regained control of Gurdwara Nankana Sahib. Thus, by following the hukam of the true Guru, Nankana Sahib was freed.
Guru Granth Sahib Ji always advises the Sikhs that turn to Him with a clean heart and good will. Today we see lots of bad stuff happening around to us and wonder if there is no God? There is a God and we have a Guru, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, that is always there to listen and guide but we don’t listen. So whose fault is it? God’s or ours? This New Year let’s not make resolutions but instead ask Guru Granth Sahib Ji to give us enough faith that we can always turn to Him. Enough faith to turn to Guru Granth Sahib Ji whenever we are stuck, instead of blaming God for our ill luck afterwards. Enough brains that we at least ask Guru Granth Sahib Ji before we do anything in His name, for the betterment of our community.
May Guru Granth Sahib Ji bless all Sikhs with enough faith to hear, understand and carry out His hukam.
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