Sunday, April 09, 2006
Baba Jujhar Singh Ji's Birth Day - Our Great Brother!
Yesterday I went to Southall to a Kirtan programme. I was about to leave when my friend's mum pulled me over and said she would like me to meet someone. I looked around and it was boy who went to the summer youth camp who was in my group. The boy is about 8 or 10 years old.
Aunty Jee said, "Look closer Manvir Singh." SAT NAAM, WAHEGURU! I was shocked to realise that his HAIR WAS CUT. I knew before the camp he wanted to cut his Kesh because he lived in a pre-dominantly white area and his parents are not enthusiastic or practicing Sikhs. So he wanted to cut his Kesh. After the summer camp I thought his confidence would have improved. It was saddening to see, I was lost for words.
I put my hand over his hair and said, "Where are your Kesh?" He just smiled and didn't say anything. I said, "You've cut your Kesh? Waheguru, Waheguru. May Guru Sahib bless you with Gursikhi Jeevan." I said the same to his parents and said may Guru Sahib bless the child with Guru's Roop and Gursikhi Jeevan. I didn't know what else to say.
I felt so SAD and SHOCKED at seeing the child. Perhaps because I was his group leader in camp and spent a week with him. He is such a nice and cute child, that it made it even sadder to see him DISFIGURE his beautiful GOD-GIVEN body. The Kesh is our CONNECTION to the Guru - "GURU DI MOHR" (the seal of the Guru). It’s painful to see someone turn their back on the Guru. But to be fair its NOT the child's fault (especially a child so young). Children FALTER and SWAY. It is the DUTY and RESPONSBILITY of the PARENTS!
If a child says "I don't want to go to School! It’s boring and I don't like it" do their parents remove their child from school? If a child says "I don't want to wear clothes! I feel hot I want to walk around naked" do the parents allow the child to roam naked outside? If a child says "I don't like eating vegetables, they are disgusting!" do parents say "okay jee, teek hai! Just eat chips and chocolates, that’s fine." 'NO' is the answer. However, we conveniently jump to the barbers when a child says "I don't like my long Kesh! I want a hair cut like the rest of the children." Rab Bhalla Kare
May Guru Ji bless parents with the strength, wisdom and inspiration like that of the previous post so that they INSPIRE, give CONFIDENCE, and give that STRENGTH which a child needs in DIFFICULT TIMES rather than go for the easy SHORT CUT and LOSE their Sikhi, which is so price-less and invaluable that our Gurus and great Gursikhs sacrificed their lives but not their beautiful faith. Waheguru. I pray that child will one day look deepfully into Sikhi and keep his Kesh and take PRIDE in being a Sikh.
Today it is the birthday of Sahibzaada BABA JUJHAR SINGH JI (the second to eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Sariaa nu lakh lakh vadhaayee! If we look at the life of Baba Jujhar Singh and the other 3 children of Guru Gobind Singh Ji we will realise how precious Sikhi is. The Sahibzaade are our brothers! Let’s make them our ROLE MODELS. Let’s remember their lives, seek inspiration from their works and thank them and the other great shaheeds (martyrs), Sikhs and Gurus for preserving Sikhi to give to us as a gift.
I came across this short inspiring clip from the film SAKA SIRHAND (produced by Gupt Fauj) on Bhaji Daljeet Singh's blog (Click on the picture to watch the video):
To watch the full film on the life and martyrdom of the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, aged 5 and 7, and their elderly grandmother, Mata Gujri Kaur Ji, please click here.