Will the Guru’s Sikhs please stand up?

    Opinion post by my friend Gurujot Singh:

As I have been watching this drama around Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim I constantly find myself filled with mixed feelings. On one hand this man is insulting the Guru and making a mockery of things I hold sacred. On the other hand, the reaction from other Sikhs has been disappointing.

What Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim has done wrong:

Like so many other so-called "sants", he has set himself up as a spiritual authority, without the personal spiritual capacity, and has misled thousands of people.
He started administering Amrit with 7 piaras instead of 5. Are we to believe that someone can one-up Guru Gobind Singh? This is ridiculous and insulting.

He has presented himself as Guru Gobind Singh by dressing like him, and imitating the Amrit Sanchar of 1699. This makes a mockery of something we hold as our highest ideal.
He has been accused of rape and murder. If he is a rapist and murderer, have him arrested and let’s wait for him to be proven guilty in court and sent to jail. I’m not claiming that he’s not a rapist and murderer, but I have not heard of any real evidence and we should leave that up to the authorities.

What Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim may have done right:
He is in charge of the Sacha Sauada organization which has lots of charitable facilities including free hospitals – however, it is difficult to know where his funding has come from to support all these activities. At this point, it appears to be suspiciously political.

Now the second part of this story is what troubles me more than the actions of this man; the way the Sikhs have been manipulated into an internal political play. This issue has been given instant, high-level press coverage, goading the Sikhs into a response. That also is very suspicious to me. I know that idiot and shameless people don’t think twice about insulting the Guru – and the press turn their heads with disregard. But this has become a national sensation – overnight! It appears that the Sikhs have been provoked into an escalating response of anger and violence. We are being manipulated for political purposes, and we continue to rush forward with our eyes closed.

I’ve seen pictures of Singhs beating displays of Ram Rahim with their shoes. Sikhs have burned down Ram Rahim’s facilities, which were used to provide hospice to the needy. Now there are thousands of angry Sikhs out there who want this guy dead. There is a bounty out for this man’s life, such that anyone who kills him will get their weight in gold. This is not from a movie, this is actually happening. There are many protests, road blockades, and strikes going on in Punjab. Protesters have clashed with police, and more than 100 people have been injured.

The part that really bothers me is that righteous Sikhs have actually killed others because of this matter. This is an insult to the Kirpan and against the teachings of our Guru. The Kirpan must not be used out of anger, vengeance, politics etc. It must be used out of defense and compassion. I am in shock that another 1984 is looming and the whole Khalsa Panth is being dragged into it.

The older generation of Sikhs are seeing their youth chopping their hair left and right, and don’t understand why. They don’t realize that instilling these cultural and political views into their children that they won’t be inspired to live as Gursikhs. We are not going to save our religion by killing someone. The youth are leaving because they don’t know the reasons for keeping their hair, and they are not seeing anyone who keeps their hair that they can look up to. The problem is not that Ram Rahim will single handedly destroy Sikhism, the problem is there is no one showing leadership. So let’s address the real issue.

As Sikhs our Guru is the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. We should look there for guidance. I am reminded of a quote from Asa Di Var. “Moorakhai Naal Na Lukhieeai” – “Don’t argue with fools”. It seems that this man called Ram Rahim is a fool, and we are fools for being goaded by him. NO ONE can corrupt Sikhism. NO ONE can corrupt the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. NO ONE can corrupt the faith of the Gursikhs. The Guru is everywhere and the Guru is watching all of this unfolding. This is a test to see what we will do, and how we will hold ourselves. I think a lot of people are failing the test by falling into anger and vengeance, and a desperate attempt to save something that they themselves are destroying.

Ram Rahim may be able to fool some people, but the core of Sikhism will live on by its purity. “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh” – “The pure ones belongs to God, and Victory belongs to God”. We don’t have to worry about the purity of Sikhism it will live on in those who are pure. Those who use Sikhi for their own politics will fall by the weight of their own karma. We don’t need to attack Ram Rahim, because the Guru’s Court is so pure that it purges itself.

The way to keep Sikhism going is not by preaching the doctrine of hate. The way is to be inspired, and inspire others with the truth. We need to EDUCATE AND INSPIRE the youth, not rile them up into a violent frenzy. Love is the way of purity, not vengeance, violence, and hate.

Guru Gobind protected his Dharma, but he did it while loving his enemy. Guru Gobind Singh could fight and kill, and in his greatness he had the ability to be completely compassionate to those he fought against. He fought in self defense, and he fought as a last option.

So if you are not attached to your anger please stand up! Be pure, be compassionate, and do the right thing as guided by the Jot (universal light) inside you. Let’s spend less time in controversy and more time in meditation. Let’s do less discrediting of the false and more honoring of the Truth. Let’s be less reactive, and more strategic. Let’s be less angry and more compassionate.

Oh, Guru Ram Das, I know that you will make done what needs to be done. Shower your compassion on friend and foe alike.

Humbly – Gurujot Singh Khalsa

17 Responses to “Will the Guru’s Sikhs please stand up?”

  1. g says:

    We need to realize that even in the times of Guruji ( ninth guruji) there were at few dozens of fake guru at baba bakala (city in india).

    So, these kind of psycho people will keep on coming forward to allure people to follow them for the sake of wealth. This kind of problem exists all over the world, people have claimed themsevles as Christ, Krishna and Guru of the Sikhs.

    Gopi Krishna who had Kundalini awakening writes… “The True and Fake men of God have been living side by side in India for thousands of years. The ubiquitous hashish smoker often presents the same appearance and carries the same accoutrements as the genuine sadhu who wanders from place to place in search of truth.”

    So, we need to educate our fellow sikhs and not fall in the trap of violence, because violence never achieves anything but despair among the community. We need to act more like philosphers and question this psycho or even ignore him.

    Guru Nanak dev ji never believed that doing few things right gives that particular human being to do few things wrong. Charity is done to attract more people in to the cult or sect so they can be milked for years and years to come.

  2. 3331386 says:

    In a country where justice can be bypassed depending on who you know or how much money you have to say let’s rely on that system to see what is the truth is very naive. What justice has been brought upon KPS Gill who basically tried to rape a women but only just failed.

    If we are being dragged back to 1984 it is because of political parties with their own vested interests. The sikhs are bound to react I would have been more dissapointed if they hadn’t.

    The actions of this man are clearly to incite the Sikhs and it is disappointing to read don’t blame them for reacting. Blame the parties who fund this guy

  3. g says:

    3331386 ji

    I had a same kind of anger that you have, but the political parties or people who are promoting this psycho path will benefit from our anger!!! Anger makes our thinking more polluted thus take wrong actions……

    I have this feeling that the entire nature, and heavens are laughing at this dharma being played!

    People!!! NO ONE REPLACE SGGS JI!!! why we have this fear within ourselves! Let this monkey to play his game and it will be over!

  4. “Let’s spend less time in controversy and more time in meditation. Let’s do less discrediting of the false and more honoring of the Truth. Let’s be less reactive, and more strategic. Let’s be less angry and more compassionate.”

    you are right. the sikhs are taugh to aspire to be sant sipahi. saint first, and soldier later. in our rush we are fast forwarding past out spritual development and running for the sword.

    what we should be doing is spreading the love!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sundeep Singh says:

    Josh is good, but Hosh is needed along with josh.

    I think this is a test by government to see if sikhi is still alive in punjab.

  6. Gurjeet Singh says:

    I can hardly speak because i cannnot breathe in this polluted air in which the spirituality of the Sikhs is being burnt to ashes.

    If people have realized whats is hapennnig in the whole of India, this Baba thing going on and bomb blasts hapenning in different directions in India, everything is happenning all at once ! so political. And Sikhs are the first ones to be sacrificed… it happens every time.

    Speaking of Kirpaan and the holy shashters that they used to support the dummies that were burnt my heart sank. Im in mumbai looking at what is happenning at my native place is very disappointing. The loss of property that the Dera’s people did shows their illiteracy gifted to them by their so called Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim. On the other side the Akal Thakat supporters could only flair their shashters … all of this is such a show off. It is only spoiling the harmony and giving no point to solve and at the end of the day we are left only with stale air to breathe. We have even missed out our chance to smile on the birth anniverasry of Guru Amardas Ji. People, just listen… Suchyaar Sikh Baithe Satgur Paas, Kudyaar Kudyaari Jaye Ralay. Those pure souls who believe in the almighty stand their ground with the Guru and rest all is a crowd of garbage. Do not be influenced by the wind that blows across the garbage carrying out dirt with it to get into your eyes and blurr your vision, stand your ground !!! the crowd of these fake Babas will get washed away by the torrential downpour of Truth and the Pure. Wahaeguru Meher Kare.

  7. KSingh says:

    Saying “let’s spend more time in meditation,” sounds great, but the fact is that as Sikhs you should try and be in a meditative state at all times, even when in the thick of war. So whose to say that thoseSikhs with the Shastars were not in a meditative state?

    This whole controversy only arose because of a lack of “dharm parchar” by the SGPC, and DSGMC. Jathedar Vedanti is right in pointing out that these organization should have been teaching Sikhism FIRST and doing whatever else they do after.

    We need to spread the word as opposed to letting these ‘sants’ spread the word. Sitting around doing nothing and expecting people to get the message is the easy way out.

  8. Gurjeet Singh says:

    I totally agree with KSingh Ji.

  9. Lots of stuff in the news. Here is a link that someone forwarded to me:


  10. N Kaur says:

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    Did anyone else notice that Sikhs in Punjab are being distracted from a more important issure? People in Punjab are running out water, which is an issue that their government was supposed to resolve. They are protesting for this cause, but what about this life-threatening issue.

  11. g says:

    Every issue has its own time and space. Certain emergency issues are dealt with priority. Its very easy to point out problems but no one is willing to come up with solutions and take action. Its very easy for us to leave comments of judgement from a distance.

    also check out the websites provided by Gurumustuk ji.

  12. g says:

    In the past I have tried to explain how people from other religions or governments have tried to dissolve sikhism. It has happened in the past and now we have living proof of it before our senses.

    But they need to remember that sikhism NEVER got dissovled away even when great forces of Mughal empire made monumental efforts to Kill every sikh that they could find.

    So, Khalsa ji,,, HAS NO FEAR!


  13. sherdil says:

    Gurjot Singh
    You proposed a line to Guru Ram Das in the end. I hope that you know as Sikhs we are not supposed to worship or offer prayers to Gurus. Our Gurus whenever referred to Guru, it was God not themselves and we were never told to worship them. Sikhi is not polytheistic

    I hope this clarifies.

  14. Daljit Singh Birring says:

    One should never get angry as all sorts of people make this world. He has not harmed Sikhism infact done us a favour by highlighting his folishness. Sikhs should capitalise on his foolishness and spread the name of The Truth which is beautifully described in Guru Garanth Sahib. People who were his followers will soon realise the path they adoped was wrong and they will correct themselves. True Sikhism is learning about God. Firstly you start believing in God who created you and this universe, out of Him. Thus there are two forms of God as Nirgun Sarup the one has no form, no shape, no colour, but Energy with Virtues. Out of that came Sargun Sarup or the visible part of God that you can see with your eyes. We humans come under visible form and it took 8.4 million types of species we had to go through to become humans. Now that we are humans and we have our Holy Book which is the word of God, we should understand it. If you believe that you do understand it, then tell others the virtues of God as are explained in Guru Garanth Sahib. You mould yourselves into those virtues. Thus from understanding or Gian Khand you start changing into Saram Khand. Once you start living that life and become a perfect, you will become a Brahm Giani and enter into Karam Khand. Once your life span is over or the Will of God calls you back, you merge with the Almighty as water merges with water. You become One with God as Invisible Energy in Sach Khand. So where does this Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh stand. I firmly believe that when the Sikhs will understand the Truth in Guru Garanth Sahib, these little obstacles will diappear. Let us see the fault in ourselves rather than pointing fingers at pretenders who only run a shop in the Name of God. They will pay for their sins hereafter and that they are not awair of. He is not the only one who is leading people astray. There are many others who call themselves as Gurus and they do not even know the meaning of Guru. I want to give them only this message that Guru means God, and they are no gods. For their own sake look forward for hereafter that awaits you.

  15. shanu kaur says:

    waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh!

    very well said jio! I couldn’t have put all this better myself. There have been many more before this Ram Raheem man and there probably will be more to follow him… This IS kaljug! We must be the strong and righteous sikhs that Guru Ji taught us to be. May Guru Ji give us kirpa in these troubled times…Waheguru

    Naam Jappo

    waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh.

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  17. surindersingh gill says:

    all the fake babas suceed when they get audience. a true sikh will run away from any one that includes sikh preachers who get emotional and advice people to stay away from other religions . i believe in respecting other religions. i listen to broadminded katha vicharaks such as sant singhji maskeen .he shows respect for all religions but at the same time points out the how sikhism is diffrent from other religions,since he is no more , i was listening to one of the most popular katha vicharak who said do not go to any mandir or masjid and not to accept any holy offering if you are a true sikh.i refuse to listen to him because my faith in sikhism and guru granthsahib is UNSHAKEBLE,and i will show respect to all religions thats what our gurus have taught and you dont have to be a gyani to know that,always remember hunkaar sub mein hota hai na hota to woh rabb na ho jaata,most of the time when these pakhandee babas talk against sikhi the large audience they have are sikhs,so we at fault too. as far as our gurus and guru granth sahib is concerned they are so great that nobody can disrespect as they truly are in our hearts and not in books or gurudwaras. and certanly not in pakhndee babas lastly dont provide them with audiece, lastly i am still in search of a true broadminded kataha pracharak please send your sugesstions to surinder gill at [email protected] sat sri akal and shukriya bhul chuk di maafi je koi chota mooh te badi baat ho gayi hove