Written by – Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa
Nobility is a virtue of character that is best understood through stories because this unique quality comes from a complex dynamic. This dynamic is founded upon the tests within life that challenge the spirit to rise to higher qualities. The Sikh tradition is filled with stories to highlight the quality of nobility and the price that comes with its test. The quality of nobility is often associated with the life of a royal court, because over time and through many tests, those who rose to serve the higher good of all became the noble ones. It is a part of the development and caliber of a noble character to be tested and then found to be true, loyal and gracious, acting with fortitude to take a stand for better ideals and against the tyranny of the times. Nobility is to live a life that is exalted in the spirit of being notable, making a difference in the lives of others. The basic framework of nobility stands upon the grace to live in humility with intuitive endurance, and to know the Unknown is within oneself, and then to deliver yourself and others to the realm of that magnificence.
Noble actions forever make a difference in the evolution of humanity. Harsh times refine the spirit until the character of a person shines with the dignity of knowing their divinity. The only way to know Nobility is to know the elegance of God’s grace that brings out the best of the human character from any difficult situation. As we experience that Grace, our spirit brings forth the splendor of our brilliance as divine beings having a human experience. To live in nobility is to intuitively honor the glory of God within oneself, then, with a resolute courage nobly rise in our excellence.
Guru Gobind Singh gave the Khalsa the standard for living noble lives. He offered the discipline and taught the values it would take someone to build their character and spirit enough to face the challenges of the times with the heart of a lion and the courage of a warrior. The Khalsa inherited the splendor of the Noble House of the Guru so that each day we are given the privilege to bow our heads and continue to live in praise of God’s divinity as we deliver our noble destiny.