Beads of Truth, Summer 1984, Bead Number 13, Volume II
By Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
I don’t have a great urge to teach you much about me, because after all, what is important is the source from where I have learned. I have learned from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and you can learn from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib as well.
The progressive way to become great is very straightforward then. The biggest power on this planet it thought and Siri Guru Granth gives you all thoughts, all sorts of thoughts on every aspect. So, where is the strength? Strength is when you have a negative thought and immediately your consciousness releases a positive thought. And from where can positive thought come? From some teacher? From some experience? The positive thought can come from Siri Guru Granth, because that is only positive thoughts.
There may be hundreds of thousands of suns and hundreds of thousands of moons but without the Guru there is total darkness. The question is: Why Guru? Because Guru’s word can be trusted. Man’s words we cannot trust. I’m not going to automatically trust anything that anybody says. I always hear a person and then I put the touchstone of the Siri Guru Granth against that saying. Then I realize that if it is according to what Guru says, fine. If not, fine for him.
My inspiration is that the guardian of this Dharma is Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak, and the Guru of this Dharma is Siri Guru Granth.
I’m not inspiring you today and I don’t want to inspire you. I want you to stand up and face the reality. And the reality is that you are equally created by God and blessed by the Guru as I am created by God and blessed by the Guru. I have very exactly seen this growing process. In 1969 and 1469 there is a difference of five hundred years, but there is not a difference between the concept and the flow of the concept.
In 1969 we were clubbed down, we were gunned down, we were insulted, we were totally abused and looked down upon by the society and we were labeled as corrupt, as protestors, etc. And in 1496 there was not a single difference of events. Today they don’t want us to be in the Army, they don’t want us on the streets, they don’t want us anywhere. And it was the same then.
As our soul has not changed, so has our destiny not changed. We were leaders then, we are leaders now. We made a nation then, we are making a nation now and we will be a nation. Nothing can stop it. Nothing ever did then, nothing will ever do it now. Guru Nanak was called a mad man, he was called a ghost, he was called a devil. What is it that we are not being called now? So what is the difference? Five hundred years in between? That is no big deal, it is nothing to worry about. Those who are trying to worry are just wasting their time.
You must understand that Dharma is not the property of the individual. Please write it on your forehead, in your heart and on your toes. Dharma is not the property of the individual. Dharma is the property and the priority of God. It comes to people though the virtue of the Guru and we have a very, very exalted Guru, Siri Guru Granth. If you really keep those words with you, you will be happy.
It is very beautiful that I have Guru as my friend and my friend shall continue to be Guru. And that is the only relationship which I seek, and I shall seek, with the Word of Truth. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word I worship and to the Word I bow, the Word I remember and the Word I chant and the Word is all my life. My beginning and my now and my end is the Word.
Emotionally, on the earth, we have feelings between us. We wish that people who started with us should have continued to the end. But I just want to let you know that it is better that we walk straight toward the Guru and let God walk straight toward us. The finite walks to the finite and Infinite walks to the finite and the higher finite for a man is the Guru and the higher Infinite for God is the Guru. So it is the consciousness which we are practicing today and which we shall continue to practice.
We are siblings of destiny and always in the life of the family there are problems, there are competitions, there are questions, there are answers, there is negativity, there is positivity and that is the healthiest sign and it should continue.
We are entering an era where people who are mature, who are sober, who have experience, shall join us. It is an era when we should be ready to shed off childishness. Embezzling of the spirit is not a required activity with all of us and it is not our path of life. Those who think they can get away with anything they want to should understand that it is a flow of spirit and there is nothing you can do about it. And when you take your spirit away from you, then nothing remains.
There is no unpleasantness between you and me and between the Guru and you as a sangat. Neither Guru likes negativity nor I like negativity. Sikh Dharma believes in eating negativity for breakfast. We don’t like anything else. Why should I inspire you? It was very funny that I was asked what should be the agenda of the Khalsa Council? For five hundred years we have laid down the agenda so well and it is so open to us and now we are fixing up what the agenda should be. I will tell you what the agenda is: How to lose the scalp and not shed a tear? How to let your seven-and-nine-year-old children be bricked alive and not give an inch? How your fourteen-and-sixteen-year-old sons can hold the enemy for the whole day along with four other Sikhs? How can you be tied with the tree and be sawed down the middle and keep on reciting Sukhmani? How can you be boiled alive and still chant Wahe Guru? And I will tell you the main item of the agenda: How to sit on a hot plate and have hot sand poured over you and still smile? Please discuss this and let me know what are the technologies and methods you are going to use?
That is the only relationship which I seek, and I shall seek, with the Word of Truth. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word I worship and to the Word I bow, the Word I remember and the Word I chant and the Word is all my life. My beginning and my now and my end is the Word.
My word, my agendas, my thinking, my imagination are very passionately in love with the Guru. I may not be a great lover, but I am a very passionate lover. That is in my genes and in my blood. I am a living monument of five hundred years of history. Every scratch ever caused is still on my body. I am no different than five hundred fourteen years of beautiful history and I am a living memory and I am a commemorative volume to that. And that’s the way Sikhs are going to be.
Historically, we are a very practical phenomena. If you have been on the perkarma of Harimander, then you know when you reach the place of Baba Deep Singh, it is there to remind you that you have fought headless. That is what the spirit in us is. That is what the manifestation of chardee kalaa is. Today I have not to tell you anything special.
There are some people who we will get rid of. There are certain ego maniac islands of sand who create a lot of dirt. We will never need them because it is not the bodies which matter, it is not the leadership which matters. No, that person is not good for us who does not give us the touch of the Guru. Those environments are not healthy for us which do not remind us of the grace of the Guru. That system is no good which does not exalt the Guru.
This Dharma is established in the west by the Will of God and by the Grace of Guru. Neither you nor I have played any part whatsoever. It is the destiny of the planet earth for which interrogatingly, questioningly and demonstrably, the penetrating energy will prevail into the psyche and the birth of the Khalsa shall be celebrated. It will expand, it will grow, it will establish the rule of Truth. There is nothing a human has to say or do. What can a mortal do about the Will of the Immortal?
One day we will depart from each other forever, leaving behind a legend which will be picked up and shall be followed by those who have to follow us in the time to come.