Nothing but Love

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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The very idea of Sikhi and the physical form of a Sikh is a challenge to normative and hegemonic socio-cultural structures. Another term for this idea is perhaps revolution. Among speaking and acting out against various forms of oppressive hierarchies, the revolution our Gurus started challenges casteism, supremacy, misogyny. “The real Nanak can prove fatal for us.” How can it be that the same Gurbani whose sweetness moves one to tears also inspires an army of warriors to deliver justice? It is no wonder then, that, baan means ‘words’ and ‘arrow.’ The Guru’s Baan, Gurbaani, inflicts wounds most of us are incapable of feeling the pain of because we don’t know how to Love.

As we remember the shaheedi purab of Guru Arjan Sahib, we are reminded of this Warrior-Saint who knew nothing but Love as he wrote close to half of the compositions in Guru Granth Sahib Ji, nothing but Love as he wrote heartfelt letters to his Beloved Guru, nothing but love as he further established Chak Ramdas with Darbar Sahib, nothing but Love as he practiced martial arts every day where Sri Akal Takht Sahib now stands, and nothing but Love as he stepped onto the hot plate and as his executioners poured hot sand on his head–tera keeaa meetha laagai–Whatever You do seems sweet to me.

I see the spirit of His speech-arrow among those at Ensaaf. All around us today, I see His foot soldiers at ICAAD and Khalsa Food Pantry. If you haven’t already been inflicted, come and play this game of Love.

Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

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