Sunday, April 09, 2006

Star Wars: Return of the Sikh

jw kau hir rMgu lwgo iesu jug mih so khIAq hY sUrw ]
jaa ko har rang laago eis jug mehi so keheeath hai sooraa ||
He alone is called a warrior, who is attached to the Lord's Love in this age.


On my last post someone commented that a sikh sounds a lot like a Jedi.

I laughed for a bit, but then I got thinking, its true!!

As sikhs, we are supposed to believe in a saint-soldier system, to unite what would seem to be two opposites into one being. The Jedi are described to be strong spiritual leaders (led by their council) that take up arms to defend the right of those weaker than them, like a police force of sorts.

This is exactly how Guru Gobind Singh raised us as Khalsa. First we must be pure mentally, and only then (led by our Panj Pyarai), can we defend the rights of the innocent. This irony of sorts of balancing of a sant-sapai or saint-soldier is an important one, as our Guru Granth Sahib shows in many places that only those who follow the path to Waheguroo can then be good warriors for him:

soeI cquru isAwxw pMifqu so sUrw so dwnW ]
soee chathur siaanaa panddith so sooraa so dhaanaan ||
He alone is clever and wise and a religious scholar, he alone is a brave warrior, and he alone is intelligent,

swDsMig ijin hir hir jipE nwnk so prvwnw ]2]67]90]
saadhhasang jin har har japiou naanak so paravaanaa ||2||67||90||
who chants the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. O Nanak, he alone is approved. ||2||67||90||
What I gather from this is that while martial training is important, its too easy to forget that we need spiritual backing first. Its only with Waheguroo's kirpa that we may understand the value of the sword, and fight without fear or hate.

2 comments:

Mr Singh said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

If we are armed with the weapon of naam, there is no army which we can't defeat

btw, Jedi? I take it it's something from starwars/trek right?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Khalsa4ever said...

yup!

The Jedi are in Star Wars. Sadly, Star Trek has no equivilent *sigh*