Sikh: Has Meaning Changed in Digital Era? – Part 5
When Baba Nanak uttered ‘Ek – The One’, He gave the true meaning to the ‘The Ekuality (equality)’. And when Paatshahi 5 began compilation of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji by inscribing same ‘Ek’ in beginning of the Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, it was evident something is going to change. Well, ‘Prabh of Baba Nanak – The Formless One’ never changes, so what was about to change? Was the perception of ‘Ekuality’ going to change? No! How could the perception be different what ‘Baba Nanak’ had preached? Well, Paatshahi 5 was about to add a new dimension in mortal’s understanding of ‘Ekuality’. And it was asking ‘Sufi Miyan Mir’ (history calls him Muslim Preacher) to lay down the foundation of ‘Shri Harmandir Sahib Ji’, The holiest of places in entire eternity to feed hungry soul with spirituality and hungry body with ‘Guru Ka Langar – Food Offered by community kitchen started by Paatshahi 1). Well, what could be the best example of ‘Ekuality’, that the foundation of place of worship by one religion has been laid down by Preacher of other religion. And on top of that ‘Shri Harminder Sahib Ji’ is accessible to all, irrespective of caste and religion. An individual can reach Holy Shrine from any direction. Paatshahi 5 even eradicated the difference between four directions and asked the mortal’s to treat them ‘Ekual’. And above all Guruji gave an opportunity to all withered soul to find solace by visiting Shri Harmandir Sahib Ji, attuning to Gurbaani and merge with ‘EK’.
ਡਿਠੇ ਸਭੇ ਥਾਵ ਨਹੀ ਤੁਧੁ ਜੇਹਿਆ ॥
(I have seen all places, but none can compare to You.)
Note: Compilation of Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and construction of Shri Harmandir Sahib Ji are not chronological events. Please consider them as symbolic events in context of this work.
TO BE CONTINUED – End of Part 5