Sikh: Has Meaning Changed in Digital Era? – Part 7
Physical Strength what good is that without Spiritual Depth. Just imagine yourself walking through forest in Punjab Region in 1700 and you see two soldiers walking towards you from different direction one belonging to Sarhand and one belonging to Shri Anandpur Sahib. Both have armor, both have swords , both have physical strength so towards whom you will run to feel secure. The answer is obvious. The reason for that is One Holds Sword of Brutality and The obvious choice holds the Kirpan – Sword Grabbed to defend against atrocity. And to grab Kirpan a Sikh needs to drench in Gurbaani. And in Divine Light of Gurbaani he awakens to compassion needed to defend a meek like you in forest.
So Paatshahi 1 to Paatshahi 5 just focussed on ‘Garibi*’. There have been incidents in time of Paatshahi 1 – Babar imprisoning Him, Paatshahi 2 – Humayun running with swords towards Him, Paatshahi 3 – Few Pathans causing turmoil in Goindwal, Paatshahi 5* – Birbal trying to siege. But what resonated was ‘Garibi’.
‘Garibi’ meant, remain unperturbed whatever happens, pay no attention to what other say stay attuned to ‘The Formless’ via Gurshabad, just make HIS NAAM as support. And it is only possible when an individual inculcates feeling of ‘Garibi’. Just think, though Gurshabad’s True Meanings can never be comprehended by mere thinking and Baba Nanak has made it clear in ‘Japji Sahib’, how ‘Aamiri – Affluence’ will inspire an individual to go out and seek for his true meaning? And if search in history before Baba Nanak’s Physical Manifestation most of the Bhakat’s were ‘Garib’ like Kabir Ji – A Weaver, Ravidass Ji – Shoemaker, Naamdev Ji – Cloth Washer, Dhanna Jat Ji – A poor farmer. And yes their so called Worldly ‘Garibi’, as comprehended by world, took them to new heights.
ਮੈ ਗਰੀਬ ਮੈ ਮਸਕੀਨ ਤੇਰਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਅਧਾਰਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥**
(I am poor, and I am meek. Your Name is my only support)
Note: *Shri Asht Gur Chamatkar – By Bhai Veer Singh Ji
**Tilang Baani Bhaktaan Ki Naam Dev Ji – Ang 727 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji