Sunday, 4 January 2009

The Scientific Religion

It is a well-held belief that the earth along with all its elements and functional units and activities is controlled by God, the Supreme Being. But the earth is just a small fragment of the wide universe which is under his command. From Sun to the planets, from stars to galaxies, from comets to asteroids, each and every thing in this Universe is controlled by him.
According to Sikhism,
the whole Universe operates under the influence of the formless God, and everything that happens reflects the will of the creator.
"In the Fear of God, the wind and breezes ever blow. In the Fear of God, thousands of rivers flow. In the Fear of God, fire is forced to labor. In the Fear of God, the earth is crushed under its burden .In the Fear of God, the clouds move across the sky. In the Fear of God, the Righteous Judge of religion and worldly dealings stands at His Door. In the Fear of God, the sun shines, and in the Fear of God, the moon reflects. They travel millions of miles, endlessly. In the Fear of God, the Siddhas(sages) exist, as do the Buddhas , the demi-gods and Yogis. In the Fear of God, the celestial ethers are stretched across the sky. In the Fear of God, the warriors and the most powerful heroes exist. In the Fear of God, multitudes come and go. God has inscribed the Inscription of His Fear upon the heads of all. O Nanak, the Fearless Lord, the Formless Lord, the True Lord, is One.1” (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 464)
The human being, perhaps one of the finest products of organic evolution is blessed with the most powerful of the nervous tools, the conscious as well as the subconscious. The purpose of life is to make the earth a more livable place and to make the fellow beings able to live in perfect harmony with themselves as well the worldly things. This is what should be called religion, a way of life preached by the great reformer of all times, Guru Nanak Dev.
"Of all religions, the best religion is to chant the Name of the Lord and maintain pure conduct. Of all religious rituals, the most sublime ritual is to erase the filth of the dirty mind in the Company of the Holy. Of all efforts, the best effort is to chant the Name of the Lord in the heart, forever. Of all speech, the most ambrosial speech is to hear the Lord's Praise and chant it with the tongue. Of all places, the most sublime place, O Nanak, is that heart in which the Name of the Lord abides. 83" (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 266)
But as it is widely observable, most of us are deviating from this ideal behaviour and seeking refuge in other definitions of religion for becoming able to fit in the slot of the so-called religious and the chosen ones. But since all five fingers are not the same, the above mentioned behavioral characteristics cannot be applied to all he dwellers of this planet. Some (although almost like pins in a haystack) of us think differently, they have the will and the capacity to take the initiative, and work for their noble cause for which the likes of Guru Arjun Dev (He was the fifth Guru of the Sikhs.> He was tortured and was made to sit on a heated oven during the the season of summer by Jehangir, the mughal ruler for failing to accept his policies which were aimed at religious intolerance and exploitation of common man), Guru Teg Bahadur ( He was the ninth Guru of the Sikhs and agreat martyr, many other Sikhs alongwith him were sawed into two, burnt alive, severed of their heads; but none of them accepted the authority of tyranny. Guru Teg Bahadur sacrificed his life for protecting Hindu religion from the corrupt mughal regime. He believed all religions and viewpoints should enjoy equal freedom), Aristotle etc. sacrificed their lives, that is, standing up for the truth and principles.
God has created us as the members of a single species, Homo sapiens sapiens. We should reflect the will of the Lord in our day to day dealings by treating our fellow earthlings as our brothers and sisters and always supporting the weak and upholding the right and we shall see our lives becoming more of a festival than just a drag-on.
Next, I would like to talk about a religion, or more exactly, a scientific religion named SIKHISM, which has its origin in the hinterland of Punjab, a state in the south Asia frequently stormed by invaders at almost all times of the recorded history. Guru Nanak Dev (‘Guru in Punjabi stands for ‘teacher’), the founder of Sikhism, stressed upon adopting scientific temper and shunning the rituals and customs which were of no service to the society, besides advocating equal opportunities and rights for the women and preaching tolerance towards all religions and viewpoints. The convergence of religion and science is Sikhism. The succeeding Gurus accelerated this struggle against ignorance and discrimination in all forms and types. The tenth Guru, Guru Govind Singh, started the baptizing ceremony of ‘Amrit Sanskar’ (The ceremony of the holy nectar) wherein the devotee surrenders himself fully to the Guru and takes up the oath of leading a disciplined life, supporting the weak and the downtrodden, Working towards the elimination of ignorance and spread of knowledge and rationality, and discouraging discrimination of any type. After getting baptized the devotee becomes the member of the ‘KHALSA PANTH’ (The association of the pure). The present Guru and also the holy book of the Sikhs is Guru Granth Sahib, an unebbing source of religious instruction as well as rational and scientific insight for millions. A baptized Sikh is entitled to wear five ‘Kakaars’ (Symbols of honor) as a mark of his/her disciplined life and the total surrender towards the Guru and the Divine knowledge. The five ‘Kakaars’ are as follows:-
(1) Kesh (Unshorn hair) - The unshorn hair are the foremost and the most important of all ‘Kakaars’. The unshorn hair are a symbol of harmony with oneself and with nature and also a mark of respect for the creation of the nature. But apart from being just a symbol there is a deeper meaning to the practice of keeping unshorn hair. It has been scientifically proven that hair absorb almost double the proteins to grow back than the preceding time each time after they are shaved or cut. Thus shaving or shearing the hair causes an unnecessary drain of the valuable body proteins. Moreover, hair serve as an insulation for the body against extremes of temperature and also prevent some of the vital body electrolytes from being thrown out of the body along with sweat. So, we should abstain ourselves from shaving or shearing our hair and getting deprived of the priceless benefits conveyed to us by them.
(2) Kangha (Comb) – The Kangha or the comb is a reminder for the Sikh of his disciplined life and the fact that cleanliness is an important organ of a disciplined life. The Kangha be used for keeping the hair clean and tidy. This Kakaar also highlights the importance of physical as well as mental cleanliness in our lives.
(3) Karha (Iron Bracelet) – The karha or the iron bracelet is a mark of fearlessness and a constant reminder that the human body is a powerhouse of energy and resources which need to be utilized and exploited. It has also been scientifically proved that the iron bracelet worn on the right wrist serves as a stimulant for the body glands and helps in keeping the blood pressure normal. Thus every Kakaar has a definite meaning and a certain scientific definition.
(4) Kirpan (Dagger) – The dagger is to be worn at all times by a baptized Sikh. The dagger serves as an important tool for self-defense. However, the use of dagger for purposes other than just self-defense is strictly prohibited and the defaulter is liable for being excluded from the Khalsa Panth.
(5) Kachha (Lower undergarment) – The lower undergarment is a mark of prohibition against adultery. At a time when the world is reeling under the fear of deadly diseases like AIDS, gonorrhea etc., the Sikh way of life can serve as a lesson for the whole humanity.
The revolution aimed at the perfect convergence of religion and science for the benefit of humanity has already begun to flow. Being scientific tempered and a philanthropist, are you a part of the revolution named Sikhism?


mukul said...

વાહેગુરૂ જી કા ખાલસા,
વાહેગુરૂ જી કી ફતહ ।

mukul said...

શીખ જગત ધન્ય ચે

Jason said...

I'm impressed. i'll certainly read the guru granth sahib.

मुसाफिर said...

इसमें कोई शक नहीं कि सिख गुरुओं का देश के प्रति योगदान अद्वीतीय है।

Harjeet said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru ji Ki Fateh

Piare Khalsa Jio,
You are really working hard on gurbani and spiritural poetry. I'm amazed by the content specially the meanings of bulle shah's writings.

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Malwinder Singh said...

@Harjeet It was good to learn that liked the content of the blog. Thumbs up to your mission. May the sacred words of Guru Granth Sahib reach every person in the world!