HARTFORD PRAYER BREAKFAST – 2002 THE SIKH MESSAGE OF PEACE AND BROTHERHOOD

(Both)

wahi  guru ji ka khalsa wahi guru ji ki fateh

(Nirmal)

We want to present to you a vision for peace, harmony and brotherhood by recalling an incident from Sikh history followed by reciting a hymn from the Sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib.

(Sirtaj)

Go back to 1705. The place is Anandpur and Sikhs are invested frequently by the Imperial army.  As the weary sun is going down after a day of skirmishes, in the lengthening shadows of a hot summer evening, witness an old Sikh, Kanhaiya ministering sips of water and tending the wounded of both sides. Envision the same scene another day when the wounded lay in the midst of fallen leaves or field s wet with rain.

(Nirmal)

The Sikhs upset, ask Guru Gobind Singh to stop Kanhaiya from comforting the enemy. The Guru says let’s call him and ask him Why? Brought before the Guru, he humbly says Lord you told us

Manas ki jat sabh ekay pehchanbo

recognize ye all human race as one

When I go tending the wounded and I look at them I see your image in each of them. If you pervade in all, I see only you and no enemy.

(Sirtaj)

The hymn we are reciting is a composition by Bhakt Ravi Daas, who as an untouchable, was even denied the right to worship but had a vision of a habitat of peace and harmony where pain and suffering did not constrain human life and endeavor.

(Nirmal)

The hymn is in Raag Gauree Gwaarayree (p.345)

bey gam pura sehr ko nau

The name of that place is ‘land sans grief

There is no suffering, no anxiety,

no hardships, no levies,

none causing fear, blemish or failure of others. ||1||

(Sirtaj)

That marvelous place, where my home is now,

Is of ever lasting peace and safety, my friends. ||1||Pause||

 orderly and stable, overseen by God,

populace all equal, none high or low,

living in this place always well spoken,

body in comfort, mind contented. ||2||

(Nirmal)

People stroll about where they like

none blocking their way to the Lord's abode

Says Ravi Daas, shoe-maker blessed,

bound in friendship are all who live here. ||3||2||

(Both)

We pray for the dawn when God awakens our world to this vision of peace and harmony and close, as always, by praying for the well being of one and all –

nanak nam chardhi kala tere bhane sarbat da bhala.

Wahi guru ji ka khalsa wahi guru ji ki fateh

Nirmal Singh, Farmington, CT. Oct. 29, 2002

(The quotes are from Sikh scriptures. The annotation conveys the broad meaning.)

bygm purw shr ko nwau ]

dUKu AMdohu nhI iqih Twau ]

 nW qsvIs iKrwju n mwlu ]

KauPu n Kqw n qrsu jvwlu ]1]

Ab moih KUb vqn gh pweI ]

aUhW KYir sdw myry BweI ]1] rhwau ]

kwiemu dwiemu sdw pwiqswhI ]

dom n sym eyk so AwhI ]

Awbwdwnu sdw mshUr ]

aUhW gnI bsih mwmUr ]2]

iqau iqau sYl krih ijau BwvY ]

mhrm mhl n ko AtkwvY ]

kih rivdws Klws cmwrw ]

jo hm shrI su mIqu hmwrw ]3]2]



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