As you all may or may not know, I am of Indian origin, and of Sikh faith, and today is a very significant day for all us sikhs, as it is the anniversary of the birth of Khalsa, also known as ‘Vaisakhi’.
This important event has its origins in India, where it is associated with a harvest festival and the New Year for people that identify with the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faith and traditions. It also represents the establishment of the Khalsa for those of the Sikh faith.
The festival of Vaisakhi marks the birth of Khalsa, a collective body of all Sikhs represented by the Panj Pyare also translated as the five brave ones.
It was in April 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Master of Sikhs, encouraged a casteless solidarity, which is represented by the Panj Pyare. The phrase ‘five brave ones’ is the English translation of the Panj Pyare but the word brave fits well. These five were from different social backgrounds who became one on this ceremonial occasion. They condemned their social status and devoted their lives to fulfilling the Guru’s mission of promoting equality, humanity and justice.
Equality in the Sikh faith has always been one of my favourite parts to learn about. Born and brought up in a family surrounded by Sikh values and learning about my faith I am proud to say that my faith doesn’t allow inequality based on gender, race, religion or a social status. As a woman I can take part in all the activities in a Sikh Gurdwara that men take part in so if it’s leading the congregation or cleaning the dishes no one is superior or inferior over the other. We are all equal.
The festival of Vaisakhi always acts as a reminder to the whole Sikh community that no matter who we are or where we come from we are all one.
Now in light vaisakhi, and for a bit of fun I’ve posted a Jus Reign Video below. 🙂
¶ß Happy Vaisakhi ¶ß
¶ß Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fate! ¶ß