ਪਵਿੱਤਰ ਦਿਹਾੜਾ ਕਾਹਦਾ, ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਜ਼ਿਆਦਾ
ਗੰਦ ਇਸ ਦਿਨ ਪੈਂਦਾ
ਛੁੱਟੀ ਵਾਲੇ ਦਿਨ ਆਪਾਂ ਇੱਕਠੇ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਬਹਿੰਦੇ, ਸਾਰੇ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜਾਂਦੇ,
ਸਿਰ ਜੋੜ ਕੇ ਬਹਿੰਦੇ, ਵੀਚਾਰਾਂ ਕੀ ਕਰਦੇ... ਕਿ ਬੰਧਨ ਬਹੁਤ ਪੈ ਗਏ, ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ
ਬੰਧਨਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਮੁਕਤ ਹੋਈਏ... ਜਾਤ ਪਾਤ ਦੇ ਬੰਧਨ ਪੈ ਗਏ, ਪਖੰਡਵਾਦ
ਕਿੰਨਾਂ ਫੈਲ ਗਿਆ, ਨਸ਼ੇ ਕਿੰਨੇ ਆ ਗਏ, ਪਤਿਤਪੁਣਾ ਕਿੰਨਾਂ ਆ ਗਿਆ, ਲੱਚਰਪੁਣਾ
ਕਿੰਨਾ ਆ ਗਿਆ...
Bandi Chhor Divas, but keep Darbar Sahib’s atmosphere clean |
SIKHS DON’T PROMOTE POLLUTION | ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ ਮਨਾਓ ਪਰ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦਾ ਵਾਯੁਮੰਡਲ ਸਾਫ ਰੱਖੋ |
Bandi Chhor Divas Manao, Par Darbar Sahib Da Vayumandal Saaf
Rakho | 28.10.16, Dhilwan Diwaan | Dhadrianwale
Even young children in education are now fully aware of the
dangerous effect pollution has on the Earth. We read in Gurbani
Pavan Guroo Paanee Pithaa Maathaa Dhharath Mehath ||
Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great
Mother of all.
So why are we polluting the atmosphere every year with fireworks
when celebrating “Diwali” - or as Sikhs, Bandi Chhor Divas?
Children are coughing, those with asthma get breathing
difficulties, heart patients face danger from the thunderous
sounds and the smoke has considerable negative consequences on
the atmosphere. Should we as Sikhs be knowingly promoting the
pollution of the atmosphere, when we have the choice to avoid
If not, then should we be polluting the atmosphere surrounding
Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar, considered to be our pure, central
Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadrianwale raised these important
questions at the Dhilwan (Barnala) Diwaan on 28 October 2016 and
discussed the solutions in front of the thousands gathering.
We get together at the local Gurdwara Sahib for Bandi Chhor
Divas holiday each year to celebrate and we should continue to
do so. Sikhs who can should continue to gather in large numbers
at Darbar Sahib to celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas. However, this
should not be celebrating by burning money in the form of
fireworks. Damaging the atmosphere with fireworks is not giving
the due respect to the Earth. We should have been gathering at
Darbar Sahib, putting our heads together and discussing how to
free ourselves from the imprisonment of the many evils that are
affecting the nation today. There should have been seminars and
progressive world level discussions. If we are a separate
nation, then an example should have been made to the world that
this is how Sikhs celebrate with humanist and environmental
issues also at the forefront.
Instead, what is supposed to be a day of purity has in actual
fact become a day when the opposite is thriving – impurity. In
India, on this day the alcohol and meat shops have the biggest
queues, clubs and pubs are full, as are gambling shops, there is
dancing and partying and screaming all night, there are the
“Diwali concerts” and it is mainly anti-Gurmat activities that
flourish. Is this Sikhi? Go to the Gurdwara and money is being
burned in the form of fireworks that are furthering the
pollution of the Earth. Fireworks at the Gurdwara is not some
sort of “Puraatan Maryada” as some may try to argue in order to
make an issue.
Indeed, we should go to our local Gurdwara and for those of us
who can we should go to Darbar Sahib on Bandi Chhor Divas, we
should put our heads together and contemplate on the Chardi Kala
of the Khalsa Panth. But is the lighting of fireworks that
damage the atmosphere around Amritsar in any way beneficial to
the Khalsa Panth? Is that not if anything religious sacrilege of
the purity of Darbar Sahib? Do the rockets that go into the sky
not fall back down into the Sarovar?
When Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa said “Paani” in the Sarovar they
made a worldwide issue, but when they allow firework rockets to
fall into the Sarovar then is that not Beadbi?
Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa said, “Feel free to shoot me the day I
say don’t bathe in Sarovars, I’ve never said that and never
will, neither have I ever said there is no need for Darbar
Sahib”. To think he did say that would in any event be bizarre
at the very least.
What he said during a Diwaan in the USA was, “Where we bring
back Paani, we should also bring back Baani, where we bathe our
body in the water, we should also bathe our mind in Gurbani”.
Over this entirely valid point they intentionally created a
worldwide issue, a propaganda campaign. Their famous Katha
Vachaks began speaking on live telecasts and on social media
that Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa had “attacked the Sarovars”,
“attacked Darbar Sahib”, done “nindya” etc. Bhai Ranjit Singh
Khalsa said, “I ask these Katha Vachaks will you now also speak
on Diwali against the pollution of the atmosphere around Darbar
Sahib, will your mouth now open against this sacrilege?...or
will there be silence due to fear they will take away your
positions of duty, stop your Katha and your live telecasts?”
Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa had said nothing wrong and they still
spoke without reason. Why are they silent today when it comes to
preventing unacceptable pollution at Darbar Sahib, for which
there is a valid reason to indeed speak-up against?
We have become enemies of common sense and we abuse those who do
try to speak sense.
If we try to explain to the children we should avoid any
activity, where we can, that damages the Earth they will
question, “You are stopping me, but then why can they do
fireworks at Darbar Sahib?”
Will anyone now speak up against this “Beadbi” at Darbar Sahib?