Lost innocence of the Punjab

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The land of our Sikh Gurus is no longer what it used be since the times of the Gurus, through the centuries and into the 21st Century. In the name of modernization,the Sikh Nation is losing both their cultural and religious heritage. Gone are the days when the Punjab was known as the land of plenty – close-knit community, chardikala Gursikhs, golden wheat fields, the glowing faces of the Punjabi peasants and their sugar sweet maboli, the sound of tractors filling the soft air, and the nights of bhangra and gidda on the onset of Vaisakhi, the harvest season. The good old days seem to have gone for good, forgotten in the dark corners of our memories. Today, Punjab can no longer be recognised – gone are the gullible Sikh folk, the colourful turbans, the flowing beards, the tractors driven by hefty and strong Sikhs . . . the youth are deserting the land of their Gurus for the land of Dollars and Pounds and giving away their identity in return. Families tend to find themselves ‘entrapped’ in the land of the Five Rivers and seek to forfeit their agricultural might for settling in the cities which offers more promise. In place of the lovely folk music, television stations have opened their bars to corrupt the innocence of the simple Sikh by transmitting images and sounds of vulgar versions of their own folk music while their own claim it as their new heritage.

The peoples of the Punjab have changed – amidst the few of those that still maintain their culture and religious values, the majority can hardly be recognised any longer. What was such a beautiful culture and religion has now been polluted with escalating apostasy, bipran ki reet (castes, fasting, astrology, following fake babas and gurus, inter-marriages, drug and alcohol abuse . . .) and apathy of its heritage and history. The Sikhs freed another faith from the clutches of slavery, now we have been made slaves of the very peoples our Gurus sacrificed their all to set free from tyrants. What a slow death of a beautiful and colourful heritage and the tragedy is that only a handful few care to do anything about it. With images like the one below, it’s sad to note that such aspects are getting confined to what was.
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But the struggle to keep our heritage alive is being fought by the awakened, but the real difference will be made by you and I. We need to teach our children and our children’s children on what the heritage was and that it should live on because it was made nor for a single era, but for centuries more to come.

As for now, my heart bleeds for Punjab to see it shred from a beautiful coat of innocent folk dances, maboli, singing fields of wheat and sarson da saag, to a tattered one of apostasy, filthy television channels, vulgar music and filled with vermin that continue to nibble at the roots. O GuruJi . . .

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8 Comments

  1. Upinder Kaur said,

    September 20, 2006 at 11:54 am

    So true!
    The least we can do is pray to Guru ji to take punjab out of this slumber.
    Each one of us should try to do what ever we can.As such I feel its all too late…

  2. Hargurmit Singh said,

    September 21, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    The anubhavee khalsas have always told us that the khalsa will become completely malech in the land of their birth. After that will the phoneix rise. This i am told is the view of people who communicate with kalgidhar maharaj regularly.

    I have personally not had such a conversation but almost all anubhavee sikhs will tell you the same thing.

    It is upto us to believe or disbelive this or as veer lakhvir says to work against it. No other faith is corrupting us, we are corrupting ourselves. No amrit vela, no nitnem, consumption of intoxicants – no one forces this on us. Our consumption driven mentality does that for us..

  3. Balbir Singh said,

    September 21, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Veer Lakhvir Singh ji, What you have described is the absolutely true picture of Punjab.When I was in school, I used to visit my village during summer holidays.I have seen village boys performing Bhangra on Vaissakhi.They used to play kabbadi,volleyball in the evening.Village boys used to do swimming in the river near our village while the cattle were grazing in the field.
    What is the state of Punjab now,we ourselves are responsible.No one has forced these things on us.We have corrupted our minds.We have abandoned AmritVela.We no longer do nitnem.We take alcohol,drugsetc.We no longer listen to our Guru.We have deserted our Gurus.We dont do paath and follow the meanings.Even akhand paaths have become rituals,business.I feel very sad about this.We can pray to Waheguru to give us Sumatt.

  4. October 18, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    nice blog, keep up the good work

  5. P.S.Sanhu said,

    October 24, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Thts so true and bitter truth. Thanks dear for sharing. May Guru Bless us Sikhi jeevan and courage and long life to do some thing for coming generation of Sikhs. Otherwise our future generations will not forgive us. Ask blessing from Guru and stay in Chardi kala.

  6. October 25, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    Bhai Sahib you have presented Reality as it is. May Guru Sahib do kirpaa that we ungrateful souls realise the value of Sikhi and bring Panjab back to its intended Grace and Glory.

    Guru Rakha.

  7. Josh said,

    November 11, 2006 at 5:10 am

    all we actually need is our own democracy, our own nation……….khalistan
    ………………..we cant actually do anything is because we are not in power……and all the capable souls have left the land due to frustration…..nothing can happn there whn corrupt individuals are running the land together with the hindus who are happy to see us bcome extinct……………..

  8. Jasvinder Singh said,

    May 21, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I dont think khalistan is is the solution to our problem. Seeing the glory of Sikhs arround the world my belief is that Sikhs belong to whole world. Whole world is their home land.only thing needed is common practices and teachings. Every where in the wolrd same message should go rather then diffrrent practices followed by diffrent kind of people in our community

    We dont need Khalisthan we need to rule the wole world by our best practices and if u beleive only SIKHS can do it….now the question is how to start the movement. i am ready for it any body has any inputs they are welcomed…..


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