Volume I Number I
Religion, since our very beginning, has acted as the cicerone that has guided us towards establishment of societal norms in order to live an ideal life. Mankind has always looked towards its teachings whenever in need/ in moments of despair/ in requirement of rectitude, to overcome a situation or to make progressive measures. Not so long ago, during the end of 15th century, when the Indian subcontinent was burning under the atrocities of Islamic rulers, a new religion rose to fight the persecution of Mughal empire and restored the virtues of Dharma. Sikhism, regarded as one of the youngest religions in the present world, has been serving the very purpose of its origin since, to direct mankind towards path of self esteem.
This April we will be celebrating another major Indian festival, Vaisakhi, which is celebrated with equal reverence by the followers of Sikhism & Hinduism, and let’s take this opportunity to learn the legend behind the festival, The Legend of Khalsa:
The term KHALSA refers to special group of Sikh warriors, also known as sant sipahi (sage warrior), initiated by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh; this tradition was formed as a reaction to the savagery measures of the Mughals, which resulted in beheading of Guru Tegh Bahadur (the 9th Guru) who refused to convert to Islam and raised his voice for religious freedom against Aurangzeb. The Khalsa movement redefined Sikhism and provided a political and religious vision for the Sikh community. Khalsa means ‘khalisa’ or pure. A khalsa sikh was given the title of Singh (male) and Kaur (female); they were directed to lead a life with behavioral code which included prohibition of tobacco & alcohol and meat, as well as not disturbing the natural growth of hairs.
The Khalsas were identified with Five K’s tradition: 1.) Kesh, 2.) Kanghi, 3.) Kada, 4.) Krapan and 5.) Kacchera
History will always remember The Khalsas who fought selflessly with the Mughals, in order to protect the lives of innocent and honor of women. If it weren’t the Khalsas, the demographics of Indian subcontinent, especially North India, would have been altogether different as a result of forced Islamic conversions.