Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh jee doing gatka against his wife Sardarnee Bibi Amarjeet Kaur.
"there were many times he would let me win on purpose but this day he promised that i had beaten him fair, it was just lucky that the camera snapped at the moment i struck his leg or else who would have believed it" - Sardarnee Amarjeet Kaur from interview taken February 2005
This is ridiculously cute. Like, actually. Too cute for me to handle.
It’s an awful cheesy word, but there’s no better term to describe being with a group of singhneea than “sisterhood.” There’s something about being with people who just get it, and are so open and happy and overflowing with beauty.
There was this one moment at Kaurs United where it just clicked. Something serious had just happened, and we were chilling and talking about what to do. One of the Kaurs was in tears, and the overall mood was pretty solemn, but even then, we somehow kept cracking jokes. I remember one singhnee looking at another and saying “I don’t understand how we’re actually making jokes right now.” hahahhaha. I dont know. That moment. It was like, one person’s problem was all our problem. We were all in a state of surprise, but somehow we couldn’t stop using dark humor. Aha.
There were other moments too. When one bhenji did kirtan in the langar hall and everyone was singing along and it was so heart-clenchingly amazing. (is clenchingly a word?). Anyways, it was unreal.
And then there was the open mic. Once again, the whole dichotomy between serious stuff that made you burst out into tears and humorous stuff that made your gut feel like it was gonna bust.
The entire camp was beautiful. I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else. These Kaurs are all heart and soul. Love and miss ya’ll.
Woke up today and thought to myself, 50 years from now, people will look back at Syria and say “how did the world idly stand by?”
Note to self: do something. now.
Tonight was surreal. So many amazing performances. Plus these two gems. Ahhhhh.
Yes yes yes. To this entire night. <3
Hooooooold up. Hun, you seem in need of a little history lesson.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji: Challenged the caste system, and openly criticized Brahminical elitism; challenged the ban on music in Baghdad while OPENLY doing kirtan in a city square; confronted the first Mughal emperor, Babur, for the war crimes he committed, and as a result Guru Sahib was thrown in jail: POLITICS.
Guru Angad Dev Ji: Denounced artocities committed by upper class intellectuals, created a movement and created a new alphabet so EVERYONE would be able to read and write: POLITICS.
Guru Amar Das Ji: In essence, the most feminist religious leader known to the world; banned the practice of widow-burning (Sati), and other cultural traditions that decreased the status of women to a mere piece of property: POLITICS.
Guru Ram Das Ji: Created a new set of vows to be read at Sikh weddings to distinguish the Anand Karaj from other acts of union, contributing to the autonomy of the faith: POLITICS.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji: Openly condemned Akbar’s son Prince Salim (later to become Jahangir) and openly advocated for Prince Khusrau to become the next emperor of the Mughal Empire due to his equity and righteousness, he faced Emperor Jahangir due to this and was executed, becoming the first martyr in our Panth: POLITICS.
Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji: Established the concept of the Saint Soldier, to make sure Sikhs are trained in diplomacy and combat as well as being devout in worship and lifestyle; the Akaal Takht, the centre of Sikh decision-making is built in the complex of Sikhi’s spiritual heart, Sri Harimandir Sahib (later to become known as the Golden Temple): POLITICS.
Guru Har Rai Ji: Used Sikh battalion to protect Shah Jahan’s son, Prince Dara Shikoh, and help him escape from the attacks of his own brother, the new Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb; gave succession of Guruship to his younger son, due to older son Ram Rai’s ill intent to mislead the community: POLITICS.
Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji: Showed people that age does not matter, constantly proved ageist biases against the Child Guru as false: POLITICS.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji: Heard the plight of Brahmins being persecuted under the hand of Aurangzeb; travelled to Delhi to confront the Emperor, and in doing so was publicly caged, forced to witness the torture, burning, sawing, and boiling of his companions, until he himself was publicly beheaded for the sake of a community other than his own: POLITICS.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji: Further perpetuated the concept of the Sant Sipahi (Saint Soldier), and ran the fort city of Anandpur as an independant self-sufficient city-state of the Sikhs; established a nationhood within the faith with the revelation of the Khalsa on the Vaisakhi of 1699; waged war against the oppression of Aurangzeb; engaged Aurangzeb in diplomacy as he wrote his most famous work, the Zafarnamah; declared 52 commandments before he passed on, one of them being STUDYING AND ENGAGING IN POLITICS: POLITICS.
Politics has been a part of Sikhi from day one, and anyone who says anything contrary to that needs to re-examin their knowledge of their deen.
Sikhs are NOT pacificists. We are activists against oppression, no matter which community is being oppressed (please keep Gaza in your ardaases). It is silence that marrs our image, not activism.