VALUES!?!? We don't need no stinking values!!
“I have formed my alliance with the Lord; there is no one more powerful than him.
All the alliances are mere extensions of the love of Maya. Only fools argue over Maya.
They are born, and they die, and they lose the game of life in the gamble.
My alliance is with the Lord, who embellishes all in, in this world and the next.
In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the five thieves instigate alliances and conflicts.
Sexual desire, anger, greed, emotional attachment and self-conceit have increased.
One who is blessed by the Lord’s Grace, joins the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation.
My alliance is with the Lord, who has destroyed all these alliances.
In the False love of duality, people sit and form alliances.
They complain about other people’s faults, while their own self-conceit only increases.
As they plant, so shall they harvest.
Servant Nanak has joined the Lord’s alliance of Dharma, which shall conquer the whole world.”
Guru Ram Das Ji, SGGS ANG 366
I was asked a question a little while back; “Do you think Sikh values should be Government values?”. Trying to answer that question has taken me some time to think about and I’m still not sure I have the entire answer. I’ve written this post in my head many times and didn’t have an answer until I went to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
I think we must talk about what Sikh values are first, before we can answer whether government can have Sikh values. If you ask most Sikh’s what our values are their answer will most likely be to feed the hungry, care for the destitute, protect the defenseless and act against oppression. I believe those are expressions of our values but aren’t the values themselves.
The expression of our values are based on the struggle against the five thieves (Kama=Lust, Krodh=Wrath, Lobh=greed, Moh=attachment, Ahankar=Pride) through adoption of the five virtues (Sat=Truth, Daya=Compassion, Santokh=Contentment, Nimrata=Humility, Pyaar=Love) using the five kakkars (Kes=Uncut hair, Kanga=Comb, Kara=Iron bracelet, Kachara=White cotton shorts, Kirpan=Sword/Dagger) as a visual reminder.
Being Sikh means being active in the practice of our faith, Daily Nitnem, Nam Simran, and keeping Rehat. All of these things help us get closer with Akahl Purkh. The history of our Guru’s actions in conjunction with all of the things stated above lead us to express our values through actions such as feeding the hungry, caring for the destitute, protecting the defenseless and acting against oppression.
Government does not pursue a relationship with Akahl Purkh nor does it hold any of our values. Some of their actions look similar to some of ours but are not performed or provided for under the same circumstances. It is therefore my opinion that government is incapable of having Sikh values. Governments live in Maya, and by their own actions utilize the five thieves to perform their duties. It is our duty as Sikhs to call into question those decisions when they are not in the best interest of the people they govern, provide and protect where they refuse. We shouldn’t get angry when government fails in their duties, We should ask how we as Sikhs can do better.
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