Akal Takht: The Timeless Spark

Throughout all the events of 1984, the spark (or as I like to say, the spirit) of the Akal Takht never went out....

It feels weird for me to be writing on a subject such as Sri Akal Takht Sahib in light of the events of 1984. Not only do I live 7000-8000 miles away from it, but I’m also someone who is not of South Asian descent, nor have I ever stepped foot in South Asia (much less Amritsar where the Akal Takht is located). So, I recognize that I might not be able to provide as much emotional (or even factual) depth as those who are from South Asia or who were directly affected by the events of 1984. 

But what I do know is that every time I see an image of the Akal Takht, a feeling of warmth and excitement arises within me. Because to me the Akal Takht is not only representative of self-sovereignty but a constant reminder of my duty to be involved in local, national, international, and panthic issues.  

In a way, the Akal Takht has always existed in this community. Since the time of Guru Nanak, institutions of justice and fairness have been established with the Guru working as the ultimate head. Guru Hargobind just took it a step further when he established it as a permanent, physical component of our tradition. It would be a spark, a flame that would affect all those who bowed their heads in submission onto it. The people of South Asia recognized it then. And they still were able to  recognize this in 1984.  

Throughout all the events of 1984, the spark (or as I like to say, the spirit) of the Akal Takht never went out. Sure, its physical infrastructure might have been destroyed, but the powerful force it held within people’s hearts could never be touched. This force is what compelled Sikhs (men, women, and children) from across the region to reconstruct it again, piece by piece, brick by brick.

To me, the Akal Takht is a flame that can never be dethroned within my mental framework. Whenever I find myself disturbed or confused on how I should react to political or societal issues (whether it be outside or in the Panth), I meditate on, visual, and remember the Akal Takht. Doing this, you will find that the spirit of the Akal Takht will not give you some sense of direction but drive you towards righteous action.  

Lastly, I can’t wait to one day see the Akal Takht in real life. Not only do I think that I will feel humility standing in its presence, but I know that it’s presence will also be majorly transformative. May it be so. 

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa

Waheguru ji ki Fateh

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