Baisakhi is a festival that had been celebrated from ancient times. On the auspicious day of Baisakhi in 1699 Sahib e kamaal kalgidhar patshah Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj established the Khalsa Panth and after that day this festival became utmost important to the Sikhs. From that day onwards for Sikhs this day became a Khalsa sirjana diwas.

The fight of Sikhs against the tyranny started from the era of Guru Nanak Dev ji Maharaj and Guru Nanak Dev ji very clearly said

Jau tau prem khelan ka chau
Sir dhar tali gali meri aau
It marag pair dharijay
Sir deejai kaan na keejay

If you desire to play this game of love,

then step onto My Path with your head in hand.

When you place your feet on this Path,

give Me your head, and do not pay any attention to public opinion.

All ten Sikh Gurus passed this message to the Sikh congregation during the tenure of their Guruship and this concept reached the pinnacle in front of the whole world under the aegis of Dashmesh Pita Sahib Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj in the form of the institution of Khalsa to fight against the injustices of the atrocious and unjust powers on the day of Baisakhi.

Khalsa is an arabic word which means pure and immaculate. Khalsa Panth established and embellished by the tenth master is a valorous army of the eternal and the highest authority Waheguru. The divine virtues are reflected in the Khalsa.

khalsa akaal purakh ki fauj

pragattiou khalsa pramaatham kee mauj

Khalsa is God's army.

Khalsa is sustained by the Will of the Almighty

Khalsa is a army of saint soldiers whose prime duty is to fight the injustice and the unjust power. Khalsa is free of any kind of political bondage. Khalsa’s only veneration is Waheguru and Khalsa bows in front of Waheguru only. Khalsa is against the unjust powers doing injustice and atrocities towards meek and poor people. The voice of veracity, justice and righteousness is the voice of Khalsa and does not accept any kind of impurity and adultery as Khalsa is itself pure and strives towards higher values and morals in life.

Th soul of Khalsa is always connected with higher, sublime and ultimate divinity. The benevolence of our Satguru imparted in the form of 5 kakaars and the discipline of 5 banis helps Khalsa to be on the path of divinity. Khalsa leads a life of higher moral values and purity. Khalsa does not believe in mere rituals and lays emphasis on the meaningful practices. Khalsa possesses weapons but the usage of weapons by Khalsa is only for righteous and defensive purposes. Khalsa’s sword is to give protection to the meek and to fight against oppression.

Khalsa possesses both bani and bana. Bana gives a unique identity to the Khalsa.  The world gets mesmerized by gazing upon the unique facade of Khalsa but the world reaches a euphoric state of bliss after getting the glimpse of the inner world of the Khalsa which is enriched with divine virtues.

On the day of Baisakhi in 1699 Dashmesh pita gave us the precious gift of the concept of purity and taught us a pious way of life. Guru Sahib transformed a Sikh into a pure and immaculate Saint Soldier who has annihilated his vices and has merged into divine.

Guru Sahib imparted veracity and purity to the Khalsa. Khalsa created under the aegis and the light of Dashmesh Pita has a very high and strong moral character. Humbleness, truthfulness, enlightenment, valor, justice, sacrifice, service, fraternity are the attributes of Khalsa. To serve the humanity is the main objective of the life of Khalsa.

Praising the Khalsa Guru Sahib has said

khalsa mero roop hai khaas  

khalsa mehi hou karou nivaas

Khalsa is my true form.

Within the Khalsa, I abide.

Today’s society is in need of Guru Sahib’s Khalsa. Today the world is tarnished with vices. Khalsa, the pure ones who have imbibed the character imparted by Dashmesh Pita can save the world from it’s ugliness. We should all attain the virtues which Guru Sahib has imparted to the Khalsa Panth to make this world peaceful place to live in. If every human attains the character of Khalsa then our blemished society can be healed and this world can turn into a heaven. Such is a great and benevolent benefaction of our tenth master, our Dashmesh Pita Sahib Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj.

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Text and art by Ramneet Kaur 

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