The Khalsa’s Role in Social Equality Today (Raj Karega Khalsa)

Guru Gobind Singh (I believe) held that same vision (as Bhagat Ravidas) in mind when establishing the Khalsa

Sikhs around the world are celebrating Vaisakhi (also known as Khalsa Sajna Diwas). It is the biggest holiday on the Sikh calendar for a variety of reasons. But for observant Sikhs, the main reason why Vaisakhi is celebrated is to commemorate the establishment of the Khalsa by the tenth Nanak Guru Gobind Singh. It’s a huge deal with gatka being displayed, bana being donned, nagar kirtans being commenced, and Amrit being received. And every year the same story of the first Amrit Sanchar is recounted with pride and excitement, with other stories related to the Khalsa being told as well. 

But as I sit in the diwan hall or across from my television to listen to these stories, I can’t help but notice the fact that while there’s great emphasis on the accomplishments of the Khalsa Panth during that time period, there’s no discussion about what the establishment and workings of the Khalsa would have looked like in modern times. Who today would have been considered the oppressive Mughal Empire? Who today would have been considered the oppressed? Who today would have sat there and not responded to their surrounding circumstances and who today would given their head? But then again, what does giving our head to the Guru look like?...

...Devotee Ravidas during the 15th century envisioned a community named Begumpura (SGGS ji Ang 345). A proponent for justice, empowerment, truth, and equality, Guru Gobind Singh (I believe) held that same vision in mind when establishing the Khalsa. Though what’s apparent is that the Gurus did not just want this idealized city to just be in one central place. Because the Khalsa is supposed to be Chakravarti in nature (not stationed in one place), institutions of spiritual upliftment and social equality are to be established wherever the Panth resides. Some might think this means you have to go establish a Gurdwara in order to be able to do this. But that’s not the case. Your house, workplace, or any other spaces you have dominion over can be Begumpura.  

I say that it is possible to establish Begumpuras across the globe, seeing that we as a community (and individual family units) have the resources to do so. But are we ready to move past celebrating the Khalsa and actually giving our heads to that Ik Oankar which resides within each community (with emphasis on the ones affected by social discrimination)? I know what my answer is, and my hope is to support like-minded Sikhs who are ready to give their heads as well. 

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