When the month of Chet came around last year, murmurs of discontent were born anew from the banks of the Satluj in Punjab to the shores of the Pacific in California, in the hundreds of thousands, Sikhs pledged orange.
For a brief moment it appeared that Sikhs across the World could no longer turn a blind eye to the ills of the society. But the summer months came and the ire vanished, even though the circumstances had not changed, they had just been prolonged.
There is no one single solution, moreover the root-problem itself is multi-dimensional here and so greater input is required if we are to progress.
Realise that nothing will come to be unless you make it happen.
You need to become educated; you need to learn; where now there is ignorance you need to find light. The House of Guru Nanak is built on the founding principle that you are the master of your own destiny so take this opportunity; don’t wait for an age that isn’t coming or a guardian that doesn’t exist. You have the unequivocal words of Guru Nanak to guide you and the navigational directions of the millions who have forged this path before you.
This is the path of a true Sikh – a student of the Guru who wants to grow and expand the state of their being through putting that which they learn into practice. This is the Sikh who will forever pledge orange for as the third Guru Nanak declared in Raag Basant, “Those who are imbued with Truth, are forever in the bloom of spring.“
1984 Sikh Genocide
In June 1984 Under “Operation Blue star” Indian army attacked Sri Darbar Sahib, commonly known as Golden Temple of Amritsar. Thousands of civilian Sikh pilgrims were killed by Indian forces and Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, eternal seat of Sikh sovereignty was targeted with tanks, bombs and rockets and was badly damaged. It was followed by various phases of genocidal violence against Sikh population in Punjab and India, including “Operation wood rose”, November 1984 Sikh genocide and mass level human rights violations in Punjab (1984-1994)
..Be Aware..Pledge Orange
It remains to be seen that how much more time Indian government to enable justice to Sikhs.. We have been denied justice despite the elapse of 28 years wherein millions of innocent Sikhs were brutally murdered, hundreds of women were raped and all their property burnt and looted by brazen mobs under leadership of Congress ..
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit..
Have you been noticing members of the Sikh community wearing a lot of orange clothing lately? Orange flags flying high on their houses, people having the phrase “I Pledge Orange” hash tagged on twitter, on Facebook display pictures or statuses, on signs on general roads. Well the reason behind…
I think….you still have no idea. The effect you can have..
Be Aware..Pledge Orange
The difference between guilt and shame is very clear—in theory.
We feel guilty for what we do.
We feel shame for what we are.
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst.
In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title.
Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.
Check your road and the nature of your battle.
The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”
- Ayn Rand
Do It Pledge Orange