April 2013. Sikh novelty act @ 10 Downing St; “All humanity is One” (sent to To Bhai Mohinder Singhji, Sikh Consultative Forum)

Sikh Consultative Forum – Bhai Mohinder Singhji

Gurdwara Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Soho Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Satsiriakalji,

Re:  Feedback – UK Parliament

Please decide exactly what role you as the lead chair of Sikh Consultative Forum are trying to fulfil. Either you are a common-garden religious personality cult or you are the head of a dharmic organisation (albeit overladen with cultish behaviour).

For the cult leader, the hunger for notching up photo opportunities is an indication of that individual’s starved sense of self-worth – and of a cheap, tawdry, ego.

For the figurehead of the Sikh Consultative Forum, participating as a novelty act in the kirtan performance at 10 Downing Street last year is absolutely unacceptable.

Why did you participate as a novelty act @ 10 Downing Street?????

And having done so, insult is added to injury by the fact that this year your representative at 10 Downing Street read a message from you containing words he couldn’t pronounce, and whose meanings were lost on both him and a majority of the attendees.

Why such a horrendous spectacle in place of a dignified presentation? The message was off the mark, the delivery embarrassingly out of sequence, and inappropriate for the setting.

Who advises you?

Experts in public relation disasters?!

Or, delusional speech writers who chose on a thesaurus but lack the nuance to understand the impact of the words therein?

Either way, blame cannot be laid at the door of these advisors, whoever they are – until and unless you decide what role you are trying to fulfill.

I brought to your attention many years ago the very impasse of such a situation – and the fact that you need to re-evaluate precisely what image you are trying to project. For, I have yet to see an archbishop, let alone the Pope, visiting the Indian Parliament or Prime Minister’s office and sitting on the floor to lead a gospel choir. So why on earth did you do?

Have you lost your senses or are you that hungry for popularity as a gimmicky stage-act. Is it that you in fact are trying to create a niche act to perform on a public stage similar to the Queen’s Buckingham garden celebrations?

Please stop embarrassing your position, begin taking your responsibility seriously, and act with the decorum your position demands.

You have no idea the role that has been entrusted to you. That lack of awareness is no excuse for you to behave in the manner you have been of late.

Yes, for the ordinary servile Desi whatever you utter has meaning. No one challenges you, corrects you, or has a sufficient enough grasp on things to tell you honestly and frankly that you are talking ‘jackanory’. But you should be sensitive enough not to get caught examining and explaining terms and words about which you really have very little depth of knowledge.

You are simply regurgitating another’s unchallenged written word as if that explanation is sacrosanct. Please, leave that type of banal simpleton’s explanation to the carousel gianis.

You are a figurehead. Please have the maturity and sensibility to remain in that domain only. Let the pseudo-hypereducated who have more information than common sense at their disposal knot themselves in explanations where they are left chasing their own tails.

Here, I will give an example I have often heard you and most other Sikh ‘orators’ vocalise. You state that ‘All humanity is One’. Really? If that is the case then why do your contingent and Sikhs in general complain about Sikh girls marrying Islamic men and becoming Mohammedan in their faith practice?

Reality is that you lot have a heart failure if your children wed out of caste. So much for your ‘All humanity is One’ nonsense. If your ‘sevadars’ did proper research of the actual root meaning of the words contained in that quotation you and they would realise that the quote embodies recognition that ‘in creation and non-creation the same essence presides and resides in all’.

“All humanity is One” refers, therefore, to the essence; it fundamentally does not refer to classification, division and manifestation in matter.

Thus, you are the same as the sea of oil that runs deep in the earth just as you are the same as the spark that escapes the sun allowing earth to manifest ‘life’. You as a human are the same in essence as a cow or any other meat. Thus, eating meat makes you a cannibal.

If the quote “All humanity is One” referred only to humans then you cannot complain when children leave the Sikh faith to embrace another. Rather, the quote, read in this way, impels you to rejoice in the fact. But do you? No, you have knee-jerk tears to compensate your ‘loss of face’.

Ignorance is bliss.

However, as in my previous correspondence, I am going to leave the choices you make on your shoulders.

Satsiriakalji,

Avtar

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