How not to conduct elections in places of worship

(This is a letter sent to Southall Gurdwara UK, regarding their 2014 elections)

This letter applies to persons associated with, standing for, and campaigning until 28th September 2014 at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Committee elections in Southall.

I listened in to the radio interview between various party members.

Each and every one of you should be congratulated on your earnest expressions, heartfelt pleas and emotionally charged accusations in a perfect, well-illustrated exposé: on mature men who are nothing more than spoilt little children throwing temper tantrums in order to make their point.

And on top of that, with haughty pride it was claimed that ex-Prime Minister Blair adjudicated between warring parties and that the gurdwara had paid this mass murderer £100,000. This beggars belief.

Sevadarjis, understand one thing. Not a single one of you or your families has an iota of a chance of getting into nor even realising in which direction lies the much sought after ‘suvaarg’. Petty, angry, spoilt, egotistical people do not even get to a point from which directions can be given for their onward purity process.

Last time, I was saddened during the ongoing debacle and infighting during the elections at Shepherds Bush Gurdwara, London, UK. The rest is history.

Please, I implore you that in future all involved conduct the election with mutual appreciation, as all concerned want the best for this institution and its congregation. We all have a common concern, regardless where a Sikh resides globally. We all want a smooth transition of sevadars willing to spend time doing the thankless and routine tasks of running such establishments.

Yes, it is all too easy to mock, find faults and belittle the sevadars who put in voluntary hours in all global religious institutions. However, that is not an excuse to behave like irrational, accusation-throwing, spoilt little children, now, is it?

Furthermore, I am sure none of you behaved in that manner when you were in fact little children. I am also sure all of you were dutiful and well-behaved kids. So what happened once you grew up and learned to wipe your own nose?

I hope all of you are equally ashamed for your behaviour. Rest assured, I certainly was, listening to the broadcast. We are humans. We have a difference of opinions. That does not permit us to accuse each other of actual or (mis)perceived transgressions in a vile and degrading manner.

What, in fact, you are saying is that you are a better judge of the activities of your opponent than Akal-Purkh, who created that Being to behave in that manner and ordained from birth.

Please do seva.

Do not accuse.

No one is a thief.

No one amongst you is a saint either.

Count yourself lucky that you are moved enough and have the time to be involved in seva at a gurdwara.

Remember, for whom-so-ever wins: we are all winners.

Satsiriakaalji

Avtar

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