Meditation Parts I & II

Part I: Simpleton’s Hopscotch 

The problem with meditation is that it is simple. It is the one talent both intellectuals and simpletons have in common. It is its simplicity that causes confusion, compelling its admirers to chase shadows as yet unformed.

The search for the elusive spy – who walks like a king, cloaked in myth and shrouded in the language of duplicitous rationality, giving optimism to trumped-up theories while evading all attempts at being tamed like a domesticated animal – beguiles and bemuses.

So why is this simpleton’s hopscotch so damn confusing?

Because we are all too intelligent, that’s why.

Ordinarywallahs have one great fixation – locating their Godliness. Wherein the ideology of a marriage between ego and the improbable is founded on a system of literally misunderstood coincidence, whereby they are pulling bunnies out of an imaginary hat, telling everyone their self-delusion is a reality.

So does that mean we from our background have any better idea of how to disentangle the contradictions, confusions and complexities that are part of the unfathomable? No, we are as lost as the ordinarywallahs, though we are more adept at reading the signposts of the unfathomable, thus giving us unprecedented privilege and insight. The kind of insight that we use to claim that the light of the inner eye seen by ordinarywallahs is merely part of their overactive imagination, while our own is the pukkah entity.

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Moving on, there is little doubt that you are the king of all you survey – even the lawn of the mental asylum in which you are a long-term resident. The asylum that is also your freedom. Welcome to freedom. Welcome to rust-bucket Earth. Where the Anglo-Saxon, claiming to protect you from a ‘terrorism’ of its own wily invention, has created an asylum overrun with CCTV cameras that record your every step, your every word, your every sigh. Your freedom: an asylum founded by and run on the principle of psychopathic Anglo-Saxon fear-based religious intolerance. And you? You are a willing, paid-up member thereof – swallowing the state-PR pill in which all are terrorists who do not glory in the self and the individual as the highest of God’s creation.

Now cast your mind back to the ordinarywallah’s fixation: the search for internal Godliness. Doesn’t seem so simple now, does it, mired as it is in contradictions and confusion.

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Recall that in the 1970s the Palestine Liberation Organisation hijacked and blew up aeroplanes in the desert. It organised the murder of athletes at an Olympic Games. Decades later, a machine gun assault on international cricketers in Pakistan took place. In another episode, innocent worshippers were gunned down for daring to pray at a place that practiced alternative worshipping methods. If politicians at the time of the early PLO activity had drawn an iron curtain then two political movements – the West and the Soviets – would have gone on to enslave the humans of rust-bucket Earth.

In fact, that is what happened. But why? Whence the enslavement?

Because absolute power corrupts.

And this lesson has everything to do with our subject: the search for self-enlightenment.

Because, when you put people of my background on a pedestal then rest assured that like those in the White House we too become avidly autocratic, absolute power corrupts us too. And as long as you kowtow to us and our every utterance, you are complicit in your own enslavement. It may be that you are involved in a self-advancing enslavement, but it’s enslavement nevertheless.

Is there any escape? Well I can’t get you the medicines that’ll knock you out; but I can share with you the pathway to meditation. Even then, however, humanity needs to reawaken its commonsense and recognise the world and its ecology as an extension of, rather than separate from, the inner self; and inner-self rooted in freedom.

And what are the basic mechanisms of this meditation?

An oft-quoted starting point is to “look inside yourself”. What does this even mean? Apparently, it means the Mind – that fail-safe, universal, get-out-of-jail-card.

Has anyone seen Mind? Has anyone experienced Mind? If truth be known, even Mind has never met Mind. So what hope for the aspirant searching for Fool’s Gold – what proof that it is to be found in Mind or that Mind even exists.

I, as somebody who has been through the mill and come out the other end, well and truly Divinely traumatized, state: at this moment in my development, I can successfully argue that Mind is a red-herring in this world of Indian vegetarian spiritual evolution.

So, let’s leave Mind to the know-alls… those with zero-realisation of Mind!

Let me explain: you are walking; you trip; you get up. Do you berate the ground on which you tripped or do you understand that your own feet tripped you over? Mind is the ground you walk on. It is not Mind that you need to control. It is your feet, you need to pay attention to how you use them to walk.

Mind is the canvas. Your feet are your thoughts. You consider your thoughts and the rationalities they conjure up as absolute, instead of variables that can be moulded, amended, controlled.

It is your thoughts you have a relationship with; not your mind.

The short-cutters, sitting cross-legged in their cheap white meditation garb, claim that thoughts have to be watched and allowed to peter out of their own accord, and that once this happens meditation begins. Oh please!

I suggested that the mechanisms of meditation must be understood before the journey can begin.

So… let’s start:

Examine your position on rust-bucket Earth. Picture rust-bucket Earth in her relation with the Sun. Now picture the solar system in relation with its position (okay, just imagine where you think it is) to the rest of this galaxy. Now keep on expanding your imagination about this galaxy’s position and relationship with the rest of the galaxies in this cosmos. Now imagine the boundary of this cosmos and imagine what you may find there. Keep that in your thought.

Now:

Imagine where you are and look at the ground. Go deeper into the ground. Find in your imagination underground rivers or caves. Go deeper. Feel the enormous pressures as you go underneath into the darkness. Keep traveling. Now feel the heat in that abject darkness. The heat become intolerable, but it neither hurts nor burns you. Keep travelling deeper. Now reach into the very center of rust-bucket Earth. The light and heat are piercing white. Enter it. Feel it. Become part of it. Now as part of it look out into the solar system. And the first thing you will feel, if you have done this exercise correctly, is how powerful and protective rust-bucket Earth is against the harmful power of the Sun. Eventually, you will rationalise that rust-bucket Earth is a powerful Baba looking out for you.

Now let us make sense of the two exercises:

The first is the expansion mode of meditation, where you expand yourself into a never-ending examination of who you are or where you are going. This is your mega-Ego at work. This is not meditation but self delusional ego-medication leaving you feeling uplifted, like you’ve just taken your sensory and nervous systems out for a ride and dumped the nervous tension and anxiety. This depletion of the nervous tension is considered ‘meditation’.

Let those who value such an experience, let them live it. For them it is true.

In the second exercise, you have to journey internally into your Self. This Self is the You. This You is the egoless God-Particle that centres You and makes you aware of your inner You.

Truth is internal. It is within. Nothing is external. The external is the expansion of your inner awakening.

The inner You exhibits and lives itself as a ‘life’ expressing its inner awakening. For example, a particular human race has wiped other races off the face of this planet because it, the perpetrating race, exists at the farthest point away from the pure centre of itself.

I cannot emphasise this enough: each of you has to examine where are you in your own development. You cannot exceed where you are. The simple fact is that no one can self-teach/learn meditation. The above examples are not pathways, and do not lead to meditation. All they lead to is personal Ego-worship. For the truth of meditation is that it has to be ‘graced’ by one who has mastered the path. And that grace is earned by lifetimes of servile humbleness. It is not for you to decide that you are ready for that grace or for an understanding of meditation.

Surrender is the key. Personal as well as ego surrender to somebody… who may be a complete fraud. Either way, if that is what is prescribed for you as a pre-ordained experience, then you must accept its outcome without complaint or feeling of abuse. I have detailed this journey in a book – the basis of which draws on the first eight pages of greater and lesser well-known faith scriptures. It’s a must for understanding what is needed to advance into meditation (It’s not in print yet; one day, perhaps!).

But for now, let’s get back to making sense of the exercises shared above.

Inner awakening is not an individual exercise. Each human has absolute responsibility for the entire link of its genetic make-up from the past, and each one lays a foundation stone for future generations.

If you live like senseless killers, as part of a race that enjoys killing anything not identical to itself, then your future births are guaranteed to put you right back into the same killing pool. You will be born as a killer for all time; your fear-induced part of your signature. And in this game: you will kill one type of human only to be born as the one you have killed; the human who kills you becomes you, and then kills the new you, which now looks like the old them. There is no escape.

Just as it is stated, quite factually, that you are your own parent and your own child, so it is that you are your own victim and your own persecutor. The secret is respect. Respect others. Never mind that they do not respect you. Let them do what they will to do, you must remain calm and detached; that will set you free from the cycle of perpetual violence. I do need to explore this in more detail, and have in fact done so in my book “Mischievous Mystic” (again, unpublished – because it is too controversial for publishers’ tastes).

Part II: Why meditation always failsThere are several types of meditator. Each unknowingly following one among a hierarchy of meditation methods.

Each aspirant influences and affects the outcome of meditation as a result of their psychic, genetic, social, linguistic and cultural composition. Give a man a transfusion or a transplant and this too will alter the class and quality of his meditation and its outcome.

Thus, meditation is an unbelievably complex subject, encased in the trinity of contradiction, complication, and confusion that I have been instrumental in bringing into public space and knowledge.

Like the current nonsense of yoga classes – where yoga is ignorantly marketed by those seeking personal fame and public acclaim, and now consists of a set of ‘exercises’ totally unrecognizable from its actual roots and purpose – meditation too is fast becoming a virtueless activity.

Here I’m going to explain the pitfalls – it is for you to decide how to proceed.

On one hand, we have the career meditators. The ‘inner calling’ professionals, who join an enclave of like-minded thinkers and become part of any one of the world’s larger or smaller sects. An earnest, dedicated, faithful bunch, they are committed to the sect or organisation of which they have become naturalized. Feigning disdain with money and mammon, theirs is a pseudo-secular detachment that in guiding the laity towards donating 10% of their incomes while holding forth on the evil of money, manages to harvest the same and interestingly have quite substantial deposit accounts – becoming in the process reclassified as religions. Denouncing secular lifestyles, these career meditators are often found to be exhorting inner beauty, often as a panacea to their own plainness and social awkwardnesses, and because God hates aesthetically pleasing people and things, don’t you know!

In contrast with these professional meditators are the creative lay meditators – engulfed by an initial wave of intensity at their first go, and then awaiting inspiration to strike a second time. And when they do meditate, it is only until some powerful thought occurs to them and some urgent errand is remembered, or else their favourite TV program is about to start.

What the lay meditators don’t understand is that meditation is a modality of being. It is not for them to jettison meditation on a whim, or put it on a stopwatch. Or to opine the lack of celestial alignment that is keeping them from accessing their next meditative fix. Not for professionals the laxity of letting meditation rot until the stars align or for inspiration to strike. They are, within the organizational ambits of their choice, set a meditation regime and must at the very least either attempt or attune their thoughts to the one to three elected points of attention for as long as has been prescribed by organizational rules and templates.

Laypeople by contrast flit from one thought to another, one point of concentration to another. They have brought into the misnomer – which I admittedly use a lot in guiding novice lay meditators – that you should watch your thoughts come into the foreground of your attention and them let them dissipate; it’s a red herring, advanced by people of my background because we are utterly dismayed that a fundamental basic such as focusing your attention on one elected point day in, day out, is beyond people. Instead of castigating them about their failure to even grasp such a rudimentary task, that will anyway fall onto deaf ears or beget defensive justifications and an egotistical sense of wanting to get the ‘real’ meditation stuff, we have shifted the parameters of meditative technique to suit the basest of abilities.

To illustrate: it is like somebody who attends a swimming lesson, watching from the side of the pool how learners use floats to help them master basic movements of staying afloat in water; and having observed, the person presumes to have understood swimming and then jumps off a cliff into the sea expecting to swim…. Just join me in a moments silence for the idiot that just drowned.

Meditation, like a natural body of water, is dangerous.

Having read a bit here, heard a discourse there, the lay meditator presumes him/herself to be adept like the hapless would-be swimmer who drowns.

Then there are those laypeople who after a few months of earnest indulgence feel compelled to teach others what they have (ahem!) mastered. Affiliation with some formalized club ensues, rules are learned, the club’s own preferred meditation style is followed, and hey presto the lay meditator emerges as an accredited meditation practitioner and teacher.

The idiot is certified to teach Idiotology to a delusional Idiot-in-waiting.

For all my misgivings about the professional meditators, at least they understand that meditation requires regimented daily activity without which rudimentaries it cannot be understood let alone learned.

Laypeople assume self-enlightenment is around the corner – no delayed gratification for them; and for sure, their method of meditation is the best. And of course it’s logical for them to go on and form their own clubs and sects, dedicated to their own preferred method – leaving aside the inescapable hierarchy of meditation methods that exist! – forgetting if ever they were cognisant to begin with that meditation requires a strict agenda and regime of practice.

The professionals at least know that from strict discipline of the regime and regimented lifestyle they follow that one is as able to adjust an event as a grain of sand is able to influence the ebb and flow of tide. Professional meditators understand that meditation is a constant 24/7 activity, such that in order to fulfil this as well as the daily requirements of being a cog in their organisation that constitutes time spent away from meditation, they become masters in the ability to function as dutiful cogs while never forsaking their meditation.

Lay meditators never attain or achieve even the rudimentary stage that would allow them entry into the bottom rung of an organised regime where meditation is taught with such harsh and strict discipline.

Professional meditators for their part understand that enlightenment is not the reason they learn meditation. They learn meditation for the peace it gives them, without accompanying need to envelop the God’s entire creation in their own version of peace. They respect God’s creation and have zero desire or need to change that creation to fit with their vision of a better human world.

In sharp contrast, lay meditators have an inbuilt need to change what falls outside their preference and idealism. There are races that emulate precisely this ideological bent. Both European Christians and Muslims in general are trapped in a self-delusional need to want to change God’s creation.

The Muslim psyche is trapped at the kundalini chakra: a chakra that imbues them with delusional judgement; they suffer from lack of self-esteem and measure their value in terms of irrational authoritarianism and the suffering this can bring to bear on others; the more outlandish an idea the more they are convinced of its purity. They behave as if they are above the creation of the very God they claim to follow. Thus, the meditator raising their kundalini should please heed the warning that it leads one into attunement with a sort of ‘fanatical overlords’ lifestyle and attitude.

The European race is contrariwise trapped at the base root chakra – with no escape. In this environment if somebody does not fit into your Weltanschauung then it is acceptable to kill – human or animal – and to remodel the environment and the ecology to better suit one’s idea of glory.

And this brings us to the last point: meditation is not a personal; rather, it influences your entire race’s agenda, and if done incorrectly will lead to one global disaster after another.

A sobering thought on which to end! Welcome to meditation: not quite the mother of all peace; more often than not completely the opposite.

 

Trophy Wife

Nothing infuriates cultures, societies and communities more than drug use within their circle or when an outsider from another racial, social, lower-economic group, religious or dharmic background wades in and charms the attractive, desirable, marriageable girl to marry him and convert to his faith group and bring up ‘her’ children in his faith.

It amuses those of my background that a family whose structure is steeped in rite and ritual (religion) or conducted according to the edicts of one’s faith should foam at the mouth when a girl hailing from their community elopes with, or with the support of her parent/s marries, her amour from another faith and follows his tradition.

If all faiths are identical (a red herring ever there was one), then why the knee-jerk sense of loss of ‘respect’? Should you not be pleased that your daughter has left one faith and is now following another faith with greater fervour than she did her own?

There is an art to, and an equal amount of violence in, the practice of religion and dharma. At a religious level, violence constitutes hands-on murder of those who fail to mimic your own religion; at a dharmic level, it is less overt, more sly.

Commonsense takes a vacation and the fervently devout are consumed by a need for vengeance at any cost. But Why?

Philosophically and historically, societies at the apex of materialistic grandeur have a reasonably relaxed attitude towards interracial, intercultural, and interreligious unions. Aryadesh exercised it. So did sub-Saharan Africa, China and the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Now the western world is experimenting with such tolerance. And it is not by some elitist reverse-engineering of mentally retarded notions that such tolerance is allowed.

The basic cause of tolerance and respect of inter-group alliances centres on accumulation of personal wealth. When the masses enjoy a very high standard of material life, their obeisance to the dictates of rite and ritual becomes a lesser priority. But take away the veneer of wealth and the feel-good factor it connotes, and notions of social and communal ‘respect’ become the arbiter of self-esteem and prestige.

If from the apex society a suitor wooed a woman from the financially challenged community, then, somehow, the proposal is accepted in relative terms by both sides. However if the suitor happens from  an equal financial community, but of course from an outside faith, then the pain of this union by the girls parents and family is registered in suicidal and vengeance terms, where eye, tooth and life are bartered as if one was at a market buying ones daily ration.

So far, I have focused on the reaction of the ‘victim’ of this cultural insult. Now let me turn the tables on the suitor.

It is seen and enough evidence exists about how ‘high’ an African-American feels landing a European woman as his wife. Regardless of his commercial status, the happy, buzzing, high-heel kicks seldom leave his face, or his peacock walk. The sense of having pulled a master stroke and beguiled the European race and community by winning the affection and love of a European woman seldom leaves his or his communitys’ sense of attaining the unattainable.

However, we read in newspapers the sorry mess that the African-American pop singer Diana Ross had to endure at the hands of the Norwegian shipping magnet’s family whose son chose to marry her instead of a blonde blue-eyed Scandinavian woman.

It seems that if the rich marry ‘beneath’ their racial station then the knives are out for the couple. Yet, the same marriage seen from the racially ‘inferior’ party is viewed as payback for the horrors of centuries of subjugation.

Now, into this mix let us bring the motives of established Indian movie ‘studs’, of whom the vast majority are Muslim, while their partners are invariably from non-Muslim traditions. So, why, when more Muslims live in India than in Pakistan, do these Muslim movie ‘studs’ chase, woo and seduce non-Muslim women?

Is it that by doing so they will enter heaven and be overwhelmed by virgins for the rest of their stay?!

In any case, what is the duration of this heavenly vacation? And what happens to the virgin once deflowered? Is she rejected while he moves on to the next virgin in the queue and so on and so forth? And if heaven truly is heaven, presumably there’s no place for unclean things like blood – so do the virgins soil the sheets and are these hung out to attest to her former virginal state? Is the deed done in the heavenly home, and if so, surely its overcrowded with ancestral males involved in an endless conveyor belt of deflowering virgins. And Muslim women who enter heaven – what is their celestial reward: virgin males with bulging biceps and six-packs?

As I have maintained all my life, I have yet to meet ‘God’. So I seek education in this matter from those who lack my abilities, yet who are somehow more accurately able to state what goes on in Muslim heaven.

So, back to Muslim Bollywood movie stars and ‘studs’ – God’s gift to women and seemingly too good for Muslim women.

Why?

Why do these men invariably choose a non-Muslim woman?

Because esteem and wellness accrue from finally being allowed to sit at the high table. Self-respect and self-worth are measured in the ability to chase, woo and marry a non-Muslim Indian citizen. In ordinary life, in the realm of inter-religious marriages that I observe, the most sought-after liaison is with a Sikh partner. Male or female. Among the Sikh men who marry Muslim women, they always consider themselves to be married to a Sikh woman and there is none of the fanfare and shouting from rooftops at having converted a girl to your religion as is the case so often among Muslim men marrying actual Sikh girls.

Sikhs treat their inter-religious marriages as normal Sikh marriages. They never try to radicalise the girl or convert her or her offspring. They marry the people they love and go quietly about their business, believing the union is established by a higher order – nothing more, nothing less. The very opposite is true of Muslims – they mire their wives in emotional turmoil, impelling them to convert, to use a Muslim name and to denounce their origins and heritage.

One day, and I know this day will come: Islamic people will wake up and behave like the tolerant faith they really are.

Honour Killing

Honour killing is an emotionally fuelled sacrosanct ideal, and is meant to define human ethos, ethics, conduct, sensibilities and sensitivities.

To understand honour killing, as opposed to honourable death, heterosexual men have to attend gay bars on their own, get friendly with the patrons, accept their advances, agree to accompany them to a private party where several of the person’s associates are present, then be physically overwhelmed when he refuses to engage in one-on-one sex, then be brutally – and against his wishes – repeatedly anally and orally raped.

Now, how many of you men are prepared to go through the rest of your life reliving your powerlessness over the incident and believe that you have the ability to detach yourself, forgive the perpetrators, and even forget the entire episode.

Now, let us open another thought-window…

You are lying anaesthetised on an operating table. The incision begins. To your horror, you feel each and every cut. But you’re unable to move or physically register an objection to the continuing cut of the knife. Can’t imagine how that might feel? Ask somebody to stab you repeatedly with a pin in various parts of your body – as the pin punctures your skin, remain passive and totally unresponsive.

Can you do that?

Now, let’s add another layer to this, specifically, the Asian and European mindscapes.

Until the mid c.20th, the concept of Judgement Day and the idea of life after death were realities. As personal wealth increased among the European grassroots, these cherished centuries old ideals along with that of an all-seeing judgemental God dissipated; and life was theorised and lived as if it were all about the here-and-now, and that after death came nothing.

This mindscape is the ground-zero of modern psychology. And it is based on the experience of American GIs in Vietnam. During that war the American soldiers on one hand were happily ensconced in their helicopters engaged in shooting defenceless people on the ground; on the other hand, when at the receiving end of firepower they experienced fear of death in terms of a fear of no return.

Where did this reimagining of death emerge from?

The live-for-now attitude was forged in the challenge to such unwritten social rules as respect for elders. Rebel Without A Cause was accepted not as mere silver screen entertainment but as the motto, the cornerstone, the edict, the demigod of a new society. Children were rent asunder from the multi-generational living mode, away from the guidance and interaction of their grandparents. They were brought up by people who were child-adults themselves and who had zero experience in child-rearing, and who now no longer had the stability and vision of their own parents’ experience to lean on.

Parents adopted a radical modernity, granting unfettered freedom to their children; and the latter, once set free, set about defining their own parameters. Freedom engaged sexual revolution in the 1960s, and chucked out the foundations of the European psyche whereby socially-inept and sexually-frustrated religious practitioners chastised their flock for success in these arenas. Sexual freedom did away with the wrath of God, and focused on the here and now, on the belief that you only live once and ought therefore to live it to the full.

This ‘new thinking’ rewrote psychology, adjusting and readjusting Freudianism. At its core was the near-death experience of American GIs, whose fear was turned into a euphoria about this one and only life and was then rammed down the throats of a new generation – not only in America but globally. One vogue came to replace another; one idiotic idea displaced another – freedom wrapped in fear became the psychology of the day.

Opposing this psychology is the one cherished by nearly all non-Europeans as an absolute truth. It is that one’s actions here and now are like a bank account in which passive, caring, humane behaviour accumulates positive points which are then bartered for an easier, healthier, wealthier, trouble-free human cycle next time around.

Within this non-European mindscape there is more emphasis on life lived within extant social parameters, these latter being the arbiter of retribution, punishment and boon for one’s actions that will be the net characteristic of one’s next life – unless your actions are so heinous that your next lives will follow the life-pattern and template of animals rather than humans.

This mindscape is based on Buddhaji, who detailed the journey of his ‘life’ from human form into various plant and animal forms, and eventually into human form again – the accumulated experience of which allowed him the attainment of enlightenment. Since others of Buddhaji’s level have described similar journeys, this template of existence is embedded in the non-European psyche as an absolute.

Within this journey, various hierarchical realities exist; there are no black and white life-patterns, all is interlinked and interwoven. The higher levels correspond to social and ethical behaviour, the lower ones to shame and failure of discipline individually or among one’s family.

A soldier who follows orders is honoured. A soldier who disobeys orders brings shame on his regiment. This shame is not dishonour – both are as different from one another as the truth is to a lie, as sunlight is to moonlight.

Shame is shame. It stands on its own merit.

So, where does honour killing fit into all this? Well, it emerges from, and belongs to, yet another mindscape altogether.

Very few people in the world experience the reality-emotion of living death – that space where you are alive inasmuch as the body continues to function, but you are intellectually and rationally dead; where you are clinically alive but psychically dead. To experience living death is to be a walking corpse.

In living death all that registers in one’s mind is that an aberration of correctness has taken place; and that if left unchecked it will reproduce that aberration, unless and until the anomaly is reset. Assuming that you will take birth as maybe the third but definitely the fourth generation of the same lineage and family means that the original aberration – the state of functioning outside accepted social parameters – will pursue you into that lifetime.

You then have to ask yourself the very serious question of whether you want to be born as an ostracised member of your community, generations along, and where nobody wants to deal with you or marry you or be connected with your family.

The reality of such isolation, coupled with being a living corpse, is what compels the act of what I call resetting the anomaly. Hence, honour killing.

I should state here that I have deeply personal problems with this reaction. My deeply ingrained Sikh mysticism and ethos lead me to reject the notion that the anomaly leading to the aberration of correctness is the fault of the woman involved.

In this world of male dominance a woman – even in the European world – is answerable to the man in her life. It is the man who chases the woman of his desire; the man who is the aggressor and pursuer, refusing to accept the woman’s rejection (which normally she withholds for the sake of a peaceful life), and coercing her into an act which when it comes into the open light of society creates the state of living corpse – usually in the woman’s father.

This living corpse state and mentality has no remedy. Time does not heal the pain; it is so deep, so thorough, that words cannot explain it. As an old-fashioned Sikh I am adamant that if you must kill the woman who has been compromised and coerced, then the man responsible must first be killed by his own family. If they refuse, then there can be no basis for killing the woman either.

But the question remains, how easy is it to relive, again and again, the horror of being violently gang-raped?

Imagine that the rape lasts several hours, includes physical beatings beyond any measurable threshold, and is committed on a public stage with your local neighbours taking part in your humiliation. How do you live in society, being mocked and verbally humiliated on a daily basis by all and sundry?

If you had an opportunity to kill the protagonist(s), would you really let them off the hook?

Folks, there is no such thing as honour killing.

A living corpse has neither a sense of honour or shame.

So, to those of you who are among the heterosexual men I addressed at the beginning, I now ask: where do you stand on the inappropriately termed honour killing?

Feast of Evil

A festival is an occasion for feasting or celebration on a day of religious significance that recurs at regular intervals.

Current memory attests to how insular the global human activity of the festival has become. The contortion of celebration and insularity resembles a Picasso – right leg in left ear, head up the ass; an art piece conceived with the working title of ‘Holy Cow’ is transformed into ‘Crow on a Steel Pipe’. It’s a form of paralysis, compounded by anxiety, wrapped up in moral posturing, and encased in a cordon bleu chef’s war-zone mentality, all choreographed by a Stradivarius on uppers.

Festivals celebrate the oneness of creation, but have progressively been shoehorned into a cul-de-sac by elitists posturing with holier-than-thou piety and using puritanical thought as a condiment to hide the absence of a purity of heart, which they preach to aspirants as an example of enlightenment.

Whichever faith we consider, the same holds true, the psychology of one is the psychology of all the others. An English-like ‘Little Islander’ mentality pays lip service to oneness and equality, while distrusting everybody from a different faith.

Thus, religious festivals are increasingly accelerating towards apartheid.

Why?

Humankind, led by the Anglo-Saxon world, is immersed in personal gratification and in a materialistic race of one-upmanship with the Jones’ next door. It cannot distinguish the greed-survivalist persona from that of the humble-god persona.

Belonging to the old visual tradition with my turban and beard I have often attended the festivals of other faiths – the Buddhists of South-West London made me feel unwelcome; the Anglo-Saxon churches treated me with suspicion; the Muslims tolerated me without sincerity; and at celebrations of diversity organised by the High Commission of India in the UK, I among other Sikhs were treated with barely concealed contempt and served food as if untouchable.

I haven’t had occasion to attend Jewish, African-Christian, Greek or Russian festivals, so can’t comment on how I might be received there. But it is true that even at Sikh festivals there is a core attitude of derision towards me – particularly if I’m known among the organisers and participants: because my desire for a peaceful, harmonious, cooperative world is at odds with their emotional war cries and hankering after a kingdom that hasn’t existed for decades.

This is all so far removed from the world in which I grew up.

In Nairobi, Kenya and then in Punjab, India, every community and neighbour went out of their way to compel you to attend their festivals; outsiders were treated as honoured guests – and nothing was too good or too much to ensure they left satiated and thoroughly ego-massaged. Gifts for invited outsider guests were chosen with personal care, and when you in turn attended their festivals the quality of gift you presented to your hosts needed to be as good, preferably better.

In that world, it was considered the height of personal insult and a slight on the tenacity of one’s faith if invited guests did not attend. Faith in those days inculcated into one’s psyche the oneness of all faiths – the unity and oneness of all humankind. Faith differences were papered over, the important things being politeness and inclusivity, which reflected your attachment to your faith’s lesson of oneness and how well you’d been brought up by parents and grandparents.

Festivals in the world of my childhood were communal events.

All this changed when the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada invited Asians en masse to their countries; their motive being to provide manpower for the various industries since the natives oftentimes refused to fill the vacancies on offer due to over-inflated opinions of their financial self-worth. Without these invitations to immigrants following the European war of 1939-45 the European nations would have sunk financially; and the immigrants were diligent and conscientious, their behaviour and integrity unquestionable, allowing them to settle in quickly and accumulate material wealth beyond the scope and imagination of the natives.

Consequently, the new settlers adopted the Anglo-Saxon attitude of insularity and self-protectionist individualism; such that by the time of the third generation of settlement, the mature tradition of compelling your neighbour to attend your festivals fell away totally – the communal spirit languished to the point of being rendered quaint.

Curiously enough, though the Asians did continue to implore their Anglo-Saxon neighbours and associates to attend their festivals, the latter often refused via a commingling of rudeness and superiority complex – the same that we see nowadays when, in the event that a European couple does concede to attend an Asian festival, the woman willingly dons Asian dress while the man steadfastly refuses.

Asians have taken this Anglo-Saxon standoffishness and false superiority and run with it – the third generation helped in their guileless embrace of such model behaviour by the fact that their parents and grandparents had long since adopted it, had stopped extending festival invitations across the faith divide.

There’s an undeniable economic reason for this breakdown in the old tradition, Asian migrants were working in low paid jobs on shift rotas where they got paid time-and-a-half to work Saturdays and double-time to work Sundays. Given the financial burden of mortgages and sending remittances home, attending the festivals of other-faith associates and friends and neighbours became a lesser priority.

So a commingling of economic imperatives and borrowed superiority complexes have created a festival of apartheid. And while it is heartening to see the third generation of migrants starting to take annual leave in order to be available to celebrate their festival days, the state of festival apartheid shan’t abate until the current Asian generation wholeheartedly re-establishes the mature tradition of cross-faith participation in their festivals.

Until that happens, the current festival apartheid will continue to increase mistrust and disharmony. Consider the shocking event on 10th August when acid was thrown on two Christian girls singing a song during Eid-ul-Fitr in Zanzibar. Intolerance like that didn’t occur in my childhood. Communities intermingled and had far greater appreciation of others’ faiths and value systems. Banal anti-human, faith-based violence is violence against God itself.

How sad that festivals to celebrate God are fast becoming, under the spreading aegis of the Anglo-Saxon attitude a Feast of Evil and debauchery.

God created everything. In disrespecting, maiming and killing a creature of God’s creation, you sin against God. You, the hateful protagonist, are pronouncing that you are a better judge of what God has created, of the value of that creation, than God itself – thereby granting yourself the power to amend God’s handiwork as you see fit. If that is the case, if you are superior, then try this: kill yourself, cremate yourself and rebirth yourself from your ashes. If you can do all that, then please go ahead and redesign God’s creation, for you have the right. If not, please respect everybody else (even their stupidity and faux-deliberate ignorance (thinking of you here, Anglo-Saxons).

The Asian youth of today and tomorrow living in western countries have a responsibility to reappraise recent elders’ adopted insularity – they have a responsibility to hark back to the days, such as those of my childhood, and resume the maturity of those times: inviting other faiths to their festivals and treating them with guileless respect, whether or not they disrespect or misbehave as guests are wont to do as a result of negative personal growth. Will the Anglo-Saxons respect and accept your invitation? I doubt it, and if they do they will act like the celebratory food is giving them a disease. Little do they know that after patronising their eateries we too get the runs the following days – it’s a simple matter of one’s internal bacteria being challenged and flushed out by a new set of bacteria. (Twice a year, the police marshalling Sikh festivals in London turn their noses up at the celebratory food offered them. Very mature!).

I refuse to accept the Anglo-Saxon demeanour as a template of our collective human future. The Anglo-Saxon with his base psychopathic traditions – whereby he annihilated cultures and communities and races in North and South America, in Australian, New Zealand and Tasmania – has a self-delusional fear that every other race is equally psychopathic. Thieves see thieves everywhere. Hence the CCTVs on every street corner in their world, erected as succour to their paranoia at the sight of their own shadow, at the sound of leaves rustling on a tree branch.

So, let’s make festivals the cross-faith events they once were – lest we turn into suntanned clones of the Anglo-Saxon.

Let’s put the festival back into what has sadly become the Feast of Evil.

Sants, Svamis, Sufis

Everybody it seems is an expert on the boundaries that a leading Dharmic light must confine him- or herself to – but these opinionwalas and their conjectures aren’t ‘expert’ at all, they’re mostly emotion-led attitudes that acquire acceptance by sheer force of everyone else’s emotional musings on what Dharmic responsibility should look like. It is a little known fact that Dharmic hierarchy is very strict and punishes those who transgress or abuse the system.

Opinionwallahs wouldn’t for one minute judge the teachers, lecturers and professors who teach guide, mould and instruct our children. The social condemners know nothing of the sexual orientation, lifestyle, politics, marital status, or position in the education system of these educators. So, why attack the leading Dharmic light who provides succour and teaching to the average person – a person who manages life and its obstacles sufficiently well for themselves yet who seeks some additional comfort?

Why not leave seekers and their preferred Dharmic light alone – leave them to their isolated, self sustaining group communion, leave them to develop inner awakening at their own pace.

We are, after all, not talking of groups involved in mass intoxication or criminal activity.

Who among us has card-carrying authorisation to act as the Creator’s agent on earth? Not one of us. Yet up rises a mass emotional outcry, declaiming the hypnotic, cultish, subjugating hold that a mesmerising leading Dharmic light has over his or her group. The experience is never tested or studied; it is simply challenged, and blame apportioned to the shepherd. Yet the sheep are implicated in a contract of protection by the shepherd – and it is precisely this vital, valuable aspect underpinning the entire relationship that judgmental opinionwallahs fail to appreciate.

In education, each teacher is different from the next. Their commonality is their remit to impart information to their students for digestion, consideration and improvement. Dharmic leading lights play a similar role. Think back to your schooldays…you didn’t like or get on with all your teachers, but this did not stop them from being teachers, from fulfilling their remit as teachers.

Dharmic leading lights ought to be considered in the same vein. But, and the difference is significant here, whereas teachers learn and train to impart information and knowledge about specific subject-matters, Dharmic leading lights’ engagement is samskaric and dovetails with their previous births. Their disciples and followers are the schoolchildren of the classroom.

So the key learning here, and my suggestion, is that everybody ought to observe, study and learn before articulating disapproval – become the expert you seek to critique – and if a ‘student’ seeks your assistance then support them without attacking and vilifying their Dharmic leading light. Let the secular justice system take that individual to task if so needed. You should remain opinionless in the matter.

A Sikh does not judge or condemn based on emotion.

Khalsa negotiates a given problem without casting blame, while protecting the weak and the victim of injustice, doing so at personal cost to themselves if need be.

Khalsa’s path is protection of others through compassion for all.

A guide to concentration for Europeans

In the world of the Europeans the inability to concentrate at will is a cause for daily misgivings. The more so because it is a skill virtually innate to other races, especially those from south and south-east Asia.

On the face of it, the statement is basically true. But dig deeper and we find that the comparison is not on a like-for-like basis. Concentrating at will is not the constant in this equation, nor is it the ideal.

Let me explain: a wiring loom in a car comprises a copper wire in a plastic sheath. Yet the quality and flexibility of the copper and those of its plastic covering have a massive impact on the superiority of the electrical current passing through it for end use. In expensive cars, the loom is far better in quality than that found in cheaper cars.

The internal mechanism of humans, animals and plants etc., is similarly designed. Races differ in their physical ability also, and some of that is due to whether they want to follow a subjective or an objective lifestyle. Europeans are objective. Other races are subjective or a combination of the two to a varying degree. Therefore it is a fundamental and erroneous mistake to imagine that the internal wiring of humans is identical. It is not.

Thus, in the matter of concentration leading to contemplation, which in turn opens the portal to meditation and eventual samadhi, this cannot be performed by the European mechanism; while other races are placed in a hierarchy of success in achieving these outcomes.

For example, the elders from our background impressed upon Europeans the need for medical science to deal with the cause and not simply the symptoms of disease. The latter, masquerading medical science as an absolute and unassailable authority ignored this advice and show-cased the scientific revelation that was heart transplantation. Advice on matching donor and recipient characteristics, such as age, gender, social background, race, ethnicity, mental and emotional compatibilities were all heard and ignored.

Subsequently, the Europeans found that putting a woman’s heart into a truck driver’s body resulted in the recovered truck driver taking up knitting as a hobby. This is not a joke; the case is illustrated in medical journals. So it transpires that the elders, with their pre-ancient yet viable knowledge, do have considerable insight lacking among Europeans. The transplant case above may be an extreme example, but it nonetheless works to amplify the fact that a process as simple as that of concentration, contemplation, meditation and samadhi is differential and has to be tackled differently by different races.

The African and aboriginal races automatically surpass the Asians with respect to the quality of their meditation and samadhi. And the Asians will leave the Europeans well behind in the matter. But let’s remember what I stated earlier – we are not comparing like for like. Apples, pineapples, and oranges are all fruit, but that is where their similarity ends.

Or put another way: you can have an identical engine in a car, a boat and a plane but each will function differently, and not at all when they are put to work in each other’s environment.

So, in this post I will try to share what in my opinion is the most beneficial procedure in the concentration-contemplation-meditation-samadhi process for Europeans. A procedure that other races have transcended but from which even they might see better results.

A sequentially-focused mindscape like that of the Europeans is ineffective and analytically moribund if made to function in a random-focused mindscape. To the former, the chameleon-like changeability and adaptability of the latter is baffling and confusing. And in turn both these mindscapes are at a loss when confronted with the free-zone mindscape of African and aboriginal thought.

The most important point to remember is that each mindscape is interdependent – the optimum operational success of one’s native mindscape depends on precisely the optimum operational success of the other mindscapes. Weaken one and the others suffer exponentially.

A prime characteristic of the concentration-to-samadhi process is a sense of loss of time, energy, and effort…for zero results. This is the experience of all the races initially, who then embark on diverging paths according to the tenets of their differential mindscapes and experience wildly differing outcomes.

For the Europeans the outcome is that of accumulation of material wealth and of aspiration towards domination via subjugation of others. The Asiatic races encase themselves in advanced awakening at the cost of materialism. The African and aboriginal races surpass the awakening process and are immersed in the essence of creation and non-creation. Europeans want to subjugate. Asians want selfless, interwoven dignity for all. The African and aborigines seek harmony.

Which is not to say that in the case of Europeans, for example, their focus is wrong. They are of a different mindscape. Only a collective saturated desire to merge into another mindscape form will alter the way in which they undertake, manage and experience the concentration-samadhi process.

So, how can a European master concentration in their present mindscape?

Their first step must be to regain control of their eyes, to understand the deeper role of eyes, their vital importance in one’s ability to enter and then remain in concentration. Eyes are the most important factor in ones ability to enter and then remain in concentration. The European eye is vengeful, hateful and vandalistic; compassionless and glaring; dislocated from peace; with lack of eye contact symbolising a hidden and untrustworthy agenda. The advanced eye, by comparison, is restful.

And it is noteworthy that the eyes soak in more than 90% of negative influences, consequently affecting emotional and logical thought-processes and radically impairing harmonious decision-making. So, Europeans must train the eyes to remain steady and at peace.

Exercise1: Look at a point for more than thirty seconds, blinking as you normally would.

It is surprising how many cannot do this for thirty seconds let alone five minutes. Europeans, now in their third and fourth generation of television-viewing, have become programmed to sustain very low attention and concentration thresholds. And with low concentration levels comes the haemorrhaging of patience levels; to say nothing of the fact that seeping back into their consciousness is a spectrum of very bright fluctuating rays that slowly and unmistakably desensitize and erode the retina, without the body being able to counter the endless feed of this very powerful damaging, razor-sharp beam of unnatural light.

Eyes are designed to receive and emit light out of the body. When the function to emit body-light, almost like exhaling negative carbon dioxide from the body, is stopped then there appears an emotional scar that leads to mental unbalance and results in exaggerated aggressive behaviour.

One of the reasons that you must sleep only at night and in total darkness is to allow the eyes to exhale damaging light from the body during sleep. Though even the effectiveness of this is mitigated by vegetating in your favourite place on the sofa watching television year after year, because of precisely the physical retina damage I alluded to above.

An imbalance in the equilibrium of light intake and exhalation through the eyes, alongside the more physical damage, exponentially obstructs the achievement of positive results in Exercise 1 – impeding European advancement into an Asian-type meditative form. As does the aggressive European mindscape, of which creations such as the television are symptomatic, and represent the antithesis of concentration through which samadhi may eventually be experienced.

Let me make it clear that it is not for me or others to judge the European mindscape, any more than it is for them to judge the Asian, Africa and aboriginal mindscapes in turn. Attributes are given and can be changed only via collective conscious desire for change. What I can do, however, is proffer methods that may help in the endeavour towards inner awakening and knowledge among Europeans.

Let me expand on some of the basic reasons why the majority of people fail to harness the power needed to fulfil Exercise 1.

Body-light is an unknown energy in the West. The body automatically uses the sun or daylight to expedite its internal working mechanism. Light is a tremendous communicator as well as a pathway for communication. However, it is limited by the prescribed rules of physics – some of which, let us be clear, have not yet been quantified by western physicists. Sun-light, cosmic-light, body-light function on an unseen template, resembling a sensitive electronic circuit, but one characterized by an interwoven crisscross design within which the paths remain distinct.

Body-light follows these paths into the bio-system itself. The bio-system produces light-waste energy harmful to its existence and which must be expelled. This can only happen when the ambient external darkness is at a level allowing it to ‘suck’ body-light out of the bio-system. Thus, we are beginning to venture here into the fact that light has pressure. Unseen light has the least pressure, then cosmic-light, then darkness as we understand it, then sun-light. For light-waste to be expelled effectively, the bio-system needs to repose in a totally dark, well ventilated room.

If only things were as simple as that.

Body-light is also needed, amongst other things, to aid metabolism. If you have consumed an anti-meditation and difficultly-digested diet of meat then body-light, even the exhausted and harmful form awaiting expellation from the biosystem, is mobilized in the body’s effort to metabolise the consumed food.

By this process it transforms into poisonous waste material, such that when you eventually come to sleep in the imperative dark room, your meat consumption will hinder the necessary release of the body-light waste. Top your meat diet with alcohol and you are well on your way to a biosystem that functions in a negative zone as a rule. And the biosystem itself becomes negative.

Your body becomes a negative quality and you transmit this negativity to all around you – your children, for example, though you are adamant that you interact with them and wish for them nothing but love, caring and affection. Those words, those sentiments of affection, are cloaked in your biosystem poison. Scary, isn’t it?

Okay, so let’s say that in addition to a dark and well-ventilated sleeping space you must consume biosystem-friendly food. Assuming you follow this advice, what comes next?

I’ll share more in my next post….

The World of Advanced Awareness

Ordinary people create fairytale images, concepts and parameters regarding the perceived duty of those with advanced awareness. Where, according to them, the perimeter is shifting sand and changes as time progresses.

Those with Advanced Awareness, as a rule, steadfastly refuse to indulge in public relations activities. They are not interested in public opinion nor do they seek acclaim. They refuse to maximize their abilities for their own protection. They accept whatever is happening as the will of the creator. The creator of their world is genderless and beyond the senses. The highest beings, like Jesus of Nazareth, Mohamed of Makkah, Buddha of Budh Gaya, Raama of Ayodhya, Krishna of Dwarka, and indeed Guru NanakdevJi of Panjab, proceeded by placing their faith in the Maiea symmetry and entrusted themselves to her absolutely.

These Advanced Being maintained that be it a human three-dimensional life, or one of advanced dimensions, all enjoy as much pleasure as they do suffering. Suffering, maintained Buddhaji, was part and parcel of life; and in enunciating the atrocities of authority Guru Nankdevji and others among the Advanced Beings laid themselves bare to harsh inhumane suffering. They accepted their punishments. And were aware too of the pain and misery that would be the lot of the executives and foot soldiers who carried out this punishment.

Every human is at every moment faced with two choices: to participate in humane equality or to visit inhumane suffering upon another. Evil begets evil. Kindness begets kindness. And herein lies the first problem.

Ordinarywallahs feel kindness should be repaid in material benefit and gain. No, on the contrary, kindness actually creates an environment several steps removed from accumulation of material wealth. One’s involvement in mundane menial tasks allows greater scope and time to be focused on interactive meditation; while mentally challenging occupations offer only limited snatched moments in the day. The latter may have money in abundance but the mentally engaging requisites of their daily working lives leads to precious time being wasted on money-focused responsibilities, to the obstruction of their inner development. Conversely, the latter may be money-poor but rich in opportunities for inner development and meditation thereof.

So, the expectation that material wealth and fame should be the standard boon accruing to those involved in selfless service is the wrong one. It falsely equates material wealth with opportunity for growth, regards the former as integral to the latter. Yet, the very idea is counter-intuitive to the search for inner awareness. In fact, you have to merge into inner awareness for dormant natural abilities to become evident, visible, within reaching distance.

Yet, merging into the inner sphere of Advanced Awareness offers another trap: the illusion of self-importance. Although clothed in a desire to do good, what manifests is not the fulfillment of goodness but the glorification of yourself as the enabler, the instrument of that goodness, and ultimately the glorification of one’s self as God. Once trapped in the delusion of self-importance, shifting the focus from the good that ensues to your role in interceding for the good of others, you’ve had it. Like a game of snakes and ladders, the climb can be arduous and the fall from grace stupendously fast and without ceremony.

So what is the best method to handle the delusion of self-importance that emerges from the perception of doing good?

It is to leave do-gooding alone: leave the Maiea matrix to its own devices. You have to remember, you are nothing more than a cog in the scheme of things. When intercession is needed, you will be guided in this by those higher up the scale of advancement – they will issue you your duties, they will guide you towards interceding in an event if they deem the untackled-event to be a symptom of change contradictory to Maiea’s plans of the longue duree (that is to say, over the course of a millennium). The opportunities for self-delusion and grandeur along the way are, however, yours and yours alone.

In my case, I have been given a strong indication of the various components involved in the evolution of a future maximized for the benefit of all involved. You may sit back and watch in silence until such time as your intercession is needed, or you may deploy your duties and in doing so become a victim of the authorities to whom Maiea’s warning has been given through you. The atrocity of authority is not, then, simply something you remark upon and enunciate; it is not simply a ‘thing’ but (and as it was for the Advanced Beings of Jesus, Muhammed and Guru Nanakdevji) active and alive and an instrument of victimisation of those who speak its nature.

You, the interceder, will go through many lifetimes of horrible deaths at the hands of the authorities. Repeatedly you will be given the same scenario to play out. Each and every time, you will play your part knowing full well the outcome thereof, fearing the consequences for your family, yet refusing to seek mercy or compromise. You embrace the final play, the atrocity of the authorities that will harness your death, and the authorities for their part deliver it – and in doing so sign their own fate. Thus is the future delivered.

If those you are warning and exposing adopt cunning play, granting you the freedoms they are bent on destroying, your responsibility is to create an environment so unpalatable to them that the only recourse if your neutralization. Again, the future is delivered. Sure, Maiea’s axis can be restored by your effecting change in a piecemeal manner, but that’s seldom the case. Somebody’s ego will be piqued, and the game will resume at full throttle. The atrocities of the authorities will gather pace again, and your death will come – manifesting in as brutal a way possible, by your own choosing, since your brutal end augurs the same for the authorities’ own demise.

Guru Gobind Singhji, the tenth Sikh Guruji, proclaimed, following the appropriate rules of Maiea, how the Mohammedan (Islam) would henceforth fight amongst themselves until Islam evolved into a more user-friendly and tolerant faith. The Europeans, by virtue of their constant interference in this inner growth of Islam, are actively preventing this evolution and will come to embody precisely the internecine implosion that characterizes Islam today.

The Europeans refuse to listen. They feel they are masters of nature.

Arrogance like this brings its own end. Internecine European struggle along the various fault lines of Christianity will cause each side to heap unimaginable evil on the other, in future times. Or perhaps they will be able to choose to progress through their evolution with far less turmoil than currently characterises Islam.

Lord Krishna was finally and correctly accused of presiding over genocide. He defended himself by stating that to protect the flame of truth genocide was an agreeable price. Similarly, neither Jesus of Nazareth nor Mohamed of Makkah sought nor accepted dilution or their stances.

In the scheme of things, I am just a minor fieldworker charged with giving a message. And as such, I do not have an opinion about which path the various protagonists ought to choose. I am doing my samskaric job and they are doing theirs.

The reality I am trying to share is that this path into progressive personal realisation is fraught with personal grief and physical mutilation. The path of peace leading to calmness is, therefore, the very opposite of peace – though you remain internally peaceful what happens to you most categorically is not.

Gurmukhi vis-à-vis Panjabi (first written: 8th August 1988)

Over the years and in the course of my travels I have learned an enormous amount. One of the earliest tactics I cottoned onto during this time was to observe what the European museums and artefact collectors could tell me without sharing with them that which was obviously beyond their ken.

Why?

An example was shown to me of some of the earliest Gurmukhi characters inscribed on a plinth – they were presumed to be part of a now-defunct ancient language once in vogue in an area north-east of the Black Sea and north-west of the Caspian Sea. I enthusiastically pointed out the Gurmukhi to the group, who also had in their possession coins used as currency in north-western Europe in the area of the Low Countries and that depicted the historical figures of Sita and Raam. I of course was over the moon. Contacting the group sometime later, in order to show them to one other distinguished person, I was dismayed by the way they immediately closed ranks. The later official line was total refutation that the group ever had said items in their possession. And so I ‘wised up’ and came to understand that Europeans collectors hide away artefacts conclusively proving India’s cultural and linguistic dominance over the whole of Europe.

My personal research following this encounter later threw open just how mired in Sanskrit words are the north and west European languages still commonly used to today. And I know that more formal archaeological research will unearth evidence that India and Sanskrit-Indian masters dominated the European peninsular.

But everything is cyclical.

India once dominated. Then she retreated from her sphere of influence, drawn back to her roots in Aryadesh (the original name for India). The subsequent decay of Aryadesh became evident in first the depletion and then the non-existence of any recognisable and serious artistic literary medium among the nmasses. Sanskrit, that universal, which was later to be imitated by Latin during the penultimate decay of the Roman Empire, became the language of dictatorship, inculcating far-reaching social divisions, not merely of labour and language but of legitimacy and power and identity. The selfish overlords became despotic and the masses as usual paid the price.

The dialects of Panjabi constituted the language of spoken communication, while Sanskrit maintained an iron-grip as the official language of governance and dharmic observation. (Please do not confuse dharma to mean religion. In the same way you should not confuse Soul with Atman.) Thus, Panjabi had neither social nor literary status.

With the Turkish invasion of c.12th century came Persian’s replacement of Sanskrit as the language of government administration, the failure of Arabic to command such dominance stemming from the high prejudice and low esteem in which it was held compared with Persian. Thus, Sanskrit underwent a further evolution – from a global language to one symbolising internal Aryadesh power and authority, to a language confined to the refined pursuits of literary, philosophical and dharmic expression.

In the early 1800s the English missionary, William Carey, initiated a language program emulated throughout the administrative sectors of the East India Company. It aimed at teaching the colonisers the language of the people they ruled, for the purpose of more effectively administering colonial rule. The result was a codification of complex native linguistics, shoehorning them into the grammatical limitations of English. For their part, the Indian masses, excluded from learning Sanskrit, took to enthusiastically studying English. Theirs was a keenness to understand the outside world, to expand their knowledge base; and it stood in stark contrast with the disinterested English colonial who displayed no faculty for learning new languages. Soaking up English literature, history and rules of language composition the Indian assistant translators mired themselves in a construct far less complex than Sanskrit; and in turn they came through their acquisition of the English language to depose Panjabi as the language of communication, most prominently in the matter of prose-writing.

Sanskrit’s own evolution as the language of the reified, disconnecting it from the language of political power, was formalised in Macaulay’s 1835 injunction that English be adopted as the language of government. And by 1844 English language knowledge was an imperative qualification for those Indians wishing to join the Civil Service; thus, reinforcing the value-meaning of English as the language of literature and power. Local languages naturally suffered, though it must be said that parts of the Indian gentry refused to be complicit in this mass linguistic migration, encouraging local language use, extolling the superiority of the Sanskrit-language classics… but all the while inexorably drawn towards the English-language classics.

In the clash of the titans, Sanskrit and English, had the bracketing of the former as the language of refinement and privilege and power not occurred, entailing exclusion of the mass of Indians from learning and using a language that had once enjoyed global power, then English would never have secured a foothold in India. In the meeting of two wrongs only a wrong will win.

Here then was a multiplicity governed in various streams of its official, unofficial, ritual and everyday life by a hierarchical structure of languages. Local languages have been among the worst-suffering in this hierarachy – with Sanskrit marginalized, the appetite for complex grammatical syntax was lost; English-learning had bequeathed a laziness, an attitude of ambivalence towards the cosmopolitanism conjunctural with being a multiplicity such as India was and is; and variation consequently became something to be frowned upon, cast into the wilderness. Simultaneously, the rising fortunes of English in India heralded a panacea for the social and political exclusion experienced by the lower orders, a level playing-field on which to improve their standing.

The saddest joke is that in lionizing and valourising English, we may forget that that greatest of English writers – Shakespeare – has been proven by the University of Cambridge studies in 1890s and early 1900s to be the most shameless plagiariser. Names, settings, even entire works appear in Shakespeare having been lifted directed from Arabian stories.

Returning to my opening salvo about Panjabi and her Gurmukhi characters, these are reinvocations by Guru Angaddevji (following instructions laid down for him by Guru Nanakdevji) of an ancient script. So it was quite natural that I was so enthused and excited by the finds described in the opening paragraphs of this post!

Gurmukhi, the ancient language stretching from north-east of the Black Sea to north-west of the Caspian Sea, has 52 distinct sounds; and we can see today how the multitude of European languages use diacritical marks to enlargen their own sound base (in English there are 26 distinct sounds) in approximation of the more numerous Gurmukhi characters. I’ve carried out my research on this topic, and many years ago. It remains for the current crop of linguists to draw out these linkages, to present the array of Gurmukhi in European format with existing and newer diacritical marks that fully and finally captures its breadth and scale and sheer beauty.

January 2013. Cultism in Sikhi (to Bhai Mohinder Singhji)

Bhai Mohinder Singhji, Gurdwara Nishkam Sewak Jatha (Soho Road, Birmingham)

Revisiting our Interactions 

I hope this communication finds you physically well and emotionally healthy.

(Please note, some of my thoughts below are directly from my books and if they are repeated then kindly reference them to me. The quotes are in italics followed by an *).

The Communiqué: 

Each generation, adhering to nature’s set template, brings forth characters upon whom responsibility is conferred for taking their caste, race, culture, heritage, languages, religion, dharma, morality and ethics forward. Of course ‘forward’ here does not mean positive progression, but indicates movement – and movements can be retrograde.*

I have always kept a low profile and I seldom interact with the general public. This has caused problems, in tandem with state security victimisation. The general public likes intrigue, masala and listening to stories, in order to deflect attention from themselves. Out of self-protectionist need they point fingers at others while ensuring that they are seen to be as pious as can be. This is a standard human self-preservation reaction, and a biological historical phenomenon.* Thus, I am a victim of fanciful stories that are further fuelled by state security; yet, not a single advocate of these stories has to date confronted me about anything. Cowards and story-tellers have one thing in common: imagination.

My role in bringing you to power

It was I who insisted that you must be given the formal head position in an attempt to bring cohesive collective cooperation among UK-based Sikhs. If I had not insisted on that manoeuvre, the UK Sikhs would have endeavored as usual to represent the entire Sikh community, seemingly with one voice, but regrettably with separate outlooks. Interestingly, I was being cajoled into accepting the helm. I would have accepted if I had never tasted positions of immense influence in the global political arena. Personally, with my experience, I would have engaged a different set of skills from within the community, leading to low-key, potent yet effective influence as opposed to the merry-go-round in which the Europeans have you embroiled.

I had a choice between Sant Baba Jaswant Singhji, Clifton Road, Southall; Sant Amar Singh, of Guru Nanak Sikh College, Hayes, Middlesex; and yourself. Sant Amar Singh lacks je ne sais quoi. Sant Jaswant Singhji is advanced and way above this type of nonsense. Which left you.

So, why did I honour you with that post?

Because, in our two meetings you struck me as a very egocentric person, albeit feigning humbleness.

And in the clash with government egos, like needed like.

Yet, in the duty to retain and contain the egos involved in the Sikh Consultative Forum you failed miserably. Nevertheless, I have to thank you for stepping up to the mark. And since I chose you for the task, your failure is my failure. However, only you can measure if you have learned any lessons for your subsequent births.

An observation: not all University Deans make good Professors; not all Professors can teach secondary school; not all secondary school teachers can tend to children in kindergarten. It is not my position to be in your place, and you are not entitled to operate in mine.

Although all of this is in the past, yet the past teaches us the form of the future.

Alien Conquest:

Buddhaji said, ‘An insincere evil friend is to be feared more than a wild beast: a wild beast may wound you today, but an evil friend will wound your mind’.

In a speech I added this: ‘Where ignorance reigns, peace slaves’.* Both the above statements are true for the following.

The British and Europeans did not conquer Bharat by outright brutal force. They conquered it via smiles, gentle words, never-ending compliments and ego-massage. They wooed and admired the egos of the Rajas and the Maharajas, and above all else they beguiled the dharmic and the adhyatmic sectors with unbridled compliments about how the west has so much to learn from the east. In the process, the western powers invited the chosen influential few to on-going seminars organised by one world-famous philosophical society after another. Given prestige to speak and present an article at such societies the innocent egos waxed lyrical, becoming ever-pliant puppets. The seduction paid dividends.* 

The eastern target-ego had admirers from his own race and culture who latched on to the ‘open mind’ of the western thought process. These admirers of the target-ego spoke to their own catchment audiences. And in time an entire state became compliant to western propaganda. Like today, a war was arranged between a slightly more powerful opponent and the impressionable state. The impressionable state was given support, at a cost. Aryadesh fought Aryadesh. The British picked up the spoils.* 

So what has all this got to do with you?

I was called forward by, and took amrit from the hand of Sant Baba Puran Singhji at Makindo, Kenya. And I can assure you, you were not in that initial contingent. So, I am well within my responsibility to tell you off resoundingly. And after almost thirty years of being a recipient of mocking derision from you and your ‘cult followers’ telling you off is precisely what I am going to do…

1. Selling out your prestige & position

My observation is that you obviously have zero appreciation of what precisely a Sikh is, let alone what it is to qualify as Khalsa. If you did, it would have and should have been you presenting to the Christian Church a fake ego-massaging medal, an honour of merit, with the prospect of eventually influencing their followers into Sikhi and Indianisation. But instead you were the recipient, they the overlords,

Do you realise how much of a public relations coup d’etat this event is for the west and for the Christian faith’s propaganda machine? Subliminally you have created and substantiated a reality wherein a Sikh and Khalsa’s own inherent value is trumped by deriving value from securing an order of merit or some other such award from the Christian faith. How utterly despicably low and ignorant an act could you have allowed yourself to become a puppet of?

Shame on you for selling out your prestige and position.

Are all of your companions in fact enemies who have zero respect for you, unprepared to warn you of the consequences of your action? If they are naive and gullible then at least you should have enough commonsense not to accept such western propaganda awards. Or are you really that hungry for western public applause?

2. Withholding Deg through your acolytes (sorry, “sevadars”)

It took Gursharan Kaur and me nine years to finish our respective sets of 108 Sahaj Paaths. Every month we’d drive a 250 mile round trip to pay homage at Soho Road Gurdwara. Every month after the first few months you ordered your ‘staff’ not to serve us langar or water. I wrote to you about the matter. The next month they served us. I wrote again thanking you. But things reverted back. On top of that, two of your ‘staff’ (they cannot be called sevadars) steadfastly refused to serve me Deg every time they were on duty. That elderly man with the red braces who used to clean sangat’s footwear – he used to pick up both our pairs of footwear and put them beside by the door for the sangat to trample on. What humbleness.

3. Cult of personality: or cutting off your nose to spite your face

And here is the best part. I introduced to you a young girl who was about to start her PhD and I informed you that this girl was going to, if given the right input, rewrite India’s constitution, thereby changing all non-European constitutions globally for the better. And your advice was that she should get herself a job and then consider the PhD. Now where does the point that you claim clairvoyance fall apart?

The reason why you told her to get a job and leave post-graduate research was because she was not part of your ‘cult’. Shame on you.

4. The cosy club of arrogance & primeval judgement

Two weeks ago I rang your office at Soho Road Nishkam Sevak Gurdwara to be told that you were abroad. I sought information about Mandiwale Babaji, to be told that in all honesty XXX would be the best person to ask. XXX, the living hypocrite, spoke harshly, claiming that only you can give out such information. To put him in his place I shared with him that the photograph of Mandiwale Babaji was taken by the younger brother of Pritam Singh Sandhu of Walthamstow, East London, and that my family and I had been present there at the time. This threw him and abruptly he told me he was busy and put the phone down on me. How very magnanimous.

The person who needed that information is writing a book on past Sikh Sants and holds you and your ‘cult’ in low opinion. XXX behaviour adds to, and underlines the hypocrisy of, white clothes hiding dark minds. Interestingly, XXX – who was forced to apologise when I challenged him for saying very derogatory things about me – now faces a dilemma. His close, high-profile, married-with-grown-kids female relative has her sex movies and photos on the internet. Now is he going to run her and her husband down as he did me? Both of you have forgotten, the moment you take amrit you no longer judge or condemn people at all. In fact you support them through thick and thin. You protect them from public vilification*. But what do you lot do after amrit? You create a holier than thou cosy club of arrogance and primeval judgement. 

I have yet to come across a group of Sikhs who are as frightened as your ‘cult’ is. Yes, there are the odd things your ‘cult’ does correctly, but just the odd thing.

Narcissistic, cliché-ridden, floating on faux modesty via self-promotion, unable to separate the pseudo from the primordial rigidity, caught in fetish ritual, with hallowed attachment to opaque religiosity, and losing dharma’s gentle optimism.* Your cult summed up in a nutshell. Congratulations.

I gave a talk about twenty years ago to balance the inflated image-integrity of Sikhs. I stated that western-based Sikhs would form cults. That they would take and retain passport photographs of those who took amrit at their cult-quarters, and claim responsibility to the European authorities for only those persons.

You have done precisely that.

Once upon a time one Sikh stood for all Sikhs. It was the case ‘one for all – all for one’. But you, the Europeanised ‘cult’ Sikh leaders are a creed apart.  What Guru Gobind Singhji harmonised, you the Europeanised ‘cult’ Sikh leaders are ripping apart.

Please pat yourself on your back for dividing the Khalsa.

The enemy is always within. Never without.

5. Yet again with the cultish behaviour

Here is another example of your ‘cult’ mentality A young girl started Sikh Sports Car Mela. I joined that Mela as I have two sports cars, and as soon as you heard I was a participant you froze her out totally. Very mature of you.

6. Plagiarising my insights as your own

Secondly, it was I who wrote to you several decades ago about how Rabindranath Tagore removed Guru Nanakdevji’s name from Japuji  Sahibji replacing it with Kabir. Harbans Singh Doabia plagiarized his translation in his now famous translations.

You took my insight and passed it on to a Panjab based university who carried out their study of the matter. They concluded what I had said. You and that university took all the credit for this ‘information’ and ignored to neither mention nor applaud me for my insight.

You will publicly and in written format acknowledge that it was my letter to you that instigated that study.

Accolades bring responsibility:

Now, using your new accolade, please correct the following:

There are five mistakes on each page of Sri Guru Granth Sahibji. There are eighteen types of mistakes recurring in the entire work. The British have imposed these mistakes on Sikhs. These mistakes were not placed into the original work by either the Hindus nor the Muslims.*  

Yes, it does, does it not, compromise your new accolade!

Accolades are easy to accept if you do not understand the ongoing cultural ramification of the accolade. A budding poet asked a known writer to appraise his poetry. The established writer replied there was nothing wrong, adding. ‘although I have not read this and as a rule do not read poetry’.

As a budding newbie straddling religion and political you will distaste the art of manipulation and a sense of ‘being used’ by your new masters.

In conclusion: 

  1. You will forward to me by post all details about Mandiwale Babaji forthwith.
  2. You will return the merit order nonsense with due respect, stating that Guru Nanakdevji is not answerable to Jesus of Nazareth.

And if they want clarification regarding upon whose authority you are returning the said order, tell them it is upon my direct and explicit instructions. They know me well enough not to take the issue up with me.

The only reason you will not return the order of merit? Your ego.

I was brought up, and you were not, to deal with the European manipulations to which you have fallen victim. Thus, you fail to see the traps of their long-game.

Bhai Mohinder Singhji, time has shown that the following is just: That I am an unaffiliated speaker and original, independent thinker on theology, philosophy, psychology, dharma and spiritual matters. I am coming out into the open slowly and you have a choice. Support me, by not speaking out against me or manipulating others to do your dirty work. You and I will never get along at a personal level. But at a dharmic level henceforth you will support me totally, unless your ego gets in the way.

Buddhaji reminds us: ‘Prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you cannot help them, at least do not hurt them either’.

I wish you and your cult every success for the future and please accept from a Sikh of Guru Nanakdevji and a Singh of Guru Gobind Singhji a respectfully extended – to you and your followers – heartfelt Bhole Sohne Haal Sat Siri Akaal.

Avtar

January 2011. A Fresh Perspective On Sikhi: An Interview With Avtar (sent to To Jaspal Singh Bains of Sikh Times)

A Fresh Perspective On Sikhi: An Interview With Avtar (Interview conducted and compiled by Preeti Kaur)

You are a very cheerful, chic and colourful person, yet a pura Gursikh – that’s a very rare commodity in Sikhi. What is your background?

I was born in Kenya into a Gursikh household. Sant Hari Singh of Kaharpur, District Hoshiarpur, gave me as a blessing to my Bapuji. Upon my birth, Bapuji installed Sri Guru Granth Sahibji in the largest room of our house. From then, until his death, he slept on the floor of the room in which the Saroop was parkash. When he came to England, the first item he brought with him was that same Gurusaroop. Therefore, you see, I have always maintained that before making the decision to take amrit every Sikh household must use the largest upper-storey room for Gurusaroop and must do seva at home. It’s crucial that the children of the house observe and participate in this, and become an integral part of this culture, so they don’t feel isolated or ‘apart’ from their own identity.

The second most important thing Bapuji did was to put me under the tutelage of a very elegant Hindu Svami who, it turned out, was a prince that had left his privileged position. This Svami was master of two of the main nine schools of Hinduism. He also had a double doctorate in medicine and law via a European education system. His first words to me were ‘you are more fortunate than I, because you were born into and retain, whilst living in England, your Sikhi roop; and though I am much senior to you in metaphysics, I have the misfortune of not being born as a Sikh. If you are to learn from me then it is on the absolute agreement that you will never forsake you Sikhi roop’. I never have. I even rejected marriage proposals because the girls’ parents wanted me, their son-in-law, to drink, trim my beard and eat meat. I refused to do any of the three. Therefore, I never married.

In any case, via Svamiji I met and then began to advise leading figures on appropriate topics. I was also pivotal in establishing the Hindu faith’s presence in many European and American cities and towns. In time, this presence will pave the way for the re-introduction of Sikhi back into the mainstream European psyche. My education also meant I had to have in-depth contact with advanced metaphysical personages of all faiths, in order for which dialogue and interaction – and test of progression of my metaphysical abilities – to take place, I had to master in-depth knowledge of the major scriptures.

What were the most telling lessons you learned from this association with advanced metaphysical persons?

Never to quote stanzas from scriptures just to make a point. The stanzas within the scriptures are sacred. They are personal to you and your own development and their meaning will evolve and transform as you grow and develop. To quote scriptural stanzas during discourse is to quote nothing more than what you understand those stanzas to mean at that moment in time, in that specific context. You are crystallizing the sacred, shoehorning it into a definitional cul-de-sac… and by the time you’ve done it, uttered the sacred stanza, its meaning for you will already have changed. The lesson is that your relationship with the sacred is processual, dynamic.

I also learned that those outside Sikhi are truly envious of the unity they perceive as existing among us Sikhs. Now, it’s true that the faithful in all faiths bicker, argue and participate in generational feuds; but sadly, we are undermining our own positive PR and brand reputation. The three (now two) Sikh television channels in the UK portray nothing other than grey-bearded men exchanging angry volleys with anyone who dares to hold an opposing view. I personally wish the Sikhs had never secured the open forum provided by television through which to make fools of themselves. Mind you, I also pray to Waheguru that they learn to hold a civil tongue and leave the vitriol for off-camera discussions.

We are as a community very new to this media format, and it is to be expected that we revel in the opportunities it provides us to air our grievances – even at each other. But it is to be sincerely hoped that once the initial excitement wears off, once we are done with using television as an outlet for that much-vaunted phrase “freedom of expression”, then the calmer elements and individuals of the community can take centre-stage and present Sikhi in its true colours: as a commonwealth of views – within which all opinions are aired with mutual respect – undergirded by one shared mindset.

For my own part, I never engage in debates such as those we witness on the Sikh television channels. My method is to contact the influential person(s) regarding any given matter in a personal, private and humane way – and to express a concern and advocate a way forward. I achieve so much this way that is simply out of reach of those who mire themselves in committee discussions and elaborate debates.

Sikhs have forgotten the simple declaration set in motion by Guru Nanakdevji: a Sikh is an analyser, scrutinizer and improver of whatever is placed before them. So, my assessment of a point differs vastly from the run-of-the-mill Sadh, Sant or Svami. For example, doctorate-holders and professors are primarily information-gatherers unable to disseminate knowledge (beyond exchanging information with their academic counterparts). All my life, I have challenged these ‘experts’ – and successfully so, because their forte is that of information gathering. Therefore, you could say that I see matters very differently from others.

Can you begin by giving me a brief assessment of the status and treatment of Sikhs historically in India, as you see it?

In 1850’s, the British rulers in India stoked public dissent and then went on to forcefully put it down: during June of that year, an estimated 10,000 people were hung from trees, telegraph poles and any other natural or man-made device that appeared fit for the purpose of massacre. More than 97% of them were Sikhs. And the ostensible reason for this erstwhile show of British dominance? An Indian had dared to walk along the shady side of an avenue housing Englishmen! This incident had nothing to do with the Indian Mutiny.

It was not the first time, nor the last, that Sikhs would be used as cannon-fodder by a British empire entering its last century of ill-gotten power. Jawalan Bagh is another state-managed incident of Sikh slaughter that comes immediately to mind. Pre-independence Sikhs made their representations truthfully and honorably but the duplicitous, cunning, deceitful power-brokers of England and representatives of India and Pakistan impressed upon the Sikhs that a minority could not form a ruling government as such a template did not exist anywhere in the world. The Sikhs knew they were being lied to, as Israel was in the process of being declared a sovereign state where the minority ruled the majority, but they aligned themselves to the ‘Hukam’ of Waheguru since ardas at Harmandir Sahib had been done to accept the prevailing resolution and its outcome.

Whether we assess this decision in terms of accepting the inevitable or following ‘Hukam’, the bloodshed that followed the division of our country was once again paid mostly in Sikh blood. It was just another exercise, by a ruling power that had already calculated the likely outcome – massacre of Sikhs – of spreading misinformation and generating as much confusion and mayhem as possible during partition. The British managed this massacre fantastically. Their fear was that if India were not split along religious lines then a unified India incorporating Sikhs, Pathans, Gurkha, and Rajputs would be able, within a few generations, to successfully challenge the dominance of any European power. Their strategy, therefore, was to target India’s most successful and focused ethnic culture during participation in order to strangle the opportunity for unity. The Sikh ethnie was the natural target back then, and became so again in 1984 – an episode that more than any other in our long history of repression reigns supreme in Sikh collective memory.

What lies behind the recurring repression, abuse and massacre of Sikhs?

What is common to the incidents mentioned above is a template for governance whose very success in enabling long-term autocratic rule has caused it to be enacted ad nausuem by rulers throughout history. That template involves a none-too-subtle game of conflict-brokering: whether it be internal ethnic friction or war with supposed foreign oppressors, such conflict draws peoples attention away from the domestic policies of oppression and repression that they might otherwise agitate against, away from the fact of ineffective government that is staring them in the face.

The Sikh Raj is one of only two instances of governance, in recent history, which broke with the traditional template and furthermore was based on neither slavery nor the dictatorship-through-consent that is emblematic of the ‘free’ western world. The other instance, also provided by India, stretches farther back into history and was lauded as far away as Siberia and eastern Europe.

I’d like to explore the link between what you call the ‘dominant governance template’ – and its interplay of manipulation and repression as a means to achieve total State control – and the events of 1984, which remain possibly the single most evocative source of collective Sikh memory and pain. 

European readers are quick to cite the prescience of George Orwell’s “1984” when assessing the rise of the autocratic State in modern decades. But what that book laid out was based not on the author’s uncanny ability to see into the future, rather his ability to portray in literary form what governance is and has always been about: namely, sustaining total State control via oppression of its people. The events of 1984 reveal the extent to which the dominant governance template, particularly the linkages between power and oppression, have shaped our Sikh history.

Without detracting from the personal and collective tragedies that are immediately called to mind when we speak of 1984, it is irrefutable that 1984 was a stage-managed event by the then ruling government of India to assert its dominance and use its massacre of Sikhs as its calling card. It did so with the aid of the country’s security apparatus; and of course, with the full knowledge of western powers, which, true to form, provided undercover support and arms to both sides in the conflict.

Look beyond Sikh history and we can find the western powers indulging in the same game of manipulation and hypocrisy in relation to other communities and conflicts – Sri Lanka is one. On one hand the west granted asylum to victims of violence in the Sri Lanka conflict, while on the other it maintained and entertained ties with the Sri Lankan government – meanwhile, it supplied arms to both sides. The result – the west secured and retained the emotional subordinate attachment of both sides in the Sri Lanka conflict. Brilliant!

The outcomes of 1984 followed a blueprint established by the British and other Europeans during the centuries of their rapacious colonizing: create conflict; encourage agitation against the rulers; suppress and demonise the agitators, and remind people that the power of the State is absolute! In 1984, therefore, the State’s choice of armour, the positioning of its troops, and even the type and number of rounds those troops fired in any given town or city was predetermined and followed the blueprint provided by the British.

Thus, 1984 was an example of the time-old, cyclic devices the State uses to cement its power.

In a slightly different configuration of the power-conflict relationship, the State sometimes seeks to generate conflict with foreign states (as the British have done in Iraq and Afghanistan) in order to bind and blind its own people: bind them in support of war and blind them to the need to agitate against their government’s oppression of its own citizens.  In yet another configuration, as in the South Pacific archipelago of Fiji, it will incite conflict, even violence, among constituent communities at home, and manage that conflict to suit its own power agenda.

Moreover, if we examine the current 2011 English riots it is blatant how the United Kingdom security apparatus totally manufactured, gave out misinformation about a bullet lodged in a police officer’s radio during the gun attack and murder of an innocent Afro-Caribbean man in Tottenham north London by the police to justify his murder. The first bullet, we are expected to accept, was fired by the black man and lodged itself in one of the police officer’s radios. Hence, another police officer shot the black man dead. It later emerged that the dead man had not in fact fired his gun; and it became necessary to explain that the bullet lodged in one of the police officer’s radios was in fact a result of the other police officer taking aim at the victim, whereupon the bullet went through him and was caught in the radio.

It’s curious, is it not, that in order to cover up the initial lie which so angered the victim’s family and his community and people across the country, the police presented an alternative scenario that flouts completely a cardinal police rule: not to discharge your weapon unless you have a clean line of sight, certainly not if the bullet may go clean through the intended victim and into a colleague or anybody else. In reality, the bullet was already lodged in the police officer’s radio before the standoff with, and premeditated murder of, Mark Duggan took place.

And what of the subsequent riots themselves? Let us remember that the threatened police cuts had not yet taken place, and that the riots began not on the busy weekend but early in the week – both of which give the lie to the police statement that the force was short on numbers to deal with the riots. Repeatedly, we witnessed footage of police drawing back from the rioters, giving them space and time to carry out their attacks on homes and businesses, and ultimately to kill three men who stood to protect their community.

This is not the action of a police force threatened by a large group of hooded youths; it is the action of a police force with footholds in the criminal world contriving to escalate the rioting. They even aided and abetted the rioters: standing back and grinning at each other, and providing a protective cordon around the youths who set fire to a white Dhillons catering van in the middle of a road in West Bromwich. The footage, filmed by a Sikh television channel, illustrated for all to see how the state’s security apparatus aided and abetted rioting.

The primary reason for this violence illustrates the extent the United Kingdom police force is prepared to go in conniving from the Treasury and the Home Secretary to effect only negligible reduction in the police force’s budget.

The security apparatus of every country sets the parameters within which its governance operates. For example, the police of an isolated state like Britain have the power to put an end to drugs in this country. But they won’t. If it were to do so, it loses its own lucrative funding and generous pension package. Thus, it works in tandem with the criminal element to oil the machinery to maintain its own financial package. Fractures within the criminal fraternity provide a police force with scope for ongoing arrests and prosecutions to maintain its fictitious role as protector of the state.

Although, if for reasons relating to its own PR, the police finds it efficacious to disassemble any given criminal fraternity it can and does so, in a manner befitting any well-coordinated state security apparatus. Hence, there is a tried-and-tested governance template that can be applied to any country. It is European and often Anglo-Saxon in origin and features, and is designed to maintain a system of law and order advantageous to the state’s security apparatus rather than to the citizen.

Despite the totality of state power, in the form of the unassailable power of a state’s security apparatus, is the energy and anger of those who fight against, as the Sikhs did in 1984, not a positive thing? 

Close to three decades after the event, it is claimed that Sikh individuals involved in 1984 continue to languish in prison. In the UK, Sardaar K. S, Chahal – enthused by firebrands during a visit to India, where he was subsequently a victim of torture, was thrown into a British prison for six years without charge, immediately following his return to this county. The firebrands behind Chahal’s eventual imprisonment, and that of many others, spoke forcefully from stages in the US and UK about the need to fight. Their passion and anger was taken up by any number of Sikhs who went willingly to join the fight in India, bulwarked by promises of financial assistance in their efforts to create an independent media in India, to implement grassroots education, and to agitate for separate Statehood.

Reality, as experienced by Sardaar Chahal, was that those with financial clout – never mind the community at large – never delivered on the promise of assistance: the sad fact is that Chahal’s wife received nothing more than lip service in the way of assistance during the first few months of his imprisonment, and thereafter, not even that. Only one person was dedicated to Chahals release throughout and they almost lost the family business through their dedication.

Fast forward to August 2011, and the insults extended to the Sri Guru Granth Sahibji in Panjab. This is not, as some would have it, an internal community-rooted problem. Rather, it is the latest instalment of the Government of India and its security forces partners’ plans to ignite a Sikh conflict which it can then smash, in order to drive home the old message – yes, among Sikhs, but really to all constituent communities in India that want self-rule – that you had better bow down and tow the government’s line. As ever, the lesson to be imparted is that of peoples’ subjugation.

If I understand correctly, you’re heading towards the statement that in order for the cycle of Sikh repression – and let’s be brutal about it, our eventual annihilation – to stop, we need to rethink how we Sikhs set about defining and enacting our role as warriors vis-à-vis totalitarian State power?

Indeed, the stage is set for a new generation to participate in the cycle of government incitement to conflict, community anger, and bloodshed of innocents of which 1984 was a part… the questions facing us are: How shall we Sikhs play out our role as the eternal ‘cannon-fodder’ this time around? Do we have alternative methods of articulating ourselves and therefore avenging State repression? Is there a better way to achieve our aims, without accepting that bloodshed is a necessary component of that?

What are our options? How can Sikhs achieve freedom from the cycle of repression and massacre, once and for all?

There are three options, all of them grounded in three very different types of intelligence. Which option do we choose this time around: The one that advocates commonsense? The one rooted in a certain low-level educational intelligence? Or shall we plump for the role shaped by refined academic intelligence?

To give our choice some historical mooring, let us consider that the fall of the Sikh Raj was predicated on the application of commonsense; and that 1984 was the child of redactive commonsense and education intelligence. Times are different now, and the tools at our disposal are too: consider that in 2011 we have an independent, user-driven, electronic media with a massive potential for emotional outreach that although embryonic (in terms of human potential for technology) is nevertheless a rather impressive powerhouse.

Is the media, and social media particularly, really the way forward? I can see how it replicates (in a peculiarly twenty-first century way), the success the Muslims have had in creating the notion of ‘ummah’ (pan-Islamic unity), but will this stop the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahibji in an isolated village in India?

You have anticipated what I was going on to say: which is, that before we embrace twenty-first century technology as the medium through which to break Sikh shackles, we would do well to remember that the State has already assessed its uses, and will already be devising strategies to utilize this medium of communication for its own end and to defeat freedom-fighters like the Sikhs.

The State has already anticipated the internet and social media’s influence in aiding mass mobilisation; it has already tested the capabilities and limitations of the ‘free’ Sikh media that is the basis for our modern-day outreach to diasporic Sikh communities across the globe; and by tactically playing out the removal of a Sikh’s turban on the global media stage, it has been able to analyse the Sikh community’s response to this as well and that of global media. Knowledge like this is priceless. So, my point is that we need to be intelligent about how we use twenty-first century resources, because you can be sure that our oppressors are using them too!

Can you expand on the options you defined above as being based on commonsense, limited educational intelligence and refined academic intelligence?

The recent insult to the Sri Guru Granth Sahibji has to be understood as an event engineered by the State to incite armed Sikh agitation, which it will allow to forment before crushing the Sikhs once again. It is nothing more than an exercise for the State, one more act in its stage-managed play that will result in our very own ‘final solution’.

Supposing that this time we accept that we are being manipulated in the tried-and-tested way, then unlike the fall of the Sikh Raj and 1984 perhaps this time we ought to resort to using our third gambit: that of refined academic intelligence, in order to counter or circumvent the insults so readily being extended to us.

Whereas the commonsense and limited education intelligence approaches tell us respectively to shrug and bow down to the inevitable, and to take an impassioned, brawn-over-brain stance, refined academic intelligence seeks a third way.

It demands that we improvise upon the format and medium favoured by our oppressors to articulate and stage our own fight. What’s the format and medium that our oppressors favour? Deceit. Cunning. Manipulation. All cloaked by a veil of innocent paternalism. I’m not advocating that we resort to those tactics or sink as low as the State does. But we do need to understand the full arsenal of tactics used by our oppressors, and based on that holistic-political understanding emerges a holistic-political approach to ending the role of Sikhs as pawns in the game of domination that government is intent on playing.

What precisely does this holistic-political – refined academic intelligence – approach entail? 

I pleaded from 1981 onwards that we, the Sikhs, should engage all the states of India in a shared aspiration for self-rule while maintaining federal fiscal, defence and foreign policy and establishing a common national language (Sanskrit or Hindi) that once and for all displaces the continuing dominance of a colonial language. Within this federal system, all states would be empowered to enshrine their own culture, language, history and heritage.

I was the sole voice insisting that we need to unify ‘our’ Aryadesh (noble land), the original name of Bharat before it was renamed India, given that we Sikhs are a part of the original Arya (Noble) people, by bringing both Pakistan and Bangladesh back into our fold. And that following this, the governance of Bharat should be chaired by all its ethnic states in a revolving eight-month duration. This is not as difficult as it sounds.

If the pre- independence map of Bharat is superimposed on Europe it would stretch from Iceland to Moscow and from north of Scandinavia to the north of Africa. This shows how large-scale a problem we have in the multitude of races, languages, cultures, heritages, history, morality and ethics – a complexity far greater than that of present-day Europe and its flailing attempt to cobble together the unity requisite to be a major economic power, and a diversity that we can make work and have made work before.

Consider for instance that Aryadesh, as it once was, included Afghanistan as well as Burma, and was the imperial power as far as Vietnam and most of the Pacific. It was the power bloc that most of Eastern Europe looked to for guidance also. In ancient literature ranging from eastern Siberia and Scandinavia to ancient oral traditions of Africa, Aryadesh is acknowledged and lauded.

Don’t forget in all of this that the combined populations of North America, Europe, the former USSR, Australia and New Zealand are less than the population of present India. Thus, we are a major power and await only the combination of our energies with those of Pakistan and Bangladesh to resume the absolute – and peaceful – authority over the globe we once had.

Ofcourse, I wasn’t listened to back then. However, mark my words: one day that unity will come. And our land and people will once again be called the Noble people from the Noble land. It was Aryadesh that devised Sanskrit and disseminated it globally: Sanskrit names abound in the names of rivers, valleys, mountain ranges, and towns all over the world. Even the word ‘Sikh’ is found in many of the north European languages, just as the words ‘Avatar’ and ‘kaka’ exist in both European and oriental languages. Though in most cases the meaning has changed, the words themselves continue to be spoken and pronounced in line with the rules laid down by Sanskrit.

Therefore, when a Hindu announces that Sanskrit is his ancient language he is lying. It is my ancestral language. Hindu came from me and my ancestral race, not the other way around. My race’s name may indeed be Sikh now but I am a very ancient race and I emanate from the Noble land. Thus, India belongs to me first, then to the Hindu. In fact, Hindu is not even a religion or a race. Hindu is a ‘tag’ only. A tag that has gained respectability for sure, but a tag nonetheless. I challenge any Hindu to prove that Hindu is a religion and indeed a race.

Ethnicity is a force de majeur in the post-colonial world, often traced back (a little lazily, it must be said) to the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. When ethnicity is such a potent and viable means of organisation and identity, how then can the ethnies of almost an entire continent be refused right to organize and regulate themselves along ethnic lines on the basis of their shared language, territory, culture and origins.

Of course, all my arguments fell on deaf ears back then. In 1984, the firebrands carried the day, and understandably so given that mass mobilization on the basis of shared self-identity fires up the emotions in a powerful way. Perversely, though – and this too is characteristic of the rules of the mass mobilization game – the firebrands fired everybody else up and then returned to the luxury of their western lives. They and their families emerged from 1984 unscathed, while innocents in India lost their lives and their families continue to suffer to this day.

Mobilising people to agitate in the streets and take up arms will not work for us, in India. I agree that it has a very visual impact – think of the demonstrations in the UK against the war in Iraq and more recently against government cuts, but neither of these demonstrations resulted in policy reversal. We had a voice, we used it, and politics carried on without a second’s thought for what we had to say.

We need a different approach, much like the one that I advocated some thirty years ago, and which was used by the Sikh Gurujis as their primary tool of engagement. Yes, we need a fully armed, officially trained corp that can impart its knowledge to the masses as ongoing information for the community’s safety and protection; but this must be developed alongside the use of refined academic intelligence.

So what is a refined academic intelligence and what are its advantages? As I stated earlier, refined academic intelligence recognizes that the rules of the game, the game itself, are defined by one’s opponents and are stacked up in their favour. The trick is to rearrange those rules to suit one’s own strengths. In this instance, it would work in several panzer style, double-pronged attacks and relate to (i) fighting for independent, culturally nuanced constitutions that make sense to the lives and ethos of the people they’re developed for; and (ii) fighting fire with water…

Why is it so important to focus our attention on constitution-building? How will this assist us in ending the cycle of Sikh oppression?

Firstly, I propose that in every Gurdwara we should have a copy of the constitutions of India, Sweden, France, Israel, Japan and the USA, since 99% of countries around the world use the European template constitutions as the basis for their own. How many of us know the tangible aspects of each of these documents, which essentially control our lives? Very few of us, if any at all; we have no knowledge of their content other than what we are told by experts, whom we trust on faith.

The conundrum for we Sikhs, like so many non-western civilizations maintaining their cultural heritage whilst living in the West, is how to anchor that distinct cultural heritage to an alien Western ethos. And therein lies the crux of the problem: the imperative to make two irreconcilable things coexist. We are constantly mired in the need to present ourselves as having a good balance of East and West… ever hear a European struggling with the need to maintain a balanced West-East lifestyle? No, because it is the non-Europeans who are bullied to ‘civilise’ themselves and prove themselves and manage a contradictory and confusing balance of lifestyles as a test of their humanness.

If we follow in Gurujis’ steps, we the Sikhs are capable of freeing not just ourselves, but the pan-non-European community and all non-European states from constitutions that are utterly redundant in the face of their cultural norms (and, it must be said, their cultural ‘flux’)…. We the Sikhs can bring much needed peace to the citizens of non-European states: Sikh-led freedom for all the states of Africa from the slavery of an irrelevant, meaningless, alien document is within our grasp.

The challenge – and it’s no small one – is that we must continue to operate within the laws of the land as they stand. And in the context of the recent abuse of Sri Guru Granth Sahibji in Panjab, this means that we have to make representations to the current powers-that-be in India. The key difference from 1984 is that we refrain from taking the bait and leading ourselves and plenty of innocents into an unwinnable physical war, as we did almost thirty years ago, and avoid our role in reproducing the same conflict – albeit slightly reconfigured for the times – generation after generation after generation.

Let’s use our western freedoms and our position here to launch the freedom of ethnic groups globally. Let’s lead the war on behalf of the silent majority of the dispossessed through academia, where state security apparatus’ are by-and-large powerless to intervene.

We will achieve a bloodless victory globally.

I have witnessed many a killing in my life: in East Africa; in the wars between China, India and Pakistan; in Eastern Europe. The wars were cultural but were fought over alien constitutions that applied in no good measure to either of the warring sides.

If we develop an Indian constitution that is free of all European imprints, then we safeguard the wealth that is India’s mind and spiritual psyche. How on earth is the Indian security apparatus going to silence Sikh input into human history then?

Future is an organic entity. In changing history, we shape the future. Future demands a ‘thinking outside the box’ attitude. Look at simple things like football. We can evolve its rules to suit today’s market and mental attitude. The list below is one we could introduce to the game through our gurdwara teams label as Gurdwara Football Association Rules:

  1. Remove the offside rule
  2. If a foul is committed in the defending half by the defence, then only one defender plus the goalkeeper faces three attackers until a goal is scored or the play results in a dead ball
  3. Winning a fourth corner automatically converts into a penalty
  4. When a corner is won the only players allowed to be involved are three defenders and the goalkeeper against up to eight members of the attacking team
  5. Committing a foul results in that player and another from the same team (nominated by the opposing team, and excluding the goalkeeper) being sent off the field of play for ten minutes
  6. A red card results in the offending player being sent off permanently and another of his teammates (as nominated by the opposing team) being sent off for fifteen minutes

What I propose will bring the fun back into football… and probably a lot more than the measly 1 -3 goals that we watch being scored in an average match, as well as a return of more technically advanced play. For, we must remember that football is basically a cardiovascular exercise for the players, and a channel of relaxation for spectators. The English attitude to football is – curiously – one of war. They call it a “man’s game” – meaning it is inherently connected with violence and intimidation. No. Football is a game to exercise the heart, lungs, mind and various groups of other muscles of the body. It is not war.

But reverting to the matter at hand.

Abdali Shah silenced the Sikhs for a while but he could not silence the written Sikh ethos. The sword can kill the writer but not the Word. Living in a free country as we do, we must accept its advantages as a gift from the Gurujis and utilize these to produce work that will be replicated globally for the benefit of all humanity.

And what do you mean by fighting fire with water – which is the second in your proposed two-pronged offensive against Sikh repression?

The second in the double-pronged attack that I advocate is this: if one Sikh’s turban is forcefully removed, I want five Sikhs to adopt the full image of the Sikh here in the ‘free’ west. If five Gurusaroops are desecrated, I want ten handwritten copies to replace them. That’s why I call it fighting fire with water. Fighting fire with fire is easy but achieves nothing: you enter a cycle of repression, retaliation, greater repression, increased retaliation. But think about this: It’s water that gives me sustenance in a desert, it’s water that allows things to grow and multiply. If we are abused or insulted, we multiply the sheer number of us that there are to abuse and insult. It really is as elegantly simple as that.

The holistic-political approach you talk about as the path to ending Sikh repression is seemingly simple and elegant, as you say. But why aren’t you speaking in terms of values that resonate more easily with people like me who were born and live in the west, such as democracy?  

The problem we all face, and I’m talking about all non-European residents of the European world, is that western parameters have come to define the sole terms of our existence and value. We are brainwashed into supporting a contrived, constrained, and confusing ‘ideology’ called democracy. Marketed as something that grants freedom, equality and a voice for all, democracy is nothing more than a commercial behemoth that beguiles the masses, through unfulfilled and unfulfulling promises of freedom and equality – and more importantly, through controlled financial independence – to collude in amassing untold wealth for the small minority: power-wielders, which in the modern world, means the heads of multinational conglomerates.

The vanguards of the so-called democratic enterprise have successfully created a gulf that pits ethics and morality against personal selfish interest, to the glory of the latter. The individual gets dispensation to exist so long as (s)he does so within the straitjacketed parameters set and regulated by a partnership of the State and conglomerates.

Today, more than ever, the citizen is a prisoner of the State-Conglomerate. Your every movement is traced. You are no longer a name, nor even a number. You’re just a cog, a part of the machinery engineered to produce ever-increasing profits for the State-Conglomerate.  This is western democracy. So, when you talk about democracy as a value that resonates with we non-Europeans resident in the west, you’re really talking about a machine that eats you up and spits you out. You’re talking about a tactic, a device, a mechanism that beguiles us with sweet-talking nonsense into prostituting ourselves for the enjoyment and ultimate gain of the State-Conglomerate.

Holistic-political Politics is a different proposition altogether. It takes the ethos of Dharma, a realisation too far advanced for the European psyche to understand, and evolves this into a political system that harmonises with both the natural environment and evolving human awareness. Thus, the individual is the cornerstone of the community. The pace of commercial growth occurs in tandem with the needs of the collective as long as it does not transgress against nature. Inner wellbeing takes precedence over the accruement of material glitter. Disease is limited and containable. Wealth is measured in terms of achieving balance between one’s physical prowess and inner sublimity.

Technology, likewise, is of a constitutively different order, advancing beyond anything that the European psyche can grasp and humanely deal with, and it does so without poisoning the natural or human environments: for example, a wealth of knowledge of advanced space travel is detailed in our ancient scriptures, as is information about fuel systems that will propel a craft to our nearest star within an hour or so. Share even an iota of this knowledge with the western world, and technology is wrenched from the imperative of harmonious development and aligned to the goal of wielding power through subjugation of our people; hence, missiles, warheads and germ warfare.

This is a far cry from Dharmic technology whereby we travel out into the cosmic worlds peacefully. All non-European races are equipped to live in this style. The problem is that nobody has thus far come forward to rewrite the communal template that draws out and celebrates the inner self instead of greed and selfishness. So, you see, western democracy is the antithesis of a balanced, aligned, harmonious and dharmic holistic-political-political way of being.

Just look at how western democracy has invaded our places of worship. We’re obliged to hold commercial elections rather than nominating selfless persons to act as out stalwarts. Health and safety regulations are commanding how and where we prepare and cook our GurKaLangar. Deg, the embodiment of Guru’s essence, is regulated by health and safety protocol. What next? Will the Europeans rewrite our Guru Granth Sahibji for us? Will our fear of the health detriments of certain foodstuffs, as prescribed by the Europeans, lead us to bow to the Guruji whose essence we implore to invest our Deg, and then turn our back on the grace that is proffered by Guruji in the form of Deg by accepting only the merest morsel because we fear contagion? Such are the blindness’s we have already begun embracing as our future Sikhi. Yet, woe betide the stranger who desecrates our scriptures?!

The irony and sheer hypocrisy is painful. We have become collective assailants of our own Dharma, demoting it to merely a religion. Which begs the question: what gives us the right to rise in anger when somebody throws our scriptures into water along with alcohol?

We know we have the right to feel anger, inside ourselves, at such desecration. But we sabotage our right to express it, to counter it through action.  A case in point is presented by the issues of the dastaar and kirpaan: we complain about our dastaars being removed by airport security personnel, but we failed to stand steadfast in our representation to Britain and later the United Nations about why our kirpaans must have nine-inch long blades…  The progressive chipping away of our faith is par for the course among European powers, but why do we have to collude in it? Because, we have come to blindly cherish the spectre of democracy – with its lure of small-time wealth, passing media fame (and infamy), and the carte blanche it gives us and our children to blow small fortunes on irresponsible commercial ventures and divorce settlements.

Today, a Sikh never acknowledges a fellow Sikh on the road unless they belong to the same caste/Gurdwara. And it is we, the Sikhs, who seek an independent state – why? How are we going to treat each other any differently, any better in our own independent state than we already do? The illusion of freedom is always sweeter than reality. Actual freedom entails acting responsibly for, and towards, others before yourself; it’s when somebody takes care of you without being asked; how many Sikhs among us have gone to assist a fellow Sikh at our own cost, upon hearing their problem? Not many. So, what really is the use of an independent state – so that we can continue to abuse our own people but in the luxury of a place that we can call our own and in which we can wield unyielding power; so that we can go on to oppress our own people the way our current oppressors do?

Sikho, it is not an independent State that will alleviate your suffering at the hands of the current State powers. It is you looking after another Sikh’s interest that will go some way towards alleviating your suffering. Living in this ‘free’ west we gleefully celebrate fellow Sikhs’ misfortunes – what makes you think that having gained independence you are going to care for each other any more than you do now? Panjab is governed by elected Panjabi Sikh… what boons have they given to the disenfranchised Sikhs of Panjab? None whatsoever. That too will be the reality of your own independent state. Self-interest will reign supreme, and everybody else can go to hell… but, hey, at least it will be an independent Sikh hell.

Many will have a negative reaction to what I’ve just said, but we all know it’s true. We all know that we’re adept, in the way of the western world, of talking about supporting each other, but turning our backs at the very moment we need to deliver on that promise. Of course there are instances when mutual support is provided, but it’s not the norm; and quite frankly, securing an independent Sikh state will not magically transform us all into model co-responsible citizens.

It is time for we Sikhs to act like a nation, to make ourselves worthy of being a nation and of having a state of our own: we must transform ourselves now; we must start living our current lives in the ‘free’ west on the basis of our own precepts, and central to these must be the joyful imperative of supporting one another without judgement or precondition.

We can’t sit on the fence anymore, take our ‘blending’ of east and west to inexplicable degrees of confusion: on one hand we are quick to condemn an act and assign responsibility, on the other hand we announce that everything that happens in predestined. Which is it?  On one hand lies self-power, on the other is Hukam. Do you want to dream of a utopian state, or do you accept Hukam as a totality? Judgement begets evil, while reflection on the totality of all things sees humanity as one and opens the eyes to different ways of attaining your desired end.

You’ve raised a really interesting point about the different ways in which we can view the recent desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahibji, and how these offer us crucially distinct ways of dealing with this latest installment of violence and oppression against Sikhs. If I understand you correctly: by focusing on assigning blame and responsibility we’re perpetuating a cycle of judgement, anger and impotence; but if we reflect and accept the way of things, then actually that gives us the power to effect the change we want to see?

Absolutely. We can either point the finger at our aggressors and dream of being free from them in our own independent Sikh state, our utopia, our heaven on earth. Or, we can reflect, and accept that we are but slaves of the Hindus and that such is our destiny for the time being.

It may not seem like it, but the power for change and attainment of our own independent state lies in taking the second path…

It comprises two equally controversial aspects. The first is that of an independent Panjab – attainable only if we are regarded as natural warrior-statesmen by the west. Consider that the two decades of war against Muslim countries has become financially untenable for the west, added to which it is forced to accept asylum-seekers from the communities of the same regimes it is fighting. This asylum element is gathering momentum and will, in the lifetimes of its western-born children and grandchildren explode like a time bomb and wreak havoc on the same streets that sheltered their parents’ generations earlier.

The west needs another ‘Israel’ only this time on the western border of India. This nation will stretch from Kashmir to Karachi and from west Panjab to few miles outside Delhi. The west would arm it totally, finance its survival and develop its education, health and general infrastructure. The Chinese would use the same nation to target Islamist problems on its western borders. The Russians would use the same nation to tackle an uprising in the  Muslim states along its southeastern border and the west has two nations at opposite ends of the main Muslim countries it can use to subdue any danger it feels coming from the Muslim states. India would be protected along the very border that has seen her raped time and again. A Sikh state of Panjab is in everybody’s interest as it will be the local police in the very same manner Israel is presently. Being an economic power will also give it a mandate to dominate the locality in tandem with India. Nevertheless, the reality of such a situation begs the question: are you prepared to live in a constant war zone for generation to come?

If that is controversial then the second element is even more so, and it goes like this…

I, the Sikh, am a slave of the Hindu. Let the Hindu hate me. Let the Hindu kill me. He will succeed in killing me if it is so destined. But, let there be no mistake, that I – the most humble and ardent of all the Hindu’s slaves – will empower and free the rest of the non-European world from slavery. How, let me elaborate.

Let us, the Panjabi slaves of the Hindu, present an annual commemorative plaque to India, received by or delivered to the Prime Minister of India, that celebrates our ardent slavery. Let that annual celebration seep into the annals of tradition and rewrite Indian history, acknowledging that it was a Hindu slave rather than a Sikh who fought bravely and won freedom from the ruling Islamists; that it was Hindus – and their slaves – rather than Sikhs who fought and gave their lives in the wars of Europe.

Let us invite every Hindu to look their slaves in the eyes, and remove our dastaars with their own hands, and cut our keis-dhaari with their own scissors, and celebrate our life of slavery in the full glare of the media. For we are slaves of the Hindus, and we must rejoice in this. After all, Hindu India’s self-esteem is wrapped up in the hatred it has for the prestige of the Sikh dastaar and we ought to honour that. So, let us proclaim 1st August as World Slaves’ Day.

Right now, people – Sikhs – are asking how it’s possible for me to say these things. I say to them: we are Sikhs. We are not frightened of the truth. We are born to celebrate the truth. We know that the truth sets us free, that it is not to be feared. And the present truth is that we are slaves of Hindu India. If Hindu India can be proud of its continuing legacy in maintaining the slave state of Panjab, then it will rejoice in World Slave Day with us.

If Hindu India feels capable of being as strong in practice as it is in the quiet of its mind, then alternatively it will give Sikhs their own independent state, aligned to the collective Union of India. Otherwise, we must accept gracefully, as Hindu India itself must, that we are slaves of a greater cowardly slave mentality… Hindu India itself.

The path to freedom from oppression lies in bowing one’s head to the truth of one’s oppressed status; to the truth that circumscribing our oppression is the cowardice of our oppressors, who cannot countenance giving us our freedom, for fear of losing their power. The greater authority and legitimacy comes, however, precisely from willingness to abdicate one’s power over somebody else and granting them their freedom.

So, unless and until Hindu India emerges from the carapace of its cowardice, we must live by the truth of its fear and cowardice, and by the truth of our slave existence. The far sadder and deeper truth is that in desecrating our scriptures and colluding in our denigration on the world stage, Hindu India desecrates its own scriptural teaching.

But if it is so, then as slaves we must bend to the will of Hindu India: if it seeks to denigrate us and itself in one fell swoop, we must as its slaves do its bidding: so, let us take a Saroop of Guru Sahibji to the Raj Sabha weekly and ask them to nominate a Hindu to desecrate the same in our presence. Let us celebrate our slavery with happy smiling faces, each time an article of our faith is desecrated by Hindu India. Let us call India by its true and full name: Hindu India

Just as slaves of the Europeans were branded with marks of their ownership, so we are branded by the same: our dastaar and keis-dhaari are emblems of our slave identity as far as the cowardly Hindu is concerned. If we live in truth, then let’s celebrate those brandings: henceforth, every Sikh must wear the full faith artifacts of Sikhi, in celebration of these symbols of our ownership by Hindu India, and proclaim themselves as true, abiding slaves of Hindu India.

If Hindu India kills one of us, then let us form a line ten deep and five across, our hands folded and our faces shining with smiles, and beseech Hindu India’s embassies across the world to kill us all, so that we can help it secure an ever greater sense of pride and self-esteem.

Come all ye Sikhs, stand beside me and proclaim your celebration of being a Gursikh and a slave of Hindu India, proclaim your gladdened heart that Hindu India gains so much from humiliating and killing me. I, who as a powerful, peaceful, warrior-saint present it with the most formidable obstacle  it will face and fight: that of smiling, passive, non-resistance.

Bhole Sone Haal

Sat Siri Akal.

 

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

April 2013. Vaisakhi @ Parliament; Self-Rule (sent to Baba Iqbal Singhji)

Baba Iqbal Singhji

The Kalgidhar Society, Baru Sahib via Rajgarh, Teh: Pachhard, Dist: Sirmore, Himachal Pardesh, 173101, India

Satsiriakal,

Re:  2013 Vasakhi Parliament & Shepherds Bush Feedback 

I hope this communication finds you physically well and emotionally healthy.

The Communiqué: 

 POINT ONE:

As an experienced figurehead, you began life as and have faithfully remained a sevadar, thus I am sure you will receive the following observation with an open mind, using the pointers tabled to improve your delivery and focus a purpose along a set of sensible attainable targets at a personal and communal level.

The Vasakhi television coverage from the UK parliament of your address left an imprint that the leading light of an embryonic education establishment lacked gravity in the opinion expressed. Your address came across as rambling rant. The fault for this is with your minders in the media. However, the saddest part of the Sikh media is that they are woodcutters detailed to produce exquisite fine royal china tableware. Unfortunately they neither have the talent nor the magnanimous nature to realise that they are not professional trained media journalistic quality capable.

However, it is their duty to make sure that you were aware of the question put to you and then your speech carefully chosen and your voice trained for a steady delivery of the rehearsed speech.

How sad.

However, sadness as a noun or sad as an adjective is a condemnation for the grand design a powerless politically naive community can ill afford. I am sorry but this is not good enough. In future, please, have the awareness not to say anything or limit your utterance to a few words only. Please be aware that speaking on a political stage is not the same as an emotional ramble on a gurdwara stage that you are experienced at.

POINT TWO:

I watched the opening of your speech from Sheperds Bush Gurdwara. You stated that the Jews following the second European war of the 20th century (2nd world war) announced that self-rule was an imperative requirement for the survival of their race and community. In fact each and every community-race expresses the same notion and desires self governance. Please talk to the Kurds, the minorities caught in Myanmar, the Coptic communities in Egypt or indeed the Sámi people of the artic region, and finally the Eskimo community-race. In this, let us not leave behind the indigenous races of north and south America or the aborigines of Australia. They all want the same, but why did it work for the Jews?

Traditionally, the Jews are a hated community regardless of which country they operate and flourish. They are always the entrepreneurs, but by default, as mainstream would not give them jobs. Through their enterprising survivalist skills they eventually became moneylenders. And historically have been accused of underhand dealings, which then resulted in their global persecution.

The Jews in Europe interbred with the European races to a point that they have lost their original racial skin colour. The original Jews had rich pigment than the current modern European Jews. The European Jews changed their names, and hidden behind that deceit they automatically attained high prestige office and authority, nevertheless, when their background was uncovered they were despised.

In addition to the skin camouflage, they through cultural dilution adopted the following changes after massive internal hemorrhage: Historically, the Arab dress mimics the traditional Jewish attire. However, the Jews stood out in the new countries of Europe and therefore the men had to copy their clothing to secure basic jobs. This led to them rejecting the skull cap in public. The women lacking self-esteem and personal inferiority complex argued successfully by refusing to wear clothing that looked alien in the new communities. They argued that head scarf could be replaced by wearing a fashionable wig.

Then they argued, as it was the show of the naked skin of the legs that was against their cultural requirement then why could they not wear thick woolen leggings, and also reduce the length of their skirt. After the second European war and the mass availability of nylon stockings and later tights, the Jewish woman rejected the thick leggings also. To this day, the traditional Jewish woman wears a wig when outside the house or when visitors call – hence their natural hair is covered. This change along with the copied accent and the change of name spelling, and its pronunciation, secured empathy within the community they chose to live.

Furthermore, one of the reason that aided their global survival and accomplishment can be seen in practice on the streets of Southall in the manner that the Muslims will only patronize Muslim businesses and the Afghan Sikhs business aid each other as an oath of survival. This collective inter business transaction at the expense of the outsider community eventually tarnished the Jews in the eyes of each and every country they operated.

However, to get rid themselves of the Jews from their midst the Europeans decided to ‘aid’ the formation of an artificial ancestral homeland in Palestine. The Arabs of that area were under British rule. The Arabs were imprisoned for having an offensive weapon. The offensive weapon was no more than household kitchen knife while the European Jews were allowed to carry modern guns. If a Jew killed an Arab, then his word that it was self defence was enough as a mitigating circumstance. However, if an Arab was caught carrying a knife he purchased for his family’s kitchen needs he was jailed without a trial.

The Jewish war of independence was orchestrated by the Europeans, where on one hand the Jews were armed by them and then the British troops made a half hearted attempt to fight and contain them. The British here means regiments of ill armed Arabs led by a British officer who were outgunned and as the Jews had prior knowledge of the defence they were up against – thus the Jews always defeated the British. The British ‘lost’ eventually. Israel was formed. A minority ruled the majority, with a loaded gun at the head of the majority Arabs.

The Europeans succeeded in (hopefully) removing a race they were uncomfortable with and this as a byproduct also has been a boon. In creating Israel, the Europeans have snarled the Arabs in a constant self-defeating war with a community armed to the teeth by the European race. And Israel acts as a proxy army for Race-Europeans interest.

So, Iqbal Singhji, please get your history into perspective before you start announcing half truths as away forward for establishment of a Sikh state.

POINT THREE:

This, the third point is part of the ongoing romantic idealism about Khalistan. Khalistan as a name will never attain statehood. It is not liked and does not carry the same positive vibration and respect as does Panjab. Panjab, as a name has far better chance of attaining statehood. But not Khalistan. In addition, Panjab will only come into fruitition if there are tangle advantage for several world powers in its formation.

In any case, just what is so special about Sikhs that they as a 2% minority should be accorded statehood? What, because they gave their lives? Who asked them for this protection? At that junction were they given cast iron sureties that if they killed themselves defending this that or the other then that would secure statehood? Get real. This is real-time politics and not some village panchayat goodwill gesture being honoured by return. Sikhs got themselves killed on an emotional high, then that was, and to this day is their lookout. Real life politics is clinically hard and emotion-less.

Shocking is it not?

However, let us get back to the drawing board with this demand. Please, secure and read the lengthy document I handed to Jaspal S Bains who is well known figure from Birmingham as the operator owner of a Sikh media paper. That document template is so simple and yet subtle. Sadly the self-delusional Sikh TV owners find me intimidating because I will not tolerate their daft self egotistical nonsense. Yet in me resides a vision that is painful to enact if a formal independent state is required into reality. Whereas they are reenacting 1979 onwards debacle of inciting anger culminating in another iron-fist clampdown in Panjab by India.

The current drugs addiction is not some grand plan by the Delhi seat. It is a direct result of a lost generation  killed in ‘encounters’ who automatically would have chastised, but their small children grew up  discipline-less and then this led to them lacking cohesive knowledge how to bring up their own children, a classic example of weak parenting. Interestingly, the lack of elder authority also witnesses lack of discipline in the young within the animal kingdom too. So let us not blame the Delhi seat for our own failings.

The annoying part is that sitting in the west the 1979 inciters never sent their own sons into the last ‘war of Panjab independence of 1980’s’. Thus, there is no hope of current fathers who are self professed armchair generals inciting independence of Panjab all over again ever going to send their own son’s to a new war in Panjab. Is there?

Harsh realities have to be faced. Hypocrisy has to be jettisoned.

I had the privilage of learning then teaching and guiding Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jewish and Christian communities and general ‘non-aligned’ people about spiritual matters. I also gave political insight at a high level. The thing that stood out as a reality within all these communities was abject divisions and mistrust amongst themselves and yet uniformly they envied the unity they see within the Sikhs overall.  The problem with the Sikhs is that they lack the long enrich privilage that I have had. The problems within the Sikhs are veneer cracks and not the deep chasm of all other faith groups. Please tell the last time you heard, currently or historically, of Sikhs army fighting Sikh army over internal faith agenda? I repeat we Sikhs do not have the anywhere the same problems the other faiths have.

I have written and spoken often about a non-European constitution for all non-European races. Until that is not in place an independent Panjab is a nonentity.

In any case, the idea that utopia awaits Sikhs upon independence is just that. A utopian dream. The reality is the same type of indifference government that has existed in Panjab since independence of India is our future in an independent state. The connected will get off scot free. Uprising against the government will occur, and it too will be put down without remorse nor concern for human rights. So what exactly will change other than Sikhs will persecute Sikhs?

This is kaljug Bhai, this is kaljug. Just accept it. In this ‘age’ dog eats dog. There is no peace either way. Dogs regardless who is in power will still eat dog. And that is a truth humanity cannot and will not escape from…

…A Sikh of Guru’s, I remain a sevadar of the panth.

Satsiriakalji.

Avtar

February 2013. Truth through Gossip (sent to Hibernia Road Gurdwara)

The President, Committee & Trustees, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Alice Way, Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW3 3UA

Re: Fraud – salacious & unsubstantiated accusations.

Dear Sevadars Ji, Satsiriakalji.

GossipAlthough the letter will concern the entire gurdwara primarily it is the executive & trustees on whom is bestowed the responsibility of cold analysis of the points tabled below.

The Fraud:

If I earned £25K pa, working fulltime for a local authority for 15 years, yet successfully applied for a £220K mortgage claiming an earned income of £85k, would you call that fraud?

If I then housed lodgers in the dwelling, earning £1K per month for over 5 years as I could not afford the repayment of £1250pm on my net salary of  £1450 pm, but did not disclose this income for tax purposes, would you call that tax evasion?

You being law-abiding citizens will be pleased to learn that the person who committed this fraud got ‘found out’ and was forced to sell the house, under market price, and pay back the fraudulent loan and suffer its criminal consequences; and in addition is being chased by the tax authority.

Judgement:

Trustees and executive committee members entertained the person in question, and these individuals took sides with the fraudster, allowing the fraudster to mudsling and run me down. This fraudster fabricates outlandish stories about me in order to discredit me. This fraudster has a history of discrediting persons it dislikes. The gurdwara’s senior personnel were well aware of this person’s past antics but allowed them to malign me maliciously on your premises since some individual senior personnel hold a grudge against me.

I could have sued the entire committee. At that time I did not because Sikhs would have been seen washing their dirty laundry in public. Something I find distasteful.

I will not accept an apology from this gurdwara as commonsense should have been used at the outset of such muck-throwing; sadly commonsense was the one thing missing in the debacle. Instead, this gurdwara committee has exemplified that it is powered by an emotional urge to act, and lacks rationale. Senior members of this gurdwara claimed that due to this person’s unsubstantiated allegations they ‘had enough dirt’ on me to cast aspersions about my character and integrity!

Shame on you.

In future, I suggest that malicious muck-slingers should be guided to seek legal redress for their complaints, and senior gurdwara personnel should refrain from using the gurdwara premises as their own fiefdom for settling score.

If you as a gurdwara have something against me personally then please have the decency to write to me with the accusations and await my response. I am a victim of a lot of grapevine gossip, but as yet not a single person has had the guts to bring anything to me and allow the material to be tested in a court. I wonder why?

Gossip, however salacious, never leads to truth.

I would like to think that all of you are engaged in a duty to the gurus of Sikhism and not your own worship. I pray that you find peace in your seva. But thus far one things stands out about some of the senior sevadars of this gurdwara and that one thing is not very awe-inspiring in my opinion. I am sure you will endeavour to prove me wrong by correcting even the slightest failure you may notice that exists in you, or is brought to your attention, unless you happen to be perfect.

I on the other hand was born imperfect, enjoy being imperfect and live as an imperfection.

Thus, I judge no one.

How about you?

Satsiriakalji,

Avtar