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By Sukhmandir Khalsa, About.com GuideSeptember 15, 2009
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Wordless Wednesday : Candle and Pictures of Sikh Gurus
Guru Amar Das (1479 - 1574)
Guru Raam Das (1534 - 1581)
Guru Arjun Dev (1563 - 1606)
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Sikhism inspires a whole panorama of colorful art, symbols, ceremonies, and buildings.
I love how colorful this is. If it weren’t Wordless, I’m sure you’d explain the meaning of these items.
I attended an all night kirtan (singing hymns) in commemoration of the Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev. I noticed these in the kitchen. I believe it was just a sentimental gesture, as it does not follow any particular practice. There are no photographs or portraits of the gurus so I have to guess that they are Guru Gobind Singh (because of the sword – which was used to stir amrit for initiation), Mata Ganga, the wife of Guru Arjan and mother of Guru Har Gobind asking Bhai Budha to pray for her to bear a child, and perhaps her son Guru Har Gobind because of the “Kalgi” (ornament) in the turban.
would be interested to read about what they are for
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so many fresh colors,
I like the picture !!
What serene looking faces they have. So peaceful.
I must agree with the others who are impressed by the beautiful, vibrant colors and symbolism. I imagine this is typical of what you might find in the home of a Sikh person. It reminds me of us Catholics with our images of saints and angels, which are often accompanied by candles.
A colourful but simple shrine. THanks for sharing!
What a lovely shrine or display, and thank you for telling us more about it, Sukhmandir!
The colors in those pictures are gorgeous they just seem so surreal. Have a wonderful WW *hugs*
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Beautiful shot and vivid, colorful imagery.
I am drawn in by the vivid colors of the “Guru Har Gobind”….and then I take in all three. I understand the candle that burns…..so I dismiss it for the moment.
Thank you for sharing this.
Have a beautiful day
Another lovely picture that is so evocative. Great!
I love the middle painting. It makes me want to sit down with them and be a witness to their discourse. I love the vibrant colors in all three. Thanks for paying me a visit. Have a blessed day.
I am drawn to these images because of the strength and serenity I see in everyone’ faces.
Lovely in it’s simplicity. How wonderful a reminder that we can set up a little shrine to celebrate our beliefs almost anywhere.
Happy WW! Very unusual and pleasing visual.
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Another beautiful picture you have here, and interesting meaning too. Thanks for sharing it.
I think it’s wonderful to have reminders of your faith around your home – it seems like it would be a good way to maintain an attitude of devotion throughout the day.
what a significant display. thanks for sharing.
i believe the picture on the left is baba deep singh (i have seen the picture before and there is a caption on the picture) but this could be a different one.
Thank you Gurjit ji, I think you are right. Guru Gobind Singh is usually portrayed with a falcon horse or with his sons. I’ve seen this before and when you suggested Baba Deep Singh It just clicked. Baba deep Singh is most famous for continuing to fight after his head was severed. He had made a vow to push through enemy lines and reach Harmandir (the Golden Temple). Even though mortally wounded, his incredible valor kept him on his feet flailing his sword until he reached his goal. There is a shrine planted with roses to commemorate the spot. This picture shows a shrine encircled at the top right and a rose at the bottom left.
I urge to the person who posted this picture that please delete it because you are giving a wrong picture of my pure sikh religion.
Sikhism is a practical religion. It does not consist in a certain set of beliefs or mere words. Religion does not imply wandering to shrines and tombs, or following austerities of Yogis or idol worshiping(as sombody tried to depict in the above picture ). Sikhism is a way of life, something to be lived according to a pattern. Its main virtue is simplicity. There is no supernaturalism or mythology on which it rests. It does not believe in devils or angels or heavenly spirits.
Sikhism does not enjoin blind faith. Blind obedience to an external authority is dis-couraged. The death of the intellect can not be a condition of the life of the spirit. Faith does not start with surmises or absurdities.
Sikhism is a democratic religion. The decisions of the Sangat(people of sikh community) are regarded as resolutions having the force of law (Gurmatta) Guru Gobind Singh Sahib vested the authority of the organisation in the Panth (or sikh community).
The word ‘Sikh’ means a disciple. So Sikhism is essentially the path of discipleship. The true sikh remains unattached to worldly things just as the lotus keeps its blossom over and above the surface of water. The Sikh must do his duty to his family and to the community. The main thing is leading a pure and moral life, full of noble deeds and kind words. A Sikh does not regard fasting, austerities, pilgrimages, alms-giving and penance as important things.
I again urge to the person who posted this picture that please delete it because you are giving a wrong picture of my pure sikh religion.
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa
Waheguru ji ki Fateh
Thank you for your concern.
Everything you say about our religion is true.
I donít understand though, how you consider this picture to be idol worship, especially when Sikhs do not worship idols, as you have stated?
I found this display off to one side in the kitchen of a home where Rain Sabaee Kirtan (all night worship) took place in honor of Guru Arjun Singh Shaeed (martyrdom.) Every one sat in the main room in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scripture) for kirtan (singing hymns in praise of the divine). No one seemed to even take notice of the pictures. I saw these and thought they looked interesting. I was a little surprised, but know the family very well for many years. All are Amritdhari (baptized initiated Sikhs – wife and daughters wear dastar – turbans) and very active in Gursikhi. The father reads Guru Granth Sahib extensively. I met him first time when he rose after sitting for more than 20 hours unmoving while reading Akhand Paath (complete unbroken reading of Sikh scripture). He and one son have been very active in establishing gurdwaras in our state for many years and overseeing that policies completely follow gurmat.
All things considered, I felt this to be a pure and simple loving gesture of remembering our beloved Gurus and their many sacrifices.
I have done extensive research of Rehit Maryada (code of conduct) and have read nothing forbidding the display of pictures or artwork portraying the Gurus. I see little difference between a picture or the many floats one sees in Nagar Kirtan which portray symbols such as Khanda, or an Ik Onkar, representations of Gurdwaras such as Harmandir sahib (Golden Temple), or the shaheed ( martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singhís young sons). These are not objects of worship. They are reminders.
I carefully considered for several months and posted this picture because of its charm. The flame reminded me of the flicker of attachment in the mind of whoever lit the candle to all that our Gurus have given to us.
I feel this actually to be a very accurate portrayal of what goes on in Sikh households because it is completely real and un-staged. There has been only respectful response. It has also provided an opening for discussion and vichar (discourse) such as the points you bring up.
There are in fact of number of memorials or shrines tombs etc in Pakistan and India which are visited regularly by Sikhs for their historical value. Some of these have become places of worship. Worship in Sikhism is acknowledgment and praise of the divine creator which exists within all of creation, and its every particle. What you have said is very true. There is no idolatry or any worship or veneration of any objects, or persons, in Sikhism. Pictures are valuable learning aids, and that is what this is meant to be, merely a tool for sharing and learning about our Sikh religion and our Gurus (who provide instruction on the path to enlightenment and realization of the divine within).
Forgive me please. Iím sorry if you get a wrong impression “that someone tried to depict idol worshiping.” With utmost respect, nothing could be further from the truth. Your wrong impression is misinterpretation perhaps having to do with some preconceived notion of yours rather than the reality of the situation here. Let me be clear. No idol worship is suggested or intended. Again I thank you.
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa
Waheguru ji ki Fateh
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