The controversy surrounding whether he is alive or not, to attach the word shaheed to his name or not too, are all merely distractions. As many promise to spend the day updating facebook statuses and tweeting about his birthday and/or arguing about whether he is shaheed or not, good or bad – what many have forgotten is that the struggle against injustice, and aspirations for freedom are not contingent upon one man, or his return.
Rather, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s ambition was to inspire a generation, to evoke an urgency for freedom and attached to this urgency a spirituality that would guide the coming revolution.
He is credited for telling the masses:
If we speak to someone with hatred and try to assert our superiority, it will create hatred in the minds of everyone. So long as we have the spirit of love…is there any power on earth that can subdue us?
In essence, today, as we celebrate Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s Birthday, we should remember this, and understand that what was built via the masses a movement to reignite a passion for Sikh Spirituality and the Struggle against injustice, which would last more than a lifetime, out live one man and continue even while some may await a prophetic return.
Today, February 12th, 2012 marks Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s Birthday and as some celebrate and take a moment to reflect, it is important to take away one key lesson. With his return or without it, shaheed or not shaheed, good or bad the legacy of popular resistance lives on. Sant Bhindranwale left us with a gift that gives us no excuse to await his return, a gift, which at it’s root is an understanding of what Sikhi is. That Sikhi, can empower us all to be what we have understood him to be – we are all capable of being leaders.
Happy Birthday To the Panth…