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Who Needs A Leader?

Kamalla Rose Kaur

Section: Love & LightThe thing I find so delightful and also frightening about the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Universal Teacher of the Sikhs and anyone else who embraces this sacred text as Guide, is that the Sri Guru Granth is shockingly direct and truthful. The Sri Guru Granth does not mince words.

And, like it or not, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the voice of all Sikhs everywhere. The Sri Guru Granth is our only leader and speaks for us - we don't need to say a thing.

Take, for instance, how a Christian leader and an Islamic leader are about to create World War III. It is the Crusades all over again but with "better" weapons this time.

Look how the Hindus and the Moslems are threatening to bring back the horrors of Partition, only worse. They too have nukes. And what are the chances they will give a hoot about preserving Sikh history and Sikh Gurdwaras?

Soon Koreans as well may succeed in exterminating other Koreans but the radioactive waste will attack all cultures and races, creatures and plants.

Thankfully for Sikhs everywhere, there is no need to try and find some incarnate Sikh spokesperson to let the world know what the Sikh position is on all this crazy immature dominance dancing. Our leader, the Sri Guru Granth, is happy and well able to confront the corrupt leaders of this world.

Truly, Guru Arjan will be happy to tell anyone interested his opinions on war and human oppression and terrorism - even the media.

For instance, on page 810 of the Sikh scripture, Guru Arjan explains the Sikh position quite easily. He says:

"Many in this world are constantly entangled in pride, conflict, greed and tasty flavors. Many are involved in deception, fraud, their household affairs, and corruption.

I have seen this with my own eyes, by the Grace of the Perfect Universal Teacher.

Power, property, wealth and youth are useless without the experience of the Naam - which means the experience of remembering the reality of the Beloved One at all times.

(Pause and consider these teachings)

Beauty, incense, scented oils, beautiful clothes and fancy foods - when they come into contact with the body of the egotist, they stink.

Wandering, wandering around, your soul got reincarnated as a human, but this body lasts only for an instant. If you lose this opportunity to live a truthful life you must wander again through countless more incarnations.

By God's Grace, you meet a Universal Teacher. Contemplating God, you become wonderstruck.

You get blessed with peace, poise and bliss, O Nanak, through the Naam, through practicing constant awareness of the Divine.

- Sri Guru Granth Sahib, page 810.

Now, in truth, every Sikh knows that the Sri Guru Granth Sahib actually has lots of far more confrontational and controversial things to say to the leaders of this planet right now.

Isn't it great how Guru Arjan himself set it up so that after he was gone from the body, he and the other Nanaks could still confront the corruption of humanity? What a great leader the Sri Guru Granth is - eternal, honest and kind!


Kamalla Rose Kaur is a USA born writer and theater director of Irish descent who embraced Sikhi in 1973 at the age of eighteen. She lives in the Pacific NW (North West) of the USA.

To contact Kamalla Rose Kaur please email Love&Light@sikhe.com

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