300 years of blessings by the Guru


India is celebrating today 300 years of the inception (consecration) of the Holy Book ‘Sri Guru Granth Sahib’ as the spiritual Guru of the Sikhs. It’s a state holiday in Delhi. The celebrations have really started around a year back, on 15th of September 2007. Today the epicenter is Nanded Sahib, where this historic event actually took place years ago.

While we are organising Jagriti Yatra (awareness rally) and Nagar Kirtan (city wide hymn singing), we should also take up the occasion to look within. How many people can place their hands on their hearts and proclaim to being a true Gursikh (disciple to the true Guru)?

A friend asked me a few days back ‘How many points would you give yourself as a good Gursikh?’. I said I would fail at the very first test. He was surprised, and asked me ‘in spite of reciting the Nitnem (daily prayers) everyday as you do?’. I said yes – and I quoted from Sri Guru Granth Sahib – ‘Gur Satgur ka jo Sikh akhai so bhalke uth har Naam dhiawai’. Translated it means ‘One who calls himself the Guru’s disciple, wakes up before dawn and recites the Lords name’. I told him I have never woken up before dawn, let alone reciting the Lord’s name at that hour.

However, the most important task for us at the moment is to root out the evil of shearing of hair. This is unacceptable within the Panth, and we need to ask ourselves why do we trim hair – just to look good (in my opinion, ending up looking like clowns)? Is that reason enough to break away from the Guru’s advice? Lets remember these words:

Hoye Sikh sir topi dhare,
saat janam kushti hoye mare.

Cursed is the Sikh who wears a cap – he will die as a leper for seven births.


2 thoughts on “300 years of blessings by the Guru”

  1. SSA Bro,

    Can you tell me more about the origin of “Hoye Sikh sir topi dhare,
    saat janam kushti hoye mare.”
    Does it included in Guru Granth sahib or in some sakhi or Katha.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    1. Sat Sri Akal

      This statement is not from Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Several people have attempted to create a code of conduct for a Sikh based on their understanding of the teachings in Sri Guru Granth Sahib (or based on Words of Living Gurus). This statement is also from one such ‘rehatnama’ as these code of conducts are called.

      Interesting reading is RahatNama by Bhai Nand Lal ji which is available at:

      Also, Tankahnama (code of punishment) by same author:

      The code of conduct currently approved by the Panth is available here:

      Amrit Kirtan embodies collected Rehatnamas Page 1015 and beyond – must read for any initiated Sikh.

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