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Preface To Book 'I am proud to be a Sikh' By Gurbachan Singh Makin
It gives me great pleasure, satisfaction and pride in writing about a topic, which should have been thought of long ago. But Lord's Will prevails and when the time comes, the Lord gives us enough thought and ordains about carrying out a certain task.
The birth of 'Khalsa Panth' in 1699 is an unparalleded operation in History, carried out so multiculously by the tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh, that till today nobody knows exactly how it took place, but the result was there before everyone. Without going into those details, it stands to reason to mention as to the present position of the Sikhs in the modern world community today.
The main function of a Sikh was detailed by the Guru to lead a pious, honest and life of dedication towards the common good of the mankind, as the Tenth Master has said,
"Manas ki jaat sabhai ekai pechanbo."
The human race should be taken as one only. Firstly the Guru has given the Sikh an identity of his own, so that he could be spotted easily among millions ,then the philosophy of life was made very simple with the help of the Guru's word which could be recited by singing and enjoying the inner bliss. The various concepts were made very simple, with no dogmas, rituals or futile formal practices prevalent those days. My foundation stands like a rock, with a rich heritage and the vast treasure of knowledge given by the Guru Granth Sahib. The idea of life was clearly laid down alongwith the mission in life, while enjoying the fun of life and festivals as well.
I hope this treatise on Sikh values will exhort the youngsters to realize the importance of their Sikh Identity and not try to merge with the main stream, just for little convenience, as religion is not a matter of convenience.
|III||My Guru---Sabad Guru|
|V||My Guru's Philosophy|
|VI||My Guide---Guru Granth Sahib|
|VIII||My Ideal of Life|
|IX||My Mission in Life|
|XI||My Art of Living|
|XII||My Prayer (Ardas)|
|Author||Gurbachan Singh Makin|
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