Picture of the Day: Khalsa Dawakhana

Posted on September 30, 2006
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Guest Post by A. H. Cemendtaur
In the history of South Asia, 1947 was a blood-soaked year – hundreds of thousands got killed while millions were uprooted from their ancestral lands. Prior to 1947 Sikhs lived everywhere in North-Eastern area of what is today Pakistan. I hang my head in shame knowing that presently there is only a small number of Sikhs left there.

I have been a great fan of Sardars – more so after a community of them saved my life in Lusaka, the year was 1992. I got sick while traveling and sojourned at a Gurdwara (Singa Singa Mesquita). The family that took care of the temple took me to the hospital and fed me. I don’t recall their names, but I remember there was a young man who pursued a modeling career and wanted to go to the US.

Compared to followers of other faiths, a practicing Sikh must find it very hard to conceal his identity. And that is the reason I always wondered what professions Sikhs in Pakistan took, and how they kept a low profile in the rising tide of hollow religiosity of the majority.

In my last trip to Pakistan I ran into a very colorful Sardar. He was a hakim who ran a Yunani matab called “Khalsa Dawakhana.”

Here is video footage of Hakim Sarber Singh.

“Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.”

Besides writing fiction, A.H. Cemendtaur writes on contemporary issues, both in Urdu and English. This post was originally posted at Karachi Photoblog; thanks to iFaqeer for suggesting it for ATP.

46 responses to “Picture of the Day: Khalsa Dawakhana”

  1. samir sardana says:

    Y is there Soft Porn in the Granth ? Is it a forgery / insertion by the Hindoos ? By the Brahmins ? Y did the Sikhs not pay heed the advice by the Granth on the evil of Brahmins and Pandits ?

    Are these the Songs of Solomon ? Did any Sikh Seer live like Solomon – then Y is this muck STILL in the Granth ?

    https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Granth–d–Semi_Porn-Language.htm

    Sri Guru Granth Sahib

    Ang 21 of 1430

    ਕਾਇਆ ਕਾਮਣਿ ਜੇ ਕਰੀ ਭੋਗੇ ਭੋਗਣਹਾਰੁ ॥
    Kaaeiaa Kaaman Jae Karee Bhogae Bhoganehaar ||

    If I surrender my body like a bride, the Enjoyer will enjoy me.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) (੨੦) ੩:੧ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੨੧ ਪੰ. ੧੮

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    ਤਿਸੁ ਸਿਉ ਨੇਹੁ ਨ ਕੀਜਈ ਜੋ ਦੀਸੈ ਚਲਣਹਾਰੁ ॥

    This Sio Naehu N Keejee Jo Dheesai Chalanehaar ||

    Do not make love with one who is just a passing show.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) (੨੦) ੩:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੨੧ ਪੰ. ੧੯

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰਵਹਿ ਸੋਹਾਗਣੀ ਸੋ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੇਜ ਭਤਾਰੁ ॥੩॥

    Guramukh Ravehi Sohaaganee So Prabh Saej Bhathaar ||3||

    The Gurmukh is ravished like the pure and happy bride on the Bed of God, her Husband. ||3||

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) (੨੦) ੩:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੨੧ ਪੰ. ੧੯

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    ਸੇਜੈ ਕੰਤੁ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਹੋਇ ਖੁਆਰੁ ॥

    Saejai Kanth N Aavee Nith Nith Hoe Khuaar ||

    Her Husband Lord does not come to her bed; day after day, she grows more and more miserable.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੪੬) ੧:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੧ ਪੰ. ੯

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਮਿਠਾ ਬੋਲਹਿ ਨਿਵਿ ਚਲਹਿ ਸੇਜੈ ਰਵੈ ਭਤਾਰੁ ॥

    Mithaa Bolehi Niv Chalehi Saejai Ravai Bhathaar ||

    Her speech is sweet, and her way of life is humble. She enjoys the Bed of her Husband Lord.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੪੬) ੨:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੧ ਪੰ. ੧੨

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਜਾ ਪਿਰੁ ਜਾਣੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਅਗੈ ਧਰੇਇ ॥

    Jaa Pir Jaanai Aapanaa Than Man Agai Dhharaee ||

    If you know that He is your Husband Lord, offer your body and mind to Him.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੪੭) ੧:੧ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੧ ਪੰ. ੧੬

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਬਿਨੁ ਸਬਦੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਨ ਪਾਈਐ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇ ॥੨॥

    Bin Sabadhai Pir N Paaeeai Birathhaa Janam Gavaae ||2||

    Without the Shabad, she does not find her Husband Lord, and her life wastes away in vain. ||2||

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੪੭) ੨:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੧ ਪੰ. ੧੯

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    Ang 38 of Guru Granth Sahib.

    ਇਕਿ ਪਿਰੁ ਰਾਵਹਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਹਉ ਕੈ ਦਰਿ ਪੂਛਉ ਜਾਇ ॥

    Eik Pir Raavehi Aapanaa Ho Kai Dhar Pooshho Jaae ||

    Some enjoy their Husband Lord; unto whose door should I go to ask for Him?

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੬੨) ੧:੧ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੮ ਪੰ. ੮

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੇਵੀ ਭਾਉ ਕਰਿ ਮੈ ਪਿਰੁ ਦੇਹੁ ਮਿਲਾਇ ॥

    Sathigur Saevee Bhaao Kar Mai Pir Dhaehu Milaae ||

    I serve my True Guru with love, that He may lead me to Union with my Husband Lord.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੬੨) ੧:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੮ ਪੰ. ੯

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਵਹਿ ਪਿਰੁ ਆਪਣਾ ਸਹਜੇ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

    Anadhin Raavehi Pir Aapanaa Sehajae Sach Samaae ||1|| Rehaao ||

    Night and day, you shall enjoy your Husband, and you shall intuitively merge into the True One. ||1||Pause||

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੬੨) ੧:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੮ ਪੰ. ੧੧

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    ਸੇਜ ਸੁਹਾਵੀ ਹਰਿ ਰੰਗਿ ਰਵੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਭਰੇ ਭੰਡਾਰ ॥

    Saej Suhaavee Har Rang Ravai Bhagath Bharae Bhanddaar ||

    Upon her beautiful and cozy bed, she enjoys the Love of her Lord. She is overflowing with the treasure of devotion.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੩) (੬੨) ੨:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੮ ਪੰ. ੧੨

    Sri Raag Guru Amar Das

    Ang 58 of Guru Granth Sahib.

    ਨਾ ਮਾਣੇ ਸੁਖਿ ਸੇਜੜੀ ਬਿਨੁ ਪਿਰ ਬਾਦਿ ਸੀਗਾਰੁ ॥

    Naa Maanae Sukh Saejarree Bin Pir Baadh Seegaar ||

    She does not enjoy the pleasure of His Bed; without her Husband, her ornaments are absurd.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) ਅਸਟ. (੯) ੧:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੫੮ ਪੰ. ੧੩

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    ਦੂਖੁ ਘਣੋ ਦੋਹਾਗਣੀ ਨਾ ਘਰਿ ਸੇਜ ਭਤਾਰੁ ॥੧॥

    Dhookh Ghano Dhohaaganee Naa Ghar Saej Bhathaar ||1||

    The discarded bride suffers terrible pain; her Husband does not come to the bed of her home. ||1||

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) ਅਸਟ. (੯) ੧:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੫੮ ਪੰ. ੧੩

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    ਸਚਿ ਮਾਣੇ ਪਿਰ ਸੇਜੜੀ ਗੂੜਾ ਹੇਤੁ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥

    Sach Maanae Pir Saejarree Goorraa Haeth Piaar ||

    Truly, she enjoys the Bed of her Husband, through her deep love and affection.

    ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ (ਮਃ ੧) ਅਸਟ. (੯) ੨:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੫੮ ਪੰ. ੧੫

    Sri Raag Guru Nanak Dev

    Ang 126 of Guru Granth Sahib.

    ਕਾਮਣਿ ਪਿਰੁ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਕੰਠਿ ਲਾਇ ਸਬਦੇ ਪਿਰੁ ਰਾਵੈ ਸੇਜ ਸੁਹਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੭॥

    Kaaman Pir Raakhiaa Kanth Laae Sabadhae Pir Raavai Saej Suhaavaniaa ||7||

    That soul-bride keeps her Husband Lord clasped tightly to her heart, and through the Word of the Shabad, she enjoys her Husband Lord upon His Beautiful Bed. ||7||

    ਮਾਝ (ਮਃ ੩) ਅਸਟ (੨੯) ੭:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੧੨੭ ਪੰ. ੫

    Raag Maajh Guru Amar Das

    Ang 359 of 1430

    ਮਨ ਮੰਦਰਿ ਜੇ ਦੀਪਕੁ ਜਾਲੇ ਕਾਇਆ ਸੇਜ ਕਰੇਈ ॥

    Man Mandhar Jae Dheepak Jaalae Kaaeiaa Saej Karaeee ||

    If she lights the lamp in the mansion of her mind, and makes her body the bed of the Lord,

    ਆਸਾ (ਮਃ ੧) (੩੫) ੪:੧ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੫੯ ਪੰ. ੧੧

    Raag Asa Guru Nanak Dev

    ਗਿਆਨ ਰਾਉ ਜਬ ਸੇਜੈ ਆਵੈ ਤ ਨਾਨਕ ਭੋਗੁ ਕਰੇਈ ॥੪॥੧॥੩੫॥

    Giaan Raao Jab Saejai Aavai Th Naanak Bhog Karaeee ||4||1||35||

    Then, when the King of spiritual wisdom comes to her bed, He shall take her, and enjoy her. ||4||1||35||

    ਆਸਾ (ਮਃ ੧) (੩੫) ੪:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੩੫੯ ਪੰ. ੧੨

    Raag Asa Guru Nanak Dev

    Ang 737 of Guru Granth Sahib.

    ਆਸ ਪਿਆਸੀ ਪਿਰ ਕਉ ਲੋੜੀ ॥੧॥

    Aas Piaasee Pir Ko Lorree ||1||

    I am thirsty with desire and longing for my Husband Lord. ||1||

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੧:੪ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੦

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    ਗੁਣ ਕਾਮਣ ਕਰਿ ਕੰਤੁ ਰੀਝਾਇਆ ॥

    Gun Kaaman Kar Kanth Reejhaaeiaa ||

    By the charms of virtue, I have enticed and fascinated my Husband Lord.

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੩:੧ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੨

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    ਵਸਿ ਕਰਿ ਲੀਨਾ ਗੁਰਿ ਭਰਮੁ ਚੁਕਾਇਆ ॥

    Vas Kar Leenaa Gur Bharam Chukaaeiaa ||

    He is under my power – the Guru has dispelled my doubts.

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੩:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੩

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    ਸਭ ਕਾਮਣਿ ਤਿਆਗੀ ਪ੍ਰਿਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮੁ ਮੇਰਾ ॥੩॥

    Sabh Kaaman Thiaagee Prio Preetham Maeraa ||3||

    Renouncing all other brides, my Beloved has become my lover. ||3||

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੩:੪ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੩

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    ਸੇਜ ਵਿਛਾਈ ਸਰਧ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥

    Saej Vishhaaee Saradhh Apaaraa ||

    I have prepared my bed with infinite care and faith.

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੪:੨ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੪

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    ਨਵ ਰੰਗ ਲਾਲੁ ਸੇਜ ਰਾਵਣ ਆਇਆ ॥

    Nav Rang Laal Saej Raavan Aaeiaa ||

    My Darling Beloved is new and fresh; He has come to my bed to enjoy me.

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੫) (੪) ੪:੩ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੩੭ ਪੰ. ੧੫

    Raag Suhi Guru Arjan Dev

    Ang 770 of 1430

    ਨਾਨਕ ਕਾਮਣਿ ਕੰਤੈ ਰਾਵੇ ਮਨਿ ਮਾਨਿਐ ਸੁਖੁ ਹੋਈ ॥੧॥

    Naanak Kaaman Kanthai Raavae Man Maaniai Sukh Hoee ||1||

    O Nanak, the soul-bride ravishes and enjoys her Husband Lord; her mind accepts Him, and she finds peace. ||1||

    ਸੂਹੀ (ਮਃ ੩) ਛੰਤ (੪) ੧:੬ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ : ਅੰਗ ੭੭੦ ਪੰ. ੩

    Raag Suhi Guru Amar Das

  2. samir sardana says:

    What is the significance iof the word Allah in the Granth ? Why does it appear more often than the aggregate of all Hindoo Gods ? Is it a Quasi Islamic faith minus halal and circumcision and funeral rites ?

    https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Allah-in-the-Granth.htm

    But the Granth Sahib itelf says “Pray to Allah”, the word Allah comes more often, than Limpdick Rama !
    ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:SIREE RAAG, FIRST MEHL, FIRST HOUSE, ASHTAPADEES:

    || 1 || O Baba, the Lord Allah is Inaccessible and Infinite

    ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:SIREE RAAG, FIRST MEHL, FIRST HOUSE, ASHTAPADEES:

    || 5 || He is Allah, the Unknowable, the Inaccessible, All-powerful and Merciful Creator.

    BHAIRAO, FIFTH MEHL, FIRST HOUSE:ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:

    || 1 || The One Lord, the Lord of the World, is my God Allah

    BIBHAAS, PRABHAATEE, THE WORD OF DEVOTEE KABEER JEE:ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:

    || 6 || 2 || PRABHAATEE: First,Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

    BIBHAAS, PRABHAATEE, THE WORD OF DEVOTEE KABEER JEE:ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:

    || 3 || The Lord Allah is Unseen; He cannot be seen.

  3. Watan Aziz says:

    Too often, we blame the madness of 1947 with an explanation, excuse and color of religion.

    It is an over simplification of a surreal moment in time when people were mislead by fast moving events. Fear, uncertainty, loss of control over affairs, economic loss and indeed leadership bent on exploitation will create mob actions.

    Sikhism does not teach violence, nor does Islam.

    The madness of 1947 should really be revisited as an administrative (read, real bad administration of transition, lack of planning and hurry to the exit door) matter.

    The British empire was under constraints. The weight of the reconstruction at home after WWII and the strained British could not continue to sustain any prolongation of the India as part of the empire. By 1947 the British had already asked the American to assume responsibility of Turkey.

    Within India, the independence movement had matured into a reality of itself and the major parties (both Congress and Muslim League) were directing if not totally running the local affairs. The provincial governors were in name only. Finally, the returning and battle hardened Indian soldiers of the empire could no longer be relied upon as compliant.

    On February 20, 1947, Atlee

  4. Pushpinder Singh says:

    I was very touched by the comments that I read, specially those of Simran Kaur.

    I am Sikh living in Canada. I came to Canada from Punjab India when I was five years old. My grandmother used to tell me many stories about the seperation. There is a canal near my village in India. My grandmother used to tell me that she used to see nothing but bodies floating in the canal coming from up stream. There were not very many killings in my village. Today my village in India, at least 25% of the people are Muslim.

    I have heard of many stories of killings on both sides. Even though I am so removed from the region, having grown up in Canada, it still bothers me. The stories of my grandmother still haunt me. This is something that has troubled me my whole life. Sometimes I do feel hate in me, but I know that I have to let it go and make sure that I do not pass on the hate to my children. It is a shame that there are not many Sikhs left in Pakistan. However, I think we all need to get past this.

  5. Rehan says:

    I honestly feel people should not fight in the Name of Religion. Be it Christain, Hindu, or Sikh. Allah has created everyone equally. People waste there time fighting for no reason.

    My Grandmother would tell storys of the partion. Hindu and Muslim killing eachother. After traveling all over the world and meeting so many people from different religions has made me realize that all this fighting and bad mouthing each others religion is of no use.

    Somewhere we have to cut a line. Educate our selves. My fellow Muslim brothers have not been taught by Allah to take guns and shoot other people from other religion. If you actually read the Quran. Quran mentions to treat people with respect. Especially younger, older and woman with respect.

    The Muslims brothers who are killing other people on the name of Allah are doing wrong.

    When I was in Karachi last year I met this man probably in his 80’s. We sat down in a tea shop and chatted for hours. He explained how the Quran has been changed and how people are fighting on the name of Allah. Allah would never want to see the people kill other people on his name.

    If other countries are doing bad to Muslims doesnt mean we start killing them. Its time to come together and prove to the world Mulims are not bad people.

    Allah is given so much to all of us its time we give back to the community.

    I will end with one thing …….. I pray all this terror ends all over. Who ever is doing wrong in the name of Allah should be equally punished as much as other people from other religions do evil to anyone.

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