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DEAR CYBER SANGAT JI,
Please read below carefully which i picked up from another Sikh site.
As it is beginning to get towards the evening, there were still 15 minutes to go before the plane landing. The view below was beautiful with lots of greenery, dark tarmac, but wide and clean roads, with buses and other vehicular traffic, including cars here and there running along in an orderly manner.
Inside the plane, air hostess's heads were neatly covered, speaking in a very diplomatic, friendly and respectful way with the air passengers. Suddenly an announcement came across the speaker system-"WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh, you are all cordially Welcome to the Khalsa Raj Sikhland in existence with the blessings from and upon the principles of the Guru Sahibaan. All travellers are reminded that every form of addictive addiction is banned in this land and only issues pertaining to and based upon the principles of Gurbani are encouraged. No issues, such as the preaching of manmat or cult practice is entertained or encouraged. Any one contravening these rules would be deemed to have broken the law of the land.
There is no restriction to travel to any part of Sikhland, but it is imperative that the laws of the land are followed and respected. All travellers who wish to conduct their daily "Nitname" are provided a large hall located in the airport, after you have cleared the immigration. In this hall, the Guru Granth Sahib is present. Passengers who may wish to conduct the Paath in the facility, may do so without worrying about their luggage.
Out of the airport Gurudwaras are located almost every ten kilometers or there about throughout the land. There are also ten counters available for your currency requirements. We apologize, if you have been inconvenienced in any manner whatsoever, Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh"
On exiting the plane, what a wonderful sight it was to see turbaned Sikhs- both males and females were manning every position within the airport. A big sign welcomed passengers in Gurmukhi, and English to the Sri Dasmesh International Airport. Also to be seen welcoming everyone and fluttering high in the air majestically was a very large saffron coloured Kesri Nishan Sahib, at once implying it was the NATIONAL flag of this land.
After clearing the customs and immigration, I entered the hall where the Guru Granth Sahib was present, and notice the Paath of Sodar was going on. I bow to the Guru and take a seat, cross-legged. As the Paath ends, I get up and collect my luggage and go to the Currency Exchange counter.
Comming out of the airport building, i see many new and clean taxis and buses available for the use of the arriving and departing passengers. Standing around there were drivers who were fully-fledged Sikhs -Sabat Soorat-with Dastaars and Kirpans- hanging in the Gatras; most with open flowing beards, some with neatly tied up beards. Some of these people were White others of African appearances. There were some female drivers too, and each had her head covered by a specially designed cloth, that appeared to be made for that purpose. What a wonderfully invigorating scene this appeared.
A young Sikh approaches me, wishing GurFateh, then asks me ..Punjabi, Farsi or English..?? I reply Punjabi, and he asks me where would I like to go? I answer that this is the first time, I have come to your country and do not know much about it, but if you can take me to the nearest town where I can find an accommodation, I would appreciate it. He says about half an hours drive from here along the seaside is the first town, I can take you there. The hotels are not too expensive either. But also for the comfort of the Foreigners there is a Tourist Centre which is run by the Khalsa Government of the Sikhland, where any tourist can find an accommodation for a few days at a very nominal charge. In these places Langar is prepared with pure ghee and is always provided free, with courtesy of the "Khalsa Raj".
I agree, that he drops me off there,and I board the taxi with my small suitcase. To pass my time away on the journey, I commence a conversation with the driver, by asking him if there was any society or organisation based upon caste and tribal affiliation [ I was hoping that perhaps there would be one based upon my own caste where I could get some accommodation too, and perhaps a more warm welcome. The driver said that it is considered a sin to speak about such caste issues. Should anyone even remotely consider such issue for weddings etc, one could be reported and legally prosecuted. I had shivers run through my body as in my own country we stick up with our caste based names with pride, and shamelessly so much so that many of our Gurudwaras and even crematoriums are built and exist on the basis of caste based divisive mentality.
Quickly, I changed the subject and asked him what was the main occupation/product of the people of this country. He told me the main product of the land was food and fruits. However, there are also heavy industries that produce all sorts of machinery. We export buses and cars to other countries as well. Heavy shipping production can also be considered as one of our main products. I asked him how do you get your electric power? He explained that they produced more power than their national needs. After providing to the country/citizens at nominal rates; the excess power is exported to the neighbouring countries for which in return we import other necessary goods. I further enquired, if there was an electric failure/breakdown, what do you do? His response was that he does not understand what that means, as they have never experienced the lack/ or breakdown of the power.
From the wastage and left over of Wheat, Maize, and Sugar Cane and other natural products we produce fuel that is sufficient for the national use within the country.
Then, I asked what are the days/festivals that are celebrated in your country? He said that we only have one National Day; the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Khalsa Sajna Day is celebrated with a three days national holiday, when every industry and office is closed down in the country. But the towns and bazaars are lighted up and full with people participating in the festivities of those days.
We were so engrossed in conversation that I did not realize when we came into the town. Live Kirtan was being broadcast from a Gurdwara via the radio in the taxi. A Shabad so very sweet and melodious was playing ....
Pauri//Kita Lorriye Kam So Har Pae Aakhiye//Karaj Dey Sawaar Satgur Sach Saakhiye//Santa Sangh Nidhan Amrit Chakhiye//Bheh Bhanjan Mehervaan Das Ki Rakhiye//Nanak Har Gun Gaye Alakh Prabh Lakhiye.
[PAUREE: Whatever work you wish to accomplish - tell it to the Lord. He will resolve your affairs; the True Guru gives His Guarantee of Truth. In the Society of the Saints, you shall taste the treasure of the Ambrosial Nectar. The Lord is the Merciful Destroyer of fear; He preserves and protects His slaves. O Nanak, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, and see the Unseen Lord God].
Hesitatingly,, I asked him how can one come to stay here permanently? He said it takes time, as strict rules apply and no one who practices manmat or derawaad is allowed to live here. I begin to think about myself..and wonder how much manmat remains in me and how to get rid off, because the Brahminical practices and rituals have never been rid off from our everyday lives..rituals like Rakhrri,Karva Chauth; fasting, Masiya, Sangrand, the Puja Paath at the death anniversaries of the ancestors and other countless manmati practices we are laundering ourselves in, will NEVER qualify me to become a citizen of such a noble country, as Sikhland.
[Secretly, I was also hoping such people should not be allowed to become citizens of the Sikhland as they will simply pollute the country with their excess baggage of the Brahman practices they carry along, so the country becomes like the degraded and wasted like the Punjab is today]
Just then the table alarm went off waking me up, away from the beautiful dream, that however is still ongoing, I feel that this is not only my dream but that of my millions other Sikh brothers and sisters...that will continue to aspire us ...and inspire us ..until one day..........
WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA,
WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH.
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