By now no one needs to tell anyone about the impact of the global pandemic we are all experiencing with the coronavirus. There seems to me a lot of fear, anxiety, and confusion among many other things. Social distancing and the rapid changes that are taking place are making our daily lives difficult.
At times such as these, one needs to go back to their faith traditions to gain perspective and learnings. The wisdom from the Teachings will provide guidance on what we need to do with our feelings, our fears, our inconveniences, our reduced option for social connections.
Yesterday I read a sentence that made me pause,
It was sobering.
It made me wonder if this fear and loneliness could be a worse contagion that we are spreading unwittingly. It is more than OK to have feelings and to honor them. However, we just need to make sure that the feelings don’t have us and drown us.
I am not aware of any flu shot for feelings that is available just yet. Feelings of fear and confusion are part of the human condition. It is what we do with our feelings that can change things.
We as a community are connected with a genuine bond that is rooted in Sabad (Infinite-Wisdom) that social distancing cannot break. No hardship, no fear, no disease can ever stop us from experiencing Guru.
Are we brave enough to allow Sabad to enter us, to chisel us and hopefully to transform us by this Vaisakhi?
Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839 left a big void in the rule of the Sikh kingdom, which led to the annexation of Panjab by the British. His throne was inherited by multiple claimant heirs, none of whom could survive the intrigues and the schemings of the succession war in the royal court. Maharani Jind Kaur’s story is the narrative of a brave woman, who through all the trials and tribulations of the succession war, with all her faults, proved her mettle as a regent to the young Maharaja Duleep Singh, while also maneuvering through the diplomatic chicaneries of the British to the extent that even the British were wary of her.
Sexuality is a confusing and often avoided topic. It is generally relegated to being a "private" matter, and therefore not openly discussed or engaged with, even within close circles and small communities. Due to the taboo of discussing sexuality, many people struggle individually, often turning to religion for guidance or, more concretely, moral pronouncements.