Vaisakhi Poem (by Raminder Kaur, London).
Most people cannot recall their birth.
I remember it as if it just happened yesterday.
The day when I was blessed with taking Amrit.
The day I was blessed to be born into the Khalsa Panth.
I stood in front of my Panj Piaare,
As they did before Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji on 30th March
Uttering the Guru's Fateh,
"Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh..."
I took each ambrosial sip of Amrit.
I felt honoured.
Honoured to be present among my fellow Sikh Brothers and
As we all made this magical step together.
As I sat there listening to my Panj Piaare recite Nitnem,
My thoughts took me back to Anandpur Sahib over 300
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji proudly stood in front of thousands
Requesting the head of one.
One Sikh willing to give up their life.
Five humble Sikhs made this sacrifice:
Bhai Daya Singh Ji,
Bhai Dharam Singh Ji,
Bhai Himmat Singh Ji,
Bhai Mokam Singh Ji and
Bhai Sahib Singh Ji.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji initiated these five Sikhs into the
Guru Ji saw the need for Sikhs to have a special Identity.
A way to distinguish them from other faiths.
Guru Ji gave Sikhs five Symbols:
Turban, comb, sword, bangle and special shorts.
Each Symbol would help Sikhs,
help them to have a disciplined life style,
help them to always remember God.
Each male was given the title Singh.
Each female was given the title Kaur.
This was to help create equality among Sikhs.
I was humbled recalling the details of this historical event.
It made me even more proud to call myself a Sikh.
Without Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji,
I could not call myself a Kaur or Singh.
I feel different now.
I feel part of a new family.
When I walk down the Street I present myself with more
I am more aware and conscious of my actions.
I feel inner peace.
I have been given strength to make it through life's quest,
My quest to reach God.
Most people cannot recall their birth,
I remember it as if it just happened yesterday...