Birmingham, UK: June 15, 2003 (Part 1)
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[The devotees of the Birmingham Sri Gour Govinda Gaudiya Matha had a
special arrangement with their Sikh friends of the Namdhari Gurdwara
temple. For the third year in a row Srila Narayana Maharaja's
week-long festival of hari-katha would be held in their large assembly
hall, and over 200 of the 500 devotees attending would also be able to
live there during that time. Moreover, despite certain obstacles,
several of the Sikh leaders attended Srila Maharaja's classes. Srila
Maharaja expressed his gratitude to them in the following class:]
Guru Nanak is a guru who gave transcendental love and affection for
the Supreme Lord. Gobind Singh is in his dynasty, or guru-parampara,
as we see there in his portrait. The Sikhs were originally Hindus, and
they are still Hindus. Their religious principle was to save Hindu and
Sanatana-dharma from the clutches of the Muslims. At that time the
Moguls, headed by Aurangzeb and others, were very aggressive. Gobind
Singh led his followers in making a vow that, "If we will not defeat
the Moguls and they do not leave India, we will not shave our heads
and we will not shave our beards. They took the vow symbolically on
their hands, and therefore they wear a karha on their wrists. You
should see this. [Srila Narayana Maharaja points to their bracelets]
They vowed to wear the bracelets "Until we bring Hindu and Vedic
culture independence from the Mogul rulers." They are not separate
from the devotees of India; they are followers of Sanatana-dharma;
they also know that Krsna and Rama are the Supreme Lord.
Guru Nanak used to tell all these facts to his devotees everywhere,
and they served everywhere. Gobind Singh lost his two sons because
they vowed, "We cannot accept Muslim religion." The Moguls put within
a wall, and the wall was being constructed around them. When that wall
became up to the sons' waists the Moguls said, "Will you accept?"
They replied, "Never."
Then, when the wall came up to their chests the Moguls again said,
"Now you will have to accept."
They replied, "Never!" and when the Moguls then made the wall up to
the sons' neck they said, "There is some time to change your mind;
otherwise we will cover you."
Still they did not accept, and they were covered by that wall. How
much great sacrifice the Sikhs performed for India, to save Sanatana
We are now here in their temple. They should save us and give us
shelter so that we can preach Sanatana-dharma in the line of Guru
Nanak teaching that Krsna and Rama are the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. By chanting and remembering the Supreme Lord we can be happy,
otherwise we can never be so. This is the mission of our Sanatana
Vedic dharma, of Guru Nanak, and of Gobind Singh and his
guru-parampara up to the present time.
Some mad Sikhs think, "We are separate from Sanatana-dharma and we
should fight the Hindus. A few Sikhs of this nature want "Sikhisthan"
or something like that. But there are so many intelligent and pious
Sikhs almost all Sikhs are pious and intelligent. Pure Sikhs
continuously save Hinduism everywhere; so many thanks that they have
given us shelter here, to preach our mission of Rama and Krsna, Gita
My blessings to them, and my prayer to Krsna that He will be merciful
to them and make them happy.
Editorial Advisors: Pujyapada Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanath
Editor: Symarani dasi
Transcriber and typist: Anita dasi