22 February, 2014

So Why Kesari & No other colour?

Saffron known as Kesari 

If there is any colour that can symbolize all aspects of Dharm, it's Saffron - known as Kesari in Punjabi,  the colour of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being Parabrahma. As such, the fire alter where yagnas are performed is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient Vedic rites. The saffron colour, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained religious significance much before these Panths came into being. All Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Hindus regard Saffron as their symbolic colour.
Fire worship had its origin in the Vedic age. The foremost hymn in the Rig Veda glorifies fire: 
"Agnimile purohitam yagnasya devam rtvijam, hotaram ratna dhatamam." 
When sages moved from one ashram to another, it was customary to carry fire along. The inconvenience to carry a burning substance over long distances may have given rise to the symbol of a saffron flag. Triangular and often forked saffron flags are seen fluttering atop most Sikh and Hindu temples. While we Sikhs and even Hindus regard it as our martial and militant colour, Buddhist monks and Hindu sants wear robes of this colour as a mark of renunciation of material life. 
Kesari Jhanda is what we refer to as our national pride of Punjab - the colour Kesari adorns all our great holy Gurdwaras flying high atop our shrines, they are hoisted with great pride and worship. The mast that bears the flag is always covered in saffron. The Kesari Jhanda ( saffron flag ) has the Khanda which represents the weapons of Shiva Shakti, the Ardh Chand ( half moon ) and Khadga of Durga Mata. This is symbolic representation of Lord Shiva and Shakti Mata as Ardh-Narishwara. Both divine powers are manifested within the Khadga and Ardh Chand. 

More recently the Neo Sikh brigade has been trying to replace the Kesari with some blue colour and propagating falsely that Saffron is not our colour but that Blue is. How much  more will you want to destroy of what is left of our great tradition given to us by our Guru Sahibaans by forcing upon the younger generation your own vested interests which are politically manipulated? Do you seriously want to destroy Sikhi for good? How much of the pages of the Shri Adi Granthji will you tear out just because Hindu Gods have been praised and 99.99% of the philosophical writings contained within the Granth ji are from Hindu sages? Think about it - the more you destroy, the more you will be left with nothing and the more you fools will destroy the generations to come.

Long live Kesari Jhanda, Long Live Sanatan Sikhi !