Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Lord Of The Rings

A circle. a closed curve which divides the plane into an interior and exterior. a special ellipse in which the foci coincide. a conic section attained when a right circular cone is intersected with a plane perpendicular to the axis of the cone. a ring. a shape. one with no beginning and no end. perfect. that's what God is. that's what the Kara is.

"Early science, particularly geometry and astronomy/astrology, was connected to the divine for most medieval scholars. The compass in this 13th century manuscript is a symbol of God's act of Creation, as many believed that there was something intrinsically "divine" or "perfect" that could be found in circles."(Reference: Wikipedia for circle)

The Kara is a gift from the guru to constantly remind us that our will at all times must be god-like. the Kara in every aspect represents God's true nature. we wear it on our hand. we, to politely put, 'wear god' on our hand so that every action we perform is one fueled by pure thoughts. yes, god is everywhere, and yes, god is in each and every one of us. but how often do we look within?

In the tenth month, you were made into a human being, O my merchant friend, and you were given your allotted time to perform good deeds." (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji page 76)

Every man is born to make another's life. no matter how unimportant we feel our lives are, we affect the people around us. a kind word. a gesture of good faith. the stand for all that is right. that's all. if only with every breath we took, we remembered that.

This is the true nature of the Kara. this is why it is one of the 5. now can we all stop referring to it as a 'ward for evil spirits'?

Come Home.


tarsem said...

Nice post, bro. I think ppl easily forget that the Kara is 'one of the 5', only complete when the other 4 gifts from our tenth master are there as well.

Saddens me sometimes to see when ppl wear the biggest, heaviest Kara imaginable but yet question the need/significance of keeping hair.

Harkiren Kaur said...

Hang on a minute... now what am i going to do about those evil spirits?? :p

Very well written, Hargobind. To me the Kara is also a symbol of infinity, of what-goes-around-comes-aroundness, which ties back to your 'act of good' as if we 'wear' God on our wrist. Since the God in me is the God in you, we are bound by the circle where anything I do affects you through the God that connects us all, and thus affects me too.

Ok I feel as though I'm going round and round in circles (no pun intended!)

Keep writing!


Hargobind Khalsa said...

yeah that's true. was wondering on other ways to approach the subject. infinity. being bound by the circle. that explains it.

yup, for some reason, its the one kekaar everybody feels compelled to wear, god knows why. everyone tries so hard to relate it to identity. we will all snap put of it someday. someday.

Balvinder Singh said...

After reading your post I took a long hard look at my Kara and realised something... A Perfect gift from a Perfect Guru.

Anonymous said...

I once asked Veer Hari Singh what does the Kara represent to a Sikh. His reply was " Look at the Kara carefully. It has the mobility to move around your wrist as well as up and down your arm. The Kara is telling you something. It's telling you that you have the flexibility and mobility to do anything you desire in your life, but do it within the limits of the Hukam."

So now every time I fell like doing something, there are two ways for me to choose. I look at my Kara and think,do it within the Hukam and the other choice is break the Hukam.You be he wiser one and tell me which choice is the best of the best.

Mr.Tripert Singh said...

What you wrote was so true keep on going and you might get some people to start understanding what the kara really means!