Beware: totally random post - no real conclusion. Just wanted to get something off my chest.
Last year and a half has been very interesting for me as I have been living in Bloomington, IN. far away from any gurdwara and the overly self-important sikh community. But I have been following the happenings from the outside - the usual ones - excommunications, Calenders, Dasam Granth, Sarabloh granth, RSS honors to Jathedars and SGPC elects.
As I have distanced myself from the "gurdwara" bound activities, life has become much simpler - less bound by shackles of the limited vision we have for the world . As I go out and share the word of Nanak with people of other faiths, no faiths and complicated faiths , they seem to love its simplicity. Everyone seems to rejoice at the idea of getting rid of stupid rituals, but alas i cant show them our gurdwaras :). ( by word of nanak, I mean - the truth teachings I learn from the Guru Granth Sahib only. no stories, no strange dramas , no character sketches :) )
Where am I headed with this argument ? well the point I wanted to make is that :
Pnath: according to gurbani means - "path" , "road" and not the "group", "religion".
I have realized by more experimentation that the more I am away from the gangs-of-new-sikhyork , the better it is for my health . ( the greatest pain though has been the loss of real sangat that discusses gurbani - hope to get over that this semester through "skype-veechar".)
btw : just getting the feel of the shabad:
ਗੰਗ ਗੁਸਾਇਨਿ ਗਹਿਰ ਗੰਭੀਰ ॥
ਜੰਜੀਰ ਬਾਂਧਿ ਕਰਿ ਖਰੇ ਕਬੀਰ ॥੧॥
ਮਨੁ ਨ ਡਿਗੈ ਤਨੁ ਕਾਹੇ ਕਉ ਡਰਾਇ ॥
ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲ ਚਿਤੁ ਰਹਿਓ ਸਮਾਇ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਗੰਗਾ ਕੀ ਲਹਰਿ ਮੇਰੀ ਟੁਟੀ ਜੰਜੀਰ ॥
ਮ੍ਰਿਗਛਾਲਾ ਪਰ ਬੈਠੇ ਕਬੀਰ ॥੨॥
ਕਹਿ ਕੰਬੀਰ ਕੋਊ ਸੰਗ ਨ ਸਾਥ ॥
ਜਲ ਥਲ ਰਾਖਨ ਹੈ ਰਘੁਨਾਥ ॥੩॥੧੦॥੧੮॥
Its feels better to be a free agent of truth than a so called panthic agent of hipocracy.
There its off my chest.