I always had very high regards for Sardarjies for here is one community who knows jokes are all the time cracked in their name, but never complain because of their pure hearts and simplicity. But after my recent trip to The Golden Temple at Amritsar, my respect for them has become manifold – especially after experiencing Langar… a 24 hr free offering of food and tea to whosoever comes, that too with voluntary seva by whosoever wants to offer. Truly a phenomenal concept of huge order in execution. Hats off.
This reminds me of the following I read somewhere. Do not get entangled in figures – just look at the core facts. YES! I too have never seen a Sardarji beggar. Is n’t it something to ponder over ?
We all love Sardarji jokes. But do you know that Sikhs are one of the hardest working, prosperous and diversified communities in the world!
My friend told me about the following incident which I wish to share with you. It has had a deep impact on my thinking…
During the last vacation, a few friends came to Delhi . They rented a taxi for local sight-seeing. The driver was an old Sardar and boys being boys, these pals began cracking Sardarji jokes, just to tease the old man. But to their surprise, the fellow remained unperturbed..
At the end of the sight-seeing, they paid the cab hire charges. The Sardar returned the change, but he gave each one of them one rupee extra and said,”Sons, since morning you have been telling Sardarji jokes. I listened to them all and let me tell you, some of them were in bad taste. Still, I don’t mind coz I know that you are young blood and are yet to see the world. But I have one request. I am giving you one rupee each. Give it to the first Sardar beggar that you come across in this or any other city !!!”
My friend continued, “That one rupee coin is still with me. I couldn’t find a single Sardar begging anywhere.”
The secret behind their universal success is their willingness to do any job with utmost dedication and pride. A Sardar will drive a truck or set up a roadside garage or a dhaba, run a fruit juice stall, take up small time carpentry, … but he will never beg on the streets,
Because Sikhs contribute:
* 33% of total income tax
* 67% of total charities
* 45% of Indian Army
* 59,000++ Gurudwaras serve LANGAR to 5,900,000+ people everyday!
& All this when THEY make only 1.4% of the total INDIAN POPULATION…