WHAT’S THE LOGIC IN BURNING FOOD AT LOHRI?
…all Sikh parents MUST understand their children belong to God, parents have simply been given the duty to raise them – thank Waheguru by deciding to bring them up as Sikhs, not by partying on Lohri! | ਲੋਹੜੀ ਤੇ ਕੁਝ ਵੀ ਅੱਗ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਸੁਟੋ |
Many are unable to digest the essence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. They do not have valid answers to the indisputable questions Guru Sahib Ji raises. Those who practise falsehood cannot give answers as they have no answers to logic, so instead they commit ‘Beadbi’ – they go and tear the limbs of Guru Sahib Ji. Some others attempt to kill anyone who is promoting the message of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. A temperamental person resorts to raising his fist when unable to legitimately answer questions about his wrongdoings. Similarly, these people can only fire bullets when they are unable to answer the indisputable questions raised by Guru Sahib Ji.
One day in the January of each year is that unfortunate time when many Sikh households erroneously choose to celebrate the non-Sikh festival known as “Lohri”, gathering around a bonfire at night to perform ‘Bhangra’ and ‘Gidda’, sing songs and throw food into fire (e.g. Peanuts, Rewri, Gachak, Popcorn etc). This is quite often for the birth of a newborn child, specifically a male child. Sometimes it is celebrated when a marriage has taken place in the elapsed year, specifically the marriage of a son. Gurmat?
Is it within Gurmat to throw food items made for consumption into a fire? Is food supposed to be for eating or for burning?
Guru Granth Sahib Ji challenges such rituals with solid reasoning, but it is unfortunate we Sikhs have not made the effort to listen to what Guru Sahib Ji is trying to telling us.
A Sikh should be grateful to the Creator Lord for being blessed with a child. Crucially, the Sikh parents must realise life is given to the child by the Creator, He is the one who makes the heart beat, who makes the body function – it is not the parents who do this. Therefore, the parents must firmly accept the child belongs to the Creator, and He has blessed the parents with a duty to raise the child into adulthood. The parents have simply been given the responsibility to raise the child that belongs to the Creator, and they must fulfil this responsibility correctly to the best of their abilities, strictly with guidance from Gurmat, to bring up the child as a true Sikh. Sikh parents must implant this into their conscience and then raise their children with this fact constantly in mind.
The parents are obliged to thank the Creator for being honoured with such a task, but does that ever happen? Their mind will say “my son” or “my daughter”. Some may even arrogantly think, “I will raise my child how I want”. Instead of thanking Waheguru by raising the child as a Sikh, many will instead celebrate Lohri by partying, dancing, drinking alcohol and on most occasions, throwing food into fires!
Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadrianwale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org