I have the same thoughts as Journey of a Sikher: To beard or not to beard…., there is no feeling which can equal the feeling of air freely moving through an open beard! Though I haven’t tied my beard, never technically anyways – haven’t used a product or such, other than once or twice in beard’s formative years, but recently there has been pressure from family to tie it up for family function! What I don’t understand is, if I can keep it open for the outside non-family world, why do I need to worry when with family! Just FYI, I tie my beard with a ‘thatha’ just after a bath, gives it a sort-of-tidier look than a completely open one!
My beard is a part of me, it is part of my identity and it is a part of my uniqueness, it connects me to something so special. It is a prevalent part of my face, in fact between the beard and turban I am just a set of eyeballs and nose! I belong to something greater than just trying to look great for society; I am trying to look my best for something better something higher and something that means much more than this. My entire image belongs to something else, it is not mine, what a dent to an ego that is, when you fail to be able to even have your own image
I have been trying to explain it to my family that
Tying a beard properly takes time and effort; it also takes a lot of patience as anyone who has styled hair knows that every day is different. Depending on the humidity or other factors each day was/is a challenge
also when I travel to Gurgaon (1 hour each side with my face covered) my beard seems to be quite set, because of the hot air; and even if I consider the same time frame but in AC (car or metro) it’s not going to be same! They think & hope that I will understand their argument with time; its been, what, some 8 years of time now 🙂 And I keep on hoping that they will be OK with my non-argument on the same!
A man dies and goes to heaven….he says to Lord Almighty…..
you never gave any notice that i was going to die so I didn’t prepare or pray . God said so I did….
first I weakened your eyesight…you got specks…now operation to get your eyesight corrected.
Then I made your hair go white to remind you…you dyed your hair.
Then I made yo…ur legs shaky….you ate multivitamins.
Then I made your teeth fall…you got dentures made forgetting that all these were reminders…
The man was speechless.
We have got a wonderful opportunity to meet our master Akal Purakh Waheguru…..the manukha janam and it is ending every second . It’s terrifying to think, that if we fail in this janam, we might have to enter the vicious cycle of 84 Lakh Joons (84,00,000 lives) before we get the next opportunity. Lets pray to the Lord that He embrace us and saves us from this Aava-Gaun.
“Eh Mann Merya Aava Gaun Sansaar Hai, Ant Sach Nibeara Raam
Appe Sacha Baksh Lae Phir Hoye Na Phera Raam”