The theme for our Summer 2009 newsletter is Remembering the Akal Takhat. On June 6, 2009, we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the attack on the Akal Takhat. The Siri Singh Sahib ji referred to the Akal Takhat as “the longitude and latitude of the nerve center of the universe, which keeps the central movement of magnetic rotation of the shield of the planet earth.” The Akal Takhat represents the frequency of the majesty of the undying throne. How relevant it is to hold to that touchstone in our Dharma’s own test of fire.
We requested Ministers to write from a personal perspective about the Akal Takhat. We requested that they share how our sangats have celebrated this remembrance over the years. We also asked Ministers to reflect on the future of Sikh Dharma and how this event has shaped and continues to shape our understanding of our spiritual path.
“It is a day of the Akal Takhat. There is certain information which I would like to share with you. And I hope you bear in mind, you carry on the tradition with me and you carry on the tradition without me. That is the Khalsa way. We are left with no choice. ‘One man turned us to lions.’ We have no choice but to live as the Khalsa of the Guru, or we can die as the Khalsa of the Guru. We can’t go back and become what we were. I’m not saying many have not. Because there is always going to be a fight between destiny and fate. So long as man will have the strength of his soul, he shall walk the path of destiny. The day destiny shall betray him, fate will take its toll.And then there’s no return. That’s how it is happening, will happen or was happening in the past. There’s no way out.”
(From a lecture by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Beads of Truth 19 Vol. II)