And all good people say,
All nice people, like us, are we,
And everyone else is they:
But if you cross over the sea,
Instead of over the way,
You may end up by ( thinking of it!) looking on we
As only a sort of they!
- Rudyard Kipling
The above poem shares the message of tolerance and universal love that is also exemplified throughout Sikh scriptures as an integral part of one’s spiritual journey. As such, I was reminded of the following shabad by our fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Jee.
Bisar gayee sab taat parayee,
Jab tey sadh sangat mohe payee.
Na ko bairee naahin begana
Sagal sang humko ban aayee.
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib, page 1229
(I have totally forgotten my jealousy of others, since I found the company of spiritual beings.
No one is my enemy and no one is a stranger, I get along with everyone.)
I’d encourage us all to think about how we can engage in selfless and positive interactions, like many from all different backgrounds do, rising above narrow considerations of race, color, or creed. The Sikh prayer Ardas is ended by seeking welfare of every sentient being, saying “Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, Tere Bhane Sarbat da Bhala.” Blessings for everyone.