THE GROWTH OF RESPONSIBILITY IN SIKHISM
Sikhs had risen to a complete consciousness
of there own and other's rights, and had
acquired sufficient character to stand
in defense of them. But still there was
deficiencies left, which, in times of
sudden emergency, might defeat their national
cause. They had yet to learn how to find
out their leaders. Those who have studied
the practical lessons of history know
how dangerous it is for a party to acquire
power, without knowing how to select its
best men and put itself under them. Our
own history of later days affords many
examples of this defect.
was due to Guru Harkrishan that the Sikhs
got for the first time a taste of the
elective system. The Guru himself, though
a boy, showed a remarkable sense of discrimination.
As in witnessed by his success in find
out the true Rani from among a crowd of
royal ladies, though the former, to hoodwink
him, had dressed herself in the clothes
of a slave, At this, it is said, even
the Emperor Aurangzeb was satisfied that
the choice of the Guru was not wrong.
In fact in appointing a Guru, greatest
care had always been taken to select the
best man available; and the rejection
of Ram Rai. A grown-up man, in favour
of Guru Harkrishan was itself an example
of this discrimination. But the Sikhs
had never been allowed to have anything
to do with this appointment.
Now they were to take another step on
the road to responsibility Before his
death, the Guru place the whole Sikh community
on trail of its efficiency to seek out
its Representative Man, and the only clue
given was that he was to be found in Bakala.
As soon as the Guru had breathed his last,
many spurious guruships were set up at
different places in the same village.
But, Thanks to the preparation undergone
in eight generations, our forefathers
proved equal to the task, and were able
to find out their true Guru.