About T. SinghThe author is not a "Giani", "Ragi", "Sant", "Baabaa", "Pujaaree", "Priest", "Granthee", "Parchaarak", "Bhai", "Swami", "Paathee", "Mahaatamaan", "Teacher", etc. Also, neither the author was born in such a family, nor lived with any one of them, nor wants to be one of them.
A retired Civil Engineer in the U.S.A, the author is just an ordinary being who, as a beginner, is trying to learn along with you and trying see the world the way Gurbani (SGGS) does! He also writes Gurbani articles at the parent site of this Blog. He maintains the Gurbani.Org since 1993.
Although the author was born in a Sikh family, but — as the Gurbani indicates — to be a True Sikh or Khalsaa is not a question of family of birth, heredity, ancestry, religion, race, social status, caste, education, titles, robes, region, etc., it is a question of Mool-abidance, through Shabad-Vichaar. Hence, "Sikh" and "Khalsa" words do not represent physical state, but a Spiritual State to be experienced within!
- ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਜਨ ਭਏ ਖਾਲਸੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਭਗਤਿ ਜਿਹ ਜਾਨੀ ॥: O Kabeer! Those persons become "Khaalsae" (ਖਾਲਸੇ) who have realized the Prem Bhagti (ਗੁਰਮਤ ਦਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ, Perfect Understanding of the Gur-Shabad, Gur-Giaan, or Divine Wisdom of the Gurbani…). (sggs 655).
- ਸੋ ਗੁਰੂ ਸੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਜਿਸੁ ਜੋਤੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਮਿਲਾਇ ॥: O Brother! He is the Guroo and he is the Sikh, who has merged (his individual) light in the Divine Light (i.e., who has become one with his Mool within…). (sggs 602).
- ਪੂਰਨ ਜੋਤ ਜਗੈ ਘਟ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਖਾਲਸ ਤਾਹਿ ਨਖਾਲਸ ਜਾਨੋ ॥ One becomes Pure (i.e, Khalsa…) only when he realizes Complete Divine Light within, otherwise know him to be an impure one (Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, Dasam Granth, 1350).