Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1703) was the 10th and last of the living Sikh Gurus. (Since Guru Gobind Singh's passing and according to his direction, the "Siri Guru Granth Sahib," the most sacred scripture in Sikhism, has always been related to by Sikhs as "The Guru").
Although his teachings and legacy are not at the present time particularly well-known outside of India in general or the Sikh community in particuar, Guru Gobind Singh was undoubtedly one of the most evolved, visionary and impactful spirits ever to have walked upon this planet. He was a great poet, philosopher, statesman, warrior and leader. He was handsome, athletic, intellectually brilliant and of course incomparably charasmatic.
Guru Gobind Singh lived at a time and place of great social injustice, intolerance and religious hypocricy (not unlike the world we live in today, albeit even more brutal). He taught and advocated for a form of spiritualtity that not only gave us the tools for attaining the heights of human consciousness, but also asked us to be the most involved and evolved citizens we could possibly be in the community of mankind.
To this end, he created a fraternity/sorority called the "Khalsa," or "Pure Ones," whose initiated members would commit to living the teachings and lifestyle of the Guru at the highest possible level. At their core, these vows include faithful practice of the Guru's Teachings (most particularly constant remembrance of God's Name, acknowledging the equality and unity of mankind, working by the sweat of one's brow and sharing one's earning with others), along with absolute allegiance to an incredibly noble and challenging Code of Conduct (the "Rehit"). At its core, this Conduct of Conduct implicates how we treat and relate to ourselves, how we treat and relate to others and how we present ourselves to the world.
"Khalsa Consiousness" thus is the exalted experience of a person who faithfully practices this particular spiritual technology and Code of Conduct. The driving force behind The Khalsa Consciousness Project is the intention to share with the entire world Guru Gobind Singh's road map guiding us towards personal and global liberation; a timeless, universal and revolutionary message that will relate to and resonate with every human being, regardless of race, creed, nationality or religion.
A good starting point to learn more about the life and teachings of Guru Gobind Singh (as well as the other nine Sikh Gurus) is this webpage on Sikhnet.com.
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