The Shining Star

The woman comes downstairs. She is happy, and her face is brightened. Her eyes are shining, which means she laughs from her inner side, not pretending to be happy. She looks at Ina and Banny. Both boys ignore her presence and continue to watch the cartoon.

The woman asks both boys, ” let’s go outside so we can see the sky.”

Both boys look at each other and then tell the woman, ”no, mommy. Outside is cold”.

The woman tells the boys, ”seriously; you don’t want to go with me. I will make hot cocoa for you later”.

Now, all of them came outside on the back porch. She thinks finally I have learned how to blackmail the boys.

She sits on the cemented steps, and Ina has sat next to her. Banny still could not make his mind where to sit. He has stood in front of the woman and Ina.

The woman tells Banny, ”can you sit on the ground? Look at us”.

Banny still looks at her but refuses to sit.

She grabs the doormat and gives to Banny, ”you can sit here, my clean freak boy.”

Three of them have sat outside in the cold. Both boys look at her as they ask, ”what now? Are we out to sit in the cold or what?”

She smiles, ”no, look at the sky and try to find the most shining star.”

Ina boy asks her, ”what why, mommy.”

She laughs, ” I need to find Abu, I need to tease him. Boys, I don’t get this chance often, so help me to see him”.

Banny finds the most shining star in the sky. She tells Ina, ” it seems Banny is getting smart.”

She looks at the shining star. Her entire face gets happy. The boys don’t often see her smiling like this. She squeezes her both eyes together.

She is happy that she has got the chance to tease Abu.

She calls him loudly, ”Is this you? I know that is you. The shining star can be my Abu only. I need to tell you something. Don’t get upset at me. Don’t tell me that I am talking rubbish or racist. I am happy because I have got a chance to tease you.”

She continues looking at the shining star, ”Abu, I feel so proud of myself. I am proud of being born in a warrior caste. Don’t you see how they are helping others? Now you tell me who is wrong or right? I am keeping my words. But, your tribe has failed. He can’t keep his promise and his words, but I still do. Even I know that he is gone, but I am still keeping my name. Look at my so-called sister. She also could not keep her promise. She framed me well. You are right that I belong to the people who sacrifice or give away everything. I am so proud of it. Are you proud of your people? No way, I am the winner here.”

“You had told me to stay away from the conflicts, but I have reached my brothers to help out. Abu, I am sorry for being active on media but this is the only way connecting with the current situation. I would not have on the media now if my bubby were still with me. Can you come to the earth again, so we can beat him?. I won’t able to do it myself. Oh, Abu, I will be going for surgery tomorrow. I hope my mommy not giving you a hard time”.

Both boys look at her. She tells Ina, “no, my cutie pie, you and my Abu are the real Pathan.”

Banny looks at her, ”yes, you are also a wonderful boy.”

The woman looks at Abu as she used to look at him when she was a child. Her eyes also brighten too. She feels so proud of her roots. She wonders whether it is the teaching of childhood, which makes you a person of a kind soul.

She remembers the teaching of her Sikhism. Today, she likes to share those teachings with her blogger colleagues.

Basic beliefs of Sikhism

  • Sikhs believe in one God. He is the same for all people of all religions.
  • Sikhism teaches the equality of all people. Sikhism preaches that people of different races, religions, or sex are all equal in the eyes of God. Sikhism teaches the full equality of men and women.
  • Sikhism emphasizes daily devotion to the remembrance of God. One should remember God at all times.
  • Sikhism teaches religious freedom. All people have the right to follow their own path to God without condemnation or coercion from others.
  • Sikhism emphasizes a moral and ethical life. A Sikh should represent moral responsibility and righteousness.
  • Sikhism rejects all forms of rituals such as idol worship, pilgrimages, fasting, and superstitions.
  • Sikhism teaches service to others. The primary task in life should be to help the poor, needy, and oppressed. The Sikhs have a long heritage of speaking out against injustice and for standing up for the defenseless.
  • Sikhs are supposed to be saints, scholars, and soldiers.
  • The word Sikh means disciple or student. Sikhs are the disciples of God who follow the writings and teachings of the ten Sikh Gurus.

Three Principles of Sikhism

Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru, taught three fundamental principles:

  • Kirat Karo – Work hard and honestly
  • Wand Ke Chhako – Share what you have with the needy
  • Naam Jappo – Always remember God throughout the day

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