What is this ours' and yours'?
Yuva Bharati|October 2020
During my Pravas in Delhi those days, we also used to go to meet various donors and corporate sectors for donation collection for the upcoming of building of Vivekananda Kendra International.
Nivedita Raghunath Bhide

Dasbabu ji and Pravinji used to do all the basic works and I just used to accompany them. For that, we used to move in the taxi of Sri Kuldeepsinghji. He is a Keshadhari Sikh and a very jovial person.

Once while travelling Pravinji asked him, ‘Kuldeepsinghji, in our custom when a person dies, he is generally cremated. What is done in your custom. How do you dispose of the dead body?’ He did not answer and kept driving looking straight. Thinking that he has not heard the question, Pravinji repeated the question. But there was no response.

So Pravinji asked, ‘Did you listen what I said.’

‘Han sunaji’ (Yes, I heard). He answered, bit hurt.

‘Then….?’ Again, Pravinji persisted.

‘Ye hamara aapka kya hai jee? What is this ours and yours Ji? Are we different? Forget those politicians but we are one. So how the question arises of what you do? We do the same thing.’ He answered simply.

I was struck, the realization of oneness of our society was complete in him and so he could not tolerate the difference even in language. The great Guru Govind Singh had started Keshadhari Sikh tradition of Hindus in Hindu society, to protect Hindu society. But the politics over the years has tried to divide us. Many educated persons fall for this division. But here a simple taxi-driver had no doubts in his mind about the oneness of our society.

As more I travelled in Kuldeepsinghji’s taxi I became a great admirer of his basic understanding of men or issues.

Once when I was going in his taxi, suddenly he told me ‘Didi, ham me aur in logonme na pharak hai. There is a difference in us and these people.’

‘Which people?’ I asked coming out of my musings.

‘Ye ji musalman aur Christians. (These Muslims and Christians)’, he said.

‘What difference?’ I asked curiously.

‘If they do not pray to their God, their God gets angry and punishes them. Hamare Bhagavan aise nahi hai. Ve hamse prem karate hai aur hamare antaratma jagrut hone ka avasar dete hai. Yadi hum prarthana karate hai to khush hote hai. Aur yadi nahi karate hai to gussa nahi hote, ma jaise raah dekhte hai hamari. But our Bhagwan is not like that. Bhagwan loves us and gives us time to awaken inwardly. If we pray to Bhagawan, He is pleased but if we do not, He just waits like a mother for us.’ He explained in details

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