Khalsa Ethics is a Sikh collective who strive to learn about and live by the supreme Gur-Mat principle of Daya (Compassion). The secret to taking the courageous step towards making change in ones life is Sat Sangat (congregation of truth). Sat Sangat is that, where people gather with the true intention to share, discuss and most importantly ‘apply' divine truth. The blessings of the One Creator are then requested to bring the effort to fruition.
ਸਾਧੂਸੰਗਤਿਮਨਿਵਸੈਪੂਰਨਹੋਵੈਘਾਲ॥੧॥ਰਹਾਉ॥ (In the company of) Saadhu Sangat, He (truth) comes to dwell within the mind, and one's efforts are completed to perfection.
Guru Arjun Dev Ji
The natural progression of identifying and removing uncompassionate practices and decisions in ones life, is the birth of enhanced Dharam (duty) in ones heart. Dharam is then clearly born of Daya. Dharam exists at different levels; duty to oneself, duty to one’s family, duty to mankind and duty to mother Earth. To understand and practice all elements of our Dharam, is to ultimately fulfil our duty towards our Creator.
ਧੌਲੁਧਰਮੁਦਇਆਕਾਪੂਤੁ॥ The mythical bull is Dharma, the son of Daya;
ਸੰਤੋਖੁਥਾਪਿਰਖਿਆਜਿਨਿਸੂਤਿ॥ This is what patiently holds the earth in its place.
ਜੇਕੋਬੁਝੈਹੋਵੈਸਚਿਆਰੁ॥ One who understands this becomes truthful.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Khalsa Ethics sevadaar (volunteers) after ensuring they themselves had adopted ethical lifestyle changes, with Guru’s blessings, wanted to serve the wider community by researching and raising awareness of the multitude of unethical and unhealthy practices which have become the norm for the average person. These practices have been normalised and masterminded by the greed of powerful and corrupted corporations who have been using marketing, advertising and the power of media to influence and enslave mankind to an unprecedented level in the past 100 years.
ਅਵਰਬਾਸਨਾਨਾਹਿਪ੍ਰਭਧਰਮਜੁੱਧਕੇਚਾਇ॥ I have no other reason to exist, than to wage the war of duty – righteousness.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji
So after much discussion, deliberation planning, naam simran (meditation on the divine name) and commitment, we decided to fight back. After all, Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s life purpose was to wage war against adharama (negligence of duty or unrighteousness), so as his children, our life objective is no different. Kirth (honest living) is a Gur-Mat principle which is vastly undersold to Sikhs. To earn an honest living is only ‘half’ of the formula. We must also ensure we spend that money ‘honestly’ i.e. responsibly, ethically and compassionately.
Sri Sarbloh Granth Ji, the second granth of the Guru Gobind Singh Ji, gives much needed education on the power of wealth. Laxmi-Maya (commonly understood as ‘wealth’), when used with Dharam Neeti (dutiful strategy) becomes a powerful weapon against the war on corruption and tyranny. The example of its power is clearly seen in the many hukumnamai (orders) Guru Gobind Singh ji sent to the Khalsa Panth to meet their obligation of dasvandh (giving 1/10th of their income to the cause of the Guru i.e. dharam yudh). This dasvandh was utilised to provide langar (free communal healthy food for all mankind), to pay for education of the poor and to pay for weapons to wage against tyrants.
This provides us a framework for the perfect economic model for society. To not only earn money through ethical means (working only in ethical trade and industry) but also spend every penny on ethically produced products. The circle of kirth therefore becomes ‘complete. People have the power to change society simply by how and where they choose to ‘spend’. Your spending should be conscious, the money you give not only procures a product for your use, it is also an investment in and empowerment of the company who sold it to you.
It is for this reason Khalsa Ethics has opened an on-line store to provide organic and ethically sourced produce alongside education of the same, so that the community of man can support those who work ethical and responsibly to earn their bread and keep respect for Mother Earth as a high priority when producing those same foods/products. A concept (compassion) and physical effort is not enough. There must be a perfect strategy supporting both, otherwise failure in inevitable.
ਦਇਆਫਾਹੁਰੀਕਾਇਆਕਰਿਧੂਈਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿਕੀਅਗਨਿਜਲਾਵੈ॥ He makes compassion his shovel, his body the firewood, and kindles this fire with divine vision.
Bhagat Kabir Ji
Our fight is a three-fold process;
Firstly to raise awareness of the corruption, lies and ignorance which have influenced our lifestyle and behaviours; Secondly to help empower people with ‘ethical, compassionate and responsible choice’ as well as bibek budhi (ability to intelligently discriminate), Lastly to facilitate and provide the opportunity for people to ‘make' ethical lifestyle changes.
Khalsa Ethics is a 100% voluntary and not for profit organisation. All our sevadaar hold down full time jobs and have family duties, but make time to serve our fellow man. We use our own dasvandh to provide this seva (voluntary service) which encompasses research, travelling to meet suppliers, website and selling costs, marketing costs, equipment costs, storage costs, packing and distribution costs, events, presentations etc. The little margin we receive from the ethical products sold, also helps pay for the costs incurred as well facilitation of further ethical products.
Ultimately we hope the pyaar (love) and support of the growing ethical community will help this revolution to grow. Our aim is for Khalsa Ethics to grow, and for the volunteer base to keep increasing in order for us to support more ethical producers and put pressure on the corrupt organisations to change their practices via the expanding informed and ethical demand of the average customer.
Support compassion, by buying our ethically procured products.
Support education by sending us review, articles, research on ethical living.
Support promotion by sharing our Facebook and Instagram posts with family and friends, as well as instigating and having discussions on the subject of ethical living within your circle if influence.
Support motivation and inspiration, by sending us photos and video clips of ethical living i.e. Growing , video clips of growing organic food, cooking organic healthy food, helping and educating others… as well as sending us review of our products and showing us how we use them.
Support truth, by changing the way you eat, spend, think and LIVE.
ਮੁਕਤਿਨਹੀਬਿਦਿਆਬਿਗਿਆਨਿ॥ Liberation cannot be attained without knowledge (identification) of ignorance.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
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