Sindhi Roots & Rituals – Part 1

“Language is the only homeland”- Czestaw Mitosz”A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.”

– Anthony Liccione

Sindhi Hindus are one of the most unique and eclectic community in the world. We are the residual or rather culmination as “Creme de la crème” of an arduous history and its tumultuous vicissitudes. We are unique because we have gravitated in the 21st century imbibing in blend, the Vedic and Tantra cultures of antiquity, the peripheral influences of Jainism, the compassion of Buddhism, the aura and message of Guru Nanak, and the permeating psyche of the Sufis and Saints that have graced Sindh over the centuries. We are the most colorful community that has freed itself from the tentacles of the rigid Varna- caste system that has plagued the Hindu Culture for millenniums.

Having borne the brunt of the most calamitous diaspora during the partition of India, we have emerged in current times with a spiritual quest in our being, philantrophy in our hearts, a spectacular drive to prosper and excel, a mind that is almost free of the past social and professional distinctions and now expanding in the International arena, with a simple axiom of the great mystic Rumi “Dil Ba yaar- Dast Bikaar” which means “The heart with God and the hands for work.”

Sindhi Roots and Rituals Part 1 is a narrative of our historical, religious and demographic roots and Part 11 is an account of rituals explained in scientific and practical manner, to bring a better clarity and understanding amongst the readers. It is hoped that this book will pave and facilitate the Sindhi journey and the Sindhi pilgrimage inspired and motivated by the echoes of our glorious and turbulent roots.

– Dayal N Harjani aka Daduzen

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

– J.R.R. Tolkien, the Fellowship of the Ring

Mr. Dayal N Harjani’s recent publication “Sindhi Roots & Rituals,” a magnum opus, is the outcome of Harjani’s painstaking research of years, studying hundreds of books and collecting the information orally from vast number of persons with intimate knowledge. He has successfully unraveled the historical, economical, and cultural past of the most ancient race of Indus Valley Civilization, with incisive analysis and deep insight. No doubt it is his labour of love and sense of responsibility, which has induced him to undertake this arduous task, never attempted before.

 

Exploring the subject under his lenses, Harjani has realized that the Sindhi Community is passing through a serious Identity Crisis. Sindhi Language, the quintessence of its rich culture is in pitiable condition. It hangs at the perilous precipice from where it is poised to leap into the chasm of oblivion. The Sound of tolling bells is quite loud and clear.

 

According to Harjani, Sindhis have to act fast on war footing, if they wish to survive, eluding the list of races which may vanish from earth in near future.

 

Mr. Harjani has suggested few remedial measures as given below.

 
  1. Sindhis should strive to create their homeland, the suitable location for the same is Kutch region adjoining Sindh.
  2. They should also establish “Bharti Sindhu Vidyapeeth,” a Cultural University to act as a repository of all the knowledge about Sindh and Sindhis, to preserve and promote Sindhi Language & Culture.
  3. They should build “Shree Jhulelal Tirthdham” on a gigantic scale, at Narayan Sarovar which is the site where River Sindhu merged in Sindhu Sagar.
  Lord Jhulelal, Ishtdev of Sindhis shall certainly reappear at the same spot to become their saviour, if all the Sindhis united together to beckon Him, whole heartedly in one voice.

- Lakhmi Khilnani Director and Founder Member Indian Institute of Sindhology Adipur

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