During my early childhood, this day had no significant importance, let alone celebrating it. But, with the rise of social media, like all other days, call it festivals, anniversaries, national days, or your dog’s birthday – Father’s Day increasingly became a trendy day to celebrate. I have been intentionally neglecting Father’s Day for the past 15 years since I lost my father, but thanks to the brutal reminders of social media – you simply cannot ignore these days so easily!

For some, it is a fun excuse to get the family together (perhaps not this year!) to have a lovely barbecue party beneath the glowing sun and shower their fathers with presents and surprises. But for others, it may trigger some terrible experiences and upsetting memories. If you fall into that second category, the same as me, getting through the third Sunday in June would have been a bit harder.

Let’s have a peek at our scriptures take on who a father is?

“Ek pita, ekas ke hum baarik” – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Raag Sorath, Ang 612.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji elegantly explains that there is One Father, and we are all His children. He is our guide, our Guru. The entire universe is His playground. He is our shelter and our honor. All beings and creatures are His creation. All that happens is His doing; we can do nothing ourselves. With the perfect Guru, one can win the arduous battlefield of life and feel that God (highest energy) is the Father, infinity is the Father.

“Aham Bija-Prada Pita” – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 14.4.

In Bhagavad-Gita, Shri Krishna says: I am the Father of everyone for not only human beings but of all that exists. Such entities are perceived not only on this planet but on every planet, even on the highest, where Brahma resides. Srila Prabhupada Ji emphasized the universal brotherhood and accepting Shri Krishna as the Supreme Father of every living entity.

“For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one Spiritual Father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you.” – Bible, 1 Corinthians, 4:15.

It asserts outright here that we have one Spiritual Father. One must not be divided over loyalties to other personalities. The relationship between one and the Supreme Father is eternal.
Now, how can one fear of any distress or anxiety if they have the perfect Guru as their father, their guardian?

We all have a father, our Guru, who is ever gracious, compassionate, and loving. He is our role model, who not only stirs us to realize our full potential, but also works with us silently as a true father does without expecting anything in return. Who are we anyway to offer anything to Him when all that we have, is by His grace. The above meme sums us up perfectly! 😃

By not having a worldly father is not to say that universe has not well taken care of you. In fact, for me, It has not only provided the essential material comforts but, has also blessed me with the radiant shield of my master’s grace, the father of all fathers – our beloved, Swamiji.

Thus, let us all endure the gift of His infinite loving presence in our lives. Here’s wishing our Spiritual Father, most endeared Swamiji, a Happy Father’s Day (belated) – we love You!

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