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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Violation of Sikhism's Basic Tenets

The following is the text of the letter that I sent through email to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), a few months ago, and to which neither has a reply been sent, nor has the practice that I wrote to protest against been stopped:

"Sat Sri Akal,

I would very humbly like to bring to your attention something, which I have noticed and found very perturbing.

The daily Ardas at the Harmandir Sahib, in the evenings, after the recitation of the Rehraas Sahib, in its last stanza, addresses 'Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Ram Das Sahib ji' and 'Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji' but makes no mention of 'Sachche Pita Waheguru'.

I am no learned scholar and am just an ordinary Sikh, but to my mind this does not appear to be in line with the teachings of the ten Gurus as well as the Guru Granth Sahib.

From what I understand, we remember all the ten Gurus as well as the Guru Granth Sahib in the very first stanza of the Ardas, and the final stanza is addressed to 'Sachche Pita Waheguru', the Supreme Being.

I sincerely hope that you will look into the matter at the earliest possible and decide upon the appropriate course of action.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!"


Sidhusaaheb said...

“Dharam Karam Pakhand Jo Deesai, Tin Jaam Jagati Loote….”

ps. please delete my earlier comment as there was a typo in it.
Sifar | Homepage | 04.02.07 – 6:51 pm | #


The ardaas done in harmandar sahib is according to the rehat maryada..but I am still curious about ur point..
Instead of the SGPC y dunt u mail it some other scholar?..SGPC well no one has any faith on them for sure
Aman | Homepage | 04.04.07 – 11:43 am | #


@Sifar: Thanks!

@Aman: I really do not know about who else to write to and would be grateful if you could share any references that you may have.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 04.04.07 – 12:46 pm | #


Not much idea about the topic but I can see it is important to you.
Mridula | Homepage | 04.06.07 – 6:35 pm | #


To put it simply, the Sikhs regard their Gurus with great reverence, but do not pray to them (even though their contributions are remembered each time we say a prayer). The prayers of the Sikhs are, ultimately, addressed to the Almighty i.e. WaheGuru.

This basic principle is being violated at the Golden Temple, as the evening prayers there are being addressed to the Guru under whose guidance it was constructed, instead of being addressed to WaheGuru.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 04.06.07 – 10:13 pm | #


Well Sidhu, I have a suggestion, SGPC is only a rubberstamp and as enlightened sikhs I dont think we can depend on them much. They are a body of matrics and undermatrics. However, this is not to exalt our own post grad education. Fer wi, this point should be clarified from some good scholarly sound person. I know one; and would ask her for curiosity’s sake, if for nothing else.
Secondly, I would like you to research into the Namdharis’ ardas also. I had never heard one till about 15 days back. Curiously, they never mention the shaheeds, 4 sahibzadas, 5 pyaras and much much more. They call Satguru Ram Singh as the 12th guru. Is it in accordance with the gur maryada?
MP | Homepage | 04.09.07 – 6:47 pm | #


You must be kidding MP. You say that “as enlightened sikhs I dont think we can depend on SGPC much” and then after claiming to be enlightened you are asking if it is OK as per Maryada to have someone as a 12th Guru. 12th man only exist is cricket. We Sikhs have only 11 Gurus.
Sifar | Homepage | 04.10.07 – 6:41 pm | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

Sifar ji,
One thing, I dont “claim” to be enlightened. But the fact that sidhu brought it to blog and we are all reacting vouches for it.
Secondly, I dont ask, I am again floating an issue for all of us to discuss becos I was flabbergasted at listening to that particular ardas. I m merely asking if some of you have heard it too? If yes, why doesnt someone object to it bcos as u say, there is no 12th guru. I am a firm believer in the “no deh-dhari guru” philosophy.
MP | Homepage | 04.11.07 – 3:41 am | #


The Namdharis have obviously decided to opt out of the fold of the Panth by going against Guru Gobind Singh’s wishes.

The point here is that the SGPC has changed the Ardas at the Harmandir Sahib and something has to be done about it.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 04.11.07 – 3:03 pm | #


MP jee,

When you know that there is no 12 Guru then the question you asked in the first placed should not have been.

For a Sikh, Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee Maharaaj have instructed that “Guru Manyo Granth”. What some Namdharis, Radha Soamis, Narankari do is being seen by that Aakal Purukh WaheGuru and they will be accountable for their actions when they get face to face with that One and Only Almighty. Your or mine or anyone else raising any objection to their practicies will not get them to do what is right and moreover it is not our job to correct others unless we ourselves are clean as is said by Bhagat Kabeer jee, “Bura jo dekhan Mai Challa, Bura Na Milya Koi. Jo Dil Koja Aapana, To Mujhse Bura Na Koi”.
Sifar | Homepage | 04.11.07 – 4:42 pm | #


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Jagga | 09.03.07 – 3:44 pm | #


@Jagga: It, indeed, is on account of actions like these on the part of the Sikh clergy and the SGPC that those like the Dera Sacha Sauda and other Deras are gaining ground in Punjab.

I hope that the SGPC will take note very soon and rectify this.

It’s not too difficult. All they have to do is to revert to the correct form of Ardaas, which was being used earlier and was addressed to ‘NimaaniaaN de maan, nitaaniaaN de taan, niotiaaN di ot, Sachche Pita WaheGuru’.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 09.03.07 – 4:24 pm | #