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Nadar Karey Jay Apnee ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਜੇ ਆਪਣੀ

ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਜੇ ਆਪਣੀ

Nadar Karey Jay Apnee

Interpreted Using the Gurbani Framework.

 

Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd

 

The Gurbani Framework calls for the use of GURBANI to understand, explain, translate and interpret GURBANI.

The Gurbani Framework is a response to a variety of distorted translations using Vedantic, Taksalee, Yogic and Literal frameworks – all of which use of sources OUTSIDE of Gurbani to interpret Gurbani.

 

This article interprets the following Pauree from page 465 of the SGGS ji using the Gurbani Framework.

 

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Jinee pechattah hukm

ਜਿਨੀ ਪਛਾਤਾ ਹੁਕਮ

ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦੇ ਸੂਝਵਾਨ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰਕ, ਵਿਆਖਿਆਕਾਰ ਇਸ ਨੁਕਤੇ ਉੱਪਰ ਇਕਮੱਤ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਸਮੁੱਚਾ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਇੱਕ ਸਵਾਲ ਦੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਵਿਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।

ਉਹ ਸਵਾਲ ਹੈ:

ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ  ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ॥-(1) 


(ਭਾਵ ਆਪਣੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਵਿਚ ਰੱਬ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਆਈਏ, ‘ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮਿਲਨ‘ ਜਾਂ ‘ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸਿਉ ਮੇਲ‘ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋਵੇ?)

ਇਸ ਦਾ ਜਵਾਬ ਅਗਲੀ ਤੁਕ ਵਿਚ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ:

ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ॥–(1)


(ਰਜਾਈ (ਅਕਾਲ ਪੁਰਖ) ਵੱਲੋਂ ਸਥਾਪਤ ਹੁਕਮ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਜਿਉਂ ਕੇ ਹੀ ਸਚਿਆਰ ਬਣਿਆ ਜਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ। 

ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਆਉਂਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਭੈ, ਨਾਉ ਅਤੇ ਭਾਣਾ ਵੀ ਹੁਕਮ ਵਜੋਂ ਹੀ ਵਰਤੇ ਗਏ ਹਨ।)

ਇੱਕ ਤੁਕ ਨਾਲ ਮੇਰੇ ਵਰਗੇ ਆਮ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੇ ਪੱਲੇ ਕੁਝ ਨਹੀਂ ਪੈਣਾ, ਇਹ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨ ਚੰਗੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਸਮਝਦੇ ਸਨ, ਇਸੇ ਲਈ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ‘ਹੁਕਮ’  ਦੇ ਇਸ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਨੂੰ ਬੜੇ ਵਿਸਥਾਰ ਨਾਲ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਪਰ ਸਾਡੇ ਬਹੁਗਿਣਤੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆਕਾਰ ‘ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ ਚੱਲਣ’ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਨੂੰ ਸੌਖਿਆਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਮ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਮਝਾਅ ਸਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਸਾਡੇ ਵਿਦਵਾਨਾਂ ਨੇ ਹੁਕਮ ਉੱਪਰ ਓਨੀ ਚਰਚਾ ਕੀਤੀ, ਜਿੰਨੀ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ‘ਨਾਮੁ’, ‘ਸਿਮਰਨ’ ਆਦਿ ਵਿਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਉੱਪਰ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ। ਹੈਰਾਨੀ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਢਲੇ ਅਤੇ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਅਹਿਮ ਸਵਾਲ ਦੇ ਉੱਤਰ ਵਜੋਂ ਜੋ ਜਵਾਬ ਦਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਉਸ ਉੱਪਰ ਐਨੀ ਘੱਟ ਚਰਚਾ! ਹੁਣ ਤੱਕ ਸੈਂਕੜੇ ਕਿਤਾਬਾਂ ਕੇਵਲ ਹੁਕਮ ਦੇ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਉੱਪਰ ਹੀ ਲਿਖਣੀਆਂ ਬਣਦੀਆਂ ਸਨ। ਬੀਤੇ ਦਿਨੀਂ ਮੈਂ ਮਲੇਸ਼ੀਆ ਤੋਂ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਫੋਰਮ ਦੇ ਡਾ. ਕਰਮਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਜਪੁ ਬਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਦੇਖੀ, ਜਿਸ ਦੇ ਵੀਡੀਓਜ਼ www.sikhivicharforum.org ਅਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਯੂ-ਟਿਊਬ ਚੈਨਲ ਉੱਪਰ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਵਿਚ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ‘ਹੁਕਮ’ ਦੇ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਉੱਪਰ ਕਈ ਘੰਟੇ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਚਰਚਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ। 

 

 

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Apeeney Bhog Bhog Kay – ਆਪੀਨੈ ਭੋਗ ਭੋਗਿ ਕੈ

 Apeeney Bhog Bhog Kay  ਆਪੀਨੈ ਭੋਗ ਭੋਗਿ ਕੈ

Interpreted Using the Gurbani Framework.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd

The Gurbani Framework calls for the use of GURBANI to understand, explain, translate and interpret GURBANI.

The Gurbani Framework is a response to a variety of distorted translations using Vedantic, Taksalee, Yogic and Literal frameworks – all of which use of sources OUTSIDE of Gurbani to interpret Gurbani.

This article interprets the following pauree from page 464 of the SGGS ji using the Gurbani Framework.

 

 

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MY GURDWARA – Reader Comments on 5 Part article – Are Gurdwaras Dysfunctional ?

MY GURDWARA –    A Reader of Sikhivicharforum.org comments on the 5 part Article Are Our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional ?

 

The gurdwara is pivoted upon the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) that is installed in the Darbar (Court or Throne Room). Sikhs maintain the sanctity of the Darbar at all times. Royal respect to the SGGS is accorded via the palki, chandova and chaur.

 

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NANAK JEE UPAY KE – ਨਾਨਕ ਜੀਅ ਉਪਾਇ ਕੈ ਲਿਖਿ ਨਾਵੈ ਧਰਮੁ ਬਹਾਲਿਆ

Translating Gurbani using Gurbani Framework.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd

The Gurbani Framework calls for the use of GURBANI to understand, explain, translate and interpret GURBANI.

The Gurbani Framework is a response to a variety of distorted translations using Vedantic, Taksalee, Yogic and Literal frameworks that are available in print and the internet.

It is argued that Vedic, Taksalee and Yogic translations DISTORT Gurbani to the extent that they hijack the UNIQUE spiritual messages of Gurbani; slanting it to REJECTED non-Sikhi belief systems.

 

 

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VAANDD CHHAKNNAH – SHARE !!

DHARAM DEE KIRT AND VAND CHHAKHNA

We often talk about three basic principles of Sikhism in accordance of which a Sikh householder ought to live his life.

He should NOT be 

– idle or a ‘holy’ beggar 

– a cheat who earns by deceit

– too attached to his family or material wealth 

– obsessed with power, position or worldly pleasures

Instead he should be true to these three principles.

 

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JUP HAR HAR HAR

JUP HAR HAR HAR

I’m sure many of our readers would have noticed that the word HAR appears constantly in Gurbani to denote the Creator.

Let’s take a look at a shabad by Guru Ram Das ji in Rag Gauri Poorbi.

SGGS 170 Rag Gauri Poorbi M : 4

ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਜਪਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਜਪੀਐ ॥

Merey Man Jup Har Har Har Man Japeeai ||

In this verse the rara in Har has a sihari. This means it is an adjective. So Har in this verse means WITHIN THE OMNIPRESENT. 

The word JUP too has a sihari to the PAPPA.  It therefore means TO 

REALIZE.  So the meaning of the verse is:

Realize (JUP) that entity which is omnipresent, which is in everything, which is everywhere (HAR HAR HAR).

 

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DAAN AND SIKHI – GURBANI BASED PERSPECTIVE ਦਾਨ ਦਾਨੁ ਦਾਨਿ DR. KARMINDER SINGH DHILLON

 

Daan in Gurbani.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD

The word DAAN appears in Gurbani multiple times in three different versions ਦਾਨ (44 times) and ਦਾਨੁ (234 times) and ਦਾਨਿ (7 times). The difference is meaning between these 3 versions is provided at the relevant portions of this essay.

A study of these verses, their context and usage provides the following conclusions.

 

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ARE OUR GURDWARAS DYSFUNCTIONAL- PART 5 DR. KARMINDER SINGH DHILLON(COMPLETELY REWRITTEN )

Are our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional?

PART FIVE: Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Editor’s Note: This is the Final Part of a FIVE Part Series that looks into a wide variety of issues concerning the Gurdwaras. The overall objective is to answer the question “Are our Gurdwaras serving the purpose for their existence. Part ONE establishes the position of the Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh. Part TWO outlines the intended roles and functions of our Gurdwaras and Part THREE assess them. Part FOUR Examines the root causes of Gurdwara dysfunctionality. This FINAL part provides a critical answer to the question “Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

 

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Are Our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional ? Re-edited New Version Dr. Karminder Singh Dhillon PART 4

Are our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional?

PART FOUR: The Root Causes.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Editor’s Note: This is Part Four of a FIVE Part Series that looks into a wide variety of issues concerning the Gurdwaras. The overall objective is to answer the question “Are our Gurdwaras serving the purpose for their existence. Part ONE establishes the position of the Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh. Part TWO outlines the intended roles and functions of our Gurdwaras and Part THREE assess them. This Part Examines the root causes of Gurdwara dysfunctionality. The FINAL part provides a critical answer to the question “Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

There is no denying that the dysfunctionality of our Gurdwaras is deeply entrenched and widespread.

There can also be no denying that the root causes are varied and there is enough blame to go around.

Yet it cannot be denied that the primary responsibility for resulting distortion and corruption of Gurdwara roles and functions must be shared equally by three guilty parties – those who (mis)manage our Gurdwaras – namely parbhandakhs; those who failed miserably to impart Gurmat and Gurbani enlightenment to the sangats at large, namely our Granthis, Ragis and Parcharaks; and finally the sangats themselves who took a lackadaisical attitude to the dysfynctionality all along.

 

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ARE OUR GURDWARAS DYSFUNCTIONAL ? DR KARMINDER SINGH DHILLON PART 3

Are our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional?

PART THREE: The Assessment.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Editor’s Note: This is Part Three of a FIVE Part Series that looks into a wide variety of issues concerning the Gurdwaras. The overall objective is to answer the question “Are our Gurdwaras serving the purpose for their existence. Part ONE establishes the position of the Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh. Part TWO outlines the intended roles and functions of our Gurdwaras and this Part assess them. Part FOUR Examines the root causes of Gurdwara dysfunctionality. The FINAL part provides a critical answer to the question “Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

The question is: Are our Gurdwaras dysfunctional? To argue otherwise would amount to an exercise in deception.

By and large, our gold plated structures, sprawling marble-adorned complexes, modern architectural constructs and beautiful buildings (and even their humble variants) are just that – physical structures that are admirable; are able to attract occasional large passive crowds and chalk up substantial incomes in the form of donations.

A vast majority of our Gurdwaras do little more than organize weekly diwans that constitute kirtan by professional ragis, akhand path readings by professional pathis, the occasional katha or sermon also by a professional and conclude with the serving of langar.

With few exceptions, these “professionals” are largely disconnected from the sangats they serve and thus oblivious to the spiritual challenges facing their congregations.

Their primary motive is to earn a living through their “professional” activities and so long as the sangat “enjoys” their “musical presentations” and gives them sufficient bheta, they are content.

A vast majority of our Gurdwaras have no primary function other than acting as a venue for the conduct of Anand Karajs, Antim Ardas and other functions where the sangat has no role other than passive and reciprocal attendance – we go because we fear that if we didn’t, then others will not come to our functions.

Yet the strongest evidence that our Gurdwaras are dysfunctional is that they are steadily emptying out of Generation Y and Z Sikhs; that our youth are become increasingly alienated from our Gurdwaras; and our children are beginning to disconnect from Sikhi by the hordes.

The root cause of such dysfunction lies in our wilful neglect of the original and rightful functions of Gurdwaras, as intended by our Gurus. An assessment of each of these seven functions may be worth conducting. 

 

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Are our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional- Re-Edited New version Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon PART 2

ARE OUR GURDWARAS DYSFUNCTIONAL?

PART TWO: The Roles and Functions of a Gurdwara.    READ PART ONE HERE        http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=1046

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Editor’s Note: This is Part TWO of a FIVE Part Series that looks into a wide variety of issues concerning the Gurdwaras. The overall objective is to answer the question “Are our Gurdwaras serving the purpose for their existence. Part ONE establishes the position of the Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh. This Part outlines the intended roles and functions of our Gurdwaras and Part THREE assess them. Part FOUR Examines the root causes of Gurdwara dysfunctionality. The FINAL part provides a critical answer to the question “Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

The objective of this Part is to discover the original and rightful functions of Gurdwaras, as intended by our Gurus and based on the philosophy as enshrined in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Put together, these roles and functions would then become the raison d’ taire – the most important reasons for the existence of the Gurdwara. They would also become the Key Performance Measures for an analysis of whether our Gurdwaras are indeed dysfunctional and not achieving the intended outcomes.

No one has researched the subject as has Sikh scholar cum historian Bhai Kahn Singh Dhillon of Nabha. He lists the following seven functions..

 

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Are our Gurdwaras Dysfunctional ? Re-Edited New Version Dr Karminder Singh PART 1

ARE OUR GURDWARAS DYSFUNCTIONAL?

PART ONE: The Position of a Gurdwara in a Sikh’s Life.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Editor’s Note: This is Part One of a FIVE Part Series that looks into a wide variety of issues concerning the Gurdwaras. The overall objective is to answer the question “Are our Gurdwaras serving the purpose for their existence. Part ONE establishes the position of the Gurdwara in the life of a Sikh. Part TWO outlines the intended roles and functions of our Gurdwaras and Part THREE assess them. Part FOUR Examines the root causes of Gurdwara dysfunctionality. The FINAL part provides a critical answer to the question “Do we need to build more Gurdwaras?

NOTHING excites a lay Sikh more than news that a new Gurdwara is to be built or an existing one renovated. After all, a vast majority of Sikhs consider the Gurdwara to be a Guru Ghar: literally the “house” of the Guru.

There is no reason therefore for the abode of the Guru to not be as magnificent and splendid as possible.

Such thinking is most likely the reason behind the assertion that there perhaps is no place on earth where a group of Sikhs reside but have not constructed a Gurdwara.

From gold plated structures, sprawling marble-adorned complexes and modern architectural constructs to a variety of humble variants in rented premises – our Gurdwaras have become the core institution of the Sikh way of life.

But thinking Sikhs – especially those who are Gurbani focussed – would agree that constructing magnificent Gurdwaras and THEN ensuring they function in accordance with their intended roles are two starkly different things.

For such Sikhs the two basic questions are “what constitutes the magnificence of a Gurdwara – its physical structure or its ability to achieve its intended objectives?

Secondly what determines the key performance measures of a Gurdwara – the number of programs and volume of attendees, or the level of Sikhi that is disseminated?

Thinking Sikhs would also agree that a Gurdwara has to do lots more than merely organize Sunday diwans that constitute kirtan by professional ragis, akhand path readings by professional pathis, the occasional katha or sermon also by a professional and conclude with the serving of langar.

In the minds of such Sikhs, these activities run on “auto pilot.” There is a fixed template for these programs that run every week, month and year. The only thing different from the previous program is the name of the sponsor. It’s on auto pilot because not much thinking goes into asking what, if any, are the outcomes of such activities.

Concerned Sikhs would argue that as an institution a Gurdwara has to be more than a place for the conduct of Anand Karajs, Antim Ardas and other functions where the sangat has no role other than staggered, passive and casual attendance.

Staggered because one could come at one’s convenience and not miss out on anything major; passive because they have no role other than being spectators and casual because there is no real outcome of the entire process.

Rarely is a Sikh heard lamenting that he or she has missed a great deal because of non- regular attendance. On the other hand, it is not uncommon to hear Sikhs say that they have to attend a Gurdwara function because it is sponsored by someone important (blood relation, wealthy, influential or high on the social ladder).

Put plainly, given the investments of money, time and our collective energies that we Sikhs have put into our Gurdwaras, do we get adequate Returns of Investments (ROI) in terms of spiritual, social, and gurmat measures?

This question becomes critical as our Gurdwaras begin to steadily empty out of Generation Y and Z Sikhs; as our youth become increasingly alienated from our Gurdwaras; and as our children begin to disconnect from Sikhi.

The same questions become even more grave as educated Sikhs begin to realize that the Gurdwara is not the place that they can count on to help them inculcate Gurbani based Sikhi into their lives and that of their children.

 

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