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The Sabha is OUT of ICU – For Now

The Sabha is Out of the ICU – For Now

Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd (Boston)

SOME ONE HUNDRED members of Sikh Naujwan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) turned up at its AGM on 29th June 2019 to bear witness to events that the youth organization has never seen before.

They bore witness to an attempt to drag the Sabha into two ugly controversies. They also bore witness to an attempted power grab disguised as an exercise in panthik unity.

The orchestrated attempt to grab control of the Sabha by forces bent on using the organization for their specific agendas reared its ugly head some months ago when a WhatsApp post by a group of 13 people (DG-13) calling for an EGM to “remove the Jathedar” came to light For an analysis of this EGM call see article titled “Sabha is in ICU: You are Invited to the Funeral” at http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/2019/03/09/sabha-is-in-icu-you-are-invited-to-the-funeral/

Saturday’s AGM saw the tabling of FIVE resolutions by the DG-13 Group. The resolutions were signed by Suret Singh and seconded by Master Daljit Singh. These same individuals tabled these resolutions at the AGM.

These resolutions lay bare the real agenda of the DG-13. They also expose the real beneficiary and the real hand behind it all. All in all, these resolutions uncover the dangerous and devious plot to drag the Sabha into two separate and ugly controversies.

It was an attempt to burn the house down. How so? Read on.

 

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The Sabha AGM – The Winners and The Losers

The Sabha AGM – The Winners and Losers

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston)

Here is a quick look at the Winners and Losers of the recent Sabha EGM held on the 29th of June, 2019.

THE WINNERS

1. SNSM, Jasbir Singh and his Exco. All three came out clear winners on grounds of allowing the DG-13 an opportunity to test the support for their pro Dasam Granth position. The DG-13 and their Sponsors had been relentless in their condemnation of all three. Venom – particularly of personal nature – was spewed against Jathedar Jasbir especially – in blatant abuse of the social media for personal attacks.

What better way to call their bluff than to say “OK let’s put your matter to a vote in an AGM.” This is accountability and it is transparency. It is also a sign of responsible and courageous leadership. It is also about empowering the members of SNSM to have a say in the future of their organization. Well done, all three.

2. The Members of SNSM. For turning up in larger numbers than ever, speaking out and making it clear that they understood and rejected the real agenda of the DG-13, the ordinary members of SNSM are winners too. You elected to keep Sabha out of the mud that is the DG controversy and the dera maryada dispute and that is commendable.

3. The Coffers of SNSM. The approval by the floor for the Sale of two Sabha properties worth RM 6 million to free up funds for other priority uses means the Sabha can operate more independently.

 

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The Bhagat Maal Debacle

The Bhagat Maal Debacle.

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD

The Sikh Scripture – Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS) contains the Bani of 15 bhagats. A total of 725 saloks and shabds; including three full banis2 written by the bhagats were retrieved by Guru Nanak in person from them.3 These were all included in the Pothee Sahib by Guru Arjun and maintained in the SGGS by Guru Gobind Singh upon bestowing of Gurgadee to the SGGS in 1708.

All three independent acts – retrieval of the bhagat bani, their inclusion into Pothee Sahib and their retention in the SGGS – fortify the single principle that the spiritual philosophy of the 15 bhagats was completely in line with that of our Gurus. From their initial retrieval to eventual inclusion in the SGGS, all 725 saloks and shabds of the bhagats underwent benchmarking three times at the hands of three separate Gurus. Such scrutiny for spiritual alignment is perhaps avant-garde on its own accord.

An examination of the bani of the bhagats reveals that they were revolutionary spiritual seekers. Amongst the many facets of their ground shattering and innovative spirituality, four aspects stand out as stark reality of what the bhagats stood for: (i) the damning denunciation and rejection of the then existing clergy, (ii) the total refutation of all clergy sanctioned ritual, (iii) repudiation of the clergy sanctioned idol worship, and (iv) the wholesome rejection of the primary institution of the clergy – the mandir, dehora, maseet and temple as the “pathway to spirituality”.

In any case, the institution of the clergy was out of bounds by dogma to all but three of the bhagats – on account of their ‘low’ caste. The mandir’s doors were secured shut to the castes of weaver, cobbler, tailor and other shudras. The doors did not open for those bhagats who were not shurdras either – the mandirs were shut to them as well – as pay back for their stinging criticism of the custodians of these places as frauds and pretentious beings.

 

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Gurbani Shabad Vichar

Gurbani Shabd Vichar

Asa Bani Bhagat Dhanney Ki

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD

 

The shabd under discussion in this article is composed by bhagat Dhanna Ji – ਆਸਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਗਤ ਧੰਨੇ ਜੀ ਕੀ॥ Asa bani Bhagat Dhanney Ji Ki – and is contained on Page 487 of the SGGS.

Bhagat Dhanna ji has a total of 3 shabds in the SGGS ji. Two are found in Assa Raag on Page 487 and one in Jaistsri Raag on page 695 of the SGGS ji. This article looks at bhagatji’s shabd in Assa Raag.

Apart from discussing the selected shabd, this article serves a second task, namely to analyze the truth or otherwise, of a story about Dhanna ji that is commonly and widely narrated by our granthis, kirtanias, ragis and parcharaks.

The origin of the story is the Bhagat Maal – a book having its origins in the Vedic clergy at Benares. It was originally authored by Nabha Dass, a self-styled Snatn theologian based in the Punjabi village of Pathankot at Gurdaspur sometime in the 1600s – just about when the bhagat bani was being incorporated into the Pothi Sahib by GuruArjun. A Brej language version under the name of Swami Priya Daas came into existence in the late 1800s. Punjabi versions of this book pertaining to the 15 SGGS bhagats can be found under the names of Nirmla Keerat Singh and Nirmla Pandit Narain Singh. A Bhagat Maal under the name of Bhai Mani Singh – believed to be authored by Nirmla Surat Singh is also in existence.

 

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Sidh Ghoshat Videos – Summary in English

SIDH GOSHT TRANSLATION

By: Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon

Intro Outline:

I. Where and When was Sidh Gosht composed?

● Composed by Guru Nanak

● 1521 Guru Nanak returned to Kartarpur after his final travel journey

● For 18 years Guru Nanak spread his teachings in neighboring regions

● In Batala was a major Yogi Ashram called Achul where Yogis gathered for a yearly festival that takes

place in March (Shivratri Mela)

● Bani composed between March-September of 1539 (last 6 months of his life)

● Evidence: Bhai Gurdass Vars

● Guru Nanak becomes Joyti Joyt September 1539

● Sidh Gosht is 2nd to last Bani he wrote at the end of his life

● Sidh Gosht most complex Bani written by Guru Nanak for his disciples

● Japji Sahib was LAST Bani written

● Essence of Sidh Gosht is summarized in Pauree 28 & 29 of Japji Sahib

● Distillation of his primary spiritual philosophy

II. Who were the dialogue partners?

● Yogis had high status as religions group

● Highly elevated Yogis during travels (Shiva sect)

● Bhai Gurdas mentions Yogi Bhangar Nath at mela who confronts Guru Nanak and Guru responds with

showing Yogi his mindset is faulty

● Lohareepa (Son of Gorakh) & Charpat main leaders of Yogi group

● Yogis were misleading public

III. What are the Primary Questions (20)?

 

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Bala reincarnate

Gurcharan Singh Jeonwala

Bala Reincarnate……

By Gurcharan Singh Jeonwala

It is regrettable that Patiala University academics are in the process of re-incarnating a new Bhai Bala. They want to create a fictitious Bala who will be the companion of Guru Nanak’s travels. The Bala that even Bhai Gurdasji did not know about because he heard nothing of any Bala from the third and fourth Gurus with whom he spent his life.

But miraculously, these academics seem to know about Guru Nanak than Bhai Gurdasji even.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Karminder Singh Dhillon, Phd (Boston)

Note: This article appeared as the Editorial of The Sikh Bulletin, USA, Jan –March 2019 Issue. The complete issue is available at www.sikhbulletin.com. Webmaster.

 

In the five and half centuries of Sikh spirituality, Sikhs have never been as disconnected from the spiritual messages contained in Gurbani as they are in the 21st Century. The root cause of such spiritual decline is clear: Sikhs have steadily distanced themselves from the understanding of the spiritual messages contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).

Such distancing from the messages of Gurbani is despite the deep physical connections that Sikhs have nurtured with the physical embodiment (saroop) that is the SGGS – in forms including but not limited to making precious offerings; according splendour to its installation; donning it under palkis made of gold; parading it around in ostentatious displays called nagar kirtan; multiple continuous readings in the style of Akhand and Sehej Paths; and other physical forms of reverence in the name of religious ritual and dogma.

But Sikhs have remained disengaged from the messages contained within.

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Tribute to Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Ji of Village Kala Afghana- 21st Century’s Most renowned Reformer and SGGS Purist

The Sikh world has lost one of its most illuminated minds in the passing of Gyani Gurbax Singh Kala Afgana. 

 He contributed immensely to  Tatt Gurmat while exposing the corruption of Sikhi by our depraved clergy – deras, sants, babas and Taksalees.  He influenced a great many minds – Sikh parcharaks, writers and thinkers. He wrote profusely and his revolutionary ideas will live on. 

There is no doubt that Kala Afgana stands as the leading reformer since the founders of Singh Sabha movement  Gyani Gurditt Singh and Prof Gurmukh Singh. His loss to the Sikh world is unparalleled. 

The clergy and our corrupted institutions including the AT left no stone unturned to lock his soul up – they excommunicated him in exile, harassed him, threatened him and    prayed profusely for his death. 

The old warrior who in his final stage of life so terrified the false pujarees and jathedaars that they cowed out of a video call discussion with a sick old man of integrity. 

He has passed on but not before creating uncountable thinking and questioning minds. He will live on in their minds and in the minds of many more to come. 

The corruptors and hijackers of Sikhi are naturally overjoyed that they have one less threat to deal with. It’s a reflection of their small mindedness. 

The SGGS linked Sikh world will feel blessed in the enlightenment that Kala Afghana shared with all. His loss will be deeply felt but the passion for Sikhi truths  that he ignited will burn bright for generations to come. 

The best service to his memory is to have copies of all his 12 books and read them thoroughly

 

May Guru ji bless strength to his loved ones to bear his loss. 

 

Karminder Singh Dhillon PhD (Boston) 

Gyani Jarnail Singh Arshi. 

Jan 10th 2019 

PUNJABI ARTICLES

Bhai Gurbaksh Singh ji deaan abhull yaadan – Bhai Gurcharan Singh jeonwallah ਨਿਧੱੜਕ ਤੇ ਬੁਲੰਦ ਅਵਾਜ਼ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਕਾਲਾ ਅਫਗਾਨਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਯਾਦਾਂ

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ਅੱਜ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਆਖਰ ਓਹ ਘੜੀ ਆ ਹੀ ਗਈ ਜਦੋਂ ਇਸ ਮਨੁੱਖੀ ਮਸ਼ੀਨਰੀ ਨੇ ਰੁਕ ਹੀ ਜਾਣਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ। ਤਕਰੀਬਨ 98 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਲੰਬੀ ਉਮਰ ਭੋਗ ਕੇ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਕਾਲਾ ਅਫਗਾਨਾ ਇਸ ਫਾਨੀ ਸੰਸਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਅਲਵਿਦਾ ਆਖ ਗਏ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਬੇਸ਼-ਕੀਮਤੀ ਕਿਤਾਬਾਂ, ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ 13 ਹੈ, ਸਿੱਖ ਕੌਮ ਦੇ ਪੱਲੇ ਪਾ ਨਾਮਣਾ ਖੱਟ ਗਏ। ਮਾਰਚ 2018 ਵਿਚ ਗੁਰਬਖਸ਼ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਆਖਰੀ ਮੁਲਾਕਾਤ ਹੋਈ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾ ਇਤਰਾਜ਼ ਜਤਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਮੈਂ ਜਲਦੀ ਜਲਦੀ ਮਿਲਣ ਕਿਉਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦਾ। 97 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਵਿਚ ਵੀ ਉਨ੍ਹਾ ਨੂੰ ਸੱਭ ਕੁੱਝ ਯਾਦ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਇੰਟਰਨੈਸ਼ਨਲ ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਜੁਟ ਜਾਣ ਦੀਆ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਜਾਂ ਸਕੀਮਾਂ ਅਸੀਂ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਹਰਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਸ਼ੇਰਗਿੱਲ ਦੇ ਰੋਜ਼ਵਿਲ ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਰੇ ਚਾੜੀਆਂ। ਉਹ ਇਹ ਸੁਣ ਕੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਖੁਸ਼ ਹੋਏ ਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਤਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਨੇ ਦਸਮ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਜਨਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਚੇਤ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 58 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ, 50 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਅਖਬਾਰ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਚ ਅਤੇ 50 ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਹਿੰਦੀ ਵਿਚ ਛਾਪ ਕੇ ਵੰਡਿਆ ਹੈ। ਜਦੋਂ ਮੈਂ ਛਾਪਾਈ ਦਾ ਸਾਰਾ ਹਾਲ ਬਿਆਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਵੱਖਰੇ ਵੱਖਰੇ ਮਜ਼ਬੂਨ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਹੁਣ ਤਕ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾ ਤਕਰੀਬਨ ਸੱਤ ਲੱਖ ਅਖਬਾਰ/ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ ਅਤੇ ਪੰਜ ਲੱਖ ਡੀ.ਵੀ.ਡੀ.& ਸੀਡੀਜ਼ ਵੰਡ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਮੰਜੇ ਵਿਚ ਲੰਮੇ ਪਏ ਸਿਰਦਾਰ ਜੀ ਨੂੰ ਇਤਨਾ ਜੋਸ਼ ਅਇਆ ਕਿ ਇਕ ਦਮ ਖੜਾ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਜੱਫੀ ਵਿਚ ਲੈ ਲਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਗਦ-ਗਦ ਹੋ ਗਏ। ਕਹਿਣ ਲੱਗੇ ਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਪੂਰਾ ਯਕੀਨ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸੱਚ ਉਜਾਗਰ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਹੀ ਰਹੇਗਾ। ਸਿੱਖੀ ਵਿਚ ਆਏ ਨਿਘਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਦੂਰ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ 1872 ਵਿਚ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਭਾਵਾਂ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਗਈਆਂ, ਗਿਆਨੀ ਦਿੱਤ ਸਿੰਘ, ਪ੍ਰੋ. ਗੁਰਮੁੱਖ ਸਿੰਘ, ਭਾਈ ਕਾਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਨਾਭਾ, ਭਸੌੜ ਵਾਲੇ ਪੰਚ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਦੀਵਾਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਗੁਰਮੁੱਖ ਪਿਆਰਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਤਨ ਦੇਹੀ ਨਾਲ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਲਾ ਕੇ ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਜਮਾਤ ਦੇ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਵਿਚ ਪਾਏ ਹੋਏ ਢੇਰ ਸਾਰੇ ਗੰਦ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਫ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ। 1962 ਵਿਚ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਕਾਲਜ਼ ਖੁਲਣੇ ਸੁਰੂ ਹੋਏ ਤੇ ਉਸ ਚਲਾਈ ਹੋਈ ਲਹਿਰ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਹੁੰਘਾਰਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਹੁਣ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਲੱਗ-ਭਗ 110 ਪਿੰਡਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਖੁਲ੍ਹ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਹਨ। ਇਹ ਸਾਰਾ ਹਾਲ ਸੁਣ ਕੇ ਬੁੱਢੇ ਸ਼ੇਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਤੇ ਲਾਲੀ ਚਮਕਣ ਲੱਗ ਪਈ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਵਾਰ ਦੇ ਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਵਾਜਾ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਨ੍ਹਾ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਚਾਹ-ਪਾਣੀ ਅਤੇ ਬਰਫੀ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਆਓ।

 

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Guru Nanak Ji Sahib’s Birthday – April or October ? Two scholarly articles on this topic

Guru Nanak’s Birthday – April or October?

Guru Nanak was born on Baisakhi Day – April 15, 1469. But Sikhs have continued to celebrate it on Katak Dee Puranmashi – the month of October / Novemnber. A recent article by Prof Harbans Lal has suggested that both days are relevant – Guru Nanak was born in April 1469 but obtained “Parkash” in October of 1496 at age 27.

Dr. Karminder Singh disagrees, arguing that accepting such a dichotomy is deeply problematic, unsupported by Gurmat and Gurbani, and an attempt to justify the continued practice of celebrating Guru Nanak’s birthday on the wrong date.

We publish below two competing views on the issue. The first by Prof Harbans Lal and the second –a critique of the same – by Karminder Singh, Phd (Boston).

Both articles, by courtesy of The Sikh Bulletin (www.sikhbulletin.com) where both first appeared in the November – December issue of 2018. Webmaster Sikhi Vichar Forum.

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IS GURU NANAK’S PARKASH DAY DIFFERENT FROM GURU NANAK’S BIRTH DAY? YES, IT IS.

 

IS GURU NANAK’S PARKASH DAY

DIFFERENT FROM GURU NANAK’S BIRTH DAY? YES, IT IS.

By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt. (Hons) and Ek Onkaar Kaur Khalsa Michaud.

Vaisakhi – Guru Nanak’s Birth Day

Through much of Sikh history and the Sikh world, Vaisakhi (April 1469) has been recognized as the Day of Celebration for Guru Nanak’s birth. On this day, Nanak was born to his parents, his father Kalyan Chand Das Bedi, popularly shortened to Pita Kalu and his mother, Mata Tripta.

There has been no eye-witness record of the date of Guru Nanak’s birthday. However, Gyan Ratnavali (1712) of Bhai Mani Singh and Mehma Parkash (1776) of Sarup Das Bhalla, recorded April as his date of birth. Further, recent historians have calculated Guru Nanak’s birthday from his death records.

The date of Guru Nanak’s passing is inscribed on the stone memorializing his death, and it was recorded in other historical documents. The number of days Guru Nanak lived on this earth is also known. Bhai Santokh Singh, a highly learned Sikh biographer, recorded the total age of Guru Nanak as 70 years, five months and 7 days. From this data, the distinguished contemporary Sikh historian, Karam Singh, calculated Guru Nanak’s age from the date of his death and established mid- April as Guru Nanak’s birthday.

Presently, prominent historians such as Giyani M.A. Macauliffe, Hew McLeod, Kahn Singh Nabha, Indu Bhushan Banerji, Khushwant Singh, Kirpal Singh, Ganda Singh, Harbans Singh, H.R. Gupta, Principal Satbir Singh, and others accept April as the date of the birth of Guru Nanak. Thus, April 2019 will be Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. The global Sikh community is preparing in various ways to celebrate this auspicious day.

 

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IS GURU NANAK’S PARKASH DAY DIFFERENT FROM GURU NANAK’S BIRTH DAY? NO, IT ISN’T.

IS GURU NANAK’S PARKASH DAY

DIFFERENT FROM GURU NANAK’S BIRTH DAY?

NO, IT ISN’T.

Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston)

 

The basic argument of Prof Emeritus Harbans Lal Ji in “Is Guru Nanak’s Parkash Day different from Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Yes it is, in The Sikh Bulletin Volume 20 Number 11&12, Nov – Dec 2018 can be summarized in the following two points:

  1. The BIRTHDAY refers to a physical event; namely the birth of Guru Nanak on April 15, 1469.
  2. The “PARKASH DAY” refers to the date of “enlightenment” of Guru Nanak on Kathik, 1496 (or 1499) when Guru Nanak was 27 (or 30) years of age.

The primary basis for point (ii) above is the sakhi contained in the Janam Sakhis that Guru Nanak disappeared in the Kali Vein River for three consecutive days; believed to have drowned and yet come out alive after three days. At the crux of the sakhi is the claim that Guru Nanak was summoned by the Creator; and upon his appearance before the Creator, Guru Nanak was given both enlightenment (Parkash) and a mission for the world (Sikhi).

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Shiv Shiv Kartey Jo Nur Dhiavey ਸਿਵ ਸਿਵ ਕਰਤੇ ਜੋ ਨਰੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥

ਸਿਵ ਸਿਵ ਕਰਤੇ ਜੋ ਨਰੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥

Shiv Shiv Kartey Jo Nur Dhiavey

Corrupted Clergy, Corrupted Spiritualties.

Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston).

This Shabd is found on page 874 of the SGGS ji.

First, the CONTEXT.

The systematic corruption of spirituality by the clergy is a phenomenon that cuts across all major spiritual thought systems. Within the parameters of traditional Indian spiritualties, the clergy-created corruption can be seen to have taken place along three basic lines.

FIRST, the clergy aspired to convert spiritual philosophy into religious dogma to be led by him and for followers only. He thus created the “us versus them” separation where none existed. SECOND, the clergy created and propagated rituals that were unrelated – and oftentimes contrary to the original philosophy. In this way the clergy put itself as the custodians of these rituals. THIRD, the clergy adulterated the original spiritual philosophy by replacing it with false, unsubstantiated, cooked up and self-serving mythological narratives that were oftentimes derogatory to the founders of the original philosophies.

The end result is a mockery of the original spirituality and its founders. The outcome is a “religion” that is totally divorced from the original spirituality.

The objective of the clergy is fivefold. One, to put itself in the epi-centre of the corrupted and adulterated religious dogma. Two, to exercise control over the adherents of the spiritual seekers mostly through fake narratives of fear and reward in the clergy-concocted afterlife. Three, to make a living off the misled and confused followers largely though the performance of complex rituals. Four to become the upholders of the corrupted spirituality. And Five, to place themselves as agents of the clergy-concocted “gods” – “gods” who were corruptible and subservient to the clergy.

Gurbani offers a stinging critique of the clergy-initiated corruption with an equally robust rebuke of the clergy in question. The bhagats of the SGGS are particularly strident in taking on the clergy (the Pundit, Brahmin, Bippar) in exposing their misdeeds.

Readers of Gurbani will note that the reprimand and telling-off is for the clergy, and the clergy created dogma, narratives and ritual – and NOT the philosophy per se. Any discourse on the original philosophies is conducted on a different plane altogether.

Guru Nanak and Guru Arjun – in selecting and including these shabds of bhagats within the SGGS respectively, did so on three primary grounds. FIRST, there is clear truth in the bhagats’ critique. SECOND, the Gurus agreed with the critique – adding their own where necessary. THIRD, the critique against the clergy was in line with a basic principle of Sikhi in that Sikhi rejects the need for clergy. Our Gurus did not want Sikhi to be corrupted by clergy, even if they called themselves “Sikh clergy.”

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Jup Bannee Videos by Dr. Karminder Singh Annotated by Dr Gagandeep Kaur – Paurees 1-17

Jup (Jap) Ji Sahib
Translations By
Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon

Annotation sewa by Dr. Gagandeep Kaur Ji

 

I.

● Needing to unlearn/widen the space in mind with new ideas- cognitive dissonance
● Summary Bani of Guru Nanak’s teachings (Abstract)
● Title Bani- What can you make out of a title? Title is to be read in context of book
● Full understanding comes from entire text 1429 pages;
● Most explained Bani; 250+ translations, voluminous kathas (Live & Recorded)
● Jap Ji is not a beginner bani even though it is the first bani in SGSS; First ≠ Easy
● First Bani we learn as a child, first bani to memorize
● Last Bani of First Guru (written last phase of his life)
● It is a complex bani, most explained but least understood
● Concise, brevity, idiomatic, contextual
● Probability of misinterpretation is high
● 70 years of Nanak’s spirituality condensed in this Bani
● Nanak Gaaya Jaape Jaye II I have walked this path, now you take the knowledge and walk the path
● 240 years of Sikhi summarized; Abridged
● Teekas (Translations)
○ Vedantic School (Vedic scholars)
○ Nirmala/Udasi tradition (followers of Sri Chand) Vedic + Sakhi based- took over Sikh psyche
during Shaheedi times 1715
○ Sampardayee Vedic + Sakhi + Taksali explanation
○ Spinoffs; Sant Singh (3HO)
○ Viakran (Grammar) Tradition; Prof Sahib Singh 1963

 

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The Hijackers of Sikhi – Part Five

The Hijackers of Sikhi

Part 5: The Current Situation.

Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sikhi as it is practiced today, is no longer the Sikhi that was taught to us by our Gurus. It is a spirituality that stands distorted, corrupted and tainted. Its scripture – Gurbani – has been distorted through vedic and puranic slants in interpretations and translations; its history muddled in unbelievable tales of miracles called Sakhis, and its religious practices consist of those smuggled in from rejected and discarded rituals of pre-1469 faiths. It’s a faith that has been hijacked from its unique path and equally distinct goals. How, when and why did this happen?

Read this FIVE-part series for the story of a spirituality hijacked.

Read Part ONE: The Hijacking Explained here: : http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=1954

Read Part TWO: The Udasis here: http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=1984

Read Part THREE: The Nirmalas here: http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=2012

Read Part FOUR: Dera Sants here: http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=2022

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