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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 

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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

 

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● 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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Sikhi Hijacked – Part Four

The Hijackers of Sikhi

Part 4: The Dera Sants.

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.

 

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The Hijackers of Sikhi – Part 3

The Hijackers of Sikhi

Part 3: The Nirmalas.

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

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The Hijackers of Sikhi – Part 2

Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Part 2: The Udasis.

 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:

http://www.sikhivicharforum.org/?p=1954

 

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The Hijackers of Sikhi- Part 1

Part 1: The Hijacking Explained

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.

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Jo Mangey Thakur Apney Tey ਜੋ ਮਾਗਹਿ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਤੇ

Karminder Singh, PhD (Boston)

The Shabd of Guru Arjun Pathshah appears in Dhnasree Raag on page 681 of the SGGS. It is a popular shabd.  It is among the first few shabds that kirtan leaners are taught and many Sikhs have committed it to memory.    

This article makes an attempt to explore the meanings of the Shabd by applying the Gurbani Framework – using Gurbani to explain Gurbani concepts; thus refraining from relying on non-Gurbani sources.

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CHANTING TSUNAMI & 10,000 COUNTING METERS: Taking Sikhs Back to 1468.

Karminder Singh PhD (Boston)

It cannot be that any Sikh would want to go back to 1468 – the year when Guru Nanak had not yet come to bless us with Godly ENLIGHTENMENT.

But some Sikhs, in their apparent unawareness – appear bent on doing just that: taking our spirituality back to the darkness and ignorance of 1468 and earlier.

There is a “Tsumani” in the making to achieve just that. The poster being distributed by the organizers shows Guru Nanak riding a wave; while the contents of the message accompanying the poster include the following:

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Knowing Guru Nanak Sahib Ji

Knowing Guru Nanak Sahib Ji

Karminder Singh Dhillon, PhD (Boston).

Eminent Sikh scholar Bhai Gurdas Ji – a contemporary of Guru Arjun Dev ji, and in whose hand the first copy of Granth Sahib as narrated by the fifth Guru was written – describes the coming of Guru Nanak Paatshah in the following verses:

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਿਆ ਮਿਟੀ ਧੁੰਧ ਜਗ ਚਾਨਣ ਹੋਆ॥ Satgur Nanak Pargetiya Mitee Dhund Jug Chanan Hoa

ਜਿਉਂ ਕਰ ਸੂਰਜ ਨਿਕਲਿਆ ਤਾਰੇ ਛਪੇ ਅੰਧੇਰ ਪਲੋਆ॥ Jio Kar Suraj Nikelya, Tarey Chupey Andher Paloa.

Bhai ji says the coming of Guru Nanak was like the rising of the morning sun whose rays cut through the mist of dawn and lighted the skies, within which brightness, the mighty stars disappeared together with the darkness within which these stars reigned.

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