Earlier issues: Oct-Dec 2019…
Earlier issues: Oct-Dec 2019…
Crossing Over the Literal to the Real Messages of Gurbani
Karminder Singh, PhD.
The Spirituality of Gurbani does not have a language intrinsic and inherent to it. The objective and focus of the messages of Gurbani are to bring about a realization of the Creator within the human conscience. The language of our daily usage does not have the required vocabulary for this core Gurmat concept, for its process, outcome and objective.
Bhagat Kabir has captured this reality in one of his verses in a Bani in Gauree Rag titled Bavan Akhri (52 alphabets).
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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.
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.
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.
April-June 2019 Second Issue
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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
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:Continue reading “CHANTING TSUNAMI & 10,000 COUNTING METERS: Taking Sikhs Back to 1468.”
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.Continue reading “Knowing Guru Nanak Sahib Ji”
For Past Few Years, a few self created groups have been carrying on campaigns to remove SGGS from Sikh homes and other premises under pretext of Satikaar/Maryada etc.
ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕੁਝ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਕੁਝ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਅਖੌਤੀ ‘ ਸਤਿਕਾਰ ਕਮੇਟੀ ’ ਦੇ ਨਾਂ ਹੇਠ, ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਅਦਬ ਦੇ ਨਾਂ ‘ਤੇ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਘਰਾਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ, ਅਖੌਤੀ ਮਰਿਆਦਾ ਨਾ ਨਿਭਾਏ ਜਾਣ ਦੇ ਬਹਾਨੇ ਨਾਲ, ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਸਰੂਪ/ਬੀੜਾਂ ਚੁਕੀਆਂ ਜਾ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਜਾਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੇਇੱਜ਼ਤ ਤੇ ਤੰਗ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਇਹ ਧੱਕੇਸ਼ਾਹੀ ਬੁਰਛਾਗਰਦੀ ਦੀ ਹੱਦ ਤਕ ਜਾ ਪੁੱਜੀ ਹੈ। ਸ਼ੱਕ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਇਹ ਸਾਜ਼ਿਸ਼ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੋਂ ਦੂਰ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਜਾਣ।
ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦਾ ਸਰੂਪ ਹਰ ਇਕ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੇ ਘਰ ਵਿਚ ਹੋਵੇ। ਭਾਵੇਂ ਉਹ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਸਾਈਜ਼ ਦਾ ਹੋਵੇ।ਜਾਂ ਉਸ ਦਾ ਕਿਸੇ ਮੁਨਾਸਿਬ ਜਗਹ ‘ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ ਜਾਂ ਫਿਰ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਅਦਬ ਨਾਲ ਅਲਮਾਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਹੋਵੇ ਅਤੇ ਜਦੋਂ ਵੀ ਆਸਾਨੀ ਹੋਵੇ ਉਸ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਅਤੇ ਪਾਠ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾ ਸਕੇ।