in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmander Sahib
By Balbir Singh Sooch
My ignorance or
lack of religious knowledge failing me to understand as to what is
the logic or religious background for the reasons of severe
criticism from different Sikh organizations and scholars over the
issue of Acs in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmander Sahib?
A common Sikh or
any disciple of Gurus requires /desires to be comfortable, mentally
sound, alert and relaxed in Air-Conditioners for better performance
according to the facilities available in his day today life
especially in the field/place where job is directly connected with
mental presentation like reciting and preaching Gurbani with utmost
care, caution and concentration in a specific study chamber or in
the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmander Sahib.
In case of any
condition contrary to it that has any ground which prohibits use
of Air-Conditioners in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmander Sahib
then it is also to be presumed in that case that all disciples of
Guru must also be forbidden to make use of Air-Conditioner(s) in
Are those really
sincere in criticizing the act, should also be against the use of
the facilities of Acs for themselves? If answer is ‘yes’ then they
can do so otherwise It is immaterial as who initiated the move for
the installation of the ACs.
Whoever having any
respect for GURU and HIS servants should never oppose the move for
only political reasons and it shall always be remembered as a
politically motivated disservice on their part.
It should have
been non-issue to be discussed or opposed and what is being
extracted out of it, a person like me is unable to understand?
The sanctity and
originality of historical Gurdwaras is already disturbed/hampered in
the name of modernization by earlier Presidents of SGPC at the
instance of inimical and anti-Panthic forces and now what is the
logic to keep ‘Sri Guru Granth Sahib’, His servants and Sangat
without Air-Conditioners in the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmander
Sahib when the critics are enjoying the facility for themselves
openly or some of them may not be doing so on medical grounds. The
way out must be found out and traced to avoid environmental
pollution likely to cause by the installation of ACs in the sanctum
sanctorum of Sri Harmander Sahib.
My comments are
not for to raise any controversy on the issue in any manner as being
June 1, 2008