It a Sign of Slavery?
SGPC unveils Nanakshahi calendar in Amritsar
Presently, the opposition to the amended Nanakshahi calendar was
symbolic as one of the issues being kept alive forever, to maintain
division within Sikhs.
whose instance, the symbolic opposition always there to every issue
related to Sikh affairs?
Who is responsible for all this, only time may answer?
Were the oppositions always to Sikh issues stage managed?
the practice, intentional and deliberate, on the part of so-called
and planted radical group(s) to harm Sikhs physically, politically
and religiously for their disadvantage and to the advantage of
Was it not a part and parcel of the divide and rule policy?
Was it a sign of slavery?
By Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate,
March 15, 2010
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Non-ritualistic faith explained briefly and in a very simple form by
Sikh - Guru Granth Sahib
about those dark-skinned guys with turbans and beards? They're
In the Punjabi
language, the word "Sikh" means "learner," or "disciple." Sikhism is
the newest of the world's major religions, being founded by Shri
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, (1469-1539) who was born near Lahore, a part the
Punjab that was ceded by the British in 1948 as
"teacher" or "guide") Nanak, at age thirty, received a revelation to
teach all willing to listen that the path to enlightenment and God
were not the exclusive property of any single religion. Nanak
rejected all forms of idolatry and taught a strict monotheism
centered on the brotherhood of all humanity. Nanak also rejected
discrimination by caste or gender inequality and all forms of
oppression, including religious exclusivity.
consider their founder Guru Nanak to be an enlightened man, but
nothing more. Nanak was married and had two sons and a sister, but
none of them are considered especially sacred by Sikhs.
there were nine more Sikh gurus. Their collected teachings and
writings were compiled into a body of scripture called the Sri Guru
Granth Sahib. This text is considered as the last guru. The Guru
Granth consists mostly of hymns, aphorisms and religious text
authored by Sikh, Muslim and Hindu saints and poets.
Sikhs believe in
a single formless and incomprehensible supreme being who manifests
in all major religions.
warned of the dangers of egotism (haumai, 'I am') and called upon
Sikh followers to meditate on God as the word "Naam." (the term
implies a formless and transcendent Reality). He warned against
hypocrisy and falsehood, saying that although they are pervasive
throughout humanity, they nullify all positive religious actions.
their faith in three simple ways:
- Naam Japna:
Ceaseless devotion to God, in which each breath can be a prayer;
- Kirat Karo:
Earning a living honestly without exploiting others or engaging in
- Va Chakk:
Sharing with others and helping anyone in need.
irrespective of their beliefs, gender or color may enter a Sikh
gudwara (temple). Food is always offered free to all who enter.
estimate that there are 23 or 24 million Sikhs, making it the fifth
largest organized religion in the world.
The turban is
worn to cover a Sikh male's uncut hair, one of the five symbols of
faith that baptized Sikhs wear at all times. They are sometimes
referred to as the Five K's:
- Kesh - uncut
hair and beard;
- Kanga - a
wooden comb worn beneath the turban;
- Kara - an iron
bracelet worn to serve as a reminder for Sikhs to follow the morals
of their faith.
- Kachera - a
specific style of cotton underwear;
- Kirpan - a
curved sword represented by a small dagger worn by baptized Sikhs at
all times to remind them to defend the helpless.
"I observe neither Hindu fasting nor the ritual of the Muslim
Him I serve who at the last shall save.
The Lord of universe of the Hindus, Gosain and Allah to me are one;
From Hindus and Muslims have I broken free.
I perform neither Kaaba pilgrimage nor at bathing spots worship;
One sole Lord I serve and no other.
I perform neither the Hindu worship nor the Muslim prayer;
To the Sole Formless Lord in my heart I bow. We neither are Hindus
Our body and life belong to the One Supreme Being who alone is both
Ram and Allah for us."
(Guru Arjan, Guru Granth Sahib, Raga Bhairon page 1136)
Guru Gobind Singh Sahibís Final Order