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S. California Sikh NRIs Send Strong Message to SGPC: Protect Sikh ideology
SGPC must stay away from Political Tug of war between the ruling Akali/BJP alliance
and their opponent Congress Party in Panjab and India.


Sikh Nation has One Granth, One Panth and One Rehat Maryada. 
Los Angles, Jan.3rd, 2009
Ramindejit Singh Sekhon

About 70 Representatives of the 12 Metropolitan Gurudwaras and Sikh institutions participated in the  meeting called by Coalition over the current Panthic issues about erosion of Sikh ideology. Recent developments within the Panth have caused great concern to the Sikh Sangat at Global level and felt that appropriate steps need to be taken immediately to solve the resulting problems which, if ignored, may lead to disastrous results for the well being of the Panth. Discussion focused on the issue that at this time anti-Panthic forces are active to dissolve social unity and harm religious identity of Sikhism. As a result Sikh ideology including tenets, history and code of conduct are in danger.

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For example, these malevolent/antipanthic forces are confusing and misleading the Sikh followers about the status of Dasam Granth, relevance of Nanakshahi Calendar and sacredness of Sikh Code of Conduct (Rehat Maryada). Because of the upcoming election of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), some pseudo-Sikh and antipanthic organizations are trying to influence the Jathedars of Akal Takhat, Akali leadership and Shiromni  Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee to impose/force anti-Gurmat ideology on Sikh Panth. Due to the dirty politics of vote grabbing, the leadership of SGPC is giving way under the political weight of anti-Panthic organizations and seems helpless and reluctant to take a stern stand and action against these dangerous Brahmnical forces. This helplessness of SGPC and Sikh religious leadership is purposely withholding their will, power and ability to provide rightful guidance about the undue problems of Dasam Granth, Nanakshahi Calendar and Sri Akal Takhat Approved Sikh Rehat Maryada 1932-1945.  The current atmosphere created by some of these organizations demand Panthic  unity  Based on Guru Granth and Guru Panth Concept  in order to uphold the doctrinal origionailty of religious and social sacredness of Sikhism/Panth.  Time is now to dislodge and discard these anti-Panthic movements and install rightful and original Sikh ideology with zeal and courage. The Deravadi Sant/Mahant Establishments are actively trying to impose antipanthic ideology on Gurmat philosophy established by the sincere efforts of Singh Sabha and Akali Movement. The weak leadership of SGPC may yield to the devious efforts of these ungrateful forces but the Sikh intellectuals/scholars and Sikhs at large will never tolerate and accept such anti-Panthic activities. Appeal was made  to all Pro-Panthic organizations and people of Sikh faith in general to join hands together against anti-Panthic organizations. Southern California organizations rejected any amendments in Nanakshahi calendar as approved by SGPC executive on January 3rd until all Global Sikh organizations participate in the ratification Process for any amendment. They will continue to follow the old Nanakshahi calendar as approved by Sri Akal Takhat in 2003.  

It was also resolved that Sikh Nation has One Granth,One Panth and One Rehat Maryada. Sikh institutions and Sikh Sangat of Southern California wanted to stay away from Political Tug of war between the ruling Akali/BJP alliance and their opponent Congress Party in Panjab and India. Any Organization   who does not follow Sikh Rehat Maryada and Sri Akal Takhat approved Matas/Adesh/Gurmatas/Hukamnamas should not have any connection with SGPC and Sri Akal Takhat. Request was made to SGPC for Need of  Establishment of Consensual Central Sikh Authority with presentation by Global Sikhs. It was also resolved that Jathedars of Takhat Hazoor Sahib &Patna Sahib must be banned from  participation in Meetings at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib  until they follow Sri Akal Takhat sahib approved SRM (1932-1945), Nanakshahi Calendar (2003) and Gurmata#1 (June 6th 2008). If  SGPC and Sri Akal Takhat Sahib wants that all its directives must be accepted all over the world, then Sikh Sangat from all over the world must get presentation on the selection/election process of central Authority. Detailed letter of 18 pages with attachments was discussed which will be sent in this regard to the SGPC President next week. 



Global Sikhs need central authority

                        By Judge Mewa Singh,California 
Sikhs were provided central authority by the tenth Guru himself to take the decisions of Sikh panth by sarbat khalsa through accreted representative of Sikhs under the Sikh concept of Guru  Granth and Guru Panth, at the completion of the final stage of Sikh religion. Sikhs had been following that cocept since then.They ignored it in the last century, which needs to be revived. 
Guru Gobind Singh completed the final phase of Sikh religion, which had been founded by Guru Nanak and developed by the second to ninth Sikh Gurus. All the Sikh Gurus had the same Divine  Spirit and their Divine teachings are to be obeyed by the Sikhs without any reservations. 
Two very important injunctions were issued by the tenth Sikh Guru to complete the final phase of Sikh religion, which made Sikh religion to be an independent world religion, to be so soon included in the list of the first five religions of the world and the Sikhs to be a separate nation, by setting up its own Sikh empire throughout north India, with whom Britishers had to come in to agreement, after  establishing their rule in rest of India, not to interfere in the territories of each other. 
The first was to prescribe the Sikh initiation of Amrit-khande de pahul and Sikh emblems and the Sikh code of conduct in that respect, on Vaisakhi of 1699, which provided the separate Sikh identity and the  procedure to become and act as Sikhs. The tenth Sikh Guru prepared theAmrit himself and administered it to panj piaras-five beloved ones, with five Sikh emblems, and their names suffixed with Singhs, who were prepared for the supreme sacrifices and who were made the Sikh leaders. Then the  Guru himself took the Amrit from them in that very manner and gave the authority to five such Sikhs to administer it to other Sikhs. History records that over twenty thousand Sikhs took the Amrit on that day, which is more than sufficient to establish that it was made mandatory for all the Sikhs to become and act as Sikhs. 
The second was to make Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Sikh Guru in perpetuity, being the Divine Spirit of Sikh Gurus and to always remain under its Divine guidance. The tenth Guru just before his heavenly abode made Guru Granth Sahib as his successor, instead of any other living Guru,  and commanded the Sikhs that Sikh panth was established as directed by Akal Purakh and they should accept Guru Granth Sahib as their Guru and take its Divine guidance with purity of heart. 
The concept of Guru Granth and Guru panth was provided by the tenth Guru, that all the Sikhs having taken the Sikh initiation and observing the uniformSikhcode of conduct as prescribed by him, called Guru panth, should take theSikhpanth decisions themselves through their own representatives in the presence  of and under the guidance 0f Guru Granth Sahib,which should be acceptable to, all the Sikhs and binding upon them. This was the only way to keep theentire Sikh panth united. 
In the post ten Sikh Guru's period, the Sikhs remained in struggle against themughal empire and Afgan invaders, for their sovereignty and freedom of religion, for about a century and they followed the Sikh concept of Guru Granth and Guru Panth. They took Sikh initiation and observed Sikh emblems and code of conduct as prescribed. They took the Sikh panth decisions through their representatives  acting as Guru panth,in the presence of and under the Divine guidanance of Guru 
Granth Sahib, mostly at Akal Takhat Sahib, which remained acceptable to them and  binding upon them. They established their Sikh empire by ousting the mighty mughals  and Afghans.Even in Singh Sabha movement and Akali movement Sikhs had been taking some  decisions on Sikh panthic issues through their representatives.The decision to set up  Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee in 1920 for the management of Sikh Gurdwaras  was taken at Akal Takhat by the representatives of the Sikhs as Guru panth, for whom  thepre-requisite was the Sikh initiation and strict observance of Sikh code of  conduct. They were successful to get the enactment of Sikh Gurdawaras act 1925 from  British administration. 
However this concept of Guru Granth and Guru Panth stands over looked for  several decades, which has incapacitated the Sikh to take decisions over the Sikh  panth issues, which needs to be revived without any further delay.Sikhs are now spread  over through out the world and their representative body to act as Guru Panth needs to be  formed so as to involve them all for such decisions on Sikh issues.Some persons hold the views that SGPC should be elected by the Sikhs world over. It can not be so done under law relating to it. Sgpc is elected under the provisions of Sikh Gurdawaras Act 1925 and only those Sikhs who reside in punjab can contest the elections to be its members and become the voters as well to elect them. It is for the  management of historical Sikh Gurdawaras in Punjab. In 1947 west Punjab went to  Pakistan and so its jurisdiction was curtailed to east punjab which is in India. The Sikhs world  over have to form their representative organization, being the need of the day, which  should consist of the Sikhs of high standared of commitment and of honesty, integrity,  capability and dedication to Sikh religion and Sikh cause. 
The concept of Guru Granth-Guru panth, as ordained by Guru Gobind Singh, be  revived, the over looking, of which for a long time has incapacitated the Sikhs to take  the correct and the collective decisions as to the Sikh panthic affairs. It has been  reiterated in Sikh rehat maryada as well, that all the decisions affecting the Sikh panth  should be taken by the panthic committee and the accredited representatives of the panth, form  a meeting ofthe panth, and their decision is called Gurmatta, to be taken in the  presence and Divine guidance of Guru Granth Sahib, on the subjects which are calculated to 
clarify and support the fundamental principles of Sikh religion, such as safeguarding the  position of Sikh Gurus and the holy Guru Granth Sahib, the purity of the ritual and the  panthic organization. The decisions of the panth are to be invoiable and binding on all Sikhs. 
These should not violate the Divine teachings of Sikh Gurus and the Divine thought of GuruGranth Sahib and the established Sikh traditions of Sikh religion, which are binding upon Sikhs. The Sikh panthic decisions were taken in this manner at Akal Takhat by the Sikhs during the Sikh struggle in 18th century and they became victorious to wipe out the mughals and Afghan invaders and to establish Sikh empire. 
Sikhs are now spread world over and there is now the need of a world Sikh  representation of Sikhs, may be named as, Shiromani Sikh panth council, as the Sikh interests  are the same every where. It can effectively solve the problems of the Sikhs world over. 

It can preach Sikh religion in the world, with the co-ordination of all the Sikhs and Sikh  organizations, for which Sikhs are being accused not to have discharged their duty to bring  the message of Sikh religion, of love and peace, to the notice of the world, needed today. 
It can make the Sikhs to live in Sikh code of conduct and Sikh way of life, from which they  are now drifting away, particularly the Sikh younger generation. It can take the decisions on  Sikh affairs unitedly as the involvement of all the Sikh is a must to make the decisions  to be acceptable to all Sikhs, in accordance with the Sikh concept of Guru Granth-Guru panth,  which are being brought under disputes, day by day. 
SGPC, is the creation of Sikh Gurdwaras Act 1925, to manage historical Sikh  Gurdwaras in Punjab, and to preach Sikh religion. It has to function under the provisions  of that law. No one can contest its election, who is not a resident of punjab, under the  Act. Its representation in the world panthic council will be very effective, being  the main Sikh representative body, to do the constructive work for the solution of the  Sikh problems and to preach Sikh religion in Sikhs and in the world. 
Akali Dal, which was the exclusive Punjab Sikh political party, has now virtually become the Punjab regional political party, with the Hindus and Muslims, as its members, to give it a secular outlook, to meet the requirements of election laws, to contest the assembly and parliamentary elections. It may do so with the Sikh support, as the political Sikh power is only concerned with Punjab, where the Sikhs are in majority and that too with the tinge of secularism, as the election laws demand. 
Thus there has to be a world Sikh representative panthic council, which will  be of great help also to the political Sikh power in punjab, to deal with their issues with  the needed courage, capability and honesty of purpose, to achieve Sikh religious and political  aims. Delhi Gurdawaras management committee is for historical Gurdwaras at Delhi. Similarly, are 
the management committees of Takhats, Hazur Sahib and patna Sahib for those Takhts. These  Sikh organizations should take active part in setting up of the world Sikh panth council,  without any fear psychosis, which will be of no interference in their functions. 
The blue print of the world Sikh panth council, at present, may be, to take  the representatives of the organizations, elected by the Sikhs, just as SGPC, management committees  of, Delhi SikhGurdwaras, Sikh Takhats at Hazoor Sahib, Patna Sahib, other traditional Sikh  organizations, world Sikh Gurdwaras management committees, to be divided in, 6 or 7 zones, world  over, to represent on the basis of population and any other such Sikh organization elected by  the Sikhs. The number of representatives of these organizations may be fixed according to the  number of Sikhs, theyrepresent. These representatives may co-opt the distinguished Sikhs known  for their services to Sikh panth as fixed, world over, to make it truly representative. 
This panthic representative council of the Sikhs world over should hold its,  periodic meetings, Sikh congregations and other functions at Akal Takhat, Amritsar and have its  secretariate in that complex, while some sub offices in other countries as deemed proper. The  Akal Takhat Jathedar, should be its spokesman and to ensure the compliance of its decisions, to be  nominated by it. The authority of Akal Takhat, which is now being eroded, will be restored and  its sanctity maintained. It may make the rules and regulations for the appointment,qualifications and  powers of jathedar Akal Takhat and of the jathedars of other Sikh Takhats for their smooth working  without any overlapping of their functions interse without any dispute between them,which surfaced  in the recent past, being not in Sikh interests. 
A commission may be set up to sort out the procedural matters and to select  this panthic council,which may consist of retired Sikh judges, and Sikh scholars, who should take the views of the Sikhs and Sikh organisations world over to finalise its constitution and its setting up accordingly, to make it acceptable to them. 
Judge Mewa Singh 












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