Dr. Baljeet Sahi, President, Sikhs for
Preservation of Sikhism and Sikh Heritage.
Dr. Jasbir Mann
scholars from India Enlighten Sikhs in Los Angeles
“Celebrating 300 Saal Guru
De Naal the Sikh community in the US is hosting series of lectures
highlighting the message of Guru Granth Sahib.”
Santa Ana, CA Nov 28th 2008
Sikh Center of Orange County held an international lecture series
commemorating tercentennial of instillation of Guru Granth Sahib
– The Sikh Scripture. Sikh scholars from India delivered
lectures explaining the uniqueness of Guru Granth Sahib on Nov
Sardar Karamjit Singh, former assistant editor, Punjabi
Tribune, Chandigarh called upon Sikhs to understand the
‘Political Dimension’ of the Granth and appreciate
its spirituality driven inclination of sovereign State. Quoting
Arnold Toynbee, poet Iqbal, and philosopher Khalil Gibran he invoked
the thoughts of Gurbani and highlighted the messages of the Granth.
His analysis authenticated United Nation’s inference that
native language is important for survival of any community.
Speaking to the audience Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon,
former professor and head history department, Punjab University,
Chandigarh laid out the meaning of ‘Shabad Guru’ as
‘Living voice of sikh Gurus’ and its active role in
bringing “beautiful changes in our lives”. He categorically
lavished the attendees with lucid thoughts of Guru’s word
– Bani, and surmised “Guru Nanak speaks without any
variation through other nine Gurus and also through Sri Guru Granth
Sahib”. Cautioning the gatherers against the research and
writings of Hew McLeod and his pupils; Professors Gurinder Singh
Mann and Pashaura Singh, he quantified ‘Sikhs and the Granth’
as synonymous and said nobody can change any word of the Granth.
Dr. Darshan Singh, former professor and head Guru Nanak
Sikh Study chair, Punjab University, Chandigarh expressively
articulated Gurbani to awaken the human consciousness and understand
its intended logic. Commenting on the continuing struggle between
the ‘Pulpit and Podium’ he said science speaks through
lab and philosophy through logic. His narration of “Gurbani
and Creation of World Consciousness” concisely enumerated
models of secular governments and their self destruction essentially
due to failure of understanding the concept that “Guru Granth
does not speak any thing illogical”.
Coalition of Gurdwaras of California and Sikhs for Preservation
of Sikhism and Sikh Heritage thanked the speakers and their cogent
Dr. Jasbir Singh Mann and Sardar Sawant Singh honored the visiting
scholars for enlightening the southern California Sikhs. Dr Baljit
Singh Sahi Co-ordinated the program Eloquently.