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Guru Granth and Guru Panth

Guru Granth and Guru Panth

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GURU GRANTH SAHIB, THE SHABAD GURU AND KHALSA PANTH By Kuldeep Singh President, Sikh Youth Federation of USA Ex – Chairperson, World Sikh Council – America Region October 10, 2008 Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the present Guru of the Sikhs is perhaps the only Holy Scripture of any religion which was compiled by the founders of the faith themselves. Its first compilation, the Aad Granth Sahib is preserved to this day in its original form at Kartarpur in district Jullunder, Punjab. Under the direction of the fifth Nanak, Guru Arjan Sahib, the Aad Sri Granth Sahib was scribed by Bhai Gurdas ji and authenticated by the fifth Guru himself. According to the Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a platter of spiritual food consisting of three important elements for human consumption. ਮੁੰਦਾਵਣੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਥਾਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਤਿੰਨਿ ਵਸਤੂ ਪਈਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੋ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਕਾ ਪਇਓ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਸਭਸੁ ਅਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਖਾਵੈ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਭੁੰਚੈ ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਉਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਏਹ ਵਸਤੁ ਤਜੀ ਨਹ ਜਾਈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਰਖੁ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਤਮ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਚਰਨ ਲਗਿ ਤਰੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਪਸਾਰੋ ॥ ੧ ॥ – ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ੧੪੨੯ The elements are – Truth, concord with Truth and the way to that Concord. The basis of all the three is Naam (Name, ref. God). They are most essential to quench the thirst, or need, of human beings. The entire world is lost in darkness and does not know the importance of following God’s Path. Sri Guru Granth Sahib provides them the food of divine knowledge and show them the path that will take them across this ocean of materialistic world. Shabad Guru from the beginning: Beginning with the first Nanak, Guru Nanak Sahib, it was emphasized that the Shabad or Baanee (word) is the true guide (Guru) and not the body, or the physical form. The following conversation between the Sidhas and Guru Nanak as recorded in the Baanee entitled Sidh Gosht in Sri Guru Granth Sahib provides a clear example: ਕਵਣ ਮੂਲੁ ਕਵਣ ਮਤਿ ਵੇਲਾ ॥ ਤੇਰਾ ਕਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਤੂ ਚੇਲਾ ॥ ਕਵਣ ਕਥਾ ਲੇ ਰਹਹੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੇ ॥ ਬੋਲੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸੁਣਹੁ ਤੁਮ ਬਾਲੇ ॥ ਏਸੁ ਕਥਾ ਕਾ ਦੇਇ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਭਵਜਲੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਲੰਘਾਵਣਹਾਰੁ...

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Guru Granth, the Shabad Guru & Guru Panth

Guru Granth, the Shabad Guru & Guru Panth

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GURU GRANTH, THE SHABAD GURU AND GURU PANTH By Kuldeep Singh Chairperson, World Sikh Council – America Region April 4, 2004 Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the present Guru of the Sikhs is perhaps the only holy Scripture of any religion which was compiled by the Sikh Gurus themselves. Its first compilation – Aad Granth Sahib is preserved to this day in its original form at Kartarpur in district Jullunder, Punjab. Under the direction of the fifth Nanak – Guru Arjan Sahib, the Aad Sri Granth Sahib was scribed by Bhai Gurdas ji and authenticated by the fifth Guru Himself. According to the Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a platter of spiritual food consisting of three important elements for human consumption. ਮੁੰਦਾਵਣੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਥਾਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਤਿੰਨਿ ਵਸਤੂ ਪਈਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੋ ॥ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਕਾ ਪਇਓ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਸਭਸੁ ਅਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਖਾਵੈ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਭੁੰਚੈ ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਉਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਏਹ ਵਸਤੁ ਤਜੀ ਨਹ ਜਾਈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਰਖੁ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰੋ ॥ ਤਮ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਚਰਨ ਲਗਿ ਤਰੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਪਸਾਰੋ ॥ ੧ ॥ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ੧੪੨੯ The elements are – Truth, concord with Truth and the way to that Concord, the basis of all the three is Naam. They are most essential to quench the thirst of human beings. The entire world is lost in darkness and does not know the importance of following the Godly Path. Sri Guru Granth Sahib will provide them the food of divine knowledge and show them the path that will take them across this ocean of materialistic world. Shabad Guru from the very beginning: Right from the times of the first Nanak, Guru Nanak Sahib, it was emphasized that the Shabad or Baani (word) is the true guide (Guru) and not the body. In Sidh Gosht – A conversation with Sidhas as recorded in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Nanak Sahib says: ਕਵਣ ਮੂਲੁ ਕਵਣ ਮਤਿ ਵੇਲਾ ॥ ਤੇਰਾ ਕਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਤੂ ਚੇਲਾ ॥ ਕਵਣ ਕਥਾ ਲੇ ਰਹਹੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੇ ॥ ਬੋਲੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸੁਣਹੁ ਤੁਮ ਬਾਲੇ ॥ ਏਸੁ ਕਥਾ ਕਾ ਦੇਇ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ ਭਵਜਲੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਲੰਘਾਵਣਹਾਰੁ ॥ ੪੩ ॥ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ੯੪੨-੪੩ What is the origin of life and what time it all began? Who is...

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Golda Meir’s Speech

Golda Meir’s Speech

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Statements released by S. Kuldeep Singh to the press in 2008 On January 21, 1948 Golda Meir addressed the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, a non-Zionist organization. She said: “The Jewish community in Palestine is going to fight to the very end. If we have arms to fight with, we will fight with them. If not, we will fight with stones in our hands. I want you to believe me when I say that I came on this special mission to the United States today not to save seven hundred thousand Jews. During the last few years the Jewish people lost six million Jews, and it would be audacity on our part to worry Jews throughout the world because a few hundred thousand more Jews are in danger. That is not the issue. The issue is that if these seven hundred thousand in Palestine can remain alive, then the Jewish people as such are alive and Jewish independence assured. If these seven hundred thousand people are killed off, then for centuries we are through with the dream of a Jewish people and a Jewish homeland. ………….I have come here to impress Jews in the United States with the fact that within a very short period, a couple of weeks we must have in cash between 25 and 30 million dollars. ……….You can not decide whether we should fight or not. We will. The Jewish community in Palestine will raise no white flag for the mufti. That decision is taken. Nobody can change it. You can only decide one thing: whether we shall be victorious in this fight or whether the mufti will be victorious. That decision American Jews can make. It has to be made quickly, within hours, within days. And I beg you—-don’t be too late. Don’t be bitterly sorry three months from now for what you failed to do today. The time is now.” In the words of Mrs. Golda Meir: “They listened, and they wept, and they pledged money in amounts that no community had ever given before.” She came back in March raising 50 million dollars, On May 14, 1948 Jewish State – Israel came into being. Golda Meir...

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Sikh History: Vadda Ghalughaara

Sikh History: Vadda Ghalughaara

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Vadda Ghalughaara Vadda Ghalughara means the Great Holocaust. The word Holocaust came into existence during World War II when Hitler of Germany massacred six million European Jews. In Sikh history there have been three such incidences. First Holocaust known as Chotta Ghalughara happened in June 1746, when 10,000 Sikhs were killed. Second Ghalughara happened on February 5, 1762, when half of the Sikh population was wiped out. Some say it was 50, 000, whereas others say they were 30,000 as per Rattan Singh Bhangoo. ਲੋਕ ਕਹੇਂ ਸਿੰਘ ਇਕ ਲੱਖ ਸਾਰਾ। ਪਚਾਸ ਬਚਯੋ ਔਰ ਸਭ ਗਯੋ ਮਾਰਾ ॥੧੪੩॥ ਪਿਤਾ ਹਮਾਰੇ ਤੀਸ ਬਤਾਏ । ਰਹੇ ਸੋ ਮਰ ਔਰ ਬਚ ਕਰ ਆਏ ॥ਪਿਤਾ ਚਾਚੇ ਦੁਇ ਹਮ ਥੇ ਸਾਥ, ਉਨ ਤੇ ਸੁਨ ਹਮ ਆਖੀ ਬਾਤ ॥੧੪੪॥  The third Ghalughara was the greatest of all Ghalugharas that happened from June to November 1984 when 200,000 Sikhs were butchered to death. It was State terrorism unleashed upon the 2% population of India. From 1748 to 1761 Ahmad Shah Abdali (Durrani) attacked Punjab five times. The fifth attack was on Marhattas, when he defeated them in the third battle of Panipat on January 14, 1761. He was returning to Afghanistan after appointing Khwaja Mirza Khan as Governor of Punjab in May, 1761. According to Browny, “His army was crossing river Satluj, when the Sikhs attacked them and snatched away most of the material wealth they took away from India. Sikhs followed Abdali up to Attuck and on their way back surrounded Lahore. Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia came to know that Abdali has taken away 2200 young Hindu girls for his Harem, he followed him. His army took them away from him as soon as he saw them boarding the boats to cross Jehlum river. Jassa Singh took the responsibility of returning them to their parents in Maharashtra. Sikhs occupied Lahore and bestowed the title of Sultan-ul-Quaum upon Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia. He issued coins in the name of the Guru with the inscription: ਦੇਗ਼ੋ ਤੇਗ਼ੋ ਫ਼ਤਹ, ਨੁਸਰਤ ਬੇਦਰੰਗ, ਯਾਫ਼ਤ ਅਜ਼ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ॥ On October 27, 1761, the Diwali day, Sarbat Khalsa was held at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Amritsar in which a resolution to punish Aakal Dass of Jandiala and his associates, who...

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