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The Shabad Guru and Khalsa Panth

The Shabad Guru and Khalsa 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 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 ॥ – Guru Granth Sahib pg 1429 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 ॥ ੪੩ ॥...

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Only Option for a Honorable Survival

Only Option for a Honorable Survival

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Only Option for a Honorable Survival KHALISTAN by: Kuldeep Singh, Chairman, World Sikh Council America Region August 1997 As the Indian subcontinent celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its decolonization from the British, the third heir (i.e. the Sikhs) of this subcontinent review their past history and its relationship with the history of those with whom they decided to intertwine their destiny (i.e. the Hindus). Over a period of time in the political history of the Indian subcontinent, the British annexed a number of independent states and kingdoms. Sarkar-e-Khalsa – Punjab was the last of the free territories that was annexed by the British on March 29, 1849 that too due to the treachery of the commander-in-chief and the Prime Minister of the Khalsa Raj. Right after annexation, the intense desire of the Sikhs to free their country from foreign rule continued with the same spirit of sacrifice and vigor as was present in them in the eighteenth century. The Sikhs spearheaded the movement not only to free their homeland Punjab, but also the entire Indian subcontinent. In 1942, when the Indians living in Burma, Malaysia and Hong Kong organized the Indian National Army under the leadership of Captain Mohan Singh and Rashbehari Bose to liberate India, more than 60% of those who joined were Sikhs. Their share of the sacrifices during the freedom struggle was far more than their population proportion. Out of a total of 121 men that were sent to the gallows, 93 (76.8%) were Sikhs and out of a total of 2,646 people imprisoned for life by the British, 2,147 (81.1%) belonged to the Sikh Nation. Official figures indicate that a total of 2,004 people were killed by the British at Jallianwala Bagh, Budge Budge Ghat, Kuka movement and Akali movement to free India from the clutches of the British colonial rule, out of which 1,457 (72.7%) were Sikhs. Fifty years ago, Sikhs received their first reward for these innumerable sacrifices. That reward was in the form of a confidential memo dated October 10, 1947 sent to all the Deputy Commissioners instructing them how to receive these National Heroes who, according to their own report dated November 23, 1948, have been “deprived of many valuable lives...

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