Global Sikh Council responds to Dasam Granth ‘video directive’

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 5 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |

[A press release, dated 4 Aug 2016, from the Global Sikh Council (GSC), in response to a video purportedly a “directive from the Sikh Panth’s supreme authority” on Dasam Granth. GSC was condemned in the video distributed by some Malaysian-based persons via the social media]

[A press release, dated 4 Aug 2016, from the Global Sikh Council (GSC), in response to a video actively purportedly a "directive from the Sikh Panth's supreme authority" on Dasam Granth. GSC was condemned in the video distributed by some Malaysian-based persons via the social media
[A press release, dated 4 Aug 2016, from the Global Sikh Council (GSC), in response to a video actively purportedly a “directive from the Sikh Panth’s supreme authority” on Dasam Granth. GSC was condemned in the video distributed by some Malaysian-based persons via the social media
To The Entire Sikh World:

This press release is issued in response to an irresponsible statement issued by the Sewadar Iqbal Singh Ji of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib, Patna Sahib, Bihar, and some clergy of the Gurdwara Sahib declaring the Global Sikh Council to be Panth Dokhi.

Global Sikh Council (GSC) was formed to meet the modern day needs of the growing Sikh community spread all over the globe. GSC is a worldwide Sikh organization with membership of National level Sikh organizations from various countries, from around the globe. In its structural formation, no one in its leadership role is either a self-appointed leader or an agent of any political party, religious clergy, or governmental agency. Its representatives are selected by the member organizations to form the General Body of the Global Sikh Council. The member representatives in turn select the Board, and the Executive Committee. Therefore its leadership is answerable only to its member organizations, and not to any un-connected self-appointed groups of clergy, or agents of any political or governmental agencies.

Representing the collective voice, sentiments, and understandings of the Global Sikh community; the GSC definitely stands firm on promoting the very unifying final order of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, namely “Sabh Sikhan ko hukam hai, Guru Manyo Granth;” meaning the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

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The Global Sikh Council believes that Bani enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the only Guru of the Sikh community as ordained by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself. The Global Sikh Council believes that the Sikh Guru, Bani enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is complete Guru of Sikhs in itself and does not need assistance of other RACHNAS, regardless of their source, to help make the Guru complete.

The Global Sikh Council also believes that the Sikh Rehat Maryada is the code of conduct to be followed by the entire Sikh Community, in their daily life.

Global Sikh Council fully support the actions taken by Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) to keep the Gurdwaras in Malaysia united under ONE GRANTH ONE PANTH. Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh Rehat Maryada. GSC considers the above position completely in line with the beliefs of the Sikh community worldwide.

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As for the Sewadar Iqbal Singh Ji and the rest of the clergy, at Harmandir Sahib, Patna Sahib, Bihar they have no authority to issue any Hukam Nama to the Panth. Presence of two other Sikhs who were dismissed from the post of the Jathedar by Panj Piaray actually diminishes the value, if it had any, of their statement even further. In addition Sewadar Iqbal Singh Ji and his clergy themselves are in violation of the Sikh Rehat Maryada by placing another Granth at equal level with Sri Guru Granth Sahib and reciting Bani from sources other than allowed by the Sikh Rehat Maryada. They are also in violation of the Resolution No: 36672 passed by SGPC declaring “Charitro Pakhyan” in Dasam Granth as not Bani of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, but Hindu Mythology. From this and other information world Sikh community already has about Sewadar Iqbal Singh Ji, world Sikh community can decide for themselves who is Panth Dokhi, Sewadar Iqbal Singh Ji and his clergy or the Global Sikh Council.

Global Sikh Council, with this press release, requests all Sikhs, who believe in uniting under “One Granth One Panth”, to please have their National level Sikh organizations join Global Sikh Council and strengthen the voice of the Global Sikh Community against such self-appointed, misguided, and antisikh leaders dividing the Sikh Panth.

Global Sikh Council would be open to entertaining any input and suggestions presented to it by credible Sikh individual or Sikh organization.

 

In Service of the Global Sikh Community

Secretary, Global Sikh Council,

On behalf of Global Sikh Council

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Brother Gurcharan,

    You have misunderstood me. I am no supporter of the Academy nor live in Malaysia. It is a matter for Malaysians to resolve as there may be various opposing views, better sorted out at your local level. I am not going to partake in that discussion.

    My comments were GSC vis-à-vis Jathedars in India who need to have knowledge on Sikh issues including Dasam Granth. Your loving comment has omitted this view. I reiterate, I am trust that the Jathedars have some level of knowledge of Dasam Granth. Has all the management and members of GSC any such knowledge to proclaim that reading and preaching of Dasam Granth should be stopped.

    In regards to Dasam Granth, we should note that Japp Sahib, Swaiyey and Chaupayee Sahib are from Dasam Granth. These Baanis have been included in Sikh Reht Maryada since its inception nearly a century ago. They are daily by devout Sikhs and also Baanis for Amrit Sanchar by Sikhs bar a few in USA who follows the views of Prof Darshan Singh. Please watch Youtube on this controversy.

    As for your grievances with the Academy, that is a political matter and not religious and you should sort it out with them at a local level.

  2. Interesting that Mukhtiar brings up rules and systems …but it looks like he does not apply them to the [droped] academy. ..who is this academy to suggest changes in the Sikh Panth .. ,with deception?Stir up a honets nest without any sensitivity to the Panthic code?

    GSC is just being used as the red herring by Mr Mukhtiar.It is the duty of every Sikh organisation world wide to support a Sikh system or code.

    But [droped] academy has no business to fool Sikhs .It blatantly lied.It blatantly created false u tubes to mislead sangst in Malaysia..to that Mukhtiar is blind.

    The more sikhs in the worldy get to knowv the lies of this outfit. .the better.

  3. I am no supporter of Gurbachan Singh but I have some simple questions to ask. Who has given legitimacy to Global Sikh Council to speak on behalf of Sikhs globally ? What religious qualifications does its management or members have to provide directions to the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council or any other Sikh body or individual ? Similarly, what religious qualifications does the management or members of Malaysian Gurdwaras Council have ? Has anyone of them read and analysed DG to debunk it leave alone SGGS ? Just setting up an organisation and calling it Global does not make it so. Does GSC plan to be an alternative to Akaal Takht ? If there are no satisfactory answers to the above questions, then GSC is a political set up and it is not qualified to tell Sikhs what to do.

  4. TY Global Sikh Council.
    I am sure as the Sikh organisations throughout the world get to know of this blatent attempt to lie and mislead Sikhs in Malaysia, more support and condenmnation of the SHRI GANPATH GANESH SHIVE ACADEMY WILL GROW.

    The Sikhs in Malaysia need to recognise the crooked manner to fraud them by the SGGSA by one individual with ego and delusional ideas.

    One GRANTH, One Panth has been our slogan and practice.

    The disgruntled Munna boy is now trying to stir against the MGC unnecessarily, after being exposed and not getting his way.

    The MGC is an elected body,with an elected membership.It has done what it can.It is an umbrella body,to offer panthic guidance.

    It is linked to other world Sikh orgnisations.It is not a simple dera run outfit, housed under tenancy, like the Shri Ganpath ganesh Shive Academy.

    Well done Mr Jagir Singh, truth is never liked,as it tastes bitter , to the sour grapes.

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