| Letter | 28 Sept 2016 | Asia Samachar |
From time to time, the Panth faces critical situations, some external and some internal. The Panth is not new to such situations. In fact, right from the times of our Gurus, many such crises arose. We faced them guided by our our Gurus teaching not to give in to injustice, oppression and other such pressures.
Some crises are real and some created. This ‘Dasam Granth’ issue is one that should not arise at all as no less than Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself bestowed Gurgadhi to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS). Had He wanted, Guru Ji could have incorporated the “bani’ into SGGS OR ordered that the ‘Dasam Granth’ be placed side by side the SGGS. No such thing happened.
Suddenly, we now have groups who want to go beyond what Guru Gobind Singh Ji did. They went to great lengths to get some sort of authentication by approaching the Thakat Dhamdama Sahib Ji.
Imagine each Thakat issuing their own hukamnamas. Imagine the chaos. It has been agreed that Panthic decisions are made by the Akal Thakat (in consultation with the other four Thakats). And or the Panth itself.
We have the Sikh Rahit Maryada (SRM) based on the teachings of the Gurus. We have our Gurbani as our supreme guide.
At our Annual General Meeting of Khalsa Diwan Malaysia on 25 September 2016, a resounding unanimous resolution was adapted to support the Malaysian Gurdwara Council (MGC) and other like-minded bodies to strongly follow the Sikh Rahit Meryada and leave the ‘Dasam Granth’ issue aside till Akal Thakat , togather with other Thakats take a decision.
We urge the groups preaching otherwise to fall in line with Panthic decisions for the sake of ekta in our Quam. United we stand, divided we fall.
Santokh Singh Randhawa
President, Khalsa Diwan Malaysia.
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