| Klang, Selangor | 24 Nov 2016 | Asia Samachar |
By Harpreet Kaur
Gurdwara Sahib Klang (GSK) made history when it became the first gurdwara in Malaysia to launch the slogan ’Ek Granth, Ek Paanth, Ek Maryada’ at a function recently.
GSK committee president Jasbir Singh said he was happy to see the centrality of the ‘Ek’ principle being the foundational concept of Sikhi.
At the launch event on 13 Nov 2016, Malaysian senior civil servant and lay-parcharak Karminder Singh shared a 90-minute presentation on the meaning of the slogan to the Sikh psyche.
“There was pin drop silence,” said Prof Bhajan Kaur who was present at the gurdwara.
The slogan was inspired by the ‘One Granth, One Panth’ slogan first floated by the World Sikh Council (WSC), which has representatives from 20 countries, including Malaysia.
At its annual meeting held in Paris, France, in March 2016, the council called on Sikh organisations to unite under the ‘One Granth One Panth’ banner to promote the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib.
In Malaysia, the slogan is being championed by the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC).
In his presentation, Karminder said the concept ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’ originates from a verse within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS, Page 646): ‘Ekaa Baanee Ek Gur, Eko Shabad Vicchaar’ (ਇਕਾ ਬਾਣੀ ਇਕੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਇਕੋ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥).
In his address at the function, MGC President Jagir Singh said that based on the concept of Ek being central, the expansion of the other attributes of Sikhi e.g. One Akal Purakh, One Guru, One Gurbanee, One Granth, One Maryada, One Darbar and One Sikhi, ties in perfectly.
No doubt the 10 Gurus’ appeared in their physical form, however, the shabad was the one and the same throughout, and finally being sealed as Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, who is Guru of the Sikhs today.
“No duality remains once this concept is understood and applied,” he said.
In the presence of SGGS and Sanggat, no parkash/installation of any other book, granth or verses outside of SGGS should take place as mandated by Sikh Rehat Maryada (SRM), he concluded.
One event participant described the Klang Sanggat as a ‘jagret’ (awaken) crowd that focused truly on comprehending the messages of the One Guru.
The same slogan will be the central discussion point at an up-coming Sikh seminar in Seremban on Saturday (26 Nov 2016).
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