| Opinion | Selayang, Malaysia | 18 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
I am appalled by the number of lies with regards to the Selayang Naujawan program.
I was present in the sangat. Dr Karminder Singh was invited by Selayang youth to give his parchaar. The Granthi ji recited an extra shabad upon Dr Karminder’s request as sangat was still settling in.
Dr Karminder’s katha was delayed due to technical difficulties. He began his katha without slides. He started out by mentioning that there is only One Granth in the spiritual universe that starts with a numeral one (1), and went on to explain the pangti ‘Eka bani ek gur eko shabad vichaar’ on page 646 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS). Dr Karminder meaningfully connected it with the slogan ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’. Then he explained the concept of ‘acceptance’, again with support of SGGS verses. He was talking about fully accepting and surrendering to his Hukm. Nothing controversial here.
Dr Karminder then proceeded to explain the mool mantar/manglacharan verse.
When he was concluding his talk towards the final few minutes, a young local man from Selayang stood up to respectfully ask if it was going to be one way or two way discussion. He continued mumbling on and nobody could understand him. Dr Karminder turned to the committee to ask whether they were allowing a question and answer session. Dr Karminder was asked to continue his lecture. The young man was requested by the sanggat to sit down. He did.
Dr Karminder proceeded to talk about how the creator is inside us, which is explaining karta purakh. Dr Karminder said God looks after his creation and us, regardless of our prayers. If the Creator’s hand/protection/blessings wasn’t with us, then we wouldn’t even be alive. Everything is based on His Will.
The same young man stood up to mumble something again. The ladies side got impatient and some shouted at him and also signaled him to sit down. Some men requested the same too.
At this point, an older man stood up and began shouting and swearing vulgarities in the darbar sahib. He was requested through hand gestures by many people, including Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) president Jagir Singh, to behave. Jagir did not stand up. The senior granthi and others approached the shouting man and told him to stop. In return, he shouted back at them. No one could understand the shouting man. He kept shouting for Dr Karminder to repeat his words “Ek Granth is only Sri Guru Granth Sahib”. He was also shouting at everyone around him that told him to be quiet.
Dr Karminder said that we were sitting in the Guru’s darbar, hence we should speak with politeness and love, and shouldn’t argue.
By this time Dr Karminder’s time was up. The granthi ji went to sit next to Dr Karminder on stage to start off Anand Sahib. Dr Karminder then concluded by saying fateh to the Sanggat and Anand Sahib prayers proceeded.
Dr Karminder stepped off the stage and sat back in the Sanggat and followed through the prayers right till after semapthi.
During the distribution of degh, granthi ji educated the sangat to go on and ask any questions outside of the diwan AFTER a speaker completes his talk, and not to interrupt any katha (discourse). The Sanggat then stated a jaikara at this point to indicate support for the granthi ji’s stand.
I proceeded to go down for langgar. I saw the young and old man being approached by the local Sanggat members. The Sanggat were not happy and was stating their displeasure to the ruckus caused by the two men.
Many in the Sanggat, including ladies, approached Dr Karminder to apologise for the disruption.
None of the two men approached Dr Karminder to discuss anything. This would have been the right time to ask and clarify respectfully. There was no need to show anger in Guru’s presence especially since its damaging only us.
It is clear that this incident is nothing more than an attempted ruckus by two individuals – one from Selayang and the other whom I learnt from the Sanggat came from outside Selayang. The Sanggat was visibly displeased with the rude actions of these two.
In the end, my objective is to connect to SGGS and to listen and to learn, even un-learn, if need be. I am certainly new to Selayang Gurdwara. However, from what I experienced, the Sanggat was polite and cared that I enjoyed my evening.
This is what saw and experienced at the Selayang programme. Such lies being told on Facebook, its disgusting.
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