| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 29 Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Some quarters are seemingly bent on pushing the envelope in promoting the Dasam Granth (DG), a collection of work earlier known as Bachitar Natak (BN) and purportedly written by Guru Gobind Singh, in the Malaysian setting.
In the latest salvo, a local Sikh group brought a copy of the DG into the darbar sahib of a gurdwara in Kuala Lumpur, complete with someone doing the chaur sahib, providing almost the same level of respect usually accorded to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS).
The incident on Monday (26 Dec 2016) took place at Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa (GST), a gurdwara controlled by a group of Sikh businessmen, during a kirtan darbar programme organised by the SGGS Academy, a Kuala Lumpur based Sikh organisation.
In a latter to local gurdwaras, Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (MGC) noted: “The Sikhinside had telecast live on 26.12.2016, the Parkash of Bachitar Natak (Dasam Granth) in the Darbar of SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI at Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur which is a serious violation of the Panthic Parvanat Sikh Rehat Maryada (SRM).
“The Historical evidence is that Bachitar Natak (now called Dasam Granth) was earlier known by other names. That there was no Bachitar Natak (Dasam Granth) in existence at the time of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Joti Jot in 1708.
“We do not know whether the Parkash of BN (DG) is on a permanent basis in the Darbar of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS Ji) at Gurdwara Sahib Titiwangsa. Even if the Parkash is on a temporary basis, it is still a violation of the SRM as no Parkash of any other “Pustak” can be done in the Darbar of SGGS Ji. The BN (DG) ‘Parkash” could have been done in another room but not in Darbar of SGGS Ji.”
In the letter, a copy of which was made available to the Asia Samachar, MGC said that gurdwaras ‘must take note of the above serious transgression of the SRM’ and that its executive committee (exco) will ‘meet urgently to decide on the next cause of action’.
When contacted on the matter, SGGS Academy leader Paramjit Singh told Asia Samachar: “You may want to put the question to the Sanggat members present for a better view.”
Some Sikhs present at the event confirmed that the chaur sevaa was done over the copy of the DG brought out to the darbar sahib, in the presence of SGGS.
The so-called DG has been a controversial topic in Malaysia for some time now and is seen as having a potential to divide the Sanggat in this and neighbouring countries, as seen from its effects abroad. However, up till now, no gurdwara in Malaysia has ever installed, either permanently or temporarily, the granth.
The debate revolves around the compilation which some Sikhs believe are the compositions of Guru Gobind Singh, while others believe they are not entirely the compositions of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.
On the local front, MGC has floated the slogan ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’ to rally Sikh organisations, gurdwaras and individuals towards the SGGS. The slogan is taking root with a number of gurdwaras, including Seremban and Klang, adopting is as part of their leadership ethos.
In the above letter, dated 28 Dec 2016, MGC said: “The Parkash at Titiwangsa Gurdwara of the BN (DG) is a clear violation of the SRM, although the Parkash may be on a temporary basis. The quoted Parampra of Lakhi Jungle is Manmat and is a serious transgression of SRM.”
The letter added that as ‘guidance’, those doing DG reading in Darbar Sahib in gurdwaras abroad have been banned from doing kirtan/katha in the gurdwaras.
“The Gurdwaras were reminded by MGC vide letter dated 05-09-2016 to remain united. At a meeting called by M.G.C. on 7th August 2016 and attended by representatives of MGC, KDM, SNSM, Melaka Vidyala and Sikh Scholar’s a unanimous decision was taken that all Gurdwaras and Sikhs must abide by the SRM which hitherto had bound the Sikhs World wide like a glue.
“Not complying with SRM will bring disaster and disunity among the Sikhs. Just imagine having different Maryada regarding reciting Kirtan, Hukam Lena, Sadharan Path, Akhand Path, Gurbani di Katha, Anand Sanskar etc. if SRM as the uniting force is not followed,” it said the letter.
In an earlier letter dated 15 Nov 2016, MGC had called upon the Akal Takht to take action against parties placing other scriptures at par with the SGGS.
In the strongly-worded letter to the Sikh body based in Amritsar, the Kuala Lumpur based MGC has urged for ‘visible and concrete steps’ to push back attempts to place DG at par with the SGGS.
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