Day 02: We pay others to read it for us

What is our connection to Sri Guru Granth Sahib. In this new column, SURINDER KAUR SOHAN SINGH hazards a guess

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Gurdwara by lakeside | Sanctuary for healing – Vishal J Singh
By Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh | SIKHI STUDY | OPINION

If the secret to PEACE, HAPPINESS, JOY and BLISS is found in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), then why haven’t we found it?

Millions of us visit the Gurdwaras every day because we know that there is an invaluable treasure inside there that the Gurus have blessed us with. We wrap this treasure in the most beautiful rumalas, we bow to it, we house it in the best of buildings and we do pooja of it.

We do everything except read and understand what is written in it. We pay others to read it for us.

Many of us do not read because we are illiterate. There are among us that are able to read but we do not understand what is written in it. We are not able to decode the message.

Many of the people managing the Gurdwaras are also equally illiterate. They are holding the positions for power, status or money. They are not interested in spreading the message of the Guru.

Most of the programmes in the Gurdwaras are ritualistic in nature. Example: Mechanical reading of Gurbani (Akhand Paths, Sukhmani Sahib, Sampat Paths, katha based on man-made saakhis instead of katha on Gurbani, etc).

All these activities bring very little spiritual wisdom to the people.

The message of the Gurus is often lost in all the rituals going on in the Gurdwaras.

As a result, the younger generation have lost interest in the Gurdwaras. They have seen their elders going regularly to the Gurdwaras for years and yet their lives have not transformed. They do not see the relevance of all these rituals in their everyday life. The Gurdwaras provide very little guidance to the problems they are facing in their everyday lives.

Surinder Kaur Sohan Singh is a Malaysia-based Gurbani enthusiast. This is an edited version of her regular articles shared within a circle of fellow Sikhi seekers

* This is the opinion of the writer, organisation or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Asia Samachar.

 

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Day 01: Gurbani Es Jag Mein Chaanan (Asia Samachar, 25 July 2018)

 

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  1. Even when Akhand Path os Sahej Path are being recited it is rare to see even family members to listen. On normal functions when Bani is being recited or during Kirtan some are seen busy on their so-called smart phones. Numbet of buildings and infrastucture and facilities are incrasing and expanding the only time there is a crowd is langgar time be it Gurpurab Or celebrations/barsis when invited guests who may be obliged to come.
    There are more elderly especially women (mostly widows) and numbet of young receeding.
    Gurdwaras may have become commercial entities where it is commonly suspected that there may be abuse of funds especially where there are substantial funds and even lesser transparency or accountability. Giving audited fin statements to members only may not be perceived as providing accountability to sanggat from whom funds are sought on regular basis. There were 3p+ gurdwaras mgts reps at Malacca function in memory of SSS Ji all seeking donations to construct/expand or upgrade facilities most of which may neither be necessary or used in foreseeable future due lack of sanggat.
    RETHINK MAY BE NECESSARY AS TO THE NEEDS OF GURDWARAS BOTH PHYSICAL OR FINANCES.
    Gur Fateh

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