Hah? Guru Nanak Parkash Dehara?

Now, coming to Guru Nanak Gurpurab. I am, this year, hearing that it is not a Gurpurab any more, but Guru Nanak Parkash Purab - the day Baba Ji supposedly received his enlightenment. This is new to me! - DYA SINGH


I am mystified!

I am normally aware of Sikh historical ‘maneuvering’ for the last 60 odd years of my life simply because I do read a fair amount about the changes in Sikh thought and I belong to a family of a parcharak (Giani Harchand Singh ‘Bassian’) and family members who are all involved in Sikhi furtherance in one way or another including thinker and writer S. Gurmukh Singh OBE who writes a regular column in UK-based Punjab Times.

I remember that not long ago we celebrated Vesakhi on 13 April. We now do so on 14 April. We never used to sing ‘Agea bheyi akal ki..’ etc. after the Ardaas in gurdwaras. Now we do. We had no qualms about singing ‘Deh Shiva’ before. Now brothers have become enemies on this issue!

There was never an issue whether the Dasam Granth was ‘the’ Guru. (It is NOT.) Today we have pitched battles and beard pullings and violence on the issue.

I remember the maneuvering of the rules of the Anand Karaj, the Sikh sacred wedding ceremony for who could go through this ceremony. In my earliest consciousness, both bride and groom ‘had’ to be ‘amritdhari’ to undergo this ceremony, or at least have gone through the ‘amrit sanchar’ ceremony.

Then, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it was decided that the couple were asked before the ceremony if they had undergone ‘amrit sanchar’ and if not, to do so at the first opportunity. In the 1980’s it was decided that the couple should not be embarrassed by asking such an awkward question in sangat but advised to undergo the amrit sanchar.

In the 1990’s the question was completely erased. Today, it is a free for all, except for ‘militant’ action by some because generally gurdwaras are only concerned with income rather than the rules and maryada.

Another example is that before the 1980’s there was no accepted understanding that Baba Budha was the first ‘Granthi Sahib’ of the Aadh Granth. From then he was annointed as the ‘First Granthi Sahib’ paving the way for our now ‘priestly class’ – the go-betweens between us Sikhs and our Guru – Guru Granth Sahib Ji. We get this ‘go-between’ to do our sehaj paaths, akhand paaths, hukmnamas and ardaaas for any occasion and any other ‘religious’ ceremonies for cash. They became our formal ‘pundits’.

(I say the above even though my own father was virtually forced into the position of a ‘Granthi Sahib’, even though he arrived in the old Malaya as a government-paid Punjabi teacher and parcharak (stationed in Raub). He was always careful to tell the sangat that he was merely the ‘vizier’, the caretaker of the Granth and not a go-between, between the sangat and the Guru. He taught devotees how to do paath. He brought Sikhs closer to the Guru Ji. He taught Punjabi and he was a great parcharak and kirtenia.)

Now, coming to Guru Nanak Gurpurab. I am, this year, hearing that it is not a Gurpurab any more, but Guru Nanak Parkash Purab – the day Baba Ji supposedly received his enlightenment. This is new to me! There is a longish current article around by Dr. Harbans Lal espousing this with various quotes etc. from past supposed Sikh historians and so on.

I have some reflections on this ‘development’ but I can see positives. I have long known that historically it is more likely that Guru Nanak Ji was born on or around Vesakhi and the date of his birth was ‘moved’ to November to coincide with some Hindu festivals, to shepherd Sikhs away from the Hindu festivals towards celebrating Guru Ji’s ‘Gurpurab’. Now, with this development of Guru Nanak Parkash Devas, perhaps we can spread the message of the two fold significance of Vesakhi – that of Khalsa Day and also Guru Nanak Ji’s birthday!

It is just like the controversy of the laying of the foundation stone of Darbar Sahib supposedly by Sayeen Mian Mir. This, it now appears, is more a sentiment of the Sikh quom espousing the greatness of Guru Arjan Dev Ji of humbly and graciously asking his great friend Pir Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of Darbar Sahib and further enhancing the ‘sarbat dha bhalla’ sentiment of the Sikhs. Noble move and one we quote at inter-faith meetings to great effect. (There is no visible sign of any foundation stone of Darbar Sahib!)

So now, Khalsa Ji, let it be known that Guru Nanak Sahib’s actual birth date is Vesakhi and his ‘Parkash Dehada’ is generally in November!!!

I also applaud Malaysian Gurdwara Council (MGC) on celebrating Khalsa Day next year and Guru Nanak Sahib Ji’s 550th. Grand Gurpurab on 20 April 2019 in Kuala Lumpur after prolonged celebration which have already started in many gurdwaras in Malaysia. NOT A BAD IDEA GLOBALLY!

Malaysian-born Dya Singh, who now resides in Australia, is an accomplished musician and a r
oving Sikh preacher. The Dya Singh World Music Group performs full scale concerts on ‘music for the soul’ based on North Indian classical and semi-classical styles of music with hymns from mainly the Sikh, Hindu and Sufi ‘faiths’. He is also the author of SIKH-ING: Success and Happiness. He can be contacted at dyasingh@khalsa.com

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



Is Guru Nanak’s Parkash Day Different from Guru Nanak’s Birth Day? Yes, It Is. (Asia Samachar, 22 Nov 2018)

40 Malaysian gurdwaras kick-start year-long Nanak 550 celebration (Asia Samachar, 23 Nov 2018)

Dya Singh comes across original, practical in his latest work (Asia Samachar, 12 Aug 2017)


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  1. Labho is such a double tongued ..

    He his like said in Punjabi “poothiya jamiya” thus we get poothe brainless ideas from him.

    He twisted this issue around and talk nonsensical trash .Read his statement, it is clear this gaporri is trying to confuse others is confused himself.

    Eleven sources from factual history says the Guru was born in April.

    This katak buhong says some other unheard cock and bull trash.

    Until 1917, the gurpurab was celebrated in April at Nankana Sahib.
    Joining forces with arya samaj them Singh bed I, a kesadhari Brahman like labho, persuaded the mahants to change to November.

    The Brahman felt that only children of importance can b born in April.

    It was the kesadhari Brahman like labho who played dirty with the Panth and changed to undermine Sikhi.

    Guru Gobind Singh deliberately sat the Vesakhi khalsa birthday to coincide with the BIRTH OF GURU NANAK IN 14 APRIL .

    I have been observing this labho character, he is full of lies.

    I read that he claims deh shiva …is Sikh national anthem.i have seen Sr Gurcharan Singh question him, over that, labho ran away.

    Labho, she shiva is a Bollywood popularised song, IN 1963.

    OYE paglaa labho since when Bollywood makes Sikh shabad?

    The real Sikh national anthem is Deg teg gate.Forgotten by people because of lies of people like you.

    Let me ask you, where did u get it giani qualifications?
    From the fake tksaal?

    Let me ask you to respond to my following….

    This is a question for labho ji…………ਸਿਵਾ …….!!!
    ਦੇਹ ਸ਼ਿਵਾ ਬਰ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਹੈ॥

    ਸਿਰਫ ਜਾਂਣਕਾਰੀ ਹੇਤੂ ਇਕ ਸਵਾਲ ਪੁੱਛ ਰਿਹਾਂ ਹਾਂ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਸੂਝਵਾਨ ਸੱਜਣ ਜਵਾਬ ਦੇਣ ਜੀ।

    ਸ਼ਿਵਾ ਤੋਂ ਰੁਕਮਣੀ ਨੇ ਬਰ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕੀਤਾ

    ਯੌ ਬਰ ਲੈ ਕੈ ਸ਼ਿਵਾ ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਸੰਨ ਚਲੀ ਹੁਇ ਚਿੱਤ।
    ਸ੍ਯੰਦਨ ਪੈ ਚੜ ਮਨ ਬਿਖੈ ਚਹਿ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਜਦੁਪਤਿ ਮਿੱਤ।

    ਅਰਥ.. ਸਿਵਾ ਕੋਲੋਂ ਬਰ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਆਪਣੇਂ ਮੰਨ ਵਿਚ ਮਿੱਤ੍ਰ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ ਨੂੰ ਵਸਾ ਕੇ ਰੱਥ ਤੇ ਚੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਰੁਕਮਣੀਂ ਚੱਲੀ।

    ਸਵਾਲ .. ਇਥੇ ਸਿਵਾ ਕੋਂਣ ਹੈ?
    ਕੀ ਸਿਵਾ ਦਾ ਅਰਥ ਅਕਾਲ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਾਂ ?

    ਜਵਾਬ ਦੇਂਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਇਸਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਵੱਯਾ ਵੀਚਾਰ ਲਿਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਜਿਥੇ ਰੁਕਮਣੀ ਨੂੰ ਦੁਰਗਾ ਦੇਵੀ ਦੇ ਮੰਦਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਿਆਹ ਦੀ ਰਸਮ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਪੂਜਾ ਲਈ ਲੈ ਜਾਇਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

    ਦੇਵੀ ਜੂ ਬਾਚ।
    ਦੇਖ ਦਸ਼ਾ ਤਿਹ ਕੀ ਜਗਮਾਤ ਪ੍ਰਤਛਿ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਤਾਹਿ ਕਹਿਓ ਹਸਿ ਐਸੇ।
    ਸਯਾਮ ਕੀ ਬਾਮ ਤੈ ਅਪਨੇ ਚਿਤ ਕਰੋ ਦੁਚਿਤਾ ਫੁਨ ਰੰਚ ਨ ਕੈਸੇ।
    ਜੋ ਸ਼ਿਸ਼ਪਾਲ ਕੇ ਹੈ ਚਿਤ ਮੈ ਨਹਿ ਹ੍ਵੈਹੈ ਸੋਊ ਤਿਹ ਕੀ ਸੁ ਰੁਚੈ ਸੇ।
    ਹੁਇ ਹੈ ਅਵੱਸ਼ ਸੋਊ ਸੁਨਿ ਰੀ ਕਬਿ ਸਯਾਮ ਕਹੈ ਤੁਮਰੇ ਜੀਅ ਐਸੇ। ਦਸਮ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਪੰਨਾ 506

    ਇਥੇ ਫਿਰ ਸਵਾਲ ਖੜ੍ਹਾ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਕਿ ਜੋ ਸਿਵਾ ਨੇ ਵਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਉਸਨੂੰ ਦੇਵੀ ਜੂ ਬਾਚ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਇਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਰੁਕਮਣੀਂ ਦੀ ਦਸ਼ਾ ਦੇਖ ਹੱਸਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਜਗਮਾਤ ਕੌਂਣ ਹੈ ??

    ਤੇ ੲਿਸ ਗੰਧ ਨੂੰ ਤੂੰ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਦੀ National anthem ਕਿਵੇ ਕਹਿੰਦਾਂ?….Labho ji?

  2. Lakhbir, it’s no secret you too are a Dasam Granth pujari and caught up with Make beliefs of Taksalis. Which Sikh school of thoughts did you graduate from bro ?? Every other learned Sikh who try to correct the Taksalis and DG pujaris are met with violence. It will be a good start if you and your cheer group can sit and debate like gentlemen and accept the truth .


    Jit Singh: Getting Indianised? Jayanti and more of these terms as an appeasement to the conscious level of the masses. Guru Nanak is Nirankaar. Expect the “Gurus” to be dragged into the wider mythology, idolatry and ritualism. The masses just don’t want to wake up to the Truth.

    Jaspal Singh Pip: I guess we evolve over time, as information is more accessible through the cyberspace 😇

    Harvinderjit Singh Thind: Just tells us how much Sikhs knows nothing of their religion

    Lakhbir Singh: Guru Nanak Devji was born in the month of Khatak ie somewhere in Nov. It is the Hindu belief that no spiritual leader, Devta or prophet can be born during the months of Nov Dec as anyone born in these months cannot be a Guru, prophet or Devta. Guru Nanak Devji in one stroke wiped out this belief of the Hindus. Hence it’s the Hindus who want to move the birth of Guru Nanak Devji to Vaisakh because Guruji is also their Devta and some Sikhs are caught up in this thus creating confusion. Maybe Bhai Dya Singhji need to study this deeper.

    It is also right to say Guru Nanak Devji Parkash deharra or Gurpurab a general term. This is because of Bhai Gurdass “ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਰਗਟਿਆ…….. “. There is little need to make mountains out of molehills on the general accepted practices. Of cause now we have lowered our standards because of our moral depreciations and the changes are quite visible as we try to adjust to them.

    Dya Singh speaks, a man who took on the diehard orthodox pundits by introducing non traditional instruments to engage the youth with naam simran, facing the negative forces, he persevered, today he writes on why Guru Nanak’s birthday should had been celebrated During Vasakhi and not as the Hindu zealots had designed. Propagation of Dasam Granth by the Taksalis was to make them look righteous , majority sticks with Sikh Rehit Maryada, Sab Sikhan Ko Hukam Hai Guru Maniyo Granth.

    Yesterday, 23.Nov 2018, @ Subang Gurdwara, one aloof obvious Dasam Granth pujari lady said that ” Those who do not believe that GURU NANAK IS GOD, they don’t know Sikhi” she thought we were fools to beleive her, went on to praise Dasam Granth as Guru Gobind Singh’s granth.

    These days a new twist to auspicious days is to give new branding names, just in case it has an expiry period.

    Soon another Dasam Granth pujari will say ” GURU NANAK JAHAJ HEH” and interpret it as ” GURU NANAK’S AEROPLANE IS COMING” , perhaps to save us from these pujaris.

  5. I expect many articles in the future on the subject of BIRTHDAY and PARKASH DIHARA by others with each giving own viewpoint bssed on personal level of knowledge.
    My only hope is that it will not be made into another controversy which may further divide the Sanggat as has happened in the past with some even having insults and disputes and even voilence.
    Celebrations are being planned on large scale and will involve large amounts of funds and resources and the celebrations in all probability will include festivities which may be mostly commercial in nature giving the perception that success may be judged by amounts spent and/or saved with little interest in the benefical results forcSanggat.
    My queston:
    In the process ALL MAY ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES while as normally happens during PATHS the Sanggat may be minimal or missing during working times and after night function and langgar are done and continue until next morning ASA DI VAR prayers.
    Thus resulting in BABA JI REH GAI AKELE!!!!