Wednesday, July 05, 2006

we beg Your pardon Satguru.

Brandishing swords and other traditional weapons, politico-religious groups yesterday clashed inside the Golden Temple complex in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, creating panic among devotees.

Radical supporters of Akali leader Simranjit Singh Mann virtually took over the stage of a religious event organised inside the complex to mark the 400th anniversary of Akal Takht - the highest religious seat of Sikh religion.

The clash took place in the presence of the holy book of the Sikhs - Guru Granth Sahib.

The Akal Takht is located just 50 metres from the Sikh sanctum sanctorum - the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

The clash took place when the group led by former chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal did not allow Mann to speak from the dais.

This upset Mann’s supporters who violently rushed to the stage, brandishing swords and other weapons, and forced Badal, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar and other top Sikh leaders to run for cover. Mann’s supporters broke the microphone also and manhandled Sikh leaders.

Following the incident, Akal Takht head priest J S Vedanti issued a religious proclamation holding Mann and his followers responsible for the unsavoury incident and directed all Sikhs not to invite Mann and others to any religious events.



Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

I wonder as to how we can fall so low especially when we are graced with duties of high and higher order...
I wonder uptil when shall politics keep clashing with religion...
When will religion be only about God and his will?
When will peace commence?
When will such episodes make sense?
When will we find leaders true,
Who are the really the true followers of the Guru.
Until when shall we fall victims
To these leaders' self-willed dictums?

Waheguruji, I wonder...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:00:00 AM  
Blogger Puneet Kaur said...


Seeker ji, i completely understand your feelings for such an unfortunate incident at Sri Harmandir Sahib JI...

You expressed so very beautifully... but have faith ji...have faith is all i can say!

Guru Gobind Singh JI's Khalsa is getting ready ji....

Guru Rakha

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 3:57:00 AM  
Anonymous satvinder said...

When will we find leaders true?
My view... We already have the ultimate leader. Dhan Guru Granth sahib ji.We just need to be strong followers.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006 5:49:00 AM  
Blogger Angad Singh said...

I completely agree with you Satvinder Phenji! We just need to accept our leader.

PS Sat phenji I am still writing the psot on Sundri give me a day or 2..i shall even share about Gurmatta in that.

As for all this..i just pray to guru ji to forgive us all..its really disturbing.

Guru Ang Sang!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 6:31:00 AM  
Anonymous satvinder said...

Thanks veer ji. No rush though, I'm sure you must have more pressing things to do. Thank you for taking time out to do this. It's very kind of you.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

This is not the only time Mann and company has done this sort of thing. Mann also took control of stage a few months ago when he came to stage uninvited during a function at another Gurdwara. I think the majority Sikh community is smart enough to see thru the intentions of some of these self appointed leaders who claim to represent everyone for their agenda. Thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 6:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I don't like any of them- ( Badal, Mann, Amrinder Singh blah blah). Any good leader will never make a political speech in presence of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Satvinder Bhenjee is right. we already have a strong leader. All we need to do is follow Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Nobody should be allowed to speak anything in presence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji except reciting Gurubani. Once we enter door of any Gurdhwara Sahib, we are bound to only listen to Gurubani.
As Gurusikhs we all have very low that we allow this kind of drama to take place in presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
I wish the Sangat asked these so called leaders to leave immediately ( unless they want to sit quietly and recite Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)

Very sad indeed! For all these so called leaders word "respect" does not exist in their dictionary.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

This is a very deep and serious concern of mine - political speeches at the Gurudwaras, especially on days of supreme religious significances. But the speeches have nothing to do with politics either - it is mainly self-sellers crap (pardon my words).

Every New Years Eve I want to spend with my family at the Gurudwara Sa'ab, thinking of God and being there in the Sangat - a truly holy congregation! What do I get instead - An endless array of useless provocative speeches either for self-promotion or asking for donations (like these people don't make enough, that too by wrong means)

Thursday, July 06, 2006 3:59:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

"When will be find leaders true?"

I knew the point about SGGS as the ultimate leader will come up. And there is no denying it. But out of the idealist world, we need a fellow being who must take charge - that is how the world runs. These people must be the best disciples of SGGS and help the rest of us in spheres that monitor other aspects of life. These are the people who shall take charge in the world of all religions and represent us as Sikhs. We do need fellow followers who can be called leaders. We need the light of truth from SGGS in them - True leaders must be true followers (of SGGS). But we shall need them forever!

Thursday, July 06, 2006 4:03:00 AM  
Anonymous satvinder said...

ss bhenji...

why do you think we need other "leaders"? Please don't mistake me I'm not belittling your view. I need to understand because untill I do I will continue to believe in what I already believe in.

At the moment I think we need good students of Sikhi or scholars who can bridge the gap between us and Guru ji [guru granth sahib ji] we may need motivators... but I don't get why we need "leaders". genuine question sis.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

Satvinder Ji has brought up a very good point about the need of bridge builders, teachers and students and SGGS as our Utimate Leader. The current Sikh leaders are mostly self appointed thru corrupt means/corrupt voting etc. and are a good example of poor leaders that are self serving.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Hari Singh Khalsa said...

I whole-heartedly subscribe to Sikhi Seeker's point of view. We do need leaders, and they should be defined as the best followers of the Guru. The Gurus instructed us to be indivually empowered and not to rely on the will of others, they also instructed us to follow our own path to God through meditation.

Basically a leader is someone who shows others and takes others down a path. The Gurus showed us the path to God and led us on it, but they also insisted upon our own development of this path. This is the same kind of leadership that we need today. We need someone who will humbly show us the right path and set us on it. There are so many worldly things to which we must pay heed. It benefits the panth when some of us step forward with genuine knowledge and say I can lead us on a beneficial path.

Why reinvent the wheel? This sounds like an argument for why we need teachers, but look closely. There are so many that try and persuade in this world and there are so many who lack trust even inside the panth, we need leaders who can go down the right path, proove to the rest of us why it is the right path, and show us the way.

It is not just us Sikhs that need leaders it is the world. With so many lost in maya and fundamental dogmas, they need Sikhs to break their shackles, set them free and set them on a great path. With so few Sikhs in this world compared to the overall population, not one of us should see ourselves as anything less than a "leader".

Thursday, July 06, 2006 5:02:00 PM  

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