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By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Sat Nam. Check this out.

Meet the newly appointed Dubai, UAE, Minister of Happiness.


Ohood Al Roumi

February 11, 2016 -- Al Roumi, former head of economic policy for the UAE emirate of Dubai, is the current director general of the Prime Minister's office. She'll keep doing that job while doubling as "Minister of State for Happiness."

Al Roumi will "align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Happiness in the UAE is not just a hope, there will [be] plans, projects, programmes and indicators."

The move, which Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced Wednesday via Twitter to his 5.58 million followers, comes as part of the biggest cabinet shake up in the country's 44-year history and during the World Government Summit taking place in Dubai.

"Happy" is not the only tune Sheikh Mohammed is singing. He's also created a Minister of Tolerance (Wahe Guru) and refocused the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs as Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.

"It is the beginning of a new journey of achievement and giving to the people, and we ask God to help us serve and take care of them," Sheikh Mohammed posted in Arabic.

Sheikh Mohammed says that he wants to make the UAE "one of the best countries in the world" within five years, and he's created a poem "Happy Nation" to match that vision:

"Our people are happy and in their prime,
Since the days of Zayed till the end of time.
Blessed with honor and dignity they thrive,
Admonished by none, they lead a joyous revive.
While some struggle with obstacles and strain,
Our people are sheltered from agony and pain.
Their children wrapped in peace, they do not fear,
For their wishes and desires, they need not shed a tear.
They live in justice, their dreams fulfilled,
Not chasing illusions, their visions instilled."
-- Source.

World Summit, Dubai, 2015


Where are the women?

Seems like the U.S. could use a Secretary of Happiness right about now. --

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My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

The sexual grooming of young Sikh girls.

Sat Nam. Why is this happening, and what is Sikh Dharma doing about it?

 

Looking at the one and only Black family in 3HO/Sikh Dharma
after 48 years
from my perspective as a person of color I have to
ask, why are there so few Blacks, e.g., how many White Sikh families
versus Black Sikh families after 48 years? Oh sure, there are a few
African Americans
, but they are disproportionately represented.
Think about the optics from the perspective of most people of color.
Do people of color see this disparity as a positive or as a negative?
And how many Black Kundalini Yoga teachers-trainers are there?

The mission of this Web site is to promote diversity and cultural
competency
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and caste for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate
the current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability,
and extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. And furthermore,
we welcome and support other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels.

Your thoughts can be posted here.

Service is the answer. What is the question?" Hari Kaur Bird



 

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See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.

See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.

See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.
See Definitions.
See Questions.

My Sikh Sense
By MSS Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

To whom it may concern.

Sat Nam. I have known Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa Ji since 1978. He was born and raised in India; speaks Punjabi and English. He acted as a senior 'aide de camp' to Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji. He arranged and accompanied Siri Singh Sahib Ji on his travels to and from India, and elsewhere for twenty-six years. Singh Sahib Ji is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a minister of Sikh Dharma. He has maintained a presence at major religious gatherings and conferences of World spiritual leaders, before and after Siri Singh Sahib Ji's passing in 2004. Satpal Singh Ji knows well the Punjabi and Western cultures and has financially supported many Sikh Dharma missionary programs for over 38 years.

Chardi kalaa!

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Follow up on Teacher Yatra 2017

February 15, 2016 -- Sat Nam. Adhoc Committee Thirteen, ACT, of which I am a member, is the sponsor of this paid room and board offer.

Departure for India is planned for late December, 2016. Those who are interested should begin planning now.

Mission Statement
Adhoc Committee Thirteen

Our main mission is to promote diversity and cultural
competency
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and caste for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate the
current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability, and
extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. Furthermore, ACT
welcomes and supports other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels.
Yogi Bhajan Ji in recent years introduced this technology to the Western world.
The Healthy, Happy, Holy technology as taught by Yogi Bhajan promotes a lifestyle
that has the power to uplift all humanity and to expand awareness without the use of
drugs
or other external stimulation. Our mission is to teach and promote the practices of
yoga and meditation throughout Asia, especially India, for the purpose of reintroducing
the technology, as directed by Yogi Bhajan. In order to advance this effort we actively seek
the assistance of individuals and organizations in the United States and around the world.

Note: On numerous occasions Yogi Bhajan directed his students of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in the West to teach this technology to the people of India and the East. He also directed the Sikhs of India to teach Sikhs to the people of the West. See Siri Singh Sahib's Directive 2001.

See 2017 Teacher's Yatra to India. Get Travel Visa info. See India Travel Tips.

Chardi Kalaa! --

“It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari Singh Bird

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See SensitivitySummit.com. See Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.

See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?

See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.

See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.

See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.

See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See TheMahanTantric.com.
See Example of Tribalism.

See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.

See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.
See Definitions.
See Questions.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Drugs and Terrorism are Ruining Punjab

February 17, 2016 -- Sat Nam. What follows is my response to a Sikh blog posting re a recent online post about Drugs and Terrorism in Punjab.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam. After conducting a word search of this referenced article, 'Drugs and Terrorism are Ruining Punjab', I found no mention of Yoga, Meditation, or Good Health practices. What is the relevancy? Please read the following mission statement from SikhDharma13.com.

"Sikh Dharma 13's mission is to promote diversity and cultural
competency
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and caste for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate the
current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability, and
extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. Furthermore, ACT
welcomes and supports other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels.
Yogi Bhajan Ji in recent years introduced this technology to the Western world.
The Healthy, Happy, Holy technology as taught by Yogi Bhajan promotes a lifestyle
that has the power to uplift all humanity and to expand awareness without the use of
drugs
or other external stimulation. Our mission is to teach and promote the practices of
yoga and meditation throughout Asia, especially India, for the purpose of reintroducing
the technology, as directed by Yogi Bhajan. In order to advance this effort we actively seek
the assistance of individuals and organizations in the United States and around the world."

Note: On numerous occasions Yogi Bhajan directed his students of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in the West to teach this technology to the people of India and the East. He also directed the Sikhs of India to teach Sikh Dharma to the people of the West.

See Siri Singh Sahib's Directive 2001. See Drug Addiction In Punjab. See 2017 Teacher Yatra to India. See Man Quits Drugs, Becomes A Sikh. Read on.

Then, I urge detractors to visit AdiShaktiMantra.com.

Then, I urge detractors to sit down and practice this transformational meditation, as instructed, each day for a minimum of forty days in order to acquire a sufficient experience.


Then, let's talk.

Special Note: My sense is that most detractors of the practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, especially those of Indian heritage, are both uninformed and inexperienced in the transformational power and effect of these practices, which, by the way, are central to the Super Health project, which I also urge detractors to visit.

Chardi Kalaa!

Hari Singh Bird, USA
--

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My Sikh Sense
By Nirmal Singh


Nirmal Singh

Re: Drugs and Terrorism are Ruining Punjab

Hari Singh ji,

Thank you for sharing your comment and suggestions on this very critical issue confronting Punjab and more particularly affecting Sikh youth. Certainly any spiritually uplifting technique would help the person stay away from resorting to use of stimulants like drugs, but the problem to me seems to have deeper causes that may have been speculated upon but not seriously investigated at least to my knowledge.

I also quickly scanned this piece on Sikhnet, and left the following comment: 'Dalvinder Singh ji and Gurutej Singh ji have presented a very extensive canvas and some in depth analysis of the drug problem as manifesting in Punjab and its wider implications along with possible sinister objectives and motivations driving this phenomenon. The broadly reported position is that the source of drug supplies is the Afghan hinterland and the processing cum distribution route runs through Pakistan, India and beyond to the consuming centers, mainly the U.S. I have not studied the subject but my impression is that drug addiction is not a widely reported problem in Afghanistan, Pakistan, rest of India and beyond among the neighboring countries. It is in Indian Punjab. Significantly even in the U.S. we do not hear of such corrosive influence as we read about in Punjab.

I can understand narco terrorism but a generation being destroyed by drug addiction has to have multiple socio-economic causes and those must be investigated. By merely putting it on drugs mafia as the major cause is to offer an easy alibi and that will not get us any where. Let us ponder: Sikhs who show exemplary character in the face of grim tragedies are so weak as to fall to the menace of drug abuse because it is being smuggled through Punjab. It does not jive.

The causes have to lie in deep crevices of the minds of youth and must be found if the objective is to save the population. The steps taken for National security and smuggling control are different issues and must be handled by the Government in a firm and decisive manner.'

Hope some thoughtful initiatives are launched to identify the real causes that lead the bewildered youth to use of drugs and then devise effective strategies to reverse the trend.

My best wishes.

Respectfully,

Nirmal Singh, NJ
--

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My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Re: Nirmal Singh Ji's comment on Drugs and Terrorism are Ruining Punjab

Sat Nam, Nirmal Singh Ji!

Thank you, as always!

Agreed. The issues you allude to seem complex. And the Sikhnet article is extensive in its coverage. However, my idea is that all methods of dealing with these matters must be on the table, including the hypocrisy of parents and elders and the associated optics, which are neither inspiring or helpful to young people.

What does it say about us when our young people, whether Sikh or non-Sikh, witness their parents, elders and role models smoking tobacco, pot, etc., popping pills, drinking alcohol, eating dead animals, compulsively pursuing money, objectifying and marginalizing women, and socializing inappropriately with persons other than their spouse, etc? These being just a few of our many challenges in this stage of the Kali Yuga cycle.

The transformational value of the ancient Healthy, Happy, Holy technology was taught by the Sikh Gurus who preceded Yogi Bhajan Ji. He in turn introduced this Yoga of Awareness to the West almost 50 years ago. Now his students, many of whom were saved from the drug culture of the day by practicing this transformational technology, are prepared to reintroduce these scientifically proven practices in the form of a Daily Sadhana to the 'amnesiac' peoples of the East.

Again, if we're really serious about this social disaster, communities need to stop talking, and start acting. I urge elders/parents to sit down with their progeny, or at least begin setting an example by practicing this meditation as instructed for a minimum of forty days in order to acquire some experience, instead of wringing their hands and anxiously exclaiming, "What are we going to do? How can we save our kids?" All the while remaining uninformed and inexperienced in the effectiveness of the technology of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, which again, is central to the Super Health project. Check it out.

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to show up. It's called commitment."

Chardi Kalaa. --

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Hari Singh, Sat Naam.

YB came to the US as a nobody ex-airport worker and sold us a LEMON!!!

Most of us figured out that it was a LEMON.

You however still think that you're driving a Cadillac.

You wrote: "The transformational value of the ancient Healthy, Happy, Holy technology was taught by the Sikh Gurus who preceded Yogi Bhajan Ji. He in turn introduced this Yoga of Awareness to the West almost 50 years ago."

3HO "technology" is not ancient. It was invented as he went along.

It's true that he introduced HIS Yoga of Awareness to the West. I emphasize the HIS because that's all it was.

I for one take offense that you see YB as some link in a "golden chain" that goes back to Guru Nanak. YBs teaching have nothing to do with the teachings of Guru Nanak.

Chardi Kalaa

Amar Prakash USA--

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, Amar Prakash Ji!

First, I appreciate your feedback! Thank you!

Second, are you a Kaur or a Singh? (Sikhs use these declaratory terms in order to differentiate between females and males.)

Third, your comments indicate that you are misinformed, uninformed, and inexperienced as to the technology previously referred to, and which to my understanding even predated Guru Nanak Dev Ji. (This history is easy to forget in the midst of Kali Yuga.)

Fourth, as stated in my previous remarks, detractors of the technology need to acquire experience before attempting to carry on with any dialogue.

Furthermore, I urge detractors to refrain from focusing so much energy on personalities. The proof is in the message (Word), not the messenger.

Your thoughts?

Chardi Kalaa!

Hari Singh Bird USA --

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By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

Sat Nam. Check out this classic case of marginalization.

Tattooed on Josiah Wilson’s chest is a fine line of writing that combines two significant dates: his birth, and the death of his biological mother four days after he was born.

The 20-year-old, who was adopted as a baby from Haiti, also carries a status Indian card.

He is African by race – but legally, culturally and ethnically he identifies as a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation.


Josiah Wilson

The mix is not common, but Mr. Wilson says he’s “never really had a problem with it” until last week, when he was expelled from a popular First Nations basketball competition in northern British Columbia.

His father says the tournament committee claims he lacks sufficient aboriginal bloodlines to participate in the All Native Basketball Tournament.

Tournament organizers could not be reached for comment.

It’s a decision that has not only upset Mr. Wilson, his family and community, but has raised questions about what parameters are used to define identity and membership in a group.

“There’s no shame in having multiple identities,” said Don Wilson, Josiah’s father, a Calgary-based doctor born to an aboriginal father and Caucasian mother, who was raised in Bella Bella, B.C.

He said his son is proud of his fusion as Haitian, Heiltsuk, his adoptee status and birth ancestry.

“Josiah’s never thought anything of it – being black and having a First Nations grandfather, a mixed-race father and a white grandmother.

“He’s got a rainbow family,” he said.

“It wasn’t a strange thing for us. It seems that other people from the outside find it unusual.”

Josiah Wilson, who said he’s never really had to think about these issues before, agreed: “That’s been pretty cool, having all these multiple identities.”

But he’s surprised by the sudden spotlight thrown on who he is and how it relates to the decision made by the tournament organizers.

“I told my Grade 10 and 11 class I had native status. They were like, ‘OK, cool.’ It wasn’t a big deal,” he said. “And then this happens and everybody is like, ‘Oh my God,’ and it goes viral.”

Mr. Wilson was apparently excluded on the basis of race, a controversial choice over ethnicity, said associate professor Wendy Roth of the sociology department at the University of British Columbia.

Races are social categories that typically refer to biological or physical characteristics, while ethnicity relates to how someone is raised and their cultural upbringing, she said, adding that they often go hand-in-hand.

“Races are social categories that typically refer to biological or physical characteristics rather than cultural ones.”

But that’s not the case for Mr. Wilson – who is racially African and ethnically First Nations – and the committee may have conflated the two in interpreting the rules, Prof. Roth suggested.

“There’s no reason to apply a racial standard, rather than an ethnic one.”

Mr. Wilson’s family is currently considering lodging a human-rights complaint, and records show there is basis for them to proceed.

Section 8 of the Human Rights Code of British Columbia states a person cannot be denied accommodation in a service or facility based on criteria including race, colour, ancestry or place of origin. -- See more at Source.

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As our nation and the whole world becomes more ethnically/racially diverse and mixed we are going to need to address these issues. In some cases these days it is difficult if not impossible to assign a particular ethnicity or race to someone. This will only be more prevalent in the future. The world will be dramatically different in just one or two generations from now with labels not only being too restrictive, but not possible. Loved this email...stimulated a lot more thinking on my part!

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By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh BIrd Khalsa

Sat Nam. Check this out.

"After Sanders' big win in New Hampshire, establishment figures
want to scare you with Superdelegates. Here's why It's Bullshit."
By Shane Ryan for Paste


Shane Ryan

Bernie Sanders’ win in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night came with some pretty impressive footnotes.


Bernie Sanders

. His margin of victory was the highest for a non-incumbent candidate in any state since JFK.

. He won almost every demographic group—male, female, young, old, moderate, liberal, college educated, high school-educated—with the exception of voters making more than $200,000 per year.

. He became the first Jewish candidate to win a state primary in U.S. history.

. He became the first non-Christian candidate to win a state primary in U.S. history.

Sanders isn’t one to emphasize his religious affiliation—his political beliefs make him enough of an outsider as it is—so you won’t read much coverage about the historic nature of his win. What you will read about is how it’s going to change his primary battle against Hillary Clinton.

The path to the nomination is still difficult for Sanders, and Clinton should still be considered the favorite, but winning New Hampshire in a blowout will give his candidacy a new kind of credibility and momentum. Sanders was polling below five percent nationally when he joined the race, and to come this far in such a short time, against an overwhelming favorite, is a bit staggering—so staggering that a frustrated Clinton “might “shake up her entire campaign.

The narrative has changed, which means that establishment figures are duty-bound to change it back. If you’re an avid follower of politics, you may have seen tweets like these in the aftermath of the win... -- (See the Establishment's spin.)

My Exact Sentiments


The questions that need answers:
What will Clinton do, and for whom?

See Establishment Supported Occupation.

See Agenda and Itinerary for 2017 Teacher Yatra to India.

My Sikh Sense
By Norman Ornstein


Norman Orenstein

What's wrong with Washington?
Ornstein says it's Tribalism.*

If we are not in the most dysfunctional period in our history,” says Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, “we are certainly in the top five.” The problem isn’t just ideological polarization, Orenstein argues in a new commentary for Governance. It’s tribalism, “an approach were if you are for it, I am reflexively against it, even if I was for it yesterday.” 

Many factors encourage tribalism: skewed redistricting, campaign financing, and the transformation of mainstream media. And the consequences are profound. “Political dysfunction,” Ornstein concludes, threatens “the health, well-being, and future prospects for the country (including secular as well as religious organizations). -- Source.

*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang (tribe within a tribe) especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group. Watch Tribalism For Those Who Dare.

This is the opposite of pluralism, the no class, no caste, One Creator of Creation principle taught and championed by Guru Nanak Dev. Tribalism (institutional shakti pad?) breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which meaningful and perhaps Courageous Dialogue with and between people of color, women, and other marginalized groups can occur.

Note: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong that every human being yearns for, and it is the core issue underlying the strife afflicting and affecting most nations today, especially in the Middle East.

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Tribalism at its worst, in my opinion. In college I studied the Middle and Far East and learned much about the tribalism found in those areas. There is little point in fighting it. It is so deeply ingrained. And I hate that it is happening in DC, these days. --

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Access to reading from Siri Guru Granth Sahib

May 3, 2016 --Gur Piyari Sangat Ji, as a part of Sewadar in Tehran, Daas is suggesting our Sangat is to let Sikhs with Turban, but without Trimmed Beard, take part in Akhand Paat Duties.

One of our reputed Sangat members and a few other aged people show discomfort. Though ladies in our community take part in Akhand Paat duties, thus maximum or almost 95% ladies do facial cosmetics, I.e., threading/removing facial hairs, eye brows, etc.

On the other hand very few Hindu ladies take part in Akhand Paat duties.

Watching all this since many years, Daas started a discussion asking our "Buzurgs" as what is wrong if I ask those New Generation Sikhs take part in Akhand Paat Duties?

Only answer I get is, it's Maryada, and trimmed Sikhs don't look good doing Akhand Paat.

My intention is to first, "bani deh lard Lao," connect them to bani, and eventually by Saturday Jis bakhshish, "gurduarey aye soji paeesi."

I request learned members to give their view points and let me understand if Daas is wrong and where is it that I am unable to use my vivek. Ek Onkar Satgur Ji, Sahaee. -- Saheb Singh, Tehran, Iran

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May 3, 2016 --Veer Saheb Singhji, you are right when you ask what is wrong with anyone wishing to read Guru Granth Sahib during Akhand Paath?

If we claim Gurbani is universal, should it not be opened to whosoever wants to participate in reading GGS, whether it is Amritdhari, cut-bearded Sikh, mona Sikh or Hindu as long as it is being read with great reverence. (Amrit means immortalizing nectar. Dhari means to claim or show ownership.) No one should lay claim on who or who should not be allowed to read during Akhand Paath. Gurus did not, so who are we to put hindrances in people's path of spirituality. Seeds of spirituality cannot be germinated with negativism but a positive attitude can set many things right. Maryada has been made by human beings at the time when Sikh Dharma was undergoing many struggles and it should not be impeachable.

No one has a monopoly on it, so we should move forward with the times and encourage more people to read, understand and practice Gurbani in their life. This seems as appalling as the outdated system of caste discrimination among the Hindu society where the so-called lower class were not allowed access to Hindu scriptures. If we don't wake up now, it will become too late. In the last few years many profoundly painful decisions have been made in many areas of our community life; we should not disintegrate the community any further.

So Saheb Singh ji, keep on prodding management with your thoughtful questions.

One question I would like to ask: Akhand Paths are being sold over the Internet from Harmander Sahib. Is that part of Sikh Maryada? There are many other areas of Maryada very conveniently being broken by the leaders of Sikh Dharma. I am sure we can make a big list of them. I leave it open for your discussion. -- Perminder Kaur, London, UK

See Beginning of this thread.

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May 4, 2016 --An Akhand Path (Paath) is a sacred ceremony...Only an Amritdhari (baptized) Sikh man or woman, who faithfully observes the Rehat Maryada are  allowed to perform duties of Akhand path and conduct the ceremony including Reading of Siri Guru Granth Sahib in a congregation. Period. -- Tejinder Singh, Gurgaon, India

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May 4, 2016 --This possibility is zero at our place as out of 150 to 200 people only 6 or 7 are Amritdhari, including Ragi Singhs. In Tehran, Akand Paats are done in Gurdwaras only, and all Sangat [members] take part for 1 hour duty per person. Ek Onkar Satgur Ji Sahaee -- Saheb, Iran

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May 4, 2016 --I have read the discussion on whether turbaned Sikhs with trimmed beard etc. can do Akhand paath with considerable interest. Contributors to the discussion have presented their own perspective. Now, let us look at the management perspective also. Before proceeding further, lest I am misunderstood, I am not in any management of a Gurdwara at present, but have held posts in this country and abroad in the past.

Please allow me to relate an incident when I was active in the management of a Gurdwara and you can draw your own conclusions. Akhand Paath was being performed in the house of a Sikh family. I went to their place, but as soon as the door was opened by a member of the family, practically the whole family surrounded me and complained that a roll (turn at reciting Siri Guru Granth Sahib) had been performed by a Sikh with a trimmed beard even though the man who was talking the most was not turbaned. Their grouse was that they had kept the Akhand Paath with shardaa (reverence, devotion) and expected the Paath (reading of SGGS) to be done by Amritidharee (baptized) or at least proper keshadharee Sikhs. They were so upset, that there was no usual hospitality for me also, i.e., Langar chhakko jee or parshaadaa tiar haae jee, (Langar is ready etc.)

In view of the fact that they were so upset, I didn't say anything, and just came out of the house, but [was] ensured that the person with the trimmed beard did not do any other roll (turn at reciting SGGS). -- Rohan Singh, England

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See Beginning of this thread.

See Glossary of Sikh Terms. See A Comprehensive Sikh History Quiz.

My Sikh Sense
By S.S. SatHanuman Singh Khalsa


SatHanuman Singh Khalsa

May 5, 2016 --Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam. I will just say, regarding the above postings to do with who is qualified to read from Siri Guru Granth Sahib, that any Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Native Person, gay, or straight, etc., etc., should be allowed to participate in Siri Akhand Path, as long as their head is covered, they wear no socks or footwear, they've washed their hands, and are prepared to read in Gurmukhi, Punjabi, or the their native language (if it's provided). The reader (Pathi) must realize that he or she is prepared to read until relieved.

A Sevadar should be available to relieve for rest room breaks, but one must make the commitment to continue reading no matter how long, until relieved. I once read 4 hours before being relieved.

Amritdhari Khalsa Sikhs traditionally do Seva and read for 48 hours.

In communities where this is not possible or Sangat participates, there should be no restrictions on gender, facial hair. -- Singh Sahib SatHanuman Singh Khalsa, Guru Nanak Niwas, Portland, Oregon USA

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May 6, 2016 --One of us correctly commented that Akhand Paaths as currently performed by professional readers, for monetary reward, and with no one listening to the Paath, are "manumit".

However, if these paaths are conducted at Gurdwara Sahib with Sangat in audience, we should get the best readers of Siri Guru Granth Sahib to do the Paath. This is to ensure correct pronunciation with proper punctuation in the reading so the audience can understand what is spoken and learn the correct style for Paath in order to read the Bani for themselves. These readers would ordinarily be Amrit dharis who, presumably, have more practice in reading of Gurbani. These readers should preferably be from the Sangat and not limited to professional "Paathees" because that would be like brahmins monopolizing religious instruction and practice.

Doing the Paath at homes is a good opportunity for people to learn by practice or be introduced to the reading of Siri Guru Granth Sahib. I recall that in the 1970's when there were very few Amrit dharis in this country, we used to have three day "Akhand Paaths". This gave us an opportunity to encourage slow readers to participate and even novices to overcome their hesitation and start learning. When necessary, a good reader would sit along with the beginner to help out. We even allowed non-Punjabi speakers to take a turn and read from Sardar Manmohan Singh's translation which was kept open and pages turned to match the text being read from the "saroop".

The result was that several persons, including trimmers and Monas, became devoted to Guru Sahib, became regular readers, some even acquired saroops for reading at home and became keshdharis. I am not aware how many of them eventually took Khande di Pahul. -- Ranbir S. Sandhu, USA

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is saddle us with a catalogue of “dos” and “don’ts.”

May 8, 2016 --Dear Sangat,

Gur Fateh.

This discussion about 'Turbaned Sikhs with trimmed beards'… reveals that we are still where we were decades ago. I had dropped out of discussions for a long time and perhaps should have stayed away, and may yet regret having plunged into this again. Still, here goes:

Very briefly, the purpose of any religion would have to be to guide a person to know God. Whatever the ultimate goal be called everyone seeks the same thing: to know God. The blueprint for that guidance would have to be the scripture of that faith. The purpose would therefore have to be to bring peace and comfort to humanity, to bring about unity. Religion would therefore tend to make life easier or more bearable. I doubt anyone would really dispute that.

Without going into the benefits of Akhand Paaths, or even whether they are sanctioned by the Gurus, if doing them or participating in the actual process (recitation) gives comfort to the reader why should there be any objection? Is God so petty that he would object to someone with a trimmed beard participating in the doing of the Akhand path?

All our religious scholars and leaders manage to do is saddle us with a catalogue of “dos” and “don’ts”, telling us what to think, how to believe, and the way we are supposed to live. So preoccupied are we with peripheral matters of faith that we forget the primary purpose of the faith: to guide us to know God. We must continually remind ourselves of the supreme purpose religion — to bring followers into a meaningful relationship with the Divine — and stick to this purpose.

Over the years and in my sincere efforts in participating in religious discussions I have tried to make logical sense of the dogmas of the faith. I have also realized that not everyone within the faith is ever going to agree on everything.

I recommend readers to look up this two part write-up at the following site:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/the-supreme-purpose-in-al_b_788920.html

How many Amrit dharis will we find in the diaspora (assuming there are many in India, likely a false presumption)? I know for a fact that the numbers are very few in Malaysia. And how many “faithfully observe the Rehat Maryada”? You will not find too many of those even in Punjab.

Through all this I am actually grateful to [those] others who would rigidly hold on to such requirements in all spheres of our religious endeavours; they make it easy for me to continue to stay away (no guilt). -- Sarjeet Singh Sidhu, Ipoh, Malaysia

See Beginning of this thread.

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May 9, 2016 --I am not an Amrit Dhari or a Giani Thiani, but a simple straight forward person. I always read your comments because they are simple and straight forward, and to the point. I do not believe in any rituals. One does need to go through any rituals or have any special body-wear to be a decent human being. I am aware that a lot of "SIKHS" do not agree with me and I respect them just the same. All of us have the right to honourably disagree with each other without any animosity.

I was most troubled when BJP-SAD Government legislated the division between Keshadhari and other Sikhs. It was a sad day for the Sikh community.

Respectfully, Sat Kartaar. -- Santokh Singh, Edmonton

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May 9, 2016 --Sat Sri Akalji!

I have been following the discussions on this topic quite keenly. The various missives (above) placed the following questions in my mind:

1. If an Akhand Paath is read by a non-Amrit dhari Sikh, or anyone else for that matter, is the message that is conveyed and received from the Bani different?

2. If an Akhand Paath is to be done only by Amrit dhari Sikhs, how different is this from the Hindu caste-based practice of only Brahmins being allowed to recite the sacred mantras?

The answers to these questions would be instructive to pass on to my young children, who question everything.

Gur fateh. -- Gurujot Singh, Trinidad

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May 9, 2016 --Nowhere is it laid down that only an Amrit dhari Sikh can do Paatth. What the Sikh Rehat Maryada lays down is that anyone can do that for the self but only a Sikh should read it out to the Sangat. The spirit behind this is that the guru's message should be conveyed by one who fully abides by the guru's edicts him/her-self - it is an issue of first following the guru and then asking others to do so.

Guru Rakha. -- Rawel Singh, India

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May 9, 2016 --This is turning interesting.

We are advised 'No one should judge anyone else; it is best done by the self. Apney andar veykho - look within.'

Great. This is the way it should be.

Then why are people looking at shaped eyebrows, trimmed beards, feet with socks on and so on and judging whether people are fit to perform seva or read Siri Guru Granth Sahib in Akhand Paaths?

Why is the issue being framed as following the Guru or not? Why instill sense of guilt in people?

Let us all seek guidance from the Guru. None of us is above being a patit if we look inside ourselves.

Respectfully. -- Nirmal Singh, Camp New Delhi

See Beginning of this thread.

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May 11, 2016 -- "The difference between Vedas and Sikhism is that in the Vedas it is officially written (division of people into four different castes), while in Sikhism it is not written in Guru Granth Sahib, but Sikhs themselves have written it, or are practicing it."

You are very right, Sardar Jaspal Singh, but do we recognise it? Are we aware of the reality that is prevailing amongst us?

Please allow me to explain so that we can all challenge ourselves, and modify our attitude to others and our belief systems. Practically every government department in the 1990s in this country ensured that all their functionaries attended what were called 'Race Awareness Courses.' These courses have nowadays becomes much broader and are called 'Equality and Diversity Courses.

On Race awareness courses, participants were asked some very difficult or soul searching questions like: Would you confront a person who made a racist comment in a pub? The next question could be: Would you challenge a person who made an anti-Islam/Anti-Sikh/Anti Semitism remarks at a funeral. The aim was not to condemn the participants as racists, or label them as racists, but to raise their awareness of racism or sexism etc.

We need the same approach in our Gurdwaras -- though whether management committees would attend such courses is another matter. Do we recognise that it is caste-ism when we speak or consider that 'my caste' is [more] superior than yours? Are we aware that we are discriminating against non-turbaned Sikhs or vice versa? The old nostrums of bringing about reform have not worked, we need new ways (technology of consciousness?) to bring about social change.

Now, let us take one tuk/verse from Gurbani, and ask our selves: Do we really practice it in our lives?

Sabh ko oochaa aakheeaae, neech na deesaaae Ko-ei
Eiknaae bhaandae saajeian eik chaannann tihu lo-ei

Call everyone high as none appears to be low i.e. everyone is of high status. Everyone has been created by the same Potter (i.e., the same Creator has fashioned us and His Light is found in all.) SGGS-1.62 -- Rohan Singh, England

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May 14, 2016 --This debate will forever rage in one form or another. If Sikhism is a ‘universal’ religion then its scriptures must be accessible to all (Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike). The insistence that the Akhand paath can only be done (read) by an Amritdhari (often the person is simply a keshadhari) is based on the SRM (Sikh Rehat Maryada). In other words the ‘ritual’ reading demands that it be done by an amritdhari (tribalism). I will not touch on the ritual component since Sikhs take great pride in condemning the rituals of others and so presumably will not subscribe to mere rituals within our own community.

If the requirement is going to be based upon the fact that it’s demanded by the SRM, then bear in mind that the SRM is a man-made document, compiled by human beings with all the fallibilities that these primates are prone to. The SRM can be altered (in fact it should be revised).

I attended the AGM (Annual General Meeting) of a prominent charitable Sikh Organization yesterday where some changes to the constitution were to be made. Amazingly the numbers who attended were just enough to make a quorum. The first change proposed was as to who could be a member. Being a Sikh organization, it in effect defined who would be considered a Sikh for the purposes of the society. The original definition had the words keshadhari, and amritdhari in it. (Keshadhari means one who keeps hair or kesh. Amrit means immortalizing nectar. Dhari means to sustain ownership.)

In the new definition it was decided that anyone who declares himself/herself to be a Sikh is eligible to be a member. The person who was explaining the need for this change was himself actually a full keshadhari. He explained the need for the change was because it was difficult to find persons who could meet the requirements of the original definition. At that AGM of about 20 attendees, only 2 were keshadharis (no amritdharis at all).

This organization was being practical. Instead of chasing out members who still claimed to be Sikhs, the organization chose to keep them within the fold. I can already feel the outrage of the ‘orthodox’. Actually they could not have chased out the non-keshadharis as these "patits" constituted the majority of the organization.

For us in the Sikh diaspora the problem is very real: do we separate ourselves from the orthodox or will the orthodox continue to accept us within the community and acknowledge ground realities? This issue has already been discussed in the past with proposals to set up separate gurdwaras. But in the interest of unity good sense prevailed and the issue was dropped. Do we really need to head back in that direction?

I can understand the realities in India where the insistence on keshadhari being part of the definition of Sikh for membership and election purposes (as in the Delhi Act) as the fear of the political agendas of some non-Sikhs and their organizations is only too real.

But the same rules cannot apply in the diaspora; certainly not in Malaysia. I believe that the SRM dictates that a Sikh (keshadhari) should not associate with a “patit” (which includes someone who is clean-shaven or trims his beard, etc.). There cannot be a single Sikh family in Malaysia which will be able to abide by that injunction since every family has several “patits” within their fold. -- Sarjeet Singh Sidhu, Ipoh, Malaysia

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By M.S.S. Guruka Singh Khalsa


Guruka Singh Khalsa

Can I peruade skeptics?

May 16, 2016 -- Sat Nam. Some people have an inclination to Sikhism (or any spirituality) but they are intellectually bound by their own concept of reality. And they feel they can't make the leap to commit to a spiritual discipline. The person wants to live in their head, and they are worrying about metaphysics and reasoning. If that's the case, they can't walk this path. Guru said if you want to walk this path, then put your head in your hands and make it as an offering.

This means we give up our mind, and follow our heart on the path to spirituality. If you are thinking about foundation, metaphysics, theism and atheism and all of that... then do whatever you have to do to get to the place where you can give up your mind. This path is not for intellectuals.

Sochai Soch Na Hovai Je Sochi Lakh Var
"By thinking, God cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times."

No matter how much you try to conceptualize God, you can't. No amount of philosophizing, reasoning, thinking, rationalizing will give you one taste of it.

So what can you say to a skeptic? Just say bless you. I love you.

You can give them an opportunity to give them an experience, but you can never convince anyone. The mind is a trap. If you think you can figure everything out you spend your whole life thinking in a circle, and you miss what is right in front of you.

It's better to just chant the Naam. Surrender your little self, and experience the big self, which is far beyond the mind. The mind is so small. God is beyond bigness. -- Source.

My Sikh Sense
By M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa


Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

Prohibitions to reading Siri Guru Granth Sahib...
Are these obstacles a sign of continued tribalism?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sat Nam, Sarjeet Singh Ji! I agree with your comments above. Thank you!

However, I disagree with the premise of this recently posted article, Nearly 10 million Sikhs have lost their religion because of this organization.

Read on.

.) Sikhs have not lost their religion. They're just not living it. A primary issue facing most Sikh communities is the widespread, perpetual, and obsessive practice of tribalism,* which Guru Nanak Dev Ji vigorously taught against. He taught pluralism. He taught no class and no caste. And he taught gender equality. (Question: Do we truly understand the meaning, the consciousness of Ek Ong Kar, One Creator of Creation?)

*Tribalism: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang (tribe within a tribe) especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the group.

For instance...
The demeaning attitude of many Sikh men towards women, especially Sikh women, e.g., women are prohibited from playing kirtan, reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, or administering Amrit Sanchar;
The attitude of Sikhs of Indian heritage towards those who have newly adopted Sikh Dharma, e.g., Instead of embracing them and acting as teachers to these 'immigrants', there exists a self-righteous attitude of exclusion and marginalization;
The censure and/or exclusion and vilification of those who 'stray from Sikh standards' of which, by the way, there is perpetual, sometimes violent disagreement;
The denigration and/or placement of restrictions and prohibitions on those who 'stray from Sikh standards';
The prohibition of mixed marriages between Sikhs and those of other religions, including gays and lesbians, and same-sex couples;
The absence of diversity, i.e., the absence of Black Sikhs and White Sikhs within all-Indian Sangats;
The absence of diversity, e.g., the absence of Black Sikh FAMILIES among Caucasian Sangats...the result of chronic tribalism, in direct conflict with the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.

.) Sikhs are disconnected from the ancient Technology of Consciousness, which is based on the practice of Naam (Naad Yoga). Instead of making regular use of this transforming technology, see AdiShaktiMantra.com, many Indian Sikhs continually ostracize and vilify its main proponent, Yogi Bhajan and/or his students, which is tantamount to 'shooting' the messenger. This is typical of Tribalists, i.e., a strongly negative attitude towards those who disagree, or who do not conform to established tradition.

My sense is that most detractors of this technology as taught by Yogi Bhajan, especially those of Indian heritage, are both uninformed and inexperienced in the transformational power and effect of these practices, which, by the way, are central to the Super Health project, which I urge detractors to visit.

Check out this link, and this link for relevance. Then, let's have a conversation!

Chardi kalaa! --

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SatHanuman Singh Khalsa

May 24, 2016 -- Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

These are my thoughts after reading M.S.S. Hari Singh (Bird) Khalsa's comments above about those of us who take such great pride in the Sikh Path.

Hari Singh Ji rightly points out the sharp edge of the Khanda that Sikhs walk when we confuse Culture with Dharma. Sikhs should be grateful for our many blessings, and the technology by which Siri Guru Nanak Dev Ji brought Light into the world. Light so Universal that it surrounds us ALL. Not just Sikh men, not just Punjabi men, not just those born of Indian lineage.

"God Himself is the One in all forms. Through every eye He
sees only Himself. All His creation is His body. He it is Who
listens to Himself as He speaks His own praises. It is all His
play, this coming and going, and Maya too works within His
will. He lives in the midst of all, yet remains unattached. And
He sees that what is spoken is what He wants to say. We all
come and go by His will, and when He wishes to end the play, all
are drawn back into Himself." Ashtapadi XXIII, Sukhmani Sahib

He planted a Seed, 545 years ago, in a place now held as an Islamic State. He saw no Hindu. He saw no Musalman. After 239 years, the 10th Master challenged his Sikhs, both MEN and WOMEN, to be the GURU! He gave ALL who make the commitment, his KESH, his DAASTAR, his KIRPAN, his KANGA, his KACHERA, his KARA. (See The Five Ks.)

When Siri Guru Gobind Singh left his Khalsa, he did so deep in southern India. He merged his immortal Spirit into the Khalsa and Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the Eternal Shabd Guru!

Now, 317 years have passed and the Guru's Khalsa are spread across the planet, rising up in Asia, in Europe, in the Americas. Some are Brown, some White, even some are Black. These ancient Souls have risen from ancient cultures far beyond Punjab, beyond India. Souls that have chosen to hear and heed the Shabd Guru.

Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh said, "If you cannot see GOD in ALL, you cannot see GOD at all!"

I agree with Hari Singh Ji. --

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Satpal Singh Khalsa

Report on Violation of Sikh Rehat Maryada
by Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Sangat of Virginia,
Chantilly, Virginia, (Central Sikh Mission of America) USA

May 5, 2016
Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji
Jathedar - Sri Akal Takhat Sahib
Sri Amritsar, Punjab, India

Respected Singh Sahib Ji,

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.

Gurdwara Sikh Sangat of Virginia committed massive sacrilege of Sikh Code of Conduct at Amrit Sanchar (Khande di Pahul) by not following the proper Sikh Rehat Maryada guidelines as prescribed by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. Amrit Sanchar was held at the Gurdwara on April 15, 2016, led by Giani Kuldeep Singh and other members of Gurdwara committee. Reports confirm that this Gurdwara Sahib is under the patronage of Prof. Darshan Singh, ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth.

On speaking with various sangat members and on reports from several anonymous members, it has been found that Gurdwara Sikh Sangat of Virginia has committed the most shocking and most sacrilegious acts in Sikh history by not following the prescribed Sikh Rehat Maryada at Amrit Sanchar ceremony.

Amrit Sanchar ceremony was conducted at the Gurdwara by reading from the first 13 Angs from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, instead of the mandated recitation of Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Tav-Parsad Swaiye, Chaupai Sahib, and Anand Sahib as instructed in the Sikh Rehat Maryada. Additionally, Ardas was started by “Pritham Akal Purukh Simar ke” and was ended with “Tu Samrath Agam Agochar Jio Pind Teri Raas”.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji established the order of Khalsa and “Khande Di Paul” on the historic Vaisakhi of 1699, which Maryada and historic references have been accepted and observed by the entire Sikh Panth since the revealing of the Khalsa. Purposely the sacred Banis of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Jaap Sahib, Tav-Parsad Swaiye, Chaupai Sahib were excluded, directly challenging the 317 year-old Sikh Maryada established by Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji.

This is a mockery of Sikh traditions and Rehat Maryada. This blasphemous act goes against Sikh traditions, and Sikh history is being distorted by this Gurdwara and its members.

“Siri Guru Granth Sahib” is immutable and can never be amended, revised or changed. That was the public instruction of Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself when he conferred eternal and final Guruship on the Adi Granth to make it “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” of the Sikhs and ordained that hence forward, the “Siri Guru Granth Sahib” will be our living Guru.

Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Sangat of Virginia is completely ignoring and eroding Sikh Rehat Maryada and Principles and developing their own ceremonies and misleading the Sikhs. This will hurt the Sikh sentiments all over the world.

Strong action against this Gurdwara Sahib and its committee members must be taken by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. Further, SGPC, DSGMC and all Sikh organizations must denounce this blasphemous act against Sikh principles and traditions. People responsible for changing the Sikh Rehat Maryada at Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Sangat of Virginia must be brought to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and must be refrained from altering Sikh Code of Conduct.

On my personal behalf and on behalf of Sikh Dharma 13 and Guru Ram DasSikh Mission of America, I condemn and denounce this blasphemous act against Sikh religion and request Sri Akal Takhat Sahib to bring the perpetrators to justice.

With profound regards and respect, Humbly yours,

Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa
Ambassador of Sikh Dharma-Religion, USA
-- Source.

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SALDEF is looking for another Executive Director.

Executive Director Jasjit Singh is going to U.S. Justice Department to work.

I received a call from Massachusetts last night. Navneet Singh is a NE Regional Director.

He asked me if I knew anyone that SALDEF could interview. That person (SIKH man or woman) must either live in DC Metro area or be willing to relocate. Do we know anyone? Any Sikh who would want to do this, man or woman, brown or white?

""If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand
something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it." Yogi Bhajan

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The Turban Becomes a Target:
How Cultural Ignorance Endangers Western Sikhs

The underlying issues in 'mistaken identity' pose some complicated choices for Sikhs. This also gets reflected when one reads in the subject report by Haley Pollock that unfair and tragic as the attacks on innocent Sikhs have been, they are no less unfair and tragic than attacks on equally innocent Muslims.

Varinder Singh, co-founder of the Turban Campaign, emphasized a need to defend Muslims as well as Sikhs when it comes to xenophobic reactions, saying, When we see groups... try to align themselves with the Sikh community, its a relationship that cant last. This is a move to isolate the Muslim community who need our support.'

This is the kind of confusion that is making Sikhs take all kinds of disjointed actions to address the issue of mistaken identity. Other religious groups have been sympathetic but really have not taken active positions to debunk this stereotype. The message that I read in that is: our problems are ours to solve - others may give us an ear, but defend we must.

If that is so, should we take the position that Turban Campaign is taking?

If the issue underlying mistaken identity is the turban, then let at least all turban wearing groups, that will include Hindus and Muslims, come together and join this campaign. Why are they not actively raising their voices and flooding the media with protests that hate of turbans and facial hair is as bad as any other unfounded prejudice and must be treated by the media and government using the same standards as for religion, ethnicity, color or other forms of prejudice rooted hate.

I understand that our theology is way more inclusive and universal than any other and I had raised the issue of our paradoxical situation in my writings, TV appearances, interviews et al in the immediate aftermath of 911. We have come a long way but the solution to this problem is yet not in sight.

The fact is, if others cannot fight prejudice by themselves, can we?

Respectfully,

Nirmal Singh, PA --

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to
show up. It's called commitment." Hari Singh Bird

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