Sanatan Sikhs consider the spiritual status of individual
and treat Dehdhari Gurus/ Gurdev Singhs/Jathedars as not ‘Isht
Dev’, but as ‘Mahapursh’
(great holy personage). Furthermore, Sanatan Sikhs have no problem
in paying due homage and respect to Hindu, 'Archarya'
(Sanskrit term for ‘teacher’), Guru, 'Pirs'
(Muslim holy men) etc.
Sriman 108 Baba Sundar Singh Ji
Founder of 'Samparda Bhindra', considered to be a great 'Mahapursh'
within Sanatan Sikhi
The fact remains that every time a Sikh bows before
Adi Guru Durbar, they are bowing to Hindu and Muslim holy men such
as Bhagat Jaidev, Bhagat Namdev, Baba Sheikh Farid etc along with
the Sikh Gurus. It has to be noted that all of these individuals
throughout Pakistan and India are still revered as Gurus/Archaryas/Pirs/Murshid
by their respective followers.
Note – Despite mainstream Sikhs being very hostile
to Dehdhari Gurus, many amongst them still indulge in ‘Viaktigat
Pooja’ (worship of an individual). This form of worship
entails elevating certain individuals within particular institutions
to such a spiritual status that their every word is accepted without
question and is considered gospel. No human can ever be perfect
and is always prone to making errors. Indeed, it is this quality
that makes us human.
One particular incident that illustrates this fact
involves Nihang Niddar Singh presenting formidable evidence on www.shastarvidiya.org
that proved Bhai Randhir Singh was incorrect with regards to his
views on 'Chatka'.
Bhai Randhir Singh Narangwal
Founder of the 'Bhai Randhir Singh da Jatha' and one of the key
figures who propagated anti-Chatka views within mainstream Sikhism
Fanatic followers of Bhai Randhir Singh (presently
known as the Akhand Kirtani Jatha (A.K.J) or the
'Bhai Randhir Singh da Jatha') began to spread
word that Nihang Niddar Singh and Nihang Teja SIngh had in fact
‘insulted’ the revered Bhai Randhir Singh by disagreeing
with his views. Numerous insults, threats and slander followed both
on discussion forums, egroups, emails, and newspapers trying to
portray Nihang Niddar Singh and Nihang Teja Singh as being 'anti-Sikh',
'anti-Panthic', and 'agents of the R.S.S.' (a political party in
India accredited with being extremist in their pro-Hindu lobby).
However, that was never the case. Logic, and the freedom
to express one’s views dictates that any individual may disagree
on certain subjects with another as in this case. This does not
mean one has ‘insulted’ another by
adhering to an opposing viewpoint. It can be seen that some modern
Sikhs do not need to have Dehdhari Gurus to indulge in 'Viaktigat
Bhai Randhir Singh da Jatha
Members of the 'Bhai Randhir Singh da Jatha' (aka Akhand Kirtani
Jatha) engaged in singing scripture a Gurdwara, 2002
Apart from ‘Shabad’ (scriptural)
and Dehdhari (living) forms, there is another form of Guru that
transcends both of the aforementioned as Guru. This manifestation
of Guru is the truest of the three.