Note due to the fact on our web sites
we have employed, in particular, imagery from the Hindu world, certain
insecure narrow-minded bigotted Sikh fanatics and personality cult
followers, who have an overwhelming paranoid fear of Sikhism being
'absorbed into Hinduism', have accused us of "worshiping"
The Jathedar of the Budha Dal, UK, Nihang
Niddar Singh, under the supreme command of the Panjvah
Takht Shromani Panth Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa 96 Crore Budha Dal
Chalda Vaheer, or any of his Shagirds (students), associates
who run or contribute to the websites, do not worship
any deity but Ekh Nirankar Akal Va-eh Guru, the
three Sikh scriptures, Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa
Panth (Spiritual Way), Udhasi, Nirmala
and Sevapanthi Sikh Panth and the Shastars
(traditional weapons employed in Sanatan Sikh Shashter Vidiya).
Nihang Niddar Singh
The present Jathedar (head) of the Budha Dal in the UK and Sanatan
Vidiya Gurdev (master) of the Akali Nihang Baba Durbara Singh Sanatan
Sikh Shastar Vidiya Akhara
It has to be noted that in accordance with the teachings
of the Adi Guru Durbar, we as Sanatan Sikhs do
greatly respect Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Hindu
dieties) etc., as great Bhagats (devotees) of Nirankar (formless)
Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh
The Sanatan Trinity, Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver)
and Mahesh (the destroyer, also known as Shiva)
In fact, all who expound and love
the truth and the message of universal peace and Ekta
(Oneness/brotherhood) we respect and bow our heads in reverence
to, be they of whatever faith, race, caste, colour or creed. What
we are today, be it a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist,
etc., is all according to the will of Sanatan God. In Adi Guru Durbar,
Akali Guru Nanak writes:
‘We have no power to speak or stay silent.
We have no power to ask or give.
We have no power to live or die.
We have no power to attain kingdoms, wealth or the fame that
is born of them.
We have no power for spiritual awakening, or knowledge or thinking.
We have no power to know the method by which to attain salvation
from the world.
He who has this power He alone employs it. Oh Nanak no one is
high or low [meaning all are
As Va-eh Guru intended them to be].’
('Adi Guru Durbar', Japji Sahib)
So to reiterate again for those foolish narrow-minded,
biggoted, puritanical Sikh fanatics who only see God in there own
narrow-minded perceptions of religion, Niddar Singh Nihang speaks
"I am an Akali meaning 'one who worships
one Akal (Immortal God)' and I am a Nihang meaning I have 'no attachment
but to one Akal'. I greatly respect the ancient Sanatan Hindu deities
as Bhagats of Nirankar God in accordance with ancient Akali Nihang
H.H.Wilson in his work, ‘Religious Sects of
the Hindus’, Vol. 1 (1828) and Vol. 2 (1832), after describing
the most important of Sikh sects, the 'Govind Sinhis' meaning Akalis
goes on to speak of the Sikh religion thus;
'Govind Sinhis: These form the most important division of
the Sikh community, being in fact the political association
to which the name is applied, or the Sikh nation generally.
Although professing to derive their national faith from Nanack,
and holding his memory in veneration, the faith they follow
is widely different from the quietism of that reformer, and
is wholly of a worldly and warlike spirit. Guru Govind devoted
his followers to steel, and hence the worship of the sword,
as well as its employment against both Muhammadans and Hindus.
He also ordered his adherents to allow their hair and
beards to grow, and to wear blue garments: he permitted them
to eat all kinds of flesh, except that of kine, and he threw
open his faith and cause to all castes, to whomsoever chose
to abandon the institutes of Hinduism, or belief in the mission
of Muhammad, for a fraternity of arms and life of predatory
daring.' At the same time the Sikhs are still, to a
certain extent, Hindus: they worship the deities of the Hindus,
and celebrate all their festivals: they derive their legends
and literature from the same sources, and pay great
veneration to the Brahmans. The impress of their origin
is still, therefore strongly retained, not withstanding their
rejection of caste, and their substituting Das Padshah
ka granth, the compilation of Guru Govind, for the
Vedas and Purans.’
(‘Western Image Of The Sikh Religion, A source book',
Edited by Darshan Singh , Pa.111)
A photograph of an Akali Nihang Singh wearing a 'Dastaar Boongah'
(towering conical turban)
adorned with 'aad-chand' (half-moon cresent) of Shivji. The 'aad
chand' today has been hijacked
by groups such as the infamous Akhand Kirtani Jatha who do insult
Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa traditions
The above writer quite understandably to some extent,
for there is a fine line between respect and worship,
has mistaken the respect the ancient Khalsa had for Hindu deities
as worship. This respect is clearly advocated for in Adi Gur Granth
it self for the Hindu deities were Bhagts of Akal.
‘All ways be humble before the Bhagats being humble
you will attain merit. A evil person who slanders
the Bhagats will be destroyed like Harnyaksh.
Brahma, son of a lotus [Brahma emerged from a lotus symbol of
order out of chaos] Vyas [One of the greatest of Sanatan sages
to whom were revealed the Sanatan scriptures Vedas and Mahabharat
epic with Bhagvad Gita. Vyas is also credited with the authorship
of the oldest extent commentary on the source book of Hatha
Yoga, ‘Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutra’, the, ‘Yoga-Bhashya’.
In the Mahabharat he is recognised as the foremost master and
expert on Yoga.] born of a fish [Symbol of agitated mind] by
devotion of highest God they themselves were worshiped.
Whoever are Bhagats respect them your great doubts and fears
will thus flee.
Do not consider the cast of a Bhagat Sukdev
[A Brahmin] grasping the feet of Jank [A Khashatriya king father
of Sita hence lower cast than Sukdev] as Guru worshiped highest
Janak who sat on a throne on seeing the nine [Vedic] holy sages
himself fell at their feet [Because they were Bhagats of highest
Say’s Nanak bless me oh bless me master [Va-eh Guru] make
me the servant of your servants [The Bhagats such as Prahlad,
Brahma, Vyas, Sukdev, Jank, nine sages etc.]
(‘Adi Guru Durbar’, Raag Kanra, Pa.1309)
A photograph of a fresco from an ancient Nirmala Gurudwara at Narangabad,
Narsingha Avtar, the half-man half-lion incarnation of Vishnu, who's
epic tale is retold by Akali
Nihang Guru Gobind Singh ji within the chapter known as 'Chaubees
Avtar' in Dasam Guru Durbar
A photograph of a fresco from one of the few surviving ancient
Nirmala Gurudwaras at Narangabad, Punjab of the Hindu Sadhu (holy