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Epilogue - Sanatan Sikhs and Hinduism
 
Note due to the fact on our web sites www.sarbloh.info and www.shastarvidiya.org 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" Hindu deities.

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 Sikh Shastar
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) Va-eh Guru.


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 as follows:

"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 Sikh tradition."

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)


The Akali
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 God.
Janak who sat on a throne on seeing the nine [Vedic] holy sages himself fell at their feet [Because they were Bhagats of highest God].
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)


Narsingha Avtar
A photograph of a fresco from an ancient Nirmala Gurudwara at Narangabad, Punjab of
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


Sukhdev
A photograph of a fresco from one of the few surviving ancient
Nirmala Gurudwaras at Narangabad, Punjab of the Hindu Sadhu (holy man) Sukhdev

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