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The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism throughout Sikh History
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Shromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee (S.G.P.C.) cont'd

Akali Nihang Baba Nihal Singh whom many Sikhs such as A.K.J. in the West, simply because he is a vegetarian, consider the true voice of all Akali Nihangs comments:

‘In every way up till 1922 Budha Dal’s Jathedar was also the Jathedar of the whole Khalsa nation and the Akal Takht.’
Akali Nihang Baba Nihal Singh, transcript of interview, 5th October 1998

The Jathedar of Budha Dal was Jathedar of Akal Takht and the whole of the Khalsa nation. Even now if we go by our ancient traditions our ancient ways, he can still be considered the Jathedar of Akal Takht and the whole Sikh nation.’
Akali Nihang Baba Nihal Singh, transcript of interview, 5th October 1998

Akali Nihang Baba Nihal Singh

Head of the Tarna Dal, and claimed by many vegetarian Sikhs in the West to be a 'true nihang'

From the evidence presented so far, there is no doubt that the Guru-ordained custodians of the Akal Takht and all other major Khalsa shrines are the very same blue dressed, Chatka-eating, Sukha-drinking Akali Nihangs of the Budha Dal who modern mainstream Sikhs find so repulsive.

The ‘Maryada’ (traditions/practices/doctrines) of the Akali Nihangs was found throughout the 4 ‘Takhts’ and only began to be altered with the arrival of the S.G.P.C. Hypocritically, it is the S.G.P.C. who first destroyed the unity of the Khalsa ‘Maryada’ and today harks on about passing an all-India Gurdwara Act that would give them control over Sikh shrines outside of Punjab. This would result in the S.G.P.C. implementing their self-concocted uniform ‘Panthic Maryada’ in place of age-old true Khalsa traditions.

The Tercentenary Khalsa celebrations at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab as organized by the S.G.P.C.

Sant Baba Jaginder Singh, the Jathedar of the Takht Sach Khand Hazoor Sahib, comments as follows with regards to the Budha Dal being considered the ‘Panjvah Takht’ and the tradition of Chatka at the Takhts:

‘A doubting person [asks] – Here goats are slaughtered and with their blood weapons anointed what tradition is this? Brother doubter, I cannot say about this personally, but author of ‘Dharm Shashtar’ writes that before Shiromani Committee, the traditions of the four Takhts were one. Then Shiromani Committee took charge of Golden Temple and Akal Takht. At that time, Shiromani Committee, lacking in knowledge of Dasam Granth, they stopped many old traditions - that is why at present the traditions of four Takhts are not the same. This difference is the doing of Shiromani Committee.’
‘Siri Hazoori Maryada Prabodh’, Sant Baba Jaginder Singh, Pa.248-249

A Nihang Singh at Baba Bkala holds an iron vessel full of fresh goat's blood which will be used to anoint weapons

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