‘Sikhism is learning the way of Guru’s
(‘Adi Guru Durbar’, Vaar Asa Mahalla 1)
Akali Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj
A painting done in the Persian style of the first living Sanatan
Guru seen here wearing the traditional 'Seli Topi' (loosely woven
If one thinks then one must question. Yet the present
day mainstream Sikh institutions are afraid of
asking questions. Questions such as:
1. Why do the ancient Sikh historical texts such as
Sarbloh Guru Durbar, Gurprtap Suraj Prakash,
Naveen Panth Prakash etc. speak of 'Treh
Mudra' (three adornments - kard, kachera and kesh) instead
of the '5 Ks'*
(* The 5 K - kesh (unshorn hair), kara
(steel/iron war bracelet), kirpan/kard (dagger),
kanga (wooden comb) and kachera
2. Why do ancient Sikh historical texts speak of
discrepancies regards manner of giving, ‘Amrit Sanchar’
3. Why do ancient Sikh historical texts give varied
versions of Khalsa/Sikh litergy?
4. Why do ancient Sikh texts give two
varied dates of Khalsa initiation?
5. Why do ancient Sikh texts near unanimously say
Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh decapitated goats
and not Singhs at time of Khalsa initiation?
6. What is the Khalsa Panth (Nation)?
If Khalsa Panth is but one as modern day Sikhs
in general claim. Then why for example, does not
Kirtani Jatha (A.K.J.) Rehit (Khalsa code of conduct)
not tally with that of the Shromani
Gurudwara Parbandak Committee (S.G.P.C.) with regards
to fundamentals such as the Meat, Keski
(small turban), Pakhand Kirtan (kirtan not done
to Raags), 'Naam Drirh' and Raagmala?
And, why does the S.G.P.C. Rehit Maryada not tally with Dam Dami
Taksal etc., and visa versa?
7. If most of the Sikh scriptures are prescribed
by the Sikh Guru’s to be sung according to specific Raag
(classical Indian music meters) then why are the vast majority of
Sikhs ignoring these Raags when singing Sikh scriptures?
8. How come the European harmonium
has replaced traditional Sikh classical musical instruments in Sikh
9. If the, ‘Kirtar Puri Bir’,
is the original Guru Durbar of the ineffable Akali Guru Arjan Dev,
then why are there so many mistakes in it?
10. Why did S.G.P.C. remove Dasam
Guru Durbar from Akal Takht in 1941 where it resided since the times
of Bhai Mani Singh Shaheed?
11. What prompted the S.G.P.C. to stop the age-old
Sikh institutions of Sukha and Chatka
at Akal Takht in the 1920’s? (see www.shastarvidiya.org
for more details on Chatka and Sukha)
12. How come the institutions of Chatka
and Sukha still flourish at Sach Khand
Hazoor Sahib, Nander?
13. If the, ‘Treh Chrittar’,
found in Dasam Guru Durbar are not Sikh scripture
(according to modern mainstream Sikh ideology), then why do modern
institutions such as the A.K.J., S.G.P.C., Sant Samaj, etc., who
hold this belief read, ‘Kabio Bach Benti Chaupai’,
in their daily liturgy and also use this text when initiating new
Khalsa? This text is the concluding part of the
last Treh Chrittar.
14. Why do not modern mainstream Sikhs, unlike Sanatan
Sikhs, acknowledge the Dasam Guru Durbar as Guru as their ancestors
did in the 18th century?
15. If the Khalsa is a Sant Sipahi
(Sant Solider) how come majority of Khalsa today lack any form of
Vidiya (martial knowledge)?
16. If only Khalsa initiated Sikhs can be true
Sikhs, as modern Tat Khalsa mentality Sikhs contend, then, how do
we account for the innumerable Sahejdhari (non-Khalsa)
Brahmgiani (spiritual accomplished) Udasi, Nirmala and Seva Panthi
Sikhs such as Bhai Khanaiya, Baba Gurbax
Das, Baba Seva Das, Bhai Addan
Shah, Bhai Vasti Ram etc in Sikh history?
17. If only 5k’s-bearing Sikh
can be a Khalsa, then how we account for the fact that non-K bearing
Nirmala Sikh, vouched by history, term themselves as Khalsa?
18. Sanatan Sikh Samparda (traditions) - the Udasis,
Nirmalas, Addan Shahis and Akali Nihangs of Budha Dal and Tarna
Dal authenticate their traditions and practices by tracing them
back directly through Guru/Jathedar lineages to
the Sikh Gurus. How do modern Sikh institutions like A.K.J., S.G.P.C.,
Sant Samaj, etc. authenticate the validity of their traditions historically?
19. How come in Adi Guru Durbar one can find quotes
to back both the argument of vegetarianism
20. Why, within the past Sanatan Sikh world Sufi,
Shia Muslims, Hindu and Sanatan Sikhs co-existed amicably and interacted
even at the spiritual level but since the British Raj that is not
the case now?
21. Once the Budha Dal and Akal
Takht Jathedar (leader) were but the same person up to
1922. Why was this age-old Guru-ordained institution then displaced
by the British created S.G.P.C.?
22. If the Akal Takht Jathedar is the highest
individual authority in Sikhism then why is he a paid employ of
the S.G.P.C. and under the District Commissioner of Punjab?
23. If Sikhs are such upholders of truth then why
do they tolerate such a obviously spiritually inept and corrupt
British Raj-created institution as the S.G.P.C. in charge of its
shrines where jathedars (leaders) are changed on an almost monthly
24. Why is the wording of 'Mool Mantra'
(Sikh fundamental creed) given in the original source books of Sikh
scripture, ‘Mohan Vali Pothi’a’,
is different than in present day accepted Sikh 'Mool Mantra'?
Apart from the above questions there are many other
questions that arise when one deeply pursues, like any other great
path, the path of Gurmat (Sikhism).
In the experience of Sanatan Shastar Vidiya Gurdevs
(masters) such as Nihang Niddar Singh and his Gurdev before him,
they have found that instead of gaining strength on answering or
attempting to answer such questions, most modern Sikhs (and even
some Nihang Singhs) feel vulnerable and threatened on being posed
However, unless one confronts the awkward questions
in life, how can one travel the path of Sikhism?
Sikhism that is learning the way of Guru’s thinking
that is but complete in all ways. This great Sikh tradition of asking
questions of oneself and all around to gain clarity of knowledge,
acknowledging nothing just out of blind faith, not dismissing anything
without proper investigation, is a long established one in Akali
Nihang Khalsa Sanatan Sikhism.
It was not for nothing that Akali Nihang Guru Gobind
Singh established the great order of Sikh intellectuals the Nirmalas.
It was not for nothing that the Tenth Master Akali Nihang Guru Gobind
Singh employed innumerable Kavis (poet translators) to translate
the great books of Persian and Hindu wisdom for the common man.
Sikhism in its truest Sanatan form is but the path
of searchers of the truth.
‘Searchers, searchers, search for knowledge,
the arguers argue and get lost [in petty thoughts].
They [arguers] are as if they who desire cow’s milk but
are instead milking an elephant.’
(Bhai Gurdas dee Var)
The Journey of the Soul
What we perceive as Dharam (righteousness) is based upon our
intellect and understanding and the desire to persue the truth and
not to fear questions
In order to search one has to ask questions so as
one may find the answers leading to the truth.