Sikh rebellion: Questioning the SGPC's authority
10.08.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), housed in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, is considered the Mini Parliament of the Sikhs. It holds sway over the affairs of this community with huge funds and vast powers at its disposal.

The Committee, which was set up under the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, is seen as a protector of Sikh maryada (traditions) and awards religious punishments, including excommunication from the community. It lays down strict guidelines on how respectfully the Guru Granth Sahib (holy book of the Sikhs) is to be carried. It gives permission to set up new gurdwaras and organise prayers in gurdwaras and homes.

Besides having a major say in Panthic affairs, the SGPC has an annual budget of Rs 1,064 crore and the collection from the golak (offering by devotees in gurdwaras) runs into crores of rupees.
Besides managing gurdwaras, the SGPC runs several welfare and educational institutions, including medical ...

Sabhe Ghat Ram Bole: Fanaticism, Not Atheism, Is Irreligious
30.03.17 - by harcharan bains

Fanaticism and Superstition are the biggest enemies of Religion: In fact, these are Irreligious attitudes
The biggest enemy of religion is not atheism but fanaticism. Or, better still, fanaticism and superstition. Both have truly disfigured the face of religion and de-humanised its spirit.
And fanaticism and superstition have been marketed in the name of religion to exploit innocent masses. Both fanaticism and superstition are in fact the antithesis - the very opposite - of religion. Both have been used and exploited to the hilt by commercial opportunists posing as clergy or moral police.
What passes for religion in common language is just the opposite of religion. Those who hate religion must learn to distinguish it from communalism on the one hand and from dark superstition on the other.
What is communal is fundamentally irreligious. Religion sees one-ness in all Nature. Therefore, religion unites, and it unites not only man with man, but also man ...

SIDDH GOSHTTH - Relevance In Today's World

Apropos the Nath Yogis of Gorakhpur, I believe one should re-read Guru Nanak's Theological debate with the 84 Siddhas.
It has become extremely relevant today as it helps us to understand how we have evolved as a sub- continental civilization, a pluralistic society and a modern democratic nation.
I think every citizen of India needs to read this 500 year old authentic recorded theological and moral debate to be found in 8 pages of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib starting at page 938 of the Granth Sahib and ending at page 946.
(The Google link is Siddh Goshtt Search Gurbani) 
(https://www.searchgurbani.com/baanis/sidh_gosht )
I have begun to understand it is not mere theology in a narrow sense-it has strong political social and historical implications
This debate of immense philosophical importance in the history of the world at large,  had an unbelievably transformative influence in the shaping of India and Indian thought in the past 500 years and ...




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