I Cherish My Sikh Religion!
Baptized Sikh Carry Kirpan and Wearing Kirpin Personal Choice Also
By Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar ( SGPC), the
Delhi Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DGPC) and the Sikhs divided by
the different so-called Deras etc, run and controlled directly or
indirectly by the agencies of the Indian government, in the name of
and under the symbol of baptized Sikhs, following their own
respective "Sikh Rehat Maryada` (Sikh Code of Conduct), who were and
are more stand divided than Millions of Sikhs in India do not wear
the kirpin. Thus, it was rightly said that such stories are reports
on a non-issue. This issue must be looked into in perspectives and
the context of Guru Gobind Singh`s final order to be obeyed and
followed by Sikhs.
Why is Kirpan mandatory for some in Canada and elsewhere? The answer
can be found in view of the above and also rightly answered in the
operative part of an article, "Baptized Sikh carry kirpan` as
The kirpan is a traditional sword, a symbol of dignity, power and
unconquerable spirit, one of the five symbols of Sikhism that a
baptized Sikh is ordained to carry. Many Sikhs go in for baptism to
rise morally and spiritually high and to receive spiritual
initiation into Divine Name. So, it is mandatory for them to carry a
kirpan on their bodies. Canadian society is an incomparably rich
mosaic of cultures, creeds, customs and traditions, built on the
ideology of respect, equality and diversity. This tolerant approach
no doubt extends to religion as well. "
Whosoever sacrificed, killed, shown disappeared and so on in India
and elsewhere so far, for the cause knowingly or innocently or
otherwise, can we further afford to disown, to forget and divide
them in different categories like the caste system in India, on the
question of baptism after Guru Gobind Singh`s final order to be
obeyed and followed by Sikhs as explained in the unchallenged
article, "Guru Gobind Singh Sahib`s Final Order Be Followed`? Full
Text of the article is as under:
After Elevation of Adi Granth to Guru Granth Sahib:The Adi Granth
was conferred the title of "Guru of the Sikhs" by the tenth Guru,
Guru Gobind Singh, in October, 1708, and thereafter rest everything
is secondary and optional for Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh Guru (1666-1708), the tenth Guru in Sikh
tradition, affirmed the sacred text Adi Granth as his successor,
terminating the line of human Gurus, and elevating the text to Guru
Granth Sahib. From that point on, the text remained not only the
holy scripture of the Sikhs, but is also regarded by them as the
living embodiment of the Ten Gurus. "
The role of Guru Granth Sahib, as a source for all purposes
including the "Sikh definition` and the "Sikh Rehat Maryada` or
guide of prayer, is pivotal in worship in Sikhism. Guru Gobind Singh
officially ordained Guru Granth Sahib as the final and perpetual
Guru of Sikhs.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib is being accepted as the universal spiritual
leader of Sikhs and also for its all followers keeping in mind the
secular nature of Sikh faith.
Don`t you all the enlightened and the neutral Sikhs feel that in
face of the order of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, bracketed in comas
above, the following questions arise and required to be discussed
Have the "Sikh definition` the "Sikh Rehat Maryada`, the Sikh psyche
etc in view of Guru`s unambiguous order not to be redefined or
changed moderately within and subject to the teachings of Sri Guru
Granth Sahib only?
Have any contradictory thoughts not to be and must be kept apart in
this modern age as being considering these personal, suiting to any
individual or group or organisation who is free to adopt his own way
of living i.e. secondary and optional so long it does not violate
the secular nature of Sikh faith?
Why to involve Sikhs in confusion or divert on another route to
create division in Sikhs by raising such questions whether "the
second Sikh Scripture and British Connection " Fact or Fiction` or
similar issues in this modern age, in face of the unambiguous order
of Guru Gobind Singh sahib?
Do Sikhs feel that Guru Gobind Singh sahib left something valuable
knowledge, spiritual as well as worldly, uncovered in his order that
lacuna could only be fulfilled by the second respected scripture of
the Sikhs after Sri Guru Granth Sahib?
That, in view of the above, whether the second respected scripture
of the Sikhs after Sri Guru Granth Sahib was and is required to be
enforced on all Sikhs forcibly?
The answer of all the enlightened and the neutral Sikhs has to and
must be that Guru Gobind Singh Sahib`s final order be followed by
all Sikhs to prove practically and without any ambiguity that they
are more liberal and secular in the world while following the
teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Minister Manmohan Singh and The Sikhs!!
Baptized Sikh Carry Kirpan and
Wearing Kirpin Personal Choice Also for Sikhs