Vancouver, Canada: Prof. Gurdarshan Singh from India has been a professor of history with Punjab university. Sikh organizations around the world is now starting to invite him as a scholar to give lecture(s) on Sikhism so that our offspring remain attached to our religion, history and traditions. This Baisakhi he was invited by Sikh Organization based in Surrey, Canada who is strongly aligned with Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana. It is to be noted that this group have been very active to change Khalsa initiation ceremony or Amrit Sanchar by reading two Banis instead of five which were recited since Guru sahib’s time in 1699 AD.
Please watch below video taken at time of Nagar Kirtan. All what he is saying in that video is not only far from truth but a 100 percent bunch of lies. He says that Dasam Granth was imposed upon Sikhs by British to weaken Sikhs.
If we analyze more deeply, we find that British took over Punjab in 1849 AD after Anglo-Sikh wars. Sri Dasam Granth manuscripts date back to 1696 AD during Guru sahib’s time and script is known as ‘Anandpuri bir’. We also find Anandpuri Bir’s reference in “Dasam Granth Darshan”, a book written by Piara Singh Padam. Padam had seen that Bir. Apart from that:
Dasam Granth compositions are found in “Parchian Sewa Dass” written by Bhai Sewa dass in 1708 and he was present at time of Akal Chalana of Guru Gobind Singh ji at Nanded. This book was also reprinted by Gurdarshan Singh’s friend Gurtej Singh IAS in 1990s. A sample page is given here where Guru sahib is reading Dohra from Ram Avatar during his last hours.
- It is also to note that Sri Dasam Granth Banis extensively mentioned in Rehatnamas especially Bhai Chaupa singh ji written in 1700. Bhai Daya Singh’s Rehatnama mentions that Five Banis were read in 1699 Amrit Sanchaar. There are also other Rehatnamas which clearly mention Dasam Banis. Our Sikh code of conduct is derived from these Rehatnamas after extensive research done by Sikhs of those times.
- There is also mention of Dasam Bani in Granth of Bhai Jaita ji who brought head of Guru Tegh Bahadar ji to Anandpur sahib. Five Banis were recited during Amrit Sanchar in 1699
Jap, Jaap, swaiye, chaupai, anand ko path so pahul tiyar karije
Pao chulle mukh pao so et hi netar kes pavijje (113) – Sri Gur Katha by Bhai Jaita ji
- Guru Kian Sakhian (Janaam Sakhian), a compilation of day today events of Guru sahib’s court by Bhats, by Giani Garja Singh and revealed by Bhat Sarup Singh kaushish testify five Banis read by Guru sahib in 1699 AD. DR. Harnam Singh Shan quotes in “The Sikh Review of 2001” (www.sikhreview.org/march2001/chronicle.htm)
“The all-knowing Guru Ji did not look at her and continued with his recitation of Jap ji with full concentration. After reciting the sacred compositions of Jap ji, Jaap Sahib, Sawayyas and Chaupai, he recited Anand Sahib. When the ambrosial elixir became ready, he stood up and performed the Ardas. Concluding it with the prayer; he called out Fateh, and raised aloud the spirited chant of Sat Sri Akal.”
Manuscript of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib is also preserved in the library of Punjab University, Chandigarh. Another manuscript of charitropakhayan of 1723 is also preserved in Punjab University library. It is called “Turkish ki pothi”. Nihung Singhs used to keep it in their tarkash (Arrow carrier) during war.It is a pity that they have maintained a high character till today that when they knock on someone’s door, people say, “Aa gaye Nihung, booha khol de nishung (Open the door without hesitation as they are Nihungs). They read this Bani and people consider them as saviors of respect and dignity of ladies. But these atheists like scholars of Kala Afghana school of thought smell profanity in these stories which in essence are moral imparting.
In second part we will rebut lies of these “fake” scholars by actual quotes from Sri Dasam Granth denoting that it condemns Brahmanism in strongest possible language and Charitropakhayan are moral imparting third person narrations. His lies about British travelers John Malcolm and Wilkinson will also be rebutted as they were mere travelers and wrote what they saw of Sikh traditions.
Source: Guest Submission
To be continued…