13-Dec-2010, 04:26 AM
Re: Sehajdhari Sikh Federation! Comments, Please
If I may repeat some things that I said in earlier posts to put this thread into perspective. The topic is now old.
The story of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation is old news. Somehow it picks up reactions in spite of the fact that their issues have next to nothing relevant to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, or any authentic concerns about SRM.
1. The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation is something of a non-issue for 2 reasons. Perhaps I should liken it to a lead balloon. It was formed some years back as a political block in relation to Indian politics only, and has virtually no relevance to the issues of sehajdhari outside of India. The purpose was to unify Sikhs who do not follow the Rehat Maryada and it was supposed to be a political anschlus against the SGPC prior to elections for committee seats.
Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-sikhi-sikhism/29484-sehajdhari-sikh-federation-comments-please.html
The SGPC elections continually review the eligibility of Sikhs who do not keep hair as voters. A large contingent of Sikhs are sehajdhari and the federation was supposed to give them a voice.
Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=29484
2. The second point considers the irony that emerged. If you go to their web site and look at the contributors, founders and supporters, and also to the photo gallery, here is what you will find. A large number of members coming from Sant Samaj organizations and deras. Most of them keeping hair BTW. Babas and sants from splinter groups that have also felt "left out" because of their unwillingness or inability to follow the portions of the Sikh Rehat Maryada that forbids Hindu rituals.
Look several layers down and find out that the issue of hair was not the issue.
May I also repeat that there is no such thing as a sehajdhari interpretation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Apologies for being blunt, but when I said that earlier few seemed to take note.