Lets not blame the Granthis who most of the times become Granthis after starting as apprentices. They memorize the Paath by heart at early age, ala Muslim madrasas, where enunciation has the front seat and comprehension the back bench. They listen to the fairy tales carved by thier 'teachers' and add their own garam masala to embellish when it is their turn to retell the same, all under the umbrella of Gurmat.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/hard-talk/14710-to-be-a-granthi-calling-curse.html
If we see in the Semitic religions, we find schools and universities catering to those who are interested in taking theology courses. Some of the pastors –Kathavaachaks,Granthis and Kirtanis -have doctorate degrees and they never cease studying and researching whereas our Kirtanis love to do abhiaas after having a good Langar and Karah Prashad.We have very little of that in India, but under the same token some of us pay hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions to create chairs in the universities in the US and other countries for the non Sikhs to learn about Sikhi.
Isn't it ironic?Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=14710
We want Bhais/Granthis to do ardaas for the good grades of our kids, for a good match for our children, for a nicer house for ourselves- all this in exchange for some dollars and yet we do not want any prosperity for them. We all leave ourselves with open mouths when we see the Granthi sahib driving a new car and wonder where he/she got the money from and play Sherlock Holmes in order to find out the sources of the funds.
During Guru Sahib’s times, being a Granthi or a Kirtani was a calling. Now it is a calling alright, but to a dead end. No Granthi would want his children to do the same as this job offers no tools for self-improvement albeit financially or spiritually.
When we are in the bottom of Maslow's Pyramid/ Triangle, it is impossible to seek self-actualization. Maslow's Pyramid of Human Needs by Abraham Maslow
What’s the remedy?
EDUCATION… EDUCATION… EDUCATION… EDUCATION… EDUCATION…
1. We should make this a career profession with the real possibility of financial growth in which a Granthi,Kathavaachak,Kirtani would not dread his children to follow his/her footsteps rather encourage him/her to have the same calling like being a doctor, engineer, a call center executive etc..etc..
2. We should have good schools/universities that teach Gurmat like any other profession.
3. The minimum requirement for a Granthi,Kathavaachak,
Kirtani should be an undergraduate degree and fluency in English should be the prerequisite.
4. SSGS should be translated in such a form that it could be easily understood by the English speaking population rather than a very poor transliteration of the Gurbani which adds more cloudiness rather than clarity.
5. Exchange programs should be held all around the world Gurdwaras so that the Granthis can go to other cultures and learn how to put the Gurmat message across to the local people.
6. Each Gurdwara should have a wide screen display with meanings in English of what’s being said or sung.
7. There should be questions and answers after every katha and kirtan immediately after so that the Sangat can have something to think over when they leave the Gurdwara besides having the desire to eat churan or antiacid tablets because of the spices in Guru ka Langar.
And many more.
All above is only possible if we keep our eyes on EDUCATION and not in parrot reading.