SARVOTAM DHARAM -- KHALSA PANTH (The Supreme Religion -- Khalsa Panth) (The only indigenous religion of India) Swami Ram Tirath Danda Sanyasi was a renowned authority on the interpretation of HINDU SHASTRAS, SIMRITIS AND VEDAS. He had written about three dozen books in Hindi and Sanskrit to bring out the essence of these scriptures. Some of his assertions were vehemently against th e rites and rituals; yet no one had dared to challenge these because of his deep knowledge of Hindu philosophy. Towards the closing years of his life, he became a Sikh in spirit and form and wrote this book in Hindi in 1974. Part - 1 of this book concerning superiority of SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB. The Gurus have compiled Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which is of one Formless God only. Had the Gurus found the existing various philosophies including Hindu's meeting their concept, they would not have written Sri Guru Granth Sahib, nor created a separate - Khalsa Panth which differs from Islam and all other religion s as well. Inspite of the fact that Khalsa Panth is not a part of Hinduism both in spirit and form, some misconceived persons still maintain that it is so. It is to dispel this misconceived belief that Swami ji had written this treat. Brahminvad is synonymous to Hinduism. Brahmins are considered to be a supreme class with unlimited power, prestige and privileges. The entire Hindu philosophy is based on Brahminism. A Brahmin has to be respected irrespective of his age, profession and deeds. Charity given to them is beneficial in this and the world beyond. It is a Vedic requirement that a newly wed bride should stay with a Brahmin for the first few days after the marriage. Swami ji narrates a story of a pundit who refused to part with the bride of Maharaja of Gaya. The bride ultimately committed suicide when all the pursuations for her res toration had failed. Everyone in Sikhism enjoys equal status and there is no priestly class. Swamiji has also questioned how a Brahmin could claim superior status when everyone is born alike. It is compulsory for the Hindus to wear sacred thread janju. No one is permitted to do bhagti without it. A pundit after donning the sacred thread and reciting the gayatri mantra into the ear of the initiate becomes his Guru. It was customary to kill a goat and serve its meat to all those present at the ceremony. In Sikhism, wearing of a janju is not allowed and a Guru is the Divine enlightener or dispeller of darkness (illusion) and not a self-appointed figurehead like pundit. The 'acharyas' of Hindu faith preach idol worship of different gods and g oddesses according to their sect i.e. Shivaites and Vishnuites, etc. Some people have also started worship of dead persons and graves of Muslim pirs. Worhip of horrifying statues and pictures of Bhairow and Kali Maan holding human skull is disgusting. According to the Tantras' and the Puranas' these deities are required to be served with wine, blood and meat. Animal sacrifice is an accepted practice. To the Sikhs, the only deity is the Enthroned Word - SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB or the Formless God. Worship of gods, statues and pictures even of their Gurus is prohibited. Hindus have numerous Vedas, Shastras, Puranas, Bamayan, Bhagwat Gita, which, except for some element of Bhagti, generally narrate stories which promote Brahminism and low down rites and rituals. These scriptures are followed by different sects and denominations according to their faith. The Sikhs have only one scripture, SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB, and that alone is the Guru of the Khalsa Panth. It only imparts divine knowledge and exhorts humanity to remember and contemplate God, and to live a truthful life. It has a universal appeal. Swamiji has stated in bold letters that anybody who desecrates SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB will be doomed forever. This is Swamiji's firm conviction. There is also a big difference between a mandir and a gurdwara in the conduct of service, prayer, offerings and distribution of sacramental food. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the only Deity in a gurdwara, whereas a mandir is full of pictures and statues. Langar is part and parcel of a gurdwara where anyone, irrespective of caste and creed can have a free meal. It is not so in the case of a mandir. Most of the gurdwara s also provide free lodging. Unlike Hinduism, there are no castes and creeds amongst the Sikhs. When Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa, he granted freedom from "Varan Ashram Dharma". During the baptismal ceremony, he made the aspirants, irrespective of caste or creed, to take AMRIT from one bowl. This fact has been testified by Swami Maheshwar Nand Giri of Kankhal, in his book Chatarvama Bharat Samikhsha. He had said, "Guru Gobind Singh, in order to take out poison from the 'Varan Ashram' theory and other drawbacks in the Hindu fold, created a new separate Khalsa Panth to give shape to his mission to safeguard the interests of the weak and saints, and to wipe out tyranny. He had created one social order by wiping out differences between the high and the low castes, and held the whole humanity as one. The Khalsa Panth is separate both from Hindus, Muslims and various other religions. To call Sikhism a part of Hinduism is greatest foolishness." In his concluding para, Swamiji has categorically stated that after his deep and thorough study of the various Shastras, Simritis and Vedas, he had been convinced that SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB is not only free from any kind of blemish of the type mentioned in the Hindu scriptures, but is the only book of God's Words which is the light-house for the entire humanity. He had accepted SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB as his Guru in spirit and form. Khalsa Panth can show such a glaxy of luminosity that no other faith can show.