Maryada of Nanaskari Movement (from the web site http://www.gurdwarananaksar.com/english/main_page_e.htm Introduction: Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee is the founder of Nanaksar Institution. He stands out amongst his peers as he unveiled the hidden glory of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee in which he unfolded the hidden eternal splendors of the founder of Sikhism Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee. He restored the highest respect, esteem, faith and loving devotion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. He caused and effected integration of thousands of stranded souls with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee and thus saved them from drowning in this burning ocean of universal illusion. The service of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee as described by Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee was fully established by his successor Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee at Nanaksar Kaleran, near Jagroan, Punjab, India. He undertook this mission to various cities of India and taught the people about the eternal glory of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee besides administration of Amrit (sacred Nectar as prescribed by 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee) on large scale. Read more... Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee carried out the mission for 13 years and bestowed the responsibilities of continuation of mission to Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee who went to village Samadh Bhai as per instructions of Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee. Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee, who at present is fulfilling the responsibilities and has been instrumental in taking this mission to abroad as well. Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee has established 17 Nanaksar Gurdwaras both in India (Samadh Bhai, New Delhi, Dehradun, Bagthalla, Pune, Seerah, Kandila, Bhadaur and Banwala Anu) and abroad (Houston (TX) and Fresno (CA) in USA, Birmingham and Southhall in UK, Brampton (ON), Winnipeg (MB) and Surrey (BC) in Canada and Nairobi in Kenya) where thousands of devotees pray and worship Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee everyday, in the beacon light shown by towering Light House, Sant Baba Nand Singh Jee. Service (Sewa) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee: The religious ceremonies and services at all Nanaksar Gurdwaras of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is carried out as per the hukamnama (order) established by 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee. The followers of Sikh Religion are ordered to treat Sri Guru Granth Sahib as not the mere Holy Book but as Living Divinity (Pargat Guran Ki Deh). Therefore, a special room (Sachkhand) is dedicated to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. This is the only room that has the Palang (bed) of size 6x4 sq ft is for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. All Sangat (visiting devotees) and Ragiis (Monks) sleep on thin mattress on the floor. Even Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee have his Aasan (bed), a thin mattress on the floor. The food is not cooked at the Gurdwara but is brought by turn from amongst the devotees because it is a true belief that if you engage yourself in the selfless devotion of God, God will automatically make sure by inculcating in the mind of devotees to prepare fresh food and take it to Gurdwara for offering it to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee and for the people engaged in such selfless devotion. As a matter of fact devotees have to request for a turn and have to wait for a month in some cases to bring food. As mentioned above the food brought by devotees is first offered to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee (as Guru Sahib is treated as Living Divinity) and then distributed amongst the Ragiis and Sangat. The Parkash (opening) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is done twice, first in the morning at 3 am and then in the afternoon at 4 pm. The Sukh Assan (closing) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is done in the morning after Nitnem (daily services) and in the evening after Hukamnama. Kirtan: As per the sayings of Guru Jee “Kalyug Mein Kirtan Pardhana” (Singing of Hymns is Supreme in this Time), Kirtan is prime in Gurdwaras. The praying and glorifying of Gurus is conducted through Kirtan that is performed twice daily in all Gurdwaras. It is the most important ritual, Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee always initiate Kirtan before constructing Gurdwara building. Ragiis (Monks): Our Ragiis are self-motivated, celibate and devoted to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee, Sikh religion and Sant Baba Gurdev Singh Jee. The Ragiis of our organization live a very simple life under penance. We have lot of Ragiis in India at each Gurdwara but between 5-8 Ragiis in each Gurdwara outside India. The responsibilities of each Ragii is to offer prayer, religious discourse, sing praises of the Lord in the chantry, in the Assemblies of God, which run from 2.00 A.M. reveille (pre-dawn) to 9.00 P.M. taps with slight respite in the afternoon. Our Ragiis however travel from one Gurdwara to other at all times under instruction of Highest Monk Holy Saint Baba Gurdev Singh Jee. Morning Service: The morning service of prayers starts at 2.00 A.M. and concludes at 6.30 A.M. (In India this service is carried out for an extra half an hour) The service includes recitation of the part of the Holy Book, chanting hymns, canticles, liturgical songs and biblical psalms, delivering homilies, religious discourses and divine sermons, quoting sayings from the scriptures and the Holy Book and their rendition and interpretation, preaching the Gospel and teaching of the Universal Sikh religion, offering prayers and addressing Assemblies of God. Evening Service: At 3.30 P.M., the priests bathe and go to the Deewan Hall at 4.00 P.M. to lay the liturgical settings for the evening session. The evening session begins with a recital from the Holy Book after which full service starts. This is an exact replica of the morning session and is orchestrated and conducted with great gusto to the accompaniment of musical instruments and concludes with taps at 9.00 P.M (In India this service is carried out for an extra one hour). Special Services: In addition, some special services are also performed. In commemoration of the Founding Guru’s (Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee) birth is held continuous recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee without any break for seven days every month on the eve of Pooranmashi (Full Moon day). All the Ragiis (Monks) and devotees take part in it for a turn of two hours at a stretch. This is followed by a concluding ceremony that singularly glorifies Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee. Beside this Masya (No Moon Day) is celebrated at Banwala Anu and Southhall, Dashmi (10th Day from Masya) is celebrated at Kandila and Bagthala, Masand (Last Day of a Lunar Calendar Month) is celebrated at Bhadaur and Sangrand (1st Day of Lunar Calendar Month) at Samadh Bhai each month. On Sundays following the Pooranmashi every month and after the Sangrand, Masand, Dashmi and Masya ceremony is held a ceremony at Gurdwara marking induction, presentation of candidates for partaking Amrit (baptisation ceremony). There are other special days celebrated at each Gurdwara as outlined in the Calendar every year. Special Functions: In a Calendar Year, two big functions are celebrated by our Institution in India. The one is in February-March each year, which is celebrated in our New Delhi’s Nanaksar Gurdwara. The Sampat Akhand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is carried out in three turns that starts on February14 (February 15 in leap year) and culminates with the full fervor on March 4 each year. The other function is celebrated at Samadh Bhai, our first Gurdwara to commemorate the Barsi of Sant Baba Ishar Singh Jee. These are Tuk Tuk Wale Sri Sampat Akhand Paths (recitation of Mool Mantar and special hymn at each line) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee that are completed in 25 days. It starts every year on September 14. The Rein Sabai (all-night long) Kirtan is performed after the Bhog of Sri Sampat Akhand Paths. Famous Ragi Jathas feel privileged to come and perform the free Kirtan for the Sangat assembled at the occasions from not only from all over the India rather from different parts of the globe. It is important to note that all the services carried out at Nanaksar Gurdwaras are done for the welfare of the mankind. In the main Sachkhand, Ardas is carried out only for the welfare of the mankind and not in the name of any person. Nishan Sahib in not erected in any of Nanaksar Gurdwaras because it is a political symbol or an army flag. At Nanaksar, politics is never mixed with religion. Nanaksar is the center of pure devotion and Bhagtee and is equally available to people of all denominations as per the philosophy and teaching of our reverend Gurus that their teaching, lessons and blessings are for each and every one. Therefore on different celebrations in each Gurdwaras, the following Dargai Parsaad (Divine Blessings) is given to each and every one. Sangat visiting the Gurdwaras is told that till the coming function, every family should do or get done one Sehaj Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee or 50 Paths of Sri sukhmani Sahib or 250 Paths of japji Sahib or 6 Malas with 108 beads of Mool Mantar from IK ON KAAR to NANAK HOSI BHEE SACH every day or 80 Malas of Waheguru every day. For Hindus 80 Malas of Ram Ram and for Muslim, 80 Malas of Allah Allah of 108 beads every day. Similarly Christian can do 80 Malas of Issa Issa of 108 beads every day. In the Ardas of monthly celebration at each Gurdwaras, the Ardasia (Lead Monk performing prayers) says that Pichlay Pathan De Bhog Pah Han (Bhogs of the recitations done by Sikh Sangat at their home since last monthly celebrations) to include these Paths (Divine Blessings) in Ardas (Prayers) at each Gurdwara.