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    Sikh Community Deeply Concern at Hindu Council


    Pacific.scoop.co.nz Sikh Community Deeply Concern at Hindu Council



    Concerned at sustained efforts by the Hindu Council of New Zealand to subsume the separate and distinct identity of the Sikhs, Sikh organisations and concerned individuals had a detailed discussion on May 12, 2010 to respond jointly to this unwelcome assault …New Zealand’s Sikh Community Deeply Concerned at Activities of Hindu Council
    Concerned at sustained efforts by the Hindu Council of New Zealand to subsume the separate and distinct identity of the Sikhs, Sikh organisations and concerned individuals had a detailed discussion on May 12, 2010 to respond jointly to this unwelcome assault by Hindu Council in the form of some agenda points for their conference and the invitation letters sent out to some Sikh organisations. Discussions took place between Auckland organisations represented in person and via teleconference with those situated outside Auckland.


    Following has been unanimously resolved:


    1. Like the Sikh community’s relationship with Muslims and Christians of New Zealand, our relationship with the Hindus of New Zealand is more than a century old and has been built painstakingly on the basis of mutual respect for each other’s beliefs and working together to ameliorate difficulties faced by our communities collectively or by individual members. As an example we point to the setting up of New Zealand Indian Central Association in 1926 to take head on the White League.


    2. Hindu Council of New Zealand was founded by some individuals belonging to the Hindu community as a standalone organisation with no affiliated organisations in 2006 and has appropriated the right to represent the Hindus of New Zealand without any mandate to do so from the wider Hindu community and the existing Hindu organisations. In this regard we point to the opposition voiced from time to time by Dr Pushpa Wood & Dr Sapna Samant among many other concerned Hindus about the extreme view of Hinduism represented by the Hindu Council.


    3. A lack of mandate and the rabidity of the religious & social views that Hindu Council of New Zealand represents have been causing increasing concern amongst the Sikh organisations since its inception. We mention here efforts to try to install Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, at the Hindu Heritage Centre complex in Mangere in 2007, which effort was successfully nipped in the bud.


    4. Sikh organisations have been treating Hindu Council and its views as a problem of the Hindu community that they needed to tackle internally. In this regard, a major point of concern for us has been its open affiliation with Vishav Hindu Parishad (or World Hindu Council) – an extremely violent and rabidly extremist organisation that has caused tens of thousands of deaths in communal riots in India.


    5. Vishav Hindu Parishad is a branch of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (or RSS for short) which has been twice banned as a terrorist organisation in India for its violent and divisive activities aimed at establishing an oligarchy of Higher Castes and efforts to claim India as a Hindu nation with all citizens being asked to declare themselves as Hindus and failing which be treated as second class citizens.


    6. It is most unfortunate that Hindu Council of New Zealand has chosen to bring this destructive agenda of RSS/VHP to New Zealand and cause friction amongst communities with benefit accruing only to Hindu Council in advancing its agenda of divide & rule. To illustrate this destructive agenda, we cite the issue of three


    members of RSS/VHP/Hindu Council becoming “founder members” of Sikh organisations in Christchurch. This issue is still hanging fire as we seek to resolve the situation without fracturing the century old relationship between two communities. Having said that, we also point out that saving this relationship from harm is not the duty of the Sikhs alone and Hindu community’s accepted representatives & elders must voice their views about Hindu Council’s assault on Sikh identity.


    7. It may also be mentioned that RSS has a history of admiration for Nazis and their policies with its second leader, Golwalkar, went as far as to make this statement in his 1939 book, We, Our Nationhood Defined:


    “To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the semitic Races — the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit by.”


    8. Till today, no one from RSS has denounced this statement of Golwalkar. We invite the Hindu Council of New Zealand to denounce this statement as abhorrent to all and the result of a thinking that has no place in today’s world, especially New Zealand.


    9. Hindu Council has also caused great consternation amongst the Sikh organisations by sending an invitation letter which, amongst other things goes on to label the Sikh organisations as “organisations of a Hindu base”. We invite Hindu Council of New Zealand to accept its mistakes and apologize to the Sikh organisations for labelling them as “organisations of a Hindu base” and to stop pushing Golwalkar’s agenda of “assimilating into one united whole”. We point the Hindu Council to Dr Hans Kung’s statement: There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.” [Talk delivered on March 31, 2005, at the opening of the Exhibit on the World's Religions at Santa Clara University.] A basic requirement for a dialogue is to respect each other’s space – and Hindu Council must show this respect to the Sikhs.


    10. We also invite the Hindu Council to take back its highly derogatory and distorted version of Sikh history and religion which has been posted on an internet forum on its behalf. The views expressed therein have been effectively discredited many a time, and it is unfortunate that RSS/VHP/Hindu Council keep repeating the discredited views a la Goebbels.
    11. Lastly, we again bring Hindu Council’s attention to the most insulting statement made by its invited guest, viz., “Bhikkhu Bodhipal Solomon Raj” about Sikhs as a whole, and ask it to dissociate itself publicly from the statement in question.


    We extend an invitation to the Hindu Council to sit across the table and discuss any other issues to rule out any recurrence of such offence that has the potential of ripping asunder two communities’ century old relationship in this country.


    Press release issued by:
    Bachan Singh Nihalgarh, President
    Sikh Council of New Zealand
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    Dasam Granth: Look into Hindu Mind at work!

    Sat Shri Akaal Everyone,

    The following article will appear at:
    http://www.dasamgranthexposed.com/

    soon. Please read it carefully to find out the root reasons behind the Dasam Granth creation and promotion.

    Thank you.


     
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    Their glories are ours and ours their failures - Hinduvta

    "So the leaders of thought and action of our race had to rekindle their Sacrificial Fire to oppose the sacrilegious one and to re-open the mines of Vedic fields for steel, to get it sharpened on the alter of Kali, 'the Terrible so that Mahakal -the 'Spirit of Time' be appeased." Hinduvta
     
    A Brief Look Into The "Tolerant" Hindu Philosphy.
     
    I respect the fact that most of the Hindues are indeed tolerant people. But there appears to be a section among them that is very intolerant of the Sikh faith. I always wondered why these Hindus would attack the Sikh religion when the Sikh Gurus and the Sikh people have contributed way more than their fair share towards the well being of that country and its people? They should be greatful for the Sikh faith, but instead they have attacked us in every possible way: military attack on our Gurudawaras, Massacres throughout India, Stealing of our literature, Adding their own material to our literature, Forcing their Dasam Granth onto the Sikh people to finish the Sikh identity from very roots. Their attacks have been very fierce and versatile. In my naive mind, I would be expecting gratitude, but these people appear to be filled with pure hatred towards us. I felt most puzzled for a long time. I talked to few elders, but they thought these Hindues have grown arrogant just because they are in majority and are the rulers now. Even then, to cause unrest and divisions in their own country purposely does not make much sense unless they were under the impression that they are serving a greater purpose somehow. Recently, I read a small booklet designed for Hindu extremists called "Essentials of Hindutva" written by V. D. Savarkar. It is available online at HindusArise.com - Hindu Activists Unite. This helped fill quite a few blanks in my mind.

    The Sikh faith is not the first victim of these Hindu extremists. These people have finished off another very succesfful religion, Buddhism, from India in a very systematic way. In this article, I will draw comparisons between both of these faiths from their perspective, and show how they already have made significant progress to make the same fate for Sikhism as Buddhism.

    Question 1: What were the reasons for attacking Buddhism?

    Question 2: What was the Hindu reaction to Buddhism success and the solution to it?

    Question 3: Does the Sikh religion has some commonalities with Buddhism to qualify for attack?

    Question 4: Is the attack on Sikh religion already in progress and by which mechanisms?

    Question 5: What is the Hindu reaction to the Sikh successes?

    Question 6: What is in a name?

    Question 7: How names are given?

    Please note, as this booklet is reasonably small, no page numbers will be given for the references, as none were available in the original posted on the internet. One should also be able to find this booklet in the large libraries.

    Question 1: What were the reasons for attacking Buddhism?

    The reasons for the attack on Buddhism are given as a necessity:
    "All these and many other shortcomings would not have attracted such fierce attention and proved fatal to Buddhistic power in India had not the political consequences of the Buddhistic expansion been so disastrous to the national virility and even the national existence of our race. " Hinduvta

    The national virility which had become the political necessity to attack Buddhism is described in the section, Institutions in favor of Nationality:

    "And thus we find that institutions that were the peculiar marks of our nation were revived: - The system of four varnas which could not be wiped away even under the Buddhistic sway, grew in popularity to such an extent that kings and emperors felt it a distinction to be called one who established the system of four varnas. Reaction in favour of this institution grew so strong that our nationality was almost getting identified with it." Hinduvta

    So the Buddhist rejection of the caste system made it a national necessity to finish this religion from India.
     
    Questions 2: What was the Hindu reaction to Buddhism success and the solution to it?

    The writer also describes the very repid and successful expansion of the Buddhism Kingdom and Hindu reaction to it.

    "The confines of his little Shakya State expanded and embraced the confined the confines of India; and as if to give a touch of poetical precision and peotical justice, the woeful fate that had overtaken the tribal republic of Kapil-Vastu befell the whole of Bharatvarsha itself and it fell an easy prey to the strong and warlike-not like Shakyas to their own kith and kin-but the Lichis and Huns." Hinduvta
     
    Next, the writers describes the reaction from the Hindus, and their simple solution to the Buddhism success.

    "But the rest of Hindus then could not drink with equanimity this cup of bitterness and political servitude at the hands of those whose barbarous violence could still be soothed by the mealy - mouthed formulas of Ahimsa and spiritual brotherhood, and whose steel could still be blunted by the soft palm leaves and rhymed charms." Hinduvta
     
    This is the Hindu reaction to the Buddhist achievements:

    "We know that it could easily be pressed against this statement that the greatest and even the most powerful Indian Kings and Emperors known, belong to the Buddhist period. Yes, but known to whom ?....Lately the general knowledge of Europe has extended backwards to the rise of Buddhism and we too are apt to look upon it as the first and even the most glorious epoch of our history. The fact is, it is neither. We yield to none in our love, admiration and respect for the Buddha-the Dharma-the Sangha. They are all ours. Their glories are ours and ours their failures." Hinduvta
     
    Please read the underlined lines above very carefully. They are not yielding to anyone as they made Budha one of their own and taken in his glories as their own. This helped them enhance themselves. However, their glories added to Buddhism, proved fatel to Buddhism as this religions ceased to exist as an independent religion. It simply became a part of Hinduism.

    Please read the following lines carefully where these Hindues are claiming that Buddhist owed his success to them anyways. All this will be repeated for the Sikhs too!

    "Great was Ashoka, the Devapriya, and greater were the achievements of Buddhistic Bhikkus. But achievements as great if not greater and things as holy and more politic and statesmanly had gone before them and indeed enabled them to be what they were. So, we do not think that the political virility or the manly nobility of our race began and ended with the Mauryas alone or was a consequence of their embracing Buddhism." Hinduvta
     
    Please read their following implication that the Buddhists would not have stayed true to their faith that belonged to the world far removed from this one against the trishan-thirst of this world.

    "Buddhism has conquests to claim but they belong to a world far removed from this matter-of-fact world-where feet of clay do not stand long, and steel could be easily sharpened, and trishna-thirst-is too powerful and real to be quenched by painted streams that flow perennially in heavens." Hinduvta
     
    The superiority complex of these Hindues should resonate with how the Sikhs get described by them!

    "The Indians saw that the cherished ideals of their race-their thrones and their families and the very Gods they worshipped-were trampled under foot, the holy land of their love devastated and sacked by hordes of barbarians, so inferior to them in language, religion, philosophy, mercy and all the soft and human attributes of man and God-but superior to them in strength alone - strength that summed up its creed, in two words-Fire and Sword ! The inference was clear. Clear also was the fact that Buddhistic logic had no arguement that could efficiently meet this new and terrible dualism -this strange Bible of Fire and Steel. " Hinduvta
     
    Here comes the Kali and Mahakaal pair to save these Hindues!!!!

    "So the leaders of thought and action of our race had to rekindle their Sacrificial Fire to oppose the sacrilegious one and to re-open the mines of Vedic fields for steel, to get it sharpened on the alter of Kali, 'the Terrible so that Mahakal -the 'Spirit of Time' be appeased." Hinduvta
     
    The consquences of the Hindu victory.
    'Up with the Vedic Dharma !' 'Back to the Vedas ! ' The national cry grew louder and louder, more and more imperative, because this was essentially a political necessity."
     
    In the section, Reverence to Buddha

    "so long the banner of nationality will refuse to be replaced by that of Universality and yet, that very national banner hallowed as it is by the worship of gods and goddesses of our race, would have been the poorer if it could not have counted the Shakyasinha under its fold." Hinduvta


    Question 3: Does the Sikh religion has some commonalities with Buddhism to qualify for attack?
     
    The national virility which had become the political necessity to attack Buddhism is described in the section, Institutions in favor of Nationality:

    "And thus we find that institutions that were the peculiar marks of our nation were revived: - The system of four varnas which could not be wiped away even under the Buddhistic sway grew in popularity" Hinduvta

    Sikhism definitely qualifies as we also reject the caste system.

    The success and expansion of the Buddhism drew Hindu attention. The Dasam Granth was finalized when Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a great King, and many feared the Sikhs may take over all of India. Please see the section, "British, Bhai Mani Singh, and the Dasam Granth" for details. Although the various attacks had been there since the times of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
     
    Question 4: Is the attack on Sikh religion already in progress and by which mechanisms?

    The mechanisms they used to attack Buddhism, are the same to attack Sikhism.
    I will repeat the quote from Question 1:
    "But the rest of Hindus then could not drink with equanimity this cup of bitterness and political servitude at the hands of those whose barbarous violence could still be soothed by the mealy - mouthed formulas of Ahimsa and spiritual brotherhood, and whose steel could still be blunted by the soft palm leaves and rhymed charms." Hinduvta
    Let us look at the following quotes to see how we are very much Hindues and share the spiritual brotherhood by their definition and with the great help of the Dasam Granth:
     
    "Sanatanists, Satnamis, Sikhs, Aryas, Anaryas, Marathas and Madrasis, Brahmins and Panchamas—all suffered as Hindus and triumphed as Hindus." Hinduvta

    Next, the writer tries to explains what the word Hindu really means along with many other things:

    "It may be that at some future time the word Hindu may come to indicate a citizen of Hindusthan and nothing else; that day can only rise when all cultural and religious bigotry has disbanded its forces pledged to aggressive egoism, and religions cease to be 'isms' and become merely the common fund of eternal principles that lie at the root of all that are a common foundation on which the Human State majestically and firmly rests...As long as every other 'ism' has not disowned its special dogmas, whichever tend into dangerous war cries, so long no cultural or national unit can afford to loosen the bonds, especially those of a common name and a common banner, that are the mighty sources of organic cohesion and strength....An American may become a citizen of India..... But as long as in addition to our country, he has not adopted our culture and our history, inherited our blood and has come to look upon our land not only as the land of his love but even of his worship, he cannot get himself incorporated into the Hindu fold" Hinduvta
     
    "And secondly, however striking their mutual differences be, they are too much more like each other than unlike, to be denied the right of being recognized as a cultural unit amongst other such units in the world owning a common history, a common literature and a common civilization." Hinduvta

    Here comes our Dasam Granth, to build the spiritual brotherhood with our Hindu brothers, that "helps" us qualify for being Hindu!

    "Vichitranatak of Guru Govind is as truly the property of a Hindu in Bengal as the Chaitanyacharitramrit is of a Sikh. " Hinduvta
     
    The writer is summarizing who is Hindu. Please note, for the Sikhs to qualify as Hindus, we must share the Hindu culture, and literature. We cannot annouce the Sikh religion is indepedent like Christianity and Islam. Dasam Granth very nicely builds that bond with the Hindus by giving us lots of their literature and also connecting all of our 10 Gurus with the Hindu mythology.

    "A Hindu then is he who feels attachment to the land that extends from Sindhu to Sindhu as the land of his forefathers—as his Fatherland; who inherits the blood of the great race whose first and discernible source could be traced from the Himalayan altitudes of the Vedic Saptasindhus and which assimilating all that was incorporated and ennobling all that was assimilated has grown into and come to be known as the Hindu people;" Hinduvta

    "Christian and Mohammedan communities ... cannot be recognized as Hindus; as since their adoption of the new cult they had ceased to own Hindu civilization (Sanskriti) as a whole." Hinduvta
     
    "But take the case of a patriotic Bohra or a Khoja countryman of ours...He is an intelligent and reasonable man, loves our history and our heroes; in fact the Bohras and the Khojas as a community, worship as heroes our great ten Avatars only adding Mohammad as the eleventh. He is actually, along with his community subject to the Hindu law" Hinduvta
     
    The above quotes should show that we have received plenty of rhymed charms in the Dasam Granth to build spiritual brotherhood with the Hindus, and soothe our separate identity cries.

    Now let us look at their another devious scheme to divert the Buddhists from their religion.

    "trishna-thirst-is too powerful and real to be quenched by painted streams that flow perennially in heavens." Hinduvta

    Please see "Dasam Granth's Adult Section", where Sikhs are given training into drugs and sex.
     
    Question 5: What is the Hindu reaction to the Sikh successes?

    We saw the following in Question 1, where Hindues refused to yield to Buddha for his successes. Instead they made him one of their own, and incorporated his successes. By giving Buddhism their mythology, they assimilated their religion:
     
    "We yield to none in our love, admiration and respect for the Buddha-the Dharma-the Sangha. They are all ours. Their glories are ours and ours their failures." Hinduvta
     
    Now we will see the same being done to the Sikhs. I have copied the following from Search Gurbani: Gurbani Research Website, and Bachitra Natak chapter. Here Guru Gobind Singh Ji is shown to be describing the previous life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the descendent of Rama and promises to come back to the same dynasty in the Kaliyug and pass the guruship to the Ram descendents. Accoding to Dasam Granth, Guru Nanak will reside in the first 3 bodies of the Bedies, then the Guruship will be passed to the Sodhis. Although there is a mistake here as the first three Gurus were really not Bedis! But had the writer been really Guru Gobind Singh Ji, he would have known that! However, that is not the point here to dwell on.
    In brief, this story connects, all of our 10 Gurus, to the Hindu God, Ram.

    Page 126
    ਲਵੀ ਸਰਬ ਜੀਤੇ ਕੁਸੀ ਸਰਬ ਹਾਰੇ ਬਚੇ ਜੇ ਬਲੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਸਿਧਾਰੇ
    Lavoo sarab joote kusoo sarab hdare|| Bache je badoo badoo praan lai ke sidhdare||
    (The descendants of Lava) have all been victorious and the (descendants of Kusha) were all defeated. The descendants of Kusha who remained alive, saved themselves by feeing away.



    Page 127
    ਚਤੁਰ ਬੇਦ ਪਠਿਯੰ ਕੀਯੋ ਕਾਸਿ ਬਾਸੰ ਘਨੇ ਬਰਖ ਕੀਨੇ ਤਹਾਂ ਹੀ ਨਿਵਾਸੰ ੫੨
    Chatur Bed pathiyang kooyo kaas(i) baasang|| Ghane barakh koone tahaan hoo nivaasang||52||
    They went to Kashi and real all the four Vedas. They lived there for many years.52.



    ਜਿਨੈ ਬੇਦ ਪਠਿਓ ਸੁ ਬੇਦੀ ਕਹਾਏ ਤਿਨੈ ਧਰਮ ਕੇ ਕਰਮ ਨੀਕੇ ਚਲਾਏ
    Jinai Bed pathio su Bedoo kahaae|| Tinai dharam ke karam nooke chadhaae||
    Those who studied the Vedas, called Vedis (Bedis), they absorbed themselves in good acts of righteousness.

    Page 128

    ਬੇਦੀ ਭਏ ਪ੍ਰਸੰਨ ਰਾਜ ਕਹ ਪਾਇ ਕੈ ਦੇਤ ਭਯੋ ਬਰਦਾਨ ਹੀਐ ਹੁਲਸਾਇ ਕੈ
    Bedoo bhae prasann raaj kah paae kai|| Det bhayo bardaan hooai hulsaae kai||
    Having been bestowed the kingdom, the Bedis were very much pleased. With happy heart, he predicted this boon:


    ਜਬ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਲਿ ਮੈ ਹਮ ਆਨ ਕਹਾਇਹੈਂ ਹੋ ਜਗਤ ਪੂਜ ਕਰਿ ਤੋਹਿ ਪਰਮ ਪਦ ਪਾਇਹੈਂ
    Jab Naanak kal(i) mai ham aan kahaae-hain|| Ho jagad pooj kar(i) toh(i) param pad paae-hain||7||
    "When in the Iron age, I shall be called Nanak, you will attain the Supreme State and be worshipped by the world."7.


    ਤ੍ਰਿਤੀਅ ਬੇਦ ਸੁਨਬੋ ਤੁਮ ਕੀਆ ਚਤੁਰ ਬੇਦ ਸੁਨਿ ਭੂਅ ਕੋ ਦੀਆ
    Tritooa Bed sunbo tum kooaa|| Chatur Bed sun(i) bhooa ko dooaa||
    "O Sodhi king! You have listened to the recitation of three Vedas, and while listening to the fourth, you gave away your kingdom.


    ਤੀਨ ਜਨਮ ਹਮਹੂੰ ਜਬ ਧਰਿਹੈਂ ਚਉਥੇ ਜਨਮ ਗੁਰੂ ਤੁਹਿ ਕਰਿਹੈਂ
    Tin janam ham-hoon jab dharihain|| Chauthe janam Guroo tuh(i) karihain||9||
    "When I shall have taken three births, you will be made the Guru in he fourth birth."9.
     
    If you must see the Kali and Mahakaal pair as the prime gods of Dasam Granth, then I will quote where Guru Gobind Singh Ji is shown to be worshiping these in his previous life!

    Page 132 of http://www.searchgurbani.com/

    ਸਪਤ ਸ੍ਰਿੰਗ ਤਿਹ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਹਾਵਾ ॥ ਪੰਡੁ ਰਾਜ ਜਹ ਜੋਗੁ ਕਮਾਵਾ ॥
    Sapat sring tih naam(u) kahaavaa|| Pant(u) raaj jab jog(u) kamaavaa||
    That mountain is called Sapt Shring (seven-peaked mountain), where the Pandavas Practised Yoga.

    ਤਹ ਹਮ ਅਧਿਕ ਤਪੱਸਿਆ ਸਾਧੀ ਮਹਾਕਾਲ ਕਾਲਿਕਾ ਅਰਾਧੀ
    Tah ham adhik tapassiaa saadhoo|| Mahaakaal Kaalikaa araadhoo||2||
    There I was absorbed in deep meditation on the Primal Power, the Supreme KAL.2.

    I hope you still remember the quote from Buddhism attack:
     
    "So the leaders of thought and action of our race had to rekindle their Sacrificial Fire to oppose the sacrilegious one and to re-open the mines of Vedic fields for steel, to get it sharpened on the alter of Kali, 'the Terrible so that Mahakal -the 'Spirit of Time' be appeased." Hinduvta

    Oh boy, how much more clear can this all get!
     
    Now let us look at another Hindu rejection of Buddha's achievements:

    "So, we do not think that the political virility or the manly nobility of our race began and ended with the Mauryas alone or was a consequence of their embracing Buddhism." Hinduvta
     
    Now compare the above with their reaction to Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Sounds familiar!

    "You cannot pick up a lamb and by tying a Kachchha and Kripan on it, make a lion of it! If the Guru succeeded in forming a band of martyrs and warriors he could do so because the race that produced him as well as that band was capable of being moulded thus...As soon as you point at a Sikh who was true to his Guru you have automatically pointed at a Hindu who was true to the Guru for before being a Sikh he was, and yet continues to be a Hindu." Hinduvta
     
    Question 6: What is in a name?

    If one takes the time to read this booklet, it is pretty much all devoted to defining, redefining what Hindu is, and in various ways to force that we all are Hindues. That appears to be the main purpose of writing the booklet to make everyone Hindues. Although they very cleverly try to separate the word Hindu from the religion Hinduism, however they decide not to simply choose a different word. Why they insist on calling everyone Hindues can be best described from the same booklet, in their own words:
     
    "Yet, as the association of the word with the thing is signifies grows stronger and lasts long, so does the channel which connects the two states of consciousness tend to allow an easy flow of thoughts from one to the other, till at last it seems almost impossible to separate them. And when in addition to this a number of sexondary thoughts or feelings that are generally roused by the thing get mystically entwined with the word that signifies it, the name seems to matter as much as the thing itself." Hinduvta

    "Inscribe at the foot of one of those beautiful paintings of 'Madonna' the name of 'Fatima' and a Spaniard would keep gazing at it as curiously as at any other piece of art; but just restore the name of 'Madonna' instead, and behold his knees would lose their stiffness and bend his eyes their inquisitiveness and turn inwards in adoring recognition, and his whole being get suffused with a consciousness of the presence of Divine Motherhood and Love!" Hinduvta

    They themselves refuse to be called anything but Hindues and they insist on calling others Hindu too.

    "this our idolatrous attachment to it when we make bold to assert that, 'Hindus we are and love to remain so!' " Hinduvta
     
    Question 7: How names are given?
     
    "Down to this day the whole world knows us as 'Hindus' and our land as 'Hindusthan' as if in fulfilment of the wishes of our Vedic fathers who were the first to make that choice." Hinduvta
    "But a name by its nature is determined not so much by what one likes to call oneself but generally by what others like to do. In fact a name is called into existence for this very purpose. Self is known to itself immutable and without a name or even without a form. But when it comes in contact or conflict with a non-self then alone it stands in need of a name if it wants to communicate with others or if others persist in communicating with it." Hinduvta
     
    Conclusions: If the above does not prove that this is an open attack on the Sikh identity, I do not think if anything can. Professor Darshan Singh Ji is correct in stating that we must unite under Shri Guru Granth Sahib ALONE. Even if the consquences of that are the Sikh people will be divided into two sects. It is better to save our religion than to worry about the people who insist on being part of the Hindu religion. Let them be, and let us unite only under Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Nothing shall be accepted into Sikh religion that does not pass the test of Guru Granth Sahib, no matter what it is, where it came from, and whoever wrote it as NOONE is greater than the Guru himself. Also nothering should be considered GURBANI that falls out of Guru Granth Sahib. These strict rules alone will help us survive under the present conditions. Guru Sahib drew a boundary for us of Guru Granth Sahib for a reason. No reason can be greater than the current one where Sikhism is being attacked right from its roots.

    By Randeep Kaur
     
     
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