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Controversial Darshan Singh ‘given’ Siropa At Golden Temple

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Darshan Singh ‘given’ siropa at Golden Temple

SGPC Orders Probe
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 7
A former Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht, Prof Darshan Singh, who was ex-communicated early this year, today hit the headlines following reports of he being reportedly given siropa (robe of honour) at Sri Harmandar Sahib. The SGPC has ordered a probe into the matter.

The former jathedar was here to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in the morning. After offering prayers, he sat inside the sanctum sanctorum to listen to Shabad Gurbani. It was here that an SGPC employee allegedly gave him the ‘siropa’. The moment was purportedly seen during the live telecast of Gurbani from the Golden Temple.

Reacting to the incident, SGPC chief Avtar Singh said they would investigate into the entire matter. Darbar Sahib manager Harbans Singh Malhi said they would see the video footage of this morning’s telecast of Gurbani to unearth the truth.

Meanwhile, the alleged move is also being seen by some in the panthic circles as an indication of Prof Darshan Singh’s possible return to the panth. However, there is also a possibility that he may have been given the siropa after he gave cash as offering at the shrine. Anybody offering Rs 100 or above in cash is given siropa at the Golden Temple.

In January this year, the Sikh high priests had ex-communicated Prof Darshan Singh from the Sikh panth for his controversial Rochester gurdwara (USA) discourse and ostensibly for his ‘defiant posture’ towards the Sikh clergy during the hearing of the case. It was for the first time that a former Jathedar of Akal Takht was ex-communicated.



1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Interesting because the sundesh revoked any contact whatsoever between Professor Darshan Singh and sangat.

So was he permitted to enter the Darbar Sahib and no one realized?

and made a gift of money and some one accepted it?

He accepted the Saroopa. Who has the bigger heart?

Do you really think he is returning to the panth?

Did he ever leave it? welcomekaur


Chaan Pardesi

Oct 4, 2008
London & Kuala Lumpur
animatedkhandaIn Basant Rag it says " as the suns ray is diffused.So is God, the warf and woof contained in every heart."There is a presence Of God in every heart.

About hypocrites, it is said in Sarang Ki var, "he to whom falsehood and aviarch attach, shall again enter the world.Nanak what man soweth, he eateth.He obtained what the Creator destined for him"

NOTHING EQUALS CONTEMPLATION OF GOD'S NAME- That is eaxactly what one comes to the Darbar sahib for.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji says,"Let no one kill a fleeing soldier nor the one who has surrendered.And no woman's honour should be molested in reprisals on booty.We are fighting for a religious cause, our right to live with honour and in peace and not for teh sake of self glory or rule over others"

I am afriad, many glaring assertions , concocted stories and misrepresentations against indivuiduals were made from those in charge of the Takhat of the Guru and those who found no regrets in lying and carrying ill stories.

Such gross misrepresentaions and made up false stories can work for a short while , but they do not live for ever, no matter how holy a place they sit in and claim its protection.

There never was a conflict in the Sikh minds.But some wanted to play politicsal games.A conflict was created by those politically enslaved and subservient to human haume and greed who and were willing to lie and those who were willing to follow those liars under the garb of religion and for the mistaken belief of religion.

In Tvai Chaupaii, 10; God causes destruction of all and creates all; God removes ills, griefs and sin of all;Whoever remembers and meditates upon God sincerely even for a moment,will be free from the terror of the noose of death"

It is very sad indeed, that the clergy of the Sikhs has an eighteenth century mindset and is dealing with issues for which one needs a 21st century academic education.The both can never meet ever, in peace.

Sikhs themselves have reduced the cosmopolitan nature and circle of Sikhi and are continually restricting it into a much more narrower and entrenched fold, from which it will ....fade into its own end.

Justice cannot only be seen to be done,or has to be done... but seen to be done fairly....but the Sikh clergy will never learn to undertsand that high level of rationale within their standard four education obtained from some small village schools.They just dont understand their actions are driving Sikhs away ....
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