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DC Sikhs Ask Akal Takht To Reconsider Excommunication Of Professor Darshan Singh (C - Sarbat Khasla

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Professor Darshan Singh: DC Sikhs ask Akal Takhat to reconsider his excommunication

By Anju Kaur

Professor Darshan Singh at the Sikh Gurdwara, DC, was invited for Guru Hargobind's Gurpurab on July 7. He used the occasion to talk about the meaning of Akal Takhat, his excommunication, and the conspiracy of introducing false granths into Sikhi.


Part C of a 4-part series entitled The Strategy http://www.sikhnn.com/headlines/2645/professor-darshan-singh-dc-sikhs-ask-akal-takhat-reconsider-his-excommunication?page=3


Sarbat Khalsa and Gurmatas

Sikh heritage and sacred traditions formulated during Guru Gobind Singh’s time dictate an open hearing in front of the Akal Takhat.

According to ‘Akal Takhat Sahib - Concept and Role,’ by Harjinder Singh Dalgeer, historical protocol requires Darshan Singh to present his side of the story to the Sarbat Khalsa, a convening of all Amritdhaaree Sikhs at the Akal Takhat. The Sarbat Khalsa then deliberates and makes its decision.

Following the creation of the Khalsa Panth in 1699, only the Panth was given the title of Guru, said Bikramjit Singh Bajwa, of New Jersey, in the November-December 2009 edition of The Sikh Bulletin. The Guru Panth only gave the Akal Takhat jathedar the authority to call a gathering at the Akal Takhat of Sikh representatives to debate and reconcile contentious issues, and then adopt Gurmatas (resolutions). Collective decisions by the Sikh Panth, made under the aegis of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, are binding on all Sikhs.

“Neither the jathedar singly, nor with the concurrence of other priests, can issue any hukamnama, as Guru has not authorized to do so,” he said, in the California publication. “If they do… it will be a negation of the concept as propounded by Guru Gobind Singh himself for the benefit of the Sikh Panth.”

For political gain, this tradition has been transformed without the approval of the Panth, Darshan Singh said in the interview.

He also questioned the authority of the other four jathedars and their precedence in making collective decisions with the Akal Takhat jathedar.

“We have begun to copy the concept of the five,” Darshan Singh said. “There was no concept of the five before. There never were two takhats. There was no third takhat. Damdama Sahib was built in 1960.

“Look at the old Ardaas, only the names of four takhats were referenced. When there was not a fifth takhat, when there were not even two takhats, how can five exist?

“They are making political decisions and are stuck in these political maneuvers.”

No possibility of reconciliation

Rejection of the historical protocol and dismissal of the sacred venue has broken any possibility of reconciliation. If the jathedars again summon Darshan Singh to reconsider his excommunication, he still will not go.

“Will the same people call again, those who call themselves Akal Purakh?” he asked SikhNN. “The problem still remains… I always relate myself to Akal Purakh. They have begun to call themselves Akal. That is why I am staying away.”

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 964, Mahalaa 5, Raag Raamkalee
ਵਡਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਚਾ ਤੁਧੁ ਤਖਤੁ
vaddaa thayraa dharabaar sachaa thudhh takhat ||
The Darbaar of Your Court is glorious and great. Your holy throne is True.

Using this shabad, Darshan Singh centered his kathaa (sermon) on the meaning of Akal Takhat, his excommunication, and the conspiracies of injecting false granths into the Panth.

ਸਿਰਿ ਸਾਹਾ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਚਓਰੁ ਛਤੁ
sir saahaa paathisaahu nihchal chaur chhath ||
You are the Emperor over the heads of kings. Your canopy and chaur (fly-brush) are permanent and unchanging.

“Who is the King? Whom do we believe in?” he asked.

“The one who, under the eternal God’s guidance, dispenses justice (neyaa-i), he answered. Not the one who receives a phone call about what judgment to dispense.”


All four parts at these links:

DC Sikhs Ask Akal Takht to Reconsider Excommunication of Professor Darshan Singh (A - The Strategy)
http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-personalities/41680-dc-sikhs-ask-akal-takht-reconsider.html
DC Sikhs Ask Akal Takht to Reconsider Excommunication of Professor Darshan Singh (B - Strategy & Authority)
http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-personalities/41681-dc-sikhs-ask-akal-takht-reconsider.html
DC Sikhs Ask Akal Takht to Reconsider Excommunication of Professor Darshan Singh (C - Sarbat Khasla & Gurmatas)
http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-personalities/41682-dc-sikhs-ask-akal-takht-reconsider.html
DC Sikhs Ask Akal Takht to Reconsider Excommunication of Professor Darshan Singh (D - Roguery in Rochester)
http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-personalities/41683-dc-sikhs-ask-akal-takht-reconsider.html

 
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Prof Darshan Singh is a jewel in the most unfortunate murkiest pond. So much energy is focused against him by those in "prominent" places.

Even as he has explained so clearly the self made leadership seats are false yet the masses subdue to it under emotional blindness and fall hand over foot to accommodate their demands.
 

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Thank you SaintSoldier ji for persisting with reading this very long analysis. Anju Kaur did a great job in my opinion of ferreting out all the background every step of the way. One element of background included personal vendettas and pay-back against the Professor for controversies more than 3 years prior to the sundesh. Every thing she reported can be cross-checked against contemporary news reports for that period -- which I retained copies of.
 

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