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Does the Darbar Sahib Architecture reflects the Sikhi of Guru Nanak?

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Does the Darbar Sahib Architecture reflects the Sikhi of Guru Nanak?

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Last month I visited Darbar Sahib and waiting in the line for two hours to get inside main Darbar (point 11) just made me wonder, did our Guru really built it in this way.

Just go through the map look at the construction Santum (Darbar) marked as 11 built at the center of sarovar which hardly can accommodate 20-30 devotees.
Now look at the sarvoar marked as 12 which is made for 1000 devotees for Holy dip.

Isn't it indicating that Sikhi practiced is Ritualistic(Holy dips, Parikarma ,Matha Tekna to trees, etc) rather than reflection of Nanak Enlightened Philosophy .

I looked for "Sikhi Sikhya Gur Vichar"- (Sikhi is the Learning and reflection of Enlightened Philosophy) but what i found was mystical, esoteric, ritualistic practices.

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“ਛੱਪੜ ਕਿ ਸਰੋਵਰ” ?

ਪੋਸਟ ਦਾ ਟਾਈਟਲ ਸ਼ਾਇਦ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਭਗਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪਸੰਦ ਨਾ ਆਵੇ ਪਰ ਅਸਲੀਅਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਦਲ ਸਕਦੀ,

ਕਦੇ ਸੋਚਿਆ ਕਿ ਲੱਗ-ਭੱਗ ਹਰ ਪਿੰਡ ਵਿੱਚ ਛੱਪੜ (ਟੋਭਾ) ਕਿਉਂ ਹੈ? ਕਈ ਵੱਡੇ ਪਿੰਡਾ ਜਾ ਕਸਬਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਾਂ ਦੋ-ਦੋ ਟੋਭੇ ਵੀ ਹਨ ਪਤਾ ਕਿਉਂ?

ਅੱਜ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਕੋਲ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰ ਪੂਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਧਨ ਹਨ ਪਰ ਜੇ ਅੱਜ ਤੋਂ 40/50 ਕੁ ਸਾਲ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਜਾਈਏ ਤਾਂ ਹਰ ਘਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੱਗਾ ਨਲ਼ਕਾ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰਤ ਪੂਰੀ ਕਰਦਾ ਸੀ,
ਜੇ ਹੋਰ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਜਾਈਏ ਤਾ ਹਰ ਪਿੰਡ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਸਾਂਝਾ ਹਲਟੀ ਵਾਲਾ ਖੂਹ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਸੀ ਜਿੱਥੋਂ ਸਾਰੇ ਪਿੰਡ ਦੀ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰਤ ਪੂਰੀ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਸੀ,
ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਟੋਭੇ ਹੀ ਸਾਧਨ ਸਨ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰਤ ਪੂਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ,
ਪਰ ਹੁਣ ਟੋਭਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ ਇਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਪਿੰਡਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਟੋਭੇ ਪੂਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਗਏ ਹਨ ਜਾ ਪਿੰਡ ਦਾ ਗੰਦਾ ਪਾਣੀ ਟੋਭਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਪਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ,

ਬੱਸ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰਤ ਨੂੰ ਮੁੱਖ ਰੱਖ ਕੇ ਹੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨਾ ਨੇ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤਸਰ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ-ਇੱਕ ਕਰਕੇ ਜਿਉਂ-ਜਿਉਂ ਪਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਜਰੂਰਤ ਵੱਧਦੀ ਗਈ ਛੱਪੜ ਪਟਵਾਏ ਸੀ, ਜੋ ਅੱਜ ਇਹ ਕੋਈ ਅਹਿਮੀਅਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਰੱਖਦੇ,

ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਅਤੇ ਤੀਰਥ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਗਿਆਨ ਹੈ,

ਆਓ ਹੁਣ ਹਰੀਮੰਦਰ ਦੇ ਕਰਾਮਾਤੀ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਦੀਆਂ ਕੁਝ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਜਿਕਰ ਕਰੀਏ ਜੋ ਇਹ ਸਿੱਧ ਕਰਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਹਰੀਮੰਦਰ ਅਤੇ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਹਿੰਦੂਆਂ ਦਾ ਹੀ ਤੀਰਥ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਹੈ,

੧ - ਹਰੀ ਦੇ ਮੰਦਿਰ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਤੋ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਉੱਥੇ ਇੱਕ ਛਪੜੀ ਸੀ, ਪੱਟੀ ਦੇ ਰਾਜੇ ਦੁਨੀ ਚੰਦ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੀ ਲੜਕੀ ਰਜਨੀ ਇੱਕ ਕੋਹੜੀ ਨਾਲ ਵਿਆਹ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਉਹ ਕੋਹੜੀ ਉਸ ਛਪੜੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਨਹਾ ਕੇ ਠੀਕ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ, ਕਾਲ਼ੇ ਕਾਂ ਵੀ ਉਸ ਛਪੜੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਨਹਾ ਕੇ ਚਿੱਦੇ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਸਨ,

੨ - ਜਦੋਂ ਦੇਵਤਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ ਰਿੜਕਿਆ ਸੀ ਉਸ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ਚੌਦਾਂ ਰਤਨ ਨਿਕਲੇ ਸਨ, ਚੌਦ੍ਹਵਾਂ ਰਤਨ ਸੀ ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਜੋ ਦੈਂਤਾਂ ਨੇ ਪੀਤੀ, ਪਹਿਲਾ ਰਤਨ ਸੀ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਜੋ ਦੇਵਤਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਪੀਤਾ ਸੀ, ਜੋ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਪੀਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਚ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਪੀਣ ਲਈ ਦੈਂਤ ਦੇਵਤਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਮਗਰ ਭੱਜ ਪਏ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਦਾ ਕੌਲ ਲੈਕੇ ਭੱਜੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਦੇਵਤਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਵਾਲੀ ਜਗ੍ਹਾ ਤੇ ਕੌਲੇ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ਛਲਕ ਕੇ ਕੁਝ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਥੱਲੇ ਡਿਗ ਪਿਆ ਸੀ ਬਾਕੀ ਬਚਦਾ ਅਿਮ੍ਰਤ ਦੇਵਤਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਹਰੀਦਵਾਰ ਡੋਲ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ,

੩ - ਜਦੋਂ ਰਾਮਚੰਦਰ ਦੇ ਭਾਈ ਲਸ਼ਮਨ ਦੇ ਬੇਹੋਸ਼ ਹੋਣ ਤੇ ਹਨੂੰਮਾਨ ਪਹਾੜੀ ਚੁੱਕ ਕੇ ਲਿਆ ਰਿਹਾ ਸੀ ਉਡੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨੂੰਮਾਨ ਤੋਂ ਕੁਝ ਪਹਾੜੀ ਦੀ ਮਿੱਟੀ ਹਰੀਮੰਦ੍ਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਾਲੇ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਡਿਗ ਪਈ ਸੀ, ਉਸ ਮਿੱਟੀ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਕਤੀ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਅੱਜ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੇ ਦੁੱਖ ਠੀਕ ਹੋ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ,

੪ - ਸੱਤਯੁਗ ਦੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਰਿਸ਼ੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਹਰੀਮੰਦ੍ਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਾਲੇ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਤਪੱਸਿਆ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ,

੫ - ਜਦੋਂ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਦੀ ਖੁਦਾਈ ਤੇ ਹਰੀਮੰਦ੍ਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਉਸਾਰੀ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਸੀ ਵਿਸ਼ਨੂ (ਹਿੰਦੂਆਂ ਦਾ ਦੇਵਤਾ) ਨੇ ਸਿਰ ਤੇ ਮਿੱਟੀ ਦੀ ਟੋਕਰੀ ਢੋਹ ਕੇ ਸੇਵਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ,

੬ - ਇੱਕ ਹੋਰ ਦਿਲਚਸਪ ਸਾਖੀ ਜੋ ਮਸਕੀਨ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਵੀ ਸੁਣਾਈ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ, ਜਦੋਂ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਦੀ ਖੁਦਾਈ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਸੀ ਥੱਲਿਉਂ ਇੱਕ ਮੱਟ ਨਿਕਲਿਆ ਜਦੋਂ ਉਸ ਮੱਟ ਦਾ ਢੱਕਣ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਤਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਜੋਗੀ ਦੀ ਸਮਾਧੀ ਲੱਗੀ ਹੋਈ ਸੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਚੰਗੀ ਤਰਾ ਮਾਲ਼ਸ਼ ਕਰੋ ਮਾਲ਼ਸ਼ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਜਦੋਂ ਉਸ ਜੋਗੀ ਦੀ ਸਮਾਧੀ ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੀ ਤਾਂ ਉਸ ਨੇ ਪੁਛਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਕਿਹੜਾ ਯੁਗ ਚੱਲ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਦਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਕਲ਼ਯੁਗ ਹੈ ਉਸ ਜੋਗੀ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਮੈ ਇਸ ਮੱਟ ਵਿੱਚ ਸੱਤਯੁਗ ਦੀ ਸਮਾਧੀ ਲਾਈ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ, ਉਸ ਜੋਗੀ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਸੰਤੋਖਾ ਜੋਗੀ ਸੀ ਜੋ ਬਾਦ ਵਿੱਚ ਭਾਈ ਸੰਤੋਖਾ ਬਣਿਆ,

ਇਹ ਕਹਾਣੀਆਂ ਸਿੱਖ ਸਟੇਜਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਸੁਣਾਈਆਂ ਜਾ ਚੁੱਕੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਸੁਣਾਈਆਂ ਜਾ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਡੇਰੇਦਾਰਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਬੁੱਕਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖੀਆਂ ਪਈਆਂ ਹਨ,

ਇੱਥੋ ਇਹ ਸਿੱਧ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜੋ ਅੱਜ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੁਜਾਰੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਧੰਦਾ ਚੱਲ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਇਹ ਛੇਵੇਂ ਪਾਤਸ਼ਾਹ ਜੀ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਛੱਡ ਜਾਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਦ ਹੀ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋਇਆਂ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ,

ਇਹ ਧੰਦਾ ਫੈਲਾਉਣ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਮੇਂ ਦੇ ਹਾਕਮਾਂ ਦਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੱਥ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਤੇ ਹਾਕਮ ਦੇ ਦੋ ਕੰਮ ਸਵਰਦੇ ਹਨ

ਇੱਕ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ਰਧਾ ਤੇ ਪੂਜਾ ਦੇ ਚੱਕਰਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਪਾਕੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੇ ਅੰਦਰੋਂ ਸਵੈਸਨਮਾਨ ਖਤਮ ਕਰਨਾ ਤਾਂ ਕਿ ਲੋਕ ਗਿਆਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਪਾਸੇ ਨਾ ਤੁਰ ਪੈਣ ਅਤੇ ਬਗ਼ਾਵਤ ਦੇ ਰਾਹ ਨਾ ਤੁਰ ਪੈਣ,

ਦੂਜਾ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇੱਕੋ ਖੁੰਢ ਨਾਲ ਬੰਨਕੇ ਰੱਸਾ ਪੁਜਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਹੱਥ ਰੱਖਣਾ, ਪੁਜਾਰੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਰੱਸਾ ਹਾਕਮਾਂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਹੱਥ ਰੱਖਣਾ ਤਾਂ ਕੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਦੋਂ ਜੀਅ ਚਾਹਵੇ ਜਿਧਰਨੂੰ ਜੀਅ ਚਾਹਵੇ ਮੋੜ ਲਿਆ ਜਾਵੇ,

ਅਖੀਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਹੀ ਕਹਾਂਗਾ ਕਿ ਹਰੀਮੰਦਰ ਅਤੇ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਨਾ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦਾ ਮੱਕਾ ਹੈ ਨਾ ਤੀਰਥ ਅਸਥਾਨ ਹੈ, ਹਰੀਮੰਦਰ ਸਿਰਫ਼ ਪੁਜਾਰੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਅੱਡਾ ਹੈ,
 

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Im a student of Architecture in Amritsar....
Our Department has done some work on Amritsar's Walled City and Golden Temple's Architecture....
Here's the link,

 

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You know I am frequently amazed at what I read on forums today and I seriously don't believe its because I am educated.

There is no Sikhi of Guru Nanak, there is only Sikhi of the Sikh Guru's. There is also no such thing as Nanakian philosophy nor is there any such thing as as Akali Nanak Singh. These recent inventions will die as they did in the previous centuries for the Nanakpanthis and Kabirpanthis. Guru Ram Das built the temple as a central gathering place for the Sikhs of that time, the holy dip became important after the story of Bibi Rajni and her Husband who took a dip in the sarovar and was cured of his leprosy.

The Gurbani intimates a connection to the sarovar as having miraculous powers which wipe away sins this is believed by some to be holy water but others read this as the bani itself is what does this. Either way its of no importance you can't make everyone think the same way as much as God would have made everyone the same way, he didn't so let go of fickle concerns.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji never visited this temple even once in his life, this is not a place of pilgrimage for Sikhs. It does however house a temporal throne of authority.

I have been to this temple many times I have noticed a serene sense of peace come over me, I have never felt that anywhere else. So for all things considered and concerned, the Guru created something excellent!
 

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Thanks for the Reply
Guru Ram Das built the temple as a central gathering place for the Sikhs of that time
You mean 1000 gathering around to take a dip in the Sarovar to wash out sins,And a cramped place which accommodate 20-30 devotees around the SGGS at the centre of sarovar making it a place of worship and not a learning centre (vichaar).

The Gurbani intimates a connection to the sarovar as having miraculous powers which wipe away sins
Gurbani verse on Sarovar

1. ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਵਣ ਜਾਉ ਤੀਰਥੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ॥
Theerathh Naavan Jaao Theerathh Naam Hai ||
The Naam, the Name of the Lord, is the sacred shrine of pilgrimage.


(SGGS page 687 Thanasree M : 5 )

2.Jal Kai Majan Jae Gath Hovai Nith Nith Maenadduk Naavehi ||
If salvation can be obtained by bathing in water, then what about the frog, which is always bathing in water?


Above verses negates your viewpoint .


I have been to this temple many times I have noticed a serene sense of peace come over me, I have never felt that anywhere else.
Yes , I agree with this .But there are many non -religious places which provides this kind of peace and tranquility like watching a beautiful sunset. Rains in summers or listening to musics ,even going to a club and enjoying a mug of beer .SGGS is not about playing beautiful kirtan alone but a pointer how to live a divine life which can be understood through vichaar of Shabad not through worshiping and dipping in sarovar .

Its difficult to believe someone could hear the kirtan from the centre of sarovar while sitting around the parikarma of the sarovar in those times .
 
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Guru Ram Das built the temple as a central gathering place for the Sikhs of that time,
The Guru built the SAROVAR mainly to provide water to the new dwellers settling in the new city.Later the brahimns concocted the stories related to this sarovar.

My understanding is Guru RAM DAS planned this model city and invited experts and professional of every field to settle in this new city. He arranged all facilites like water for drinking and bathing ,Hostels(Deras),Saran .He created many institutes which would carry out missionary activities linking Gurus messages with sikhs .

So the the whole city became a cultural and educational centre and not the crammped temple at the centre of a sarovar alone as a place of gathering.
 
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There is no Sikhi of Guru Nanak, there is only Sikhi of the Sikh Guru's. There is also no such thing as Nanakian philosophy nor is there any such thing as as Akali Nanak Singh
They are not literal meanings

Sikhi of Guru Nanak : Sikhi of all the authors present in SGGS

Nanakian philosophy: teachings of all the the authors in SGGS . Guru Nanak philosophy and kabir philosophy are not different but same .

Akali Nanak Singh:????? where did this term come from
 

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I disagree and gurbani clearly states exactly in words what I was saying :

"Ramdas Sarovar Naate, Sab uttre paap kamate"

Of all the quotes you could have put this is the only one relating directly to this subject. Once again people can read this anyway they want to, either the sarovar does have miraculous powers or its the reading of gurbani itself which is transformative. I don't care either way but I will never accept new age opinion that we must look further into gurbani to negate one interpretation over the other that is cognitive dissonance. I have wanted to say that for a while as I have been reading a lot of posts here by certain intellectuals here and my fear is that they don't know that this is what they suffer from. Many times I have read an article which criticises a specific translation of gurbani, after the intellectual gives there own translation after searching through the whole of the gurbani he arrives at a translation that I understood to be correct from the original supposedly distorted translation. I then can only fathom to guess that sikhs aren't that stupid.

Do you know what "kendhar asthan" means?
It means central authoritative edifice, this is what Darbar sahib complex is referred to , do you know that Sarbat Khalsa has been held at Akal Takht where millions flooded the complex and there was no room for this it spilled out onto the streets outside the complex, the speakers installed were loud enough and when they won't be we just get bigger ones, go figure.

1000 people taking a dip at once in a very crammed place? I don't know about you but my common sense asks me to to take a dip at any place around the sarovar and guess what I have had no objection, secondly I would skip the dip until there was space or no dip at all.

Brahmins concocted stories? This is is not really worth arguing you can accept history or deny it we all pick and choose what suits our own worldview. There is is alot written on the subject and I conclude the story to be true.

For myself I have never been overcome with the feeling I get when I have been to the Darbar Sahib complex I believe that it is a sacred fortune for some I don't believe our experiences are objective.

There is a reason why SIKHI is replaced with Nanakian and as you have said the SIKHI of Guru Nanak, it is the equal opposite of the same reason Nihangs now refer to Guru Nanak as Akali Nanak Singh, one side wishes to make out that Guru Nanak is our "main" and the other wants to make Guru Gobind Singh our "main", else why would you use these terms instead of a word which already exists. So there is definitely some seperation antics at play and I will call it out when I see it. All the Gurus were the same jot that jot is now in the SGGS, the temporal aspect is in the Khalsa that is referred to as jugat. A twin doctrine which was given by the last physical guru as a formal investiture of authority and is referred to as the Cosmic play. There was a third aspect to the Guru which we are losing today and that was character, this is evident in scholarly discourse especially from diaspora and their mentality.

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Once again people can read this anyway they want to, either the sarovar does have miraculous powers
This the biggest lie our clergy and granthis has embedded in our pshyhe for 200 years .it is due to mistranslations instead of understanding the real message we end up following clergy driven sprituality path .

Jal Kai Majan Jae Gath Hovai Nith Nith Maenadduk Naavehi ||
If salvation can be obtained by bathing in water, then what about the frog, which is always bathing in water?
Here kabeer says if frogs cannot be saved in spite of living in water so does humans cannot expect to washed away there sins .But gullible Sikhs like you believe otherwise in the name of Sharaddha .

I disagree and gurbani clearly states exactly in words what I was saying :

"Ramdas Sarovar Naate, Sab uttre paap kamate"
If I believe the above premises ofwhat you say is true than can rapist, robbers and murderers get forgiveness of their crimes just by dipping in the SAROVAR and then continue their crimes? No fear of law? Isn't it.

but I will never accept new age opinion
How do you define new age opinion??

What was the old age opinion?
that ..."leper was miraculously cured by bathing in sarovar"
 
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SIKHI has no clergy the last time I checked, I really doubt anyone else would be trying to make us intentionally dumb, logically speaking that is. This reminds me of the nonsensical argument used by feminists in the case of abortion rights, it couldn't be possible that people simply believe abortion is wrong, no it must be because powerful men want to control women's bodies, the reason why anyone would want to do that remains a mystery.

You have changed the question where you started talking about robbers etc, the argument you put forward was that there was no basis for the claim of sarovar being miraculous based on gurbani, now your asking me we should not believe this because criminals will think they can get redemption by the dip. Please don't weaponise gurbani to suit your belief.

Secondly In our linguistic there is no word for a murderer or rapist or robber, there are words for serial robbers, murders and rapists, chor dacoit balatkari, if someone commits an action once they are not labelled if they do it serially they are, this is because we understand the human condition that we all make mistakes, we also understand and prevent those for whom this is a lifestyle it is those people who need to be reformed. Tell me if we were to adopt your approach and the serial criminal were to read and understand your version of the real message would this still stop them from committing sin? I highly doubt it so then what is the quarrel if they think that they are redeemed by taking a dip the result would be the same in both instances, crime. Sorry to put this like this again I feel you are misguided and this is the new age thinking which fails to deliver.

Have you ever met a psychopath? I have, the law which you prize so highly does not find any place in their psyche, crimes are thrilling for them, so tell me is it me who is gullible or you?

Taking a quote from Kabir to justify your position is perfectly acceptable, however criticising another person's understanding based on yours is dangerous, why? Because the Gurus left their gurbani without any further interpretation for the exact reason we are having this discussion, subjective experience. To be honest you don't sound like someone who is on any spiritual path is it working for you.

A sikhs relationship with his guru is a private matter, gurbani stirs up emotions and the soul recognises a primacy and intimacy and wakes up an individual from their bondage to their dead past. Those that try to challenge such an individual are heading for a rude awakening. I hope you can now see why your beliefs about how to practice Sikhism will never become more than a storm in a teacup.

How would my guru put it?

Countless discussions countless articles
Countless seminars countless speeches
Countless interpretations countless contraversy
Countless scholars countless schools
Countless books countless pens
Countless frustration countless tears
 

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SIKHI has no clergy the last time I checked, I really doubt anyone else would be trying to make us intentionally dumb, logically speaking that is.
Try to find it out with Granthi,babas,Sant in youtube you may understand .
Sikhi has no Clegy but -ism has .Maybe you were so immersed with the divinity of sarovar you missed it out in you visit.

You have changed the question where you started talking about robbers etc, the argument you put forward was that there was no basis for the claim of sarovar being miraculous based on gurbani
Nothing has changed .its was direct logical reply to your argument with two verses from gurbani .It is you to explain what do you mean when you quote "Ramdas Sarovar Naate, Sab uttre paap kamate "

Tell me if we were to adopt your approach and the serial criminal were to read and understand your version of the real messageof the real message would this still stop them from committing sin?
If they dothan its called ENLIGHTENMENT .Its abt knowing,understanding practicing and becoming.
Rear are those who follows this path.

Have you ever met a psychopath? I have, the law which you prize so highly does not find any place in their psyche, crimes are thrilling for them, so tell me is it me who is gullible or you?
No, but If a Psychopath becomes a enlightened being its become miraculous and more thrilling.But if someone believes that Jal Kai Majan Jae Gath Hovai Nith Nith Maenadduk Naavehi || makes a frog enlightened thats gullible .

What all is required is intellect to understand the above verse rather than giving long brazen assertions .

Let us not digress from the actual question which is not about Sarovar at the moment.
 

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I did miss the clergy in the ism when I went to the Darbar Sahib. Do you know what clergy is? It is someone who is conferred with holy orders, I have never met one in SIKHI. A granthi is a name given to anyone who is reading to the sangat at anytime from the SGGS, this can be anyone let me repeat anyone who is reading to the sangat from the SGGS. A Baba is a name of your father's dad or a reverential prefix as too is Sant. I hope I've cleared that up for you, it is very popular to use the arguments people have in other religion's where there is a priestly class, none here.

I actually translated the verse your quoting I said it is either accepted that the sarovar has miraculous powers or it is the reading of gurbani that does this ie, reading "ramdas..."
It is also your imperative to use good spelling punctuation and grammar! How about that.

I'm really not going to bother with the rest of your response it's clear to the average reader that you digressed yourself when discussing the liklihood of a criminal using the scripture to get away with his crimes but then accused me of digressing by merely defending my position.

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It is clear from this discussion that logic is not equally applied. Some of us go on a desperate flight of fancy after hearing a one sided argument, certain scholars that frequently post here are leading people astray, and I have examined their articles they betray the full thrust of critical examination. The above poster wants me to believe that the sarovar having miraculous powers is ridiculous, but in the same breath anticipates that a psychopath (CLINICALLY UNTREATABLE) will become reasonable by understanding that their actions are wrong, that made me laugh.
 

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Gurbani teaches us that Creator is loving and caring so we dont need to undergo any terrath ishnan to discover or receive gifts from him.He is in his creation and all you need is to reach out path shown by the Guru .

You may find my by hold on english grammar naive .but paradon me for that because I don't have that luxury as you, English is not my first language . Nor I believe take a dip in a sarovar will help it improve.

Gurmat teaches us that the Creator is loving and kind so we need not undergo any teerath yatra or pilgrimage to discover Him or receive gifts from Him.Remember Guru visting Mecca and Haridwar where he demonstrated that God is within us and in everything you see.

Taking a terrath ishnaan was not the philosophy of our Gurus . If it was than there is nothing uniqueness in his teaching as taking terrath ishnaan was already in existence before him.

All the best for your Gurmat Journey!!
 

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This is the real issue you have with the concept of sarovar having miraculous powers, that SIKHI may be deemed non unique as the same concept may exist elsewhere. At a push a person's real intentions are revealed, intentions are not bad, however your faith is built on difference. That is not SIKHI but seperation.

Good luck on your journey to separation
 

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This is the real issue you have with the concept of sarovar having miraculous powers, that SIKHI may be deemed non unique as the same concept may exist elsewhere. At a push a person's real intentions are revealed, intentions are not bad, however your faith is built on difference. That is not SIKHI but seperation.

Good luck on your journey to separation
Just go through the first pauri of JupJi Sahib .You might understand the uniqueness of Sikh Philosophy.


Sochey Soch Na Hovayee Jey Sochee Lakh Vaar II
Translation: He cannot be realized within me through ritualistic cleansing/ bathing/ purification at (places of
pilgrimages) even if I cleanse myself a hundred thousand times

Chupey Chup Na Hovayee Jey Laye Rhaan Liv Taar II
Translation: He cannot be realized within through ritualistic practice of remaining physically silent even if I
single mindedly focus on outer silence (outer silence does not equate to inner silence)

Bhukiya Bhukh Na Utree Jey Banna Pureeah Bhaar II
Translation: He cannot be realized within through ritualistic practice of eliminating desire even if I am able to
fulfill my past, present, and future desires

Sehes Sianpa Lakh Hohe Ta Ek Na Chale Naal II
Translation: He cannot be realized within through religious knowledge- no matter of how high the order or
multitude; such knowledge would not support the spiritual journey of inner liberation

Kiv Sachiara Hoyey Kiv Kooray Tootey Paal II
Translation: How then can I become a God-Realized Being within; how can I remove the obstacle of my
non-realized state (my inner ignorance of Creator)

Hukam Rajayee Chalnaa Nanak Likhiya Naal II 1 II
Translation: The way to Realize the Creator within is to remain within the confines and abide in Sehej
(acceptance) of his Hukam, as contained within us
 
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I have read SGGS, DASAM GRANTH, SARABLOH GRANTH, the latter was harder to understand though. I am aware of the uniqueness of SIKHI not just through scriptures but through history, learned people and my own insights.

What is unique about SIKHI?

There are so many things unique in SIKHI:

The lesser religions and atheists talk about a god unavailable to the senses, in SIKHI creation is one of God's forms so unless you don't have your 5 senses you cannot argue that God does not exist.

In SIKHI the Guru whilst alive took the place of a disciple and sat in the sangat whilst his successor became the next guru and gave service.

In SIKHI the Guru chose to be executed 2 times where an avenue existed whereby they could have saved themselves.

In SIKHI the prophet never left, its function was split into the word and the body. Granth and panth.

In SIKHI the firmness of Naam was introduced as the mainstay of all humanity.

In SIKHI there is an initiation process and 5 articles of faith that has no replication.

In SIKHI nature takes precedence over politics.

In SIKHI we don't take justice though revenge but justice is carried out through karni da phal, meaning we don't do to others as they have done to us but do only to the doer or best yet instigator.

Gurbani has a unique effect on the reader, this only occurs when reading in gurmukhi, there is a special type of arousal which lingers throughout the day, like a drug.

SIKHI rejects canonical laws and a Sikh has their own relationship with their guru.

SGGS contains the writings of differently religiously inclined people.

Sikh scripture was written by the hand of the Guru, authenticated, then formally installed without any outside influence. No other prophet or holy man did this.

Sikhism places truth before belief through experiential learning.

Sikhism is the only religion which stresses equality not only for gender and caste but that God in sikhism caters for those who commit supposed transgressions murder rape theft demons etc.

Our Guru's didn't just want us to reject dogma and rituals or superstition he called for an attitudinal shift in thinking whereby universalism pluralism and freedom were championed.

SIKHI has its own system of musicology,rendering of history and culture.

And so many more things. We live in a time where these unique qualities are deliberately blurred by vested interests who pervert their own traditions by claiming parity through self distortion. Problem is we know this is happening what if anything are we doing about it? Arguing about the miraculous property of sarovar is just self flagellation were not attacking the doers, those who corrupt their own traditions to devalue ours.
 

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