Oral Traditions- Their Importance And Pitfalls

Tejwant Singh

Oral traditions are only important if they do not contradict Gurmat. If and when they do, they should be vehemently rejected by the Sikh Panth. It is the Akaal Takhat's duty to do that. Rather than banning tables and chairs in the Langar halls and trying to ban gay marriage in another country, they should start educating the Sikhs so that all of us can have Gurmat tools to live the life of Miri-Piri and be The Peace Warriors our Gurus wanted us to be. We have the duty as Sikhs to emulate our Gurus' way of living instead of putting their pseudo pictures on the mantles and praying to them when we find ourselves in dire straits.

Sadly to say that many oral traditions that are practiced today do contradict Gurmat.

The best example of this is found at Harmander Sahib, Amritsar, where for us 'Darshan Ishnaan' - as we recite in our everyday Ardaas- is taking a dip in the Sarover. The most blatant example is the big board near the old berry tree on the Parikarma which claims that the lepers got cured and many sick were healed when they took a dip in the Sarover.

Common sense dictates if this were true then the hot plate Guru Arjan was made to sit on would never have gotten hot no matter how much fire was loaded under it. Same can be said for the beheading of our 9th Guru.


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