Balbir-ji,Pray Truth for all and say Satsriakal!
Sikhs offer their Guru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee Rumaalaas. Who told them that their Guru needs clothing?
Yes Brother My understanding also tells me the same that Rituals are not BAD per se but cane become blind over period of time and meaninigless but not for allI don't think rituals are bad, even hindu rituals are great but it depends on us as what is happening within us when we do a ritual and why are we performing them. As I said earlier that if Dhana could find his beloved with his faith in a stone then are rituals really that bad... ?
It is only blindly following a ritual which is bad. Rituals can't do anything on the physical plane, you can't achieve anything in the physical world by offering rumalas but if it fills yourself with love for Guru then I bow to this ritual as well.
ਜਿਉ ਡਰਨਾ ਖੇਤ ਮਾਹਿ ਡਰਾਇਆ ॥੨॥
जिउ डरना खेत माहि डराइआ ॥२॥
"ji-o darnaa khayt maahi daraa-i-aa. ||2|| SGGS 190-17
Like scaring in the field are frightened.