MGC LETTERS 12-JULY-2016 to 15-MARCH-2017…   ARE THEY KEEPING TO THE TAKHTS EDICTS, SRM and THEIR CONSTITUTION … ?

Sri Dasam Granth kirtan at Harmandir Sahib by Chardi Kala Jatha

OUR ANALYSIS in the values of Malaysia Gurdwara Council (MGC) and what it stands for was mooted by the recent MGC’s letter dated 20-March-2017 accusing Gur Vichar of mischievously writing that GSC is a Panth Dokhi in addition to other claims.  

The analysis was very interesting and we have commented on this MGCs letter through our post on 23-Mar-2017.  The conclusion from that analysis and post is reproduced below.

All the allegations by the MGC have been shown to be false.  Further a tinge of biasness is apparent in that MGC’s statements in that points out faults in some be turns a blind eye to others (who seem to be propagating activities which are not in line with the edicts of Akal Takht and the SRM).  

It appears that MGC is condoning those who are acting against the edicts of Akal Takht and SRM.

We continue from there.  The glaring point that stood out was that MGC is condoning those who are acting against the edicts of Akal Takht and SRM

This was rather surprising because we were under the impression that MGC was following the edicts of the Akal Takht and acted and practiced in accordance with the SRM.  We would not be surprised if the Sangat and all the Member Gurdwaras of MGC think likewise.

We decided to investigate if this i.e. “MGC was following the edicts of the Akal Takht and comply with the SRM”.  The resource available was some letters of MGC which we will analyse and comment on below.  We analysed their letter from 12-Jul-2016 to 15-Mar-2017.

In this post we investigate two points the “Ek Granth Concept” and that “Banee of Guru Gobind Singh cannot be recited”.

1. MGC seems to be HELLBENT on the Ek Granth concept 

The words “Ek Granth” echoes throughout all their letters. As we have stated in the earlier post (Gur Vichar post: “MGC letter dated 20-march-2017. What message does it convey?” dated 23-Mar-2017)

The Gurmatta from Akal Takht issued on 6 June 2008 clearly and unequivocally states that the Dasam Granth is an inseparable part of Sikh History and Literature and the entire Sikh Panth is to accept the Dasam Granth in addition to the SGGS Ji which is also our LIVING GURU.

The call for “Ek Granth” meaning ONLY ONE GRANTH, implies rejecting any other Granth and this includes the Dasam Granth?  To reject the Dasam Granth means to go against the Akal Takht Gurmatta which is an edict to the Panth.  

Aren’t they going against the Panth i.e. “Panth Virodhi”?  Aren’t they inimical to the Panth i.e. “Panth Dokhi”?  

The Sangat can and will decide?

2. MGC edicted that “The Dasam Granth “ Bani” cannot be preached or recited in a Gurdwara. other than the 3 “Banis” that is, Jaap, 10 Sawayyas and Benti Chaupai via letter dated 12-Jul-2016

MGC cites that this decision is based on the Sikh Rehat Maryada.  Let us review what the SRM states on the matter of Kirtan and Katha.

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Clearly as far as Kirtan is concerned both the compositions in “Guru Granth” as well as of “Guru Gobind Singh” plus those of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nand Lal may be sung.  This is further supported by Mahan Kosh for the meaning of Gurbani which is the “Banee of Guru Nanak Dev and his other forms” meaning all the other Gurus who bore his JOT.  This includes Guru Gobind.

As for Katha (Exposition or Discourse)

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Again the discourse includes the Banee of Guru Gobind Singh.

Additionally as pointed out in (1) above, the Gurmatta from Akal Takht clearly edicts the Sikh Panth to accept the Dasam Granth in addition to the SGGS Ji.  The SRM can in no way go against the Gurmatta from the Akal Takht.

Though MGC quoted Article 3.2 of the MGC constitution, it conveniently forgot Article 3.7 which states “To preserve propagate uphold and practice the Sikh Religion in accordance with established Practices and Rehat Maryada.” The keyword is ESTABLISHED PRACTICES.  We draw the attention to the reader that 

since our Gurus times right up to the present time it is an established practice to recite, sing and discourse the Banee from the Dasam Granth.

Now where did MGC make up the story that COMPOSITIONS BY GURU GOBIND (FROM THE DASAM GRANTH) cannot be sung, recited or discoursed?

Conclusion

The analysis shows that the Ek Granth concept espoused by MGC is against the Gurmatta of Akal Takht.  MGC’s edict to bar the “singing, recitation and discourse of Guru Gobind Singh’s Banee in Dasam Granth” is against both the SRM as well as the Akal Takht Gurmatta.

The MGC, CONTRAVENING ITS OWN CONSTITUTION, THE SRM AND THE AKAL TAKHT GURMATTA, is treading on thin ice as far as both the its concept of Ek Maryada and the banning of the recitation, singing and discourse of the banee of Dasam Granth is concerned.

The Sangat should ask them the question 

Aren’t they going against the Panth i.e. “Panth Virodhi”?  Aren’t they inimical to the Panth i.e. “Panth Dokhi”?  

….. to be continued.

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