Stop the printing of Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji #satkaarnotvapaar
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*Petition from the Sikh Panth (Nation) to Sri Akal Takht Sahib to Stop the Printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj*
We the members of the Sikh Panth demand a stop be put to the excessive printing of Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj.
The panth is repeatedly facing news of beadbi (sacrilege) happening to Maharaj across the world, whether it is people tearing Guru Sahib’s Angs or setting fire to Sachkhands. In addition, there are countless Saroops in Gurdwara Sahibs and in the homes of Gursikhs that are being neglected because we simply cannot do proper seva of them.
The reason behind all of this beadbi is simply that we have printed too many Saroops of Maharaj Ji, and this excessive printing is not stopping. With lesser Saroops of Maharaj Ji available, we will naturally be able to keep more satkaar (respect) for them and realise the true value of them as we did in puratan times.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the eternal living Guru of the Sikhs since 1708 when the Guru-Jot (light) passed through each of our ten Gurus and now which resides in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. There is no difference between Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Guru Nanak Dev Ji or any of the other ten Gurus as per the following Gurvak:
Bani Guru, Guru hai Bani vich bani Amrit sare.
Bani is the Guru and Guru is the Bani, within Bani the ambrosial nectar is contained,
Gurbani Kahai Sevak jan Manai partak guru nistare.
If His humble servant believes, and acts according to the Words of the Guru's Bani, then the Guru in person, emancipates him. ||5||
Hence, there should be no difference at all in the way we would treat Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from Guru Nanak Dev ji, or Guru Gobind Singh ji. Guru Arjan Dev Ji takes us a step further to say that there is no difference between Guru and God Himself, as per the following gurvak:
Gur parmesur eko Jaan,
Know that the Guru and the Transcendent Lord are One.
Therefore, the respect afforded to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji should be akin to the respect we would give to God, which would be boundless.
Sri Darbar Sahib in Amritsar is perhaps the closest example in this world of the level of satkaar and loving adoration which should be given to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, but even this is not enough for the Guru who has given us everything.
It is unfortunate that we are constantly inundated with examples of horrific beadbi towards that same Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib’s Pavitar Saroop has been torn to pieces, set on fire, angs left on streets and thrown in wells. Moreover, beadbi is happening daily in Gurudwaras and homes across the world where there are people who perhaps do not have the understanding of the Maryada or etiquette required to do Guru Sahib’s seva properly.
When Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was first given the Gurgaddi (guruship), it was very difficult to obtain Guru Sahib’s Darshan (glimpse) due to a limited number of Saroops present, which were kept with utmost satkaar and security. How is it that we have come from this high standard of respect and adoration for Maharaj to the current state we are in today? The simple answer is there are too many Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which the panth cannot manage proper satkaar and seva of.
In the U.K. it has been found through auditing that there are over 3,000 Saroops in 227 Gurudwaras alone! Needless to say, imagine the number of Saroops unaccounted for in people’s homes. Is there a need for a Gurudwara Sahib to have over 30 Saroops in it’s Sachkhand? Some Saroops haven’t been Prakash for over 30 years and have been found in very distressing condition riddled with dirt, dampness and even mice.
Estimates show that there are possibly more than 250,000 Saroops in Panjab’s villages alone. Many of these Saroops would be in perfect condition to do seva of regularly, which shows there is no need for new Saroops.
With all of this in mind, there is no justification for mass printing of more Saroops under the direction of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and various other organisations. It is unfortunate for example that Sri Ramsar Sahib - the very place where Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj and Bhai Gurdas Ji took 3 years to write and compile Sri Aad Granth Sahib and the very same place from where our 5th Gurdev walked barefoot to Sri Harimandir Sahib while doing Chaur Sahib of Sri Aad Granth Sahib - is now the sight of mass printing of countless Saroops that are distributed like a commodity.
The purpose of this petition is to bring an end to this needless printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and so the satkaar for the Saroops we have in the panth at this moment can be upheld.
The following are actions which we believe the Panth and responsible Sikh institutions should undertake to help tackle the increasing trend of beadbi towards Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji:
1. Implement and enforce an immediate worldwide ban on the printing of further Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
2.Education campaigns on how Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is not a mere scripture akin to religious texts of other faiths but is our actual eternal living Guru which demands our utmost respect in all instances
3. A database should be created detailing the location and quantity of Maharaj’s Saroops worldwide. Special attention given to locations that hold excessive amounts of Saroops
4. As opposed to the needless cremation of so called damaged Saroops we should look to preserve the Saroops the Khalsa Panth currently has through repair and restoration techniques
5. Where there is a genuine need for a Saroop then redistribution of Maharaj’s Saroops from those places where there is an excess should be the priority.
6. As per Khalsa traditions handwritten Saroops should be promoted worldwide and if a need arises for a new Saroop then they should be handwritten Larivaar Saroops. There should be initiatives in place to support those Gursikhs willing to dedicate their lives to writing Gurbani
We thank you for taking the time to read this petition and look forward to working together as a Panth to implement the ban on printing and restore the satkaar and seva that our Guru deserves.
Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki Fateh
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