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Professor Darshan Singh | Ontario, Canada
Posted: 09:56 PM | November 27, 2013

The Meaning of Akal Takhat

When our enemies found out that now we are believing that the takhat is Guru, they began another conspiracy: create a new takhat. They (five jathedars) built a small room with a new takhat (secretariat). They said that anyone who cannot be at the takhat can come and sit here for hours and will be recognized. It happened to me. But I would not turn away from the Akal Takhat. I will go there and sit there in front of the takhat for 90 minutes and anyone who wants to ask anything of me, I would answer it, in front of the sangat. No one came.

They said come to our takhat. I said I have always know this takhat, I don’t know any other takhat, their takhat in the back room of the building in the back alley. Photos of that place were published. For that matter, even a rooftop can be a takhat. The entire sangat showed everyone, told the public, where he was sitting.

After that, they issued a proclamation (hukamnama) that we waited for 90 minutes and Darshan Singh never appeared at the Akal takhat.

Where is your Akal Takhat?

They made a fool of the public, and confusing the public. They have turned away from the Guru and the Akal Takhat. As long as the Guru sits at a certain place, that is the principle place, that place is holy.

If Massa Ranghar sits at that place, would you go there to do muthaa tayk? It is part of history that when Massa Ranghar was there and prostitutes were there and alcohol was served there, we went there to do muthaa tayk? No! No one went. Until he was removed and the code of conduct was re-established and Guru Granth Sahib was installed, no Sikh went there to do muthaa tayk. We are creatures of principles, not of buildings. Building can be brought down, they change. But Guru never changes and is immortal.

Guru has mentioned the takhat as a place and the darbar as a place, and then he mentions the True King (Suchaa Paathishaa).

sir saahaa paathisaahu nihachal chour shhath ||
You are the Emperor over the heads of kings. Your canopy and chauree (fly-brush) are permanent and unchanging.

Who is the King. Who do we believe in? The one who, under the eternal God’s guidance, dispenses justice (neyaa-i). Not the one who receives a phone call about what judgment to dispense.

Guru says:

jo bhaavai paarabreham soee sach niaao ||
That alone is true justice, which is pleasing to the Will of the Supreme Lord God.

jae bhaavai paarabreham nithhaavae milai thhaao ||
Even the homeless receive a home, when it is pleasing to the Will of the Supreme Lord God.

jo keenhee karathaar saaee bhalee gal ||
Whatever the Creator Lord does, is a good thing.

jinhee pashhaathaa khasam sae dharagaah mal ||
Those who recognize their Lord and Master, are seated in the Court of the Lord.

The last line should be read very carefully. They say, what is the mark of the paathishah? He is the one whose order prevails. The one who delivers an order, and whose order no one can disobey.

He said this at Bangla Sahib, in Delhi. Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib are the takhats of Guru Gobind Singh. When someone is asked, that is what they say. It is a takhat if it belongs to Guru Gobind Singh. And the Guru orders from His own revealed words that Guru Granth is to be recognized as the embodiment of the Guru.

It’s strange that the takhat belongs to Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Gobind Singh sahib ordains: Believe in Guru Granth as the embodiment of the Guru. The Guru is Siri Guru Granth Sahib. And we take Guru Granth Sahib and place the Guru outside.

There is a need to understand, know and examine the Guru.

At Patna Sahib, at the place of the takhat, they have placed Guru Gobind Singh’s arms (shastras). They have put another guru in that place. The arms are there. There is a photo, an idol, even a pair of sandals belonging to Guru Gobind Singh. These three things are inside the takhat. And Siri Guru Granth is sitting outside in the varanda. The One that Guru Gobind Singh installed as Guru, you have ejected outside of the takhat. The prakaash is outside in the varanda.

It’s the same at Hazoor Sahib.

It’s the same at Keshgarh Sahib.

There is no prakaash of Guru Granth Sahib in any of Guru Gobind Singh ji’s takhats.

On the one hand we say: Guru Granth jee maniyo, pargat Guraa kee deh. And if Guru Gobind Singh ji were here in person, you would say to him: Here is the prakaash of your shastras, you go sit in the varanda.

In all the places, Keshgarh Sahib, Damdama Sahib, even in Akal Takhat Sahib.

At the paalkee of Akal Takhat Sahib, the shastras are at the alter. The Guru Granth Sahib is on the side. When you do muthaa tayk, you do it to the shashtras. You have to turn to the side to do mathaa tek to Guru Granth Sahib. At the main seat, there is no prakaash of Guru Granth Sahib.

We talk of the Guru Granth Sahib. We keep saying that it was Guru Gobind Singh’s hukam to follow Guru Granth Sahib, and said from today on, Granth Sahib is your Guru, and all the takhats where His hukam applies, they are in such a state that they are violating this hukam.

And these edicts are not followed because now the one who gives the order is not the Guru. They are the ones appointed by some other authority. They have added an extra word. They say: Your hukam cannot be ignored but Your hukam must be agreeable.

The next line:

sehee thaeraa furamaan kinai n faereeai ||
True is Your Command; no one can challenge it.

But now, your command does not come through the seat of the Akal Takhat that is why people don’t accept it.

kaaran karan kareem kudharath thaereeai ||16||
O Merciful Lord, Cause of causes, Your creative power is all-powerful. ||16||

Guru Arjan’s sacrifice brought a revolution that transformed Hargobind into a revolutionary, a warrior-saint. Those who say that Siri Guru Granth Sahib can only create saints, not a warrior, ask them how Guru Hargobind became a warrior. At that time, there was no Dasam Granth. So how did he become a warrior? And also, Guru Har Rai had to fight wars, won many battles. Who made him a saint-warrior?

It was a conspiracy to not mention Guru Arjan sahib’s martyrdom at all because in that event a Hindu was involved. It was a conspiracy to not mention the takhat of Guru Hargobind. They went straight to Guru Teg Bahadur, and that too because thilak jann joo raakhaa prabh thaakaa (God has protected the long mark on the forehead and the sacred thread of the Hindus, from Dasam Granth).

We should be alert about these conspiracies so that they may not confuse us and misguide us. The present day gurus cannot make you a saint nor a warrior, they can only make you the offspring of Luv and Kush. The ones who believe in that granth cannot be convinced that they are not the offspring of Luv and Kush.

We have an example: Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Puran Singh said Sikhs did not fall from the sky, we are the offspring of Luv and Kush. Those who believe in that granth, that granth has powers. That granth can certainly make you the offspring of Luv and Kush. Whether it can make you a saint-warrior or not is questionable. We have to decide whether we want to be Guru Hargobind’s saint-warriors or offspring of Luv and Kush.

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Translated by SikhNN

The author was jathedar of the Akal Takhat in 1986. He can be reached at dsinghsahib@ggsacademy.com.

Commentaries are the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily that of Sikh News Network.





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