Thursday, July 13, 2006

When will you wake up to your religious duties?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
We appeal before the Khalsa community and the government that the present committee for the management of the Golden Temple is neither based on the principles of the Khalsa panth nor on government legislation. If this committee was constituted on the basis of the Khalsa religion, its membership would have been made up of only the Khalsa. But at present this is not that case as Raja Harbans Singh, a committee member, is a Hindu, who professes beliefs contrary to that of a Khalsa, for instance idol worship. Similarly the deputy commissioner, another committee member, is a Christian. What benefit can accrue to the Khalsa community from having a Hindu Raja and a Christian deputy commissioner on the management body of its shrine? It is rather ironic that the gurudwara belongs to the community but its management it presided over by a deputy commissioner…As pointed out previously, the setting up of such a committee is not contravention of government legislation. The administration is not supposed to interfere in religious matters. Yet, a government official has been appointed as the president of a Khalsa gurudwara…Therefore we implore both the Khalsa community and the administration that this committee be improved and reconstituted. Oh Khalsa! When will you wake up to your religious duties? Do you not care for your scared shrines?

Khalsa Akhbar, 1st January 1887

More than a hundred years later we seem to be in the same situation.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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