Celebrating Death Anniversary of the Guru is Contrary to the Gurmat

Gur Angad Sahib meeting Gur Nanak Sahib; Gur Amardas Sahib meeting Gur Angad Sahib,
and Gur Raamdas Sahib meeting Guru Amardas Sahib, (they all) immersed in the Lord (ਹਰੀ ਵਿਚ ਲੀਨ ਹੋ ਗਏ).
Says Harbans! The Glory (of the Guru) has propagated (spreaded, etc.) all over the world;
who can say that the the Guru is dead? (i.e., the Guru Lives forever - ਜਾਗਦੀ ਜੋਤਿ)||1|| (sggs 1409).
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The Gurbani declares that the Guru never dies.

Then, isn't celebrating death anniversaries of the Gurus contrary to the Gurmat (the Teaching of the Gurbani, Aatam Giaan of the Gurbani...)?

Nonetheless, starting from the so called "Takhats", Deraas (ਡੇਰੇ), and Gurdwaras throughout the world elaborately celebrate death anniversaries of the Gurus!

It seams like the majority of us (99.9 percent category) - again starting from the Deraas, "Takhats" and Gurdwaras all over the world - don't much bother to find out as to what the Gurbani has to say about this practice in Sikhi.

The Gurbani asks: "WHO CAN SAY THAT THE GURU IS DEAD?"

Due to Bharam -Jaal (doubts, Mayaic consciousness, Dubidhaa, etc.), those who still believe the Guru is dead, consider some more verses from the Gurbani:

The Gurbani says that the Satigur pervades within His Sikhs ("ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਵਰਤੈ": Gursikhaa andar satigur vartai, sggs 312 and 317). Now, if we still celebrate death anniversary of the Satigur, it means we are also dead!! That means, if He is dead, then the Satigur cannot be within His Gursikhs. Isn't it?

Further the Gurbani reminds us that nobody is empty or devoid of Satigur ("ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਖਾਲੀ ਕੋ ਨਹੀ...": Satigur te khaalee ko nahee..., sggs 850). It means, if the Satigur is dead, then we are also devoid or empty ("ਖਾਲੀ") of the Satigur! Isn't it?

Let alone the Satigur, even when an ordinary person leaves his/her body, we routinely hear Bhais or Ragis singing this Shabad during the "Bhog" ceremony - "ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ਰੇ ਕਉਨੁ ਮੂਆ ॥": Kaounu mooaa re kaounu mooaa, sggs 885. They choose this Shabad to make the point to the mourning family, friends and relatives gathered in the "Bhog" that in fact nobody dies!

Ironically, the same Bhais, Ragis, Gurdawara-cometees, etc., turn around and organize elaborate celebrations of the death anniversaries of the Gurus!! Isn't it obvious they are doing it just for the Golak (money)? What a fraud!

In fact this is no more than body-consciousness (ਸਰੀਰ ਦਾ ਮੋਹ, ਮਾਇਆ ਦਾ ਮੋਹ, ਪਰਾਈ ਮਤ, ਮੰਨ ਮੱਤ, ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ ...): living at the level of the body (Maya). This is not Gurmat. This is Mayaic or Mayadhaaree lifestyle (ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਜੀਵਨ).

The reason the Bhais, Ragis, etc., conduct themselves this way because they are the product of the ਡੇਰੇ (numerous Deraas of the so called Sants). These Deraas are no more than the dens of mammon worshippers - Mayadhaaree, Manmukhs, Saakat, Thug...

Plus, these Deraas promote and emphasize nothing but anti-Gurmat nonsense such as unmeaning rituals (Karamkaand), Bhekh (religious garbs...), dogmas, and so on, which are outright rejected (Khandan-ਖੰਡਨ) by the Gurmat. This ia all Brahmani Mati . Like Brahmins/Pandits, they spread falsehood and deceive people.

Hence, the Gurmat is much different from what we have been told by these ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ (Brahmini matt-ਸੰਸਾਰਿਕ ਮਾਰਗ: worldly or Mayaic way) Bhias, Ragis...

There only target is Golak (money), not the Gurmat. They know if people find out the real meanings of the Gurbani or the Gurmat As Is, then they will loose their lucrative business! So, its in their advantage to keep people wrapped up in anti-Gurmat rituals (Karamkaand), Bhekh (religius garbs...), dogmas, and so on, which are outrightly rejected (Khandan-ਖੰਡਨ) by the Gurmat.

Let's ask ourselves: if ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਮੱਤ (Brahamini Matt-the ways of the greedy, false, corrupt, and Mayaic or deceptive Brahmin) was alright, why then Baabaa Nanak gave us anew - Gurmat?

The reality seems to be that the leaders of Sikhi are mentally blind themselves. The Gurbani asks: how such blind leaders can lead others? In other words, how such foolish and mentally blind leaders of Sikhi can lead other Sikhs to true Sikhi?

According to the Gurbani, the Guru is not separate from anybody, and cannot be separate from anybody (ਨਾ ਗੁਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਤੌਂ ਵਖਰਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਵਖਰਾ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ). If the Guru is dead, then we are also dead. Because, the Guru and an individual are inseparable.

As we are told by the Gurbani, the ਗੁਰੁ (Guru) is one's Giaan (Divinine Knowledge, Sprirtual Wisdom, Mool...) and Dhiaan (Meditation, or Reflection, or Contemplation within one's Heart - self-communication ...), within.

THUS, THE GURBANI TELLS US THAT GURU NEVER DIES. HOWEVER, WE (THE SIKHS) SAY THE GURU IS DEAD, AND ELABORATELY CELEBRATE GURU's DEATH ANNIVERSARIES!! ISN'T IT CONTRARY TO THE GURMAT?

— T. Singh
www.gurbani.org


Updated on Monday, June 30, 2014 2:31 PM (PST)

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