SGGS Teaches to Discard the Clergy – Pujaaree System

‘Pujaaree’ (clergy) is a Soch (thinking), which encompasses NOT ONLY Brahmins, but the Pujaaree groups of each and every organized religion!

The Pujaaree group of each religion may have a peculiar robes or appearance, but their Soch (thinking) is the same — exploit people by enslaving their mind; keep them mentally blind or ignorant, fearful, superstitious, doubt-ridden (ਵਹਮ-ਭਰਮ, confused), foolish, tangled in meaningless rituals (Karamkaand), hating and killing each other, etc.

Thus, the self-serving Pujaaree system has been defrauding people for long by plundering them and selling them the fake or counterfeit Dharma and god (ਨਕਲੀ ਧਰਮ, ਨਕਲੀ ਰੱਬ), for the sake of bread (ਅਪਣੀ ਰੋਜੀ-ਰੋਟੀ, ਧੰਧਾ ਜਾਂ ਦੁਕਾਨਦਾਰੀ ਚਲਾਣ ਲਈ)!

No organized religions can claim to be free from such corruption. In fact older the religion greater the corruption.

History tells us that, from time to time, transformational personalities have emerged and challenge this corruption.

Most notable were the ten Sikh Gurus, many Bhagats etc. who truly hit hard on this corruption of all Pujaaree groups etc.

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) commands rejecting, dismantling, and thus discarding the self-serving Pujaaree system. Because it can NOT be trusted!

  • ਆਪਨ ਸੁਆਇ ਕਰਹਿ ਬਹੁ ਬਾਤਾ ਤਿਨਾ ਕਾ ਵਿਸਾਹੁ ਕਿਆ ਕੀਜੈ ॥੬॥: One who talks excessively but to suit ones own interests; how can such a person be trusted? ||6|| (sggs 1326).

Since the Creator (Hukam: System-Rule-Law of Nature, Universal Energy etc.) is One, then the true Dharma must also be One! The Gurmat Wisdom of the SGGS talks about this one Dharma of Truth.

To the contrary, however, the man-made religions (Mazhab-ਮਜ਼ਹਬ) are many in the world.

The true Dharma is observed at the level of the mind. It’s so because the true One Dharma is the Eternal function or True Nature (Jot Saroop) of all beings in relationship with the Creator.

To the contrary, all man-made, organized religions (Mazhab-ਮਜ਼ਹਬ), are observed at the level of the physical body (Karamkaand or rituals, dogmas, religious paraphernalia etc.).

Sikhs (students or learners – ਸਿਖਿਆਰਥੀ…) are supposed to follow the One Dharma of ‘Sach’ (Truth) — Dharma of GIAAN (Wisdom, Virtues, Hukam…).

  • ਬੋਲੀਐ ਸਚੁ ਧਰਮੁ ਝੂਠੁ ਨ ਬੋਲੀਐ ॥: Speak the ‘Sach‘ Dharma (i.e. to speak Truth is Dharma), and do not speak falsehood (sggs 488).

In fact, in the SGGS, Giaan is called Dharma and the Guru. Hence, the SGGS asks us to build a fence of this Dharma around!

  • ਕਬੀਰਾ ਜਹਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਤਹ ਧਰਮੁ ਹੈ ਜਹਾ ਝੂਠੁ ਤਹ ਪਾਪੁ ॥: O Kabeer! (Within a person, if) there is Giaan (Spiritual Wisdom, Divine Knowledge, Aatm–Giaan…) there is Dharma; (if within him) there is falsehood, there is sin (corrupt thinking). (sggs 1372).
  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਮੈ ਸੋ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ਬਿਬੇਕੋੁ ॥੪॥੫॥: Says Kabeer, I have found that Guru, whose Name is ‘Bibek(u)’ (Wisdom, Discerning Intelligence…). ||4||5|| (sggs 793).
  • ਗੁਰੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਧਿਆਨੁ ॥: Guru is my Giaan (Knowledge or Wisdom…), the Guru is (ever) within my Heart; this is my meditation (Dhiaan, Reflection, contemplation …). (sggs 864).
  • ਗੁਰ ਤੇ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਨਾਮ ਰਤਨੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥: The Jewel of Giaan (Wisdom) is obtained from the Guru (sggs 1044).
  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਹੈ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਹੈ ਪੂਜਾ ॥: Satiguru is ‘GIAAN’ (i.e. WISDOM, ਸੱਚਾ ਗਿਆਨ); and Satiguru (i.e. GIAAN or WISDOM) is the ‘Poojaa‘. (sggs 1069).

One of the things common among man-made religions is their respective clergy or Pujaare system — greedy, self-serving etc. who has turned the Spirituality in to a business transaction (ਧੰਧਾ)!

Accordingly, there is the Hindu Pujaaree Group, Muslim Pujaaree Group, Christian Pujaaree Group etc. Also, there is the Pujaaree Group (ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣਾ) in Sikhi as well!

For the betterment of the human society, all Guru Sahibaan and Bhagat hit hard on the corruption of the stagnant Pujaaree systems.

The Guru Sahibaan and Bhagat knew that without breaking these corrupt Pujaaree systems, people cannot be steered away from the lifestyle of ‘Bhangaar‘ (vices, Bikaar etc.) that these Pujaaree groups promote.

However, what has taken place in reality is totally to the contrary — the self serving Pujaaree (clergy: Granthis, Parcharaks, Ragis, Dhadees etc.) and the freeloading Deraa-Vaad Baabaas (ਵੇਹਲੜ) etc. in Sikhi has broken the Gurmat instead, and ave brought the UNIQUE spirituality of Baabaa Nanak down to a self-serving business transaction (‘ਧੰਧਾ‘) and made it a Sikhi of dogmas, external symbols, religious paraphernalia, religious robes, anti-Gurmat rituals or Karamkaand etc.

  • ਧੰਧਾ ਕਰਤਿਆ ਨਿਹਫਲੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਮਨਿ ਨ ਵਸਾਇਆ ॥: Involved in worldly affairs (Mayaic or Manmukh lifestyle), wastes his life in vain and does not enshrine the Bliss giving Divine in the mind (sggs 644).

Falsehood (Jhooth, untruth – Maya) cannot propagate Truth (Sach).

The Pujaaree system has reduced the Gurmat (the UNIQUE Way of life based on the GIAAN of the SGGS) to a mundane and organized religion of mere Karamkaand (rituals), Golak, ritual reading or Paath, pilgrimage (Teerath Yaatraa), bathing in ponds at shrines, etc.

They have totally bypassed the GIAAN of the SGGS, just as the crafty Hindu Pujaaree Group bypassed the GIAAN of Veda and misled people on the path of untruth. Similarly, people in organized religions are also being led astray by their Pujaare structure.

  • ਕਬੀਰ ਕਾਗਦ ਕੀ ਓਬਰੀ ਮਸੁ ਕੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਪਾਟ ॥ ਪਾਹਨ ਬੋਰੀ ਪਿਰਥਮੀ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਪਾੜੀ ਬਾਟ ॥੧੩੭॥: Kabeer, the religious books (of Pandits/ Pujaaree) are like a prison made of paper, and the rituals (Karamkaand) written in ink are like the doors of that prison. The stone idols have spiritually drowned the people of this world (in the ocean of worldliness), and Pandits (i.e. the clergy/Pujaaree) are plundering people (i.e. robbing people by engaging them in useless rituals and idolatry Poojaa and though donation-Daan etc.). ||137|| (sggs 1371).
  • ਨ ਪਾਥਰੁ ਬੋਲੈ ਨਾ ਕਿਛੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਫੋਕਟ ਕਰਮ ਨਿਹਫਲ ਹੈ ਸੇਵ ॥੨॥ : This stone (idol) neither speaks nor can give anything, The Act of worshipping the stone (Idol) is Worthless and Fruitless. ॥2॥(sggs 1160).
  • ਏਕੈ ਪਾਥਰ ਕੀਜੈ ਭਾਉ ॥ ਦੂਜੈ ਪਾਥਰ ਧਰੀਐ ਪਾਉ ॥ ਜੇ ਓਹੁ ਦੇਉ ਤ ਓਹੁ ਭੀ ਦੇਵਾ ॥ ਕਹਿ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਹਮ ਹਰਿ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ॥੪॥੧॥ : Some Stones Are Worshipped and Some Stepped On. If Some Are Gods, then the Others Must Be Gods as well. ॥4॥1॥ (sggs 525).

Let’s consider a few examples to take a look at the conduct of the Pujaaree groups in Sikhi.

They encourage people to go on pilgrimage (Teerath Yaatraa). However, they have totally vanished the Teerath of Aaatam within that the SGGS talks about — the Teerath of the Divine within, the Teerath of the Naam (GIAAN-Wisdom, Virtues…) within, the Teerath the Shabad-Vichaar within, and so on.

  • ਤੀਰਥੁ ਸਬਦ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਹੈ ॥: To Reflect on the Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar…) is the Teerath (because of this) Spiritual Wisdom arises within (sggs 687).

Like any other Pujaaree group, the self serving Sikh PujaareeGranthis, Parcharaks, Ragis, Dhadees etc. — wants people to pay them dearly so they can perform Akhand Paaths etc., on their behalf. The fact is that this sort of reading (Akhand Paath, Nitnem...) is totally contrary to the Gurmat (Wisdom, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS). The Gurbani is not meant to be merely robotically read, listened, or memorized. After reading, listening, or memorizing it is meant to be Understood through diligently churning the Gurbani (Shabad-Vichaar) and then applied to the daily life (i.e., live it-ਅਮਲ). Otherwise, such exercise is empty (ਖਾਲੀ) akin to ‘ladles‘ (ਕੜਛੀਆ)!

  • ਪੜਿਐ ਨਾਹੀ ਭੇਦੁ ਬੁਝਿਐ ਪਾਵਣਾ ॥ ਖਟੁ ਦਰਸਨ ਕੈ ਭੇਖਿ ਕਿਸੈ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਵਣਾ ॥ ਸਚਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਅਲਖੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਹਾਵਣਾ ॥ : Not by just reading (scriptures), but it is through spiritual Wisdom one Understands this fact (that God is infinite). No one can merge in the eternal God by merely adopting the garbs mentioned in the six Shastras (the Hindu holy books). The eternal God is unfathomable, but revealed through the Guru’s Shabad, He (i.e. Creation, Hukam) looks beautiful. (sggs 148).
  • ਬਿਨੁ ਬੂਝੇ ਪਸੂ ਭਏ ਬੇਤਾਲੇ ॥੬॥: Without understanding, people become beast (-nature) and demon ||6|| (sggs 224).

On account of stubbornness, this Pujaaree group emphasizes on externally looking religious or Mahatmaa! This is totally contrary to the teaching of the SGGS.

Baabaa Nanak clearly states outer garments mean nothing when inside (i.e. mind) is empty of GIAAN – Knowledge.

Again, listen to what the SGGS has to say in this context:

  • ਭੇਖੁ ਭਵਨੀ ਹਠੁ ਨ ਜਾਨਾ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਸਚੁ ਗਹਿ ਰਹੇ ॥੧॥: I know nothing about religious robes, pilgrimages or stubbornness; O Nanak, I only hold tight to the Truth ||1|| (sggs 843).

All organizations – including all organized religions (Mazhab-ਮਜ਼ਹਬ) – are political in nature.

Just as corrupt politicians do, the self-serving Pjaaree-Vaad promotes hooliganism (ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਗੁੰਡਾ ਗਰਦੀ, ਠੱਗੀ). They (Deraa-Vaad Baabaa or sant and their gun-toting goons, etc.) roam around with loaded guns! In fact, we can see this hooliganism playing out in the society.

Listen to what the SGGS has to say in this context:

  • ਛੁਰੀ ਕਾਢਿ ਲੇਵੈ ਹਥਿ ਦਾਨਾ ॥੨॥: (The Pujaaree) pulls out knife, and demands donations. ||2|| (sggs 201).
  • ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮੋਹੇ ਲੋਭਿ ਸਬਾਏ ॥: All Pandits are deluded by greed (sggs 370).
  • ਪੰਡਿਤ ਭੂਲੇ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਾਗੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਕੈ ਵਾਪਾਰਿ ॥ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਭੁਖ ਹੈ ਮੂਰਖ ਭੁਖਿਆ ਮੁਏ ਗਵਾਰ ॥: Pandit bhoole… (sggs 647).
  • ਮਾਣਸ ਖਾਣੇ ਕਰਹਿ ਨਿਵਾਜ ॥ ਛੁਰੀ ਵਗਾਇਨਿ ਤਿਨ ਗਲਿ ਤਾਗ ॥ ਤਿਨ ਘਰਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣ ਪੂਰਹਿ ਨਾਦ ॥ ਉਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਭਿ ਆਵਹਿ ਓਈ ਸਾਦ ॥: The tyrants who take away the rights of humanity (i.e., tyrants who take what rightfully belongs to another; corrupt, bribe takers etc.), pretending to be religious, pray (five) times. The Khatris (and Brahmins), who serve the Muslim government, persecute their own brothers. However, these knife-wielders (i.e., those who tell lies, oppress others, hurt others, bring calamity upon others…) also wear religious symbols such as the sacred thread around their neck. In the homes of the persecuting Khatris, Brahmins prepare food (with Sucham-purification rituals) and eat; and pray for them. Brahmins seem to be doing the same thing as the tyrant and cruel Muslims and Khatris. (sggs 471).

List of their self-serving conduct goes on and on:

  • They will do anything to preserve a lifestyle of FREELOADERS (ਵੇਲੜ ਲਾਣਾਂ – who exploit people for free stuff …).
  • they promote body-worship (ਦੇਹੀ ਦੀ ਪੂਜਾ-Poojaa) instead of Giaan of the SGGS.
  • They don’t disseminate the Gurbani in its true perspective.
  • They want to make sure people don’t get true understanding or Giaan of the SGGS.
  • They distort or misinterpret the Gurbani’s Truth to fit their own sordid ends, and to Regurgitate what Already Existed Before Gurus and Bhagats.
  • Their Parchaar of the Gurmat is adulterated (ਖੋਟਾ, counterfeit, defective, etc.).
  • Instead of promoting Gur-Giaan, they promote their own Maryada, Pramparaa, dogmas and complex and antagonistic adherents as it fit their business (ਧੰਧਾ, Golak).
  • They tell fake or mind-concocted stories (ਮੰਨ-ਘੜੰਤ ਸਾਖੀਆਂ).
  • They promote empty rituals that have no place in Gurmat.
  • Instead of uniting people, Pujaaree-Vaad divides them.
  • They promote blind superstitions for controlling and swindling simpletons.
  • They become an instrument in the hands of debased leaders and corrupt politicians to oppress and exploit masses, robbing people of real Spiritual Unfoldment, etc.
  • They promote worshiping SGGS as an idol, which is totally contrary to the Gurmat.
  • For the sake of pleasing hosts and securing return business, they perform Mayaic Ardaas (prayers, ਮਾਇਆ ਦੀਆਂ ਅਰਦਾਸਾਂ), which are totally contrary to the Gurmat.
  • They practice and promoting Jaat Paat – caste system in Gurdwaras and society.
  • They promote hooliganism, corruption, falsehood, fraud.

Clearly, the Pujaaree-Vaad wants to make sure that the GIAAN of the SGGS does not get close to people! Why?

Because, if it does, it will perform spiritual surgery on people’s doubt-ridden minds and free them from the falsehood of the Pujaaree system. In other words, the Pujaaree system wants people to remain tied to useless rituals (Karamkaand).

For example, the SGGS tells us that merely being in the physical presence of the SGGS is NOT enough — nothing can be achieved by merely bowing the head (Mathaa Tekanaa -ਮੱਥਾ ਟੇਕਣਾਂ) if the mind remains bent on falsehood, malice, crookedness, fraud, etc.

Here is the Gurbani’s edict (ਫੈਸਲਾ):

  • ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਨੋ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਵੇਖਦਾ ਜੇਤਾ ਜਗਤੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਡਿਠੈ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜਿਚਰੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਨ ਕਰੇ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥: Everybody in this the world physically see the Satgur. Nothing going to happen just by seeing (the Satgur); one can not be ‘Mukt‘ (liberated, unentangled, unhindered etc.) until and unless the Message within the Shabad is Reflected upon. (sggs 594).

For example, look at the crowd at Harmandir Sahib (a.k.a. golden temple) — people go through a door, merely bow down, and out through the other door. This is not the ‘Darshan’ the SGGS talks about. The ‘Darshan’ the SGGS talks about is the ‘Darshan’ of the GIAAN through Inner eyes of the Vichaar. It’s the mind that has to do this ‘Darshan’. But the Pujaaree system has led people on to the path of ‘Bharam‘ (doubt, deception, error, confusion, misapprehension, etc.). The problem is they have hidden the GIAAN of the SGGS (Gurmat) in the designer’s Rumala and Chandoa, Golak, gold…!

  • ਭਰਮੇ ਭੂਲਾ ਸਭਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਗਹੈ ॥: Deluded by doubt (he) visits all Teerath (external shrines of pilgrimage). (sggs 1142).

Understandably, the SGGS boldly discards the greedy and crafty Pujaaree-System, and speaks against their ‘kartoot‘ (conduct – ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਪੁਜਾਰੀ ਲਾਣੇ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਰਤੂਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਬੋਲਦੀ ਹੈ).

  • ਅਲਹੁ ਏਕੁ ਮਸੀਤਿ ਬਸਤੁ ਹੈ ਅਵਰੁ ਮੁਲਖੁ ਕਿਸੁ ਕੇਰਾ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਦੁਹ ਮਹਿ ਤਤੁ ਨ ਹੇਰਾ ॥: (Muslims think) Allah lives only in the mosque; then to whom does the rest of the world belong? Hindus think idol is the abode of the Divine (or the Divine) Naam; there is no truth (ਅਸਲੀਅਤ) in these claims (of both Hindus and Muslims). (sggs 1349).
  • ਕਹੁ ਰੇ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਬਾਮਨ ਕਬ ਕੇ ਹੋਏ ॥ ਬਾਮਨ ਕਹਿ ਕਹਿ ਜਨਮੁ ਮਤ ਖੋਏ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਜੌ ਤੂੰ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਜਾਇਆ ॥ ਤਉ ਆਨ ਬਾਟ ਕਾਹੇ ਨਹੀ ਆਇਆ ॥੨॥: In the womb, no lineage and caste is known. (One) Brahm is the Source of all ||1|| (Kabeer Sahib questions) since when have you been a Brahmin? Don’t waste your life by continually claiming to be a Brahmin. ||1||Pause|| If you are indeed a Brahmin, born of a Brahmin mother, then why didn’t you come by some other way? ||2|| (sggs 324).
  • ਹਿੰਦੂ ਅੰਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਤੁਰਕੂ ਕਾਣਾ ॥ ਦੁਹਾਂ ਤੇ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਿਆਣਾ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਪੂਜੈ ਦੇਹੁਰਾ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਣੁ ਮਸੀਤਿ ॥ ਨਾਮੇ ਸੋਈ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਜਹ ਦੇਹੁਰਾ ਨ ਮਸੀਤਿ ॥੪॥੩॥੭॥: The Hindu is blind (mentally blind, UN-Enlightened), who has made-up phony stories and claims God is limited only to the temple…) and the Muslim is one-eyed (i.e., who has some intelligence – but claims Allah is limited only to the mosque, etc.). The Giani (the knower of Truth…) is wiser than both of them. The Hindu Seeks Him through the Worship at the Dehora and the Musalman in the Maseet. Namdev Realizes One Who Is Realized Neither in The Dehora Na Maseet (i.e. Naam Dev Says, I serve that Divine who is neither limited to the temple nor the mosque). ||4||3||7|| (sggs 875).
  • ਕਾਦੀ ਕੂੜੁ ਬੋਲਿ ਮਲੁ ਖਾਇ ॥ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਜੀਆ ਘਾਇ ॥ ਜੋਗੀ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਅੰਧੁ ॥ ਤੀਨੇ ਓਜਾੜੇ ਕਾ ਬੰਧੁ ॥੨॥: The clergy of the Muslim faith was corrupt, the Brahmin was murderous and the Yogi Un-Enlightened. These three (clergy) had become the root cause for the spiritual wreckage and desolation that mankind had come to endure. (sggs 662).

The SGGS throws punches on the corrupt Pujaaree system.

The SGGS Guides people and take them on the Way of Dharma, while the corrupt Pujaaree-Vaad misguides people, cripple their minds, divides them and thus steer them on the path of Bharam (doubt, deception, error, confusion, misapprehension, destruction hooliganism etc.

In nutshell, the purpose and aim of the SGGS is to bring about a revolution in the individual’s character and vision by integrating his mind and educating his intellect. To that end, the SGGS roars the following declaration: Abandon the crafty Pujaaree-System.

Here is the SGGS’s bold challenge to all Sikhs:

  • ਹਮਰਾ ਝਗਰਾ ਰਹਾ ਨ ਕੋਊ ॥ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਛਾਡੇ ਦੋਊ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: (Bhagat Kabeer Ji says) I have no conflict in my mind whatsoever — no struggle within me anymore. (I have achieved this state because) I have discarded all the claims of the clergy (Pujaaree). |1|| Pause || (sggs 1158).
  • ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਜੋ ਲਿਖਿ ਦੀਆ ॥ ਛਾਡਿ ਚਲੇ ਹਮ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਲੀਆ ॥੩॥: ALL that the Pandit and Mullah Clergy have prescribed or presented to us, I have DISCARDED (while walking on the Path of Spirituality). I DISCARD IT ALL and have ACCEPTED NOTHING at all. ||3|| (sggs 1159).

This kind of an overhaul of our belief system and psyche is necessary to allow the Message of the Gurbani (SGGS) to find space within our minds.

  • ਰਿਦੈ ਇਖਲਾਸੁ ਨਿਰਖਿ ਲੇ ਮੀਰਾ ॥ ਆਪੁ ਖੋਜਿ ਖੋਜਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਕਬੀਰਾ ॥੪॥੭॥ : (The Outcome of discarding of the clergy is that) I am able to fill my cleansed mind with pure love for my beloved Creator and fill it with love of the Creator; enabling me to know and search my ownself Within the self and bring about Realization of the Creator Within. ॥4॥7॥ (sggs 1159).
  • ਵਰਤ ਨ ਰਹਉ ਨ ਮਹ ਰਮਦਾਨਾ ॥ ਤਿਸੁ ਸੇਵੀ ਜੋ ਰਖੈ ਨਿਦਾਨਾ ॥੧॥ ਏਕੁ ਗੁਸਾਈ ਅਲਹੁ ਮੇਰਾ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਤੁਰਕ ਦੁਹਾਂ ਨੇਬੇਰਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਹਜ ਕਾਬੈ ਜਾਉ ਨ ਤੀਰਥ ਪੂਜਾ ॥ ਏਕੋ ਸੇਵੀ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਦੂਜਾ ॥੨॥ ਪੂਜਾ ਕਰਉ ਨ ਨਿਵਾਜ ਗੁਜਾਰਉ ॥ ਏਕ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਲੇ ਰਿਦੈ ਨਮਸਕਾਰਉ ॥੩॥ ਨਾ ਹਮ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਨ ਮੁਸਲਮਾਨ ॥ ਅਲਹ ਰਾਮ ਕੇ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਪਰਾਨ ॥੪॥ ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਇਹੁ ਕੀਆ ਵਖਾਨਾ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਪੀਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਖੁਦਿ ਖਸਮੁ ਪਛਾਨਾ ॥੫॥੩॥: I do not keep (Hindu) fasts, nor do I observe the (muslim fasting) month of Ramadaan. I serve That (One), who will save me in the end. ||1||. My Gusaaee (Universal Energy…) and Allah is One. (This I have already) settled (concluded, finished, ਫੈਸਲਾ…) with both Hindus and Muslims (that I don’t follow whatever they have written: their explanations, commentaries, customs, injunctions, etc.). |1|| Pause || I do not make pilgrimages to Mecca, nor do I worship at Hindu shrines. I serve the One Formless, and not any other ||2||. I do not perform worship services (prescribed by Brahmins), nor do I offer the Muslim prayers-Nimaaz. I have taken the One Formless into my Heart; I humbly worship Him within ||3||. I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim. My body and breath of life belong to (whom Muslims call) Allah and to (whom Hindus call) Raam ||4|| Says Kabeer! This is what I say: Meeting Gur (i.e., Giaan, Spiritual Knowledge or Wisdom…), I realize Truth. ||5||3|| (sggs 1136).

The Pujaaree system is very old; hence very crafty, corrupt, cruel, divisive and destructive by nature. The fact is: Falsehood cannot propagate Truth. Hence Bhagat Kabeer Sahib tells the clergy (Pujaaree) of all organized religions:

  • ਕਹਤ ਕਬੀਰ ਰਾਮ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਵਉ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਤੁਰਕ ਦੋਊ ਸਮਝਾਵਉ ॥: Says Kabeer! (I) teach both Hindus and Muslims — live by the Divine Virtues (sggs 478).
  • ਕਹਤ ਕਬੀਰ ਭਲੇ ਅਸਵਾਰਾ ॥ ਬੇਦ ਕਤੇਬ ਤੇ ਰਹਹਿ ਨਿਰਾਰਾ ॥੩॥੩੧॥: Says Kabeer! Those are the best riders (who ride the horse of their mind), who remain aloof ( apart, free…) from the Vedas and Kateb (i.e., Koran, Bible, etc.). ||3||31|| (sggs 329).

However, the Pujaaree-Vaad does not like to listen, understand and apply the Truth of the SGGS. Because the Truth or GIAAN of the Guru’s Shabad just burns them!

  • ਜੇ ਕੋ ਬੋਲੈ ਸਚੁ ਕੂੜਾ ਜਲਿ ਜਾਵਈ ॥: If someone speaks the Truth, the false (one) is burnt (irritated). (sggs 646).

Hence, until this corrupt and stagnant Pujaaree system is totally dismantled and discarded as commanded by the SGGS with steady resolve and courage, there can never be peace and goodness in the society and the world!

The Wisdom of the SGGS makes us Wise (ਗਿਆਨਵਾਨ) and frees us from the slavery of the Pujaaree-Vaad.

In the following Shabad, the 5th Mahal exposes the Pujaaree’s rabid-dog nature, greed, corruption, foolishness, mind ridden with doubt, consciousness ridden with Maya, uselessness of his religious paraphernalia, thinking (Soch) that is poisonous to the society, Karamkaand, etc.

  • ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇਇ ਕਰਿ ਪੂਜਾ ਕਰਨਾ ॥ ਲੈਤ ਦੇਤ ਉਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਮੂਕਰਿ ਪਰਨਾ ॥ ਜਿਤੁ ਦਰਿ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਹੈ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣ ਜਾਣਾ ॥ ਤਿਤੁ ਦਰਿ ਤੂੰਹੀ ਹੈ ਪਛੁਤਾਣਾ ॥੧॥ ਐਸੇ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣ ਡੂਬੇ ਭਾਈ ॥ ਨਿਰਾਪਰਾਧ ਚਿਤਵਹਿ ਬੁਰਿਆਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਲੋਭੁ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਹਲਕਾਏ ॥ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰਹਿ ਸਿਰਿ ਭਾਰੁ ਉਠਾਏ ॥ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੂਠਾ ਚੇਤੈ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਭਰਮੇ ਭੂਲਾ ਬਹੁਤੀ ਰਾਹੀ ॥੨॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਕਰਹਿ ਘਨੇਰੇ ॥ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬਿਖਿਆ ਉਤਰੀ ਘੇਰੇ ॥ ਅਵਰ ਉਪਦੇਸੈ ਆਪਿ ਨ ਬੂਝੈ ॥ ਐਸਾ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਕਹੀ ਨ ਸੀਝੈ ॥੩॥ ਮੂਰਖ ਬਾਮਣ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਸਮਾਲਿ ॥ ਦੇਖਤ ਸੁਨਤ ਤੇਰੈ ਹੈ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਜੇ ਹੋਵੀ ਭਾਗੁ ॥ ਮਾਨੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਗੁਰ ਚਰਣੀ ਲਾਗੁ ॥੪॥੮॥: daanu daei kari poojaa karanaa ….: (sggs 372).

The SGGS reasons or argues (ਤਰਕ) with the Pujaaree systems of other religions (ਦੂਸਰੀਆ ਮੱਤਾਂ) and questions their crafty conduct, Karamkaand, falsehood, etc. If Gurmat (the Way of life based on the pure GIAAN of the SGGS) is adulterated by the Pujaaree system in Sikhi and thus follows the same stupidity of other religions, then others will also raise their finger and question (ਤਰਕ) Sikhs as well!

  • ਮਾਇਆ ਡਰ ਡਰਪਤ ਹਾਰ ਗੁਰਦੁਅਰੈ ਜਾਵੈ ਤਹਾ ਜਉ ਮਾਇਆ ਬਿਆਪੈ ਕਹਾ ਠਹਰਾਈਐ ॥੫੪੪॥: Weary of the dread and dragon-net of Maya (i.e. Maya’s onslaught…), if one goes to the Gurdwara, and if Maya penetrates there too, then where would one go to Rest or Escape! (Kabit Bhai Gurdas Ji, 544).

9 comments

  1. Thank you. I have often wondered why my friends and family in the Panjab who were brought up in Sikhi would still hold fast to superstitions and rituals. I used to think it was cultural… that’s what everyone in my town or village or sangat does. But now I also think that people need physical reminders… as faith and belief and understanding ebb and flow over the course of a lifetime. So my kara… i never remove it… initially because my family told me not to… because it would “protect” me… because Guru said so… because everyone else does… which all seemed like superstitious nonsense at the time. But now it is a reminder of who i am… a wave. Part of the endless unfolding. So when i’m having a bad day… completely entrenched in the physical world, ensnared in whatever negative emotion, that kara will catch my attention as it clangs on my desk or i feel it on my arm, and i remember who i am. It centers me and i find myself and the universe again. So I try not to cringe when I hear someone rattling off their ardaas at break neck speed, just going through the motions. Because i’m certain that at some point the words passing their lips now too fast and without contemplation… will at some point actually reach their own ears and seep into their heads and hearts and speak to their souls. And perhaps awake in them when they are actually ready or need to hear them and be a source of comfort and joy and a connection to all that is

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  2. Thank you J Ji for taking the time to reply.

    No wonder atheism is on the rise, people look at these crooked priests and abandon religion completely.

    Gur Sahibaan and Bhagat wanted to relieve the humanity from rituals.

    However, Sikhi (learning of the Giaan or Wisdom of the SGGS) is being tortured by rituals today.

    By promoting rituals, the Pujaaree system or the Pujaaree Group (clergy) only promotes ignorance.

    Accordingly, the Wisdom of the SGGS urges to discard it for there is no need of corrupt Pujaaree sytem in Gurmat (the Way of life based on the pure GIAAN of the SGGS) — abandon and remove it from Sikhi.

  3. No wonder atheism is on the rise, people look at these crooked priests and abandon religion completely.

    Thank you T Singh for all your hard work in enlightening us !

  4. Truth is shining in your articles: May Guru Nanak Dev Ji Bless You spiritual light ( Kamal parkash ) and Holy mark on the temple. May Waheguru bless with the art of writing poetry.
    Also kindly write about the corruption of the committee system in Gurudwaras and how it is contrary to Hukmam of Panj Pyare Rehat Maryada.
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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