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Summary of Question:Confusion/Anger!
Category:General Sikhism
Date Posted:Sunday, 2/25/2001 6:53 AM MST

wahe guru ji ka khalsa wahe guru ji ki fateh.

dear sikhnet, at this moment in time i am both confused and a little bit angry. i am a member of my university's sikh society, and we had recently organised a kirtan darbar at the local gurdwara. this event was organised with the aim to get students to come and do kirtan. one of my friends is a Namdhari sikh, and he was asked if he would like to do kirtan on stage at the gurdwara with his TaarShenai (musical instrument). at first the organisers were reluctant to allow him to do kirtan simply because he is a namdhari! and because of his beliefs as a namdhari. during his shabad several gursikhs left the diwan hall because apparenetly a hukamnama was released saying that no namdhari or haircut sikhs are allowed to perform kirtan on stage at any gurdwara! althogh they are welcome into the gurdwara generally. i understand that they do not relate to guru granth sahib ji being the eternal guru, and i completely disagree to this belief. however, i cannot understand how anyperson can be prevented from performing gur

us bani on stage!! guru nanaks teachings were of TOLERENCE to all, men and women irrespective of their caste, religion, creed etc, and the concept of four entrances to a gurdwara further strenghthens this point. what do you think? and if there is such a hukamnama denying non gursikhs to perform kirtan at the gurdwara could you find this for me. i would appreciate a fast response as i intend to discuss this matter at our next sikhi meeting.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
Greetings to you in the Name of God the light of every soul and in the Name of Guru the life of every Sikh.

Dear one, what you are describing is a clear case of "politics". Restricting people in the Gurdwara has nothing to do with devotion or the teaching's of our Guru's.

The Namdhari's are very devoted to Gurbani kirtan and are reknowned for their excellance in the Raags of Siri Guru Granth Sahib. God did not make us all the same. Let us thank God for that. There is so much control and bigotry in some Gurdwara's. A Gursikh will not deprive themselves of Guru's bani. One may leave the room, because his mind is so busy thinking of likes and dislikes that he is missing the moment of devotion.

Historically, the Sufi's were great musicians and singers of Gurbani.They were always there to sing in the court of the Gurus. Somewhere in the 1920's or before, the SGPC passed a ruling that Ragi's employed by the Takhats had to be Amritdhari Sikhs. This is a ruling for "employees".

The rest of us are simply devotees. Let us enjoy our time together and embrace and share our love for the Guru's bani. In this way we shall find unity and success.

God bless you.

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