The Akal Takht has summoned members of a United States (US) gurdwara committee for questioning the age-old rituals that govern the Sikh ‘amrit sanchar’ ceremony (baptism) and carrying out changes without consulting any expert.
Those summoned are Kuldip Singh, Gurdip Singh, Rajinder Singh, Surinder Singh, KS Narula and ‘their associates’ of the gurdwara committee in the US state of Virginia.
They have been directed to appear before the Akal Takht on June 4 to explain their conduct, “which has hurt Sikh sentiments worldwide”. There will be no extension in the date of appearance, said Sikh priests at a meeting at the Akal Takht secretariat on Monday. “If they (gurdwara committee members) fail to comply with these directions, then we will initiate proceedings against them,” Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said, indicating strict ‘punishment’ against the violators .
Jathedar said the matter was serious as these people had questioned the rituals that were laid down by Guru Gobind Singh ji when he started the ‘amrit sanchar’ in the Sikh ‘quam’.
SYLLABUS OF SIKH MISSIONARY COLLEGES
In another decision, the Sikh clergy directed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to take steps to ensure that all Sikh missionary colleges and ‘gurmat’ institutes (religious institutes) have a uniform syllabus.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar was asked to form a committee and submit a report on the issue to the Akal Takht in 15 days. The Akal takht will give recognition to only those missionary colleges and ‘gurmat’ institutes that have a uniform syllabus.
DIRECTIONS TO BABA BHUREWALE
The clergy asked Baba Kashmira Singh Bhurewale (kar sewawala) to explain the delay in repairing the ancient doors of Darshani Deori inside the Golden Temple complex. These doors, taken off in 2011 for repairs, have been lying with Baba Bhurewale, who was to undertake this task.
Jathedar has asked the Baba for a report on the delay and gave him three months to fix the doors.
Besides Giani Gurbachan Singh, other Jathedars who were present at the meeting wer Giani Mal Singh of Takht Keshgarh Sahib, Giani Gurmukh Singh of Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh of Takht Patna Sahib and Giani Jyot Inder Singh of Takht Hazoor Sahib in Nanded in Maharashtra.