Dear Editor,

The report and suggestions of Sikh youth camp, New Jersey was in your weekly World Sikh News dated 9201985.

The writer has given one suggestion under heading II politics and Gurdwara elections at page 8 column 4, He says that Akal Takht was prepared by Guru Hargobind Sahib for worldly and political affairs separate from Harmandir Sahib.

I want to inform the writer that Akal Takht is a duly respected Gurdwara for the Sikh community. Guru Granth Sahib is always there to guide the Sikh Panth. Akal Takht is in no way different from a Gurdwara. The simple explanation for its separate location lies in the fact that Harmandir Sahib is a small building and can accommodate only two to three hundred Sikhs at one time, and Guru Hargobind Sahib had to hold congregations in thousands. So he selected a separate place which is very spacious. The Sikh community is not a class of hermits or ascetics. A Sikh fights in the battlefield of life. He faces all problems of worldly life. He faces all these problems under the guidance and teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. One who doesn’t follow the teachings contained in the holy Granth Sahib is not a Sikh. So it is very, very important that all our resolutions (gurmatas) should be under the guidance of Guru Granth Sahib.

We should know that ‘Anandpur Sahib Mata’ was prepared in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. The only suggestion we can put before the Sikhs is that we should never budge ourselves from the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib.


Yours sincerely,

Maihma Singh B.A.B.T.,

710 Briar Hill Circle,

Simi Valley, CA 93065.

Article extracted from this publication >>  October 6, 1985