Archive for the ‘Gurmat & Hinduism’ Category

Who are the RSS?

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which means ‘National Patriotic Organization’, is a right-wing Hindu nationalist, paramilitary, volunteer, and militant organization for Hindu males in India. The RSS is a part of the umbrella group of Hindu nationalist organisations – Sangh Parivar. Background The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was created in 1925 to spread the concept of […]

What do you know of Bhagat Dhanna Ji and the story of God revealing himself through a stone?

Bhagat Dhanna Ji’s father’s name was Bhai Maahee Ji. His family were a simple farmers who belonged to the Dhuan village, in the MaarvaaR area in Rajasthan. Bhagat Ji was born in 1415. Bhagat Dhanna Ji obtained a ‘Saalgaraam’ (small stone idol) from a Brahman, and began doing its pooja (worship). He decorated the idol […]

What are the historic foundations of a Sikh Identity as supposed to a pluralistic nature known as “Sanatan Sikhi”?

I. Introduction The issue of defining Sikh Identity has been a topic of much debate in modern Sikh scholarship. Clearly, Sikhs today form a unique and distinct community with a separate identity, but has this always been the case? Many scholars argue that different Sikh identities existed within the Panth until the latter part of […]

Did Guru Gobind Singh Ji worship ‘Kali Devi’ on Hemkunt Parbat where Guru Ji meditated for long time, as claimed by the RSS?

The truth is that Guru Ji never ever worshipped any idols of Hinduism. Guru Ji always worshipped one God and taught Sikhs to do the same. RSS is not using Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s lines accurately. RSS is saying this: “Mahaa Kaal Kalka Aaradhi” Kalka is name of Hindu Goddess Kali Devi but Guru Ji […]

In Bachittar Natak, the Tenth Guru claims His family ancestry to Lav and Kush (sons of Rama). Does this mean Sikhs are Hindus?

This argument does not hold any ground when we evaluate it with some rationality. Many Sikhs take an easy approach and reject the authority of Bachittar Natak but this way we will have to reject everything we don’t like or don’t agree with. I do not want to discuss authenticity or validity of Dasam Granth […]

If all Paths are equal then why was the Sikh religion started?

It is a ‘totally false’ argument that Sikhism believes all paths lead to the same goal and thus all religions are equal. From its very inception, Gurmat (the Guru’s Path) has been declared a unique and distinct path. Bhai Gurdaas Ji writes: ਮਾਰਿਆ ਸਿੱਕਾ ਜਗਤ ਵਿਚ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਪੰਥ ਚਲਾਯਾ॥ “In the world, Guru Nanak […]

What is Gurbani’s view of Hindu Devi & Devtas (deities)?

Gurbani states: ਦੇਵੀ ਦੇਵਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਹੈ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਸਿੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਸਾਸਤ ਜਿੰਨਿ ਉਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਪਸਰਿਆ ਸੰਸਾਰੇ ਆਇ ਜਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੨॥ “The source, the root, of the gods and goddesses is Maya (the yearning for pleasure and the fear of pain). This Maya gave birth to the Simritees and the Shaastras (meaning, the Simritees […]

Was Sikhism created to defend Hinduism?

Sikhism was not created to defend any religious group, Sikhism is a path to realisation of God. Pressure from government sources during the times of the last six Gurus led to the development of a Sikh army for self-defense. A Sikh is taught to stand against injustice from whatever source and to defend the weak […]

Are Sikhs Hindus because they have originated from Hindus?

If Sikhs are Hindus because they are converts from Hindus that would mean Christians are Jews. Muslims who have originated from Quereshi, Christians, Jews and Pagans are not accepted to be the latter. Are Christians and Muslims who are converts from Hindus to be regarded as Hindus as well?

Are Sikhs Hindus because Sikhs intermarry with Hindus?

If you consider Sikhs as Hindus because they intermarry, then do you consider Jews, Christians, Buddhists, etc., not up to their respective religions as they too intermarry? You should know from history that at one time Hindus intermarried with Mughals– who were Muslims. It is also known that Naushervan was married to Maurice, daughter of […]

Was Guru Nanak a Hindu because he was born in a Hindu family?

First of all, we all should know that Guru Nanak Sahib Ji never accepted any principle of Hinduism nor Islam. Just because He was born in a Hindu family doesn’t mean that he was a Hindu. Your character makes you a person. If you are born in a Hindu family but you have never done […]

Is the Hindu god ‘Raam’ venerated by the Gurus in Sikh Sacred Literature?

Ram katha jug jug atal. Guru Gobind Singh ji, while concluding his version of Ramavtar, said, “the story of Rama exists from time immemorial and will remain so.” A senior journalist friend once remarked that it is very easy to instigate and embarrass the Sikhs. Just ask a Sikh a very simple question: What is […]