Thursday, 20 November 2008

How many Gurus were there? There are twelve

Twelve Gurus
The Namdharis, Radha-Soamis believe that the Guru is a person. Guru Nanak stated from the beginning Shabad is the Guru. Those that repeat bani, do seva, and meditate (simran), become one with the Guru, they become Khalsa, pure of all mental, physical, and spiritual contamination. The Guru took amrit from 5 such Singhs, then gave the Gurgaddi to Adi Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This ended the imprisonment of having a living Guru. How would devout Sikhs take it if somebody suddenly erased a Guru out of history? This is what has happended in regard to the Guru Khalsa Panth. Most neo-Sikhs think there are 10 Gurus. In actual fact there are 12:
1. Guru Nanak Dev Ji
2. Guru Angad Dev Ji
3. Guru Amar Das Ji
4. Guru Ram Das Ji
5. Guru Arjan Dev Ji
6. Guru Har Gobind Ji
7. Guru Har Rai Ji
8. Guru Har Krishan Ji
9. Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
10. Guru Gobind Singh Ji
11. Guru Khalsa Panth Ji
12. Guru Adi Granth Ji
Guru Gobind Singh Ji states in Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji:
"In Ko Daras Satguru Ko darshan bolan Guru Shabad Gur Grantha.
Dvadas Roop Satigur Eh Kaiyat Dvadas Bhan Pargat Har Santha.
Partakya Kala Parbraham Dhanee Shai Granth Panth Khalsa Vartanta.
Das Gobind Fateh Satgur Ki Khalsa Granth Gur Roop Bidanta"
"Having the blessed audience (of the Khalsa) is equal to having the audience of the Guru, as long as they are singing the songs of love held within Guru Granth Sahib.
There are twelve forms of the Guru this is what I (Guru Gobind Singh) tell you,
There are twelve forms who revealed themselves I tell you Oh Saints.
This is the blatant arrow of power dispensed by the ultimate Creator,
Deal with the Guru Granth Guru Panth as the Khalsa.
The slave of the Deathless Being, Guru Gobind Singh, (does not recognise this victory as his), the victory is of supreme true Guru, the Khalsa and the Granth, these are very form and presence of the Guru."
Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji
In Dasam Granth Sahib Ji, Guru Gobind Singh describes the Gurgaddi upto Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, in the Bachitra Natak and Ardas. In Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji, Guru Gobind Singh Ji talks about the dvadas Guru, the twelve Gurus, upto Guru Adi Granth Sahib Ji. Guru Ji praises the Guru Khalsa Panth Sahib Ji, the forthy liberated Ones (challe mukte), the four Sahibzadas, and calls the Khalsa Panth the fifth Sahibzada. The Khalsa is Kalgidhars fifth beloved son. At Hazur Sahib, Guru Ji completed the Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji, where the Langar Sahib, Gurudwara now stands. The last angs of Sarbloh Granth Sahib were repeated to Banda Singh Bahadur. Then written in the Granth to complete the bani. It was here that the first complete Akhand Path was done of Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji by Guru Maharaj himself. Two original copies of Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji, are still at Hazur Sahib. One in Mai Bhago's Bunga given to her by the Guru, and one at Mata Sahib Deva's Gurudwara. Das is currently working on a book on Sarbloh Granth Sahib Ji, may the Sangat please bless das with completing this seva.
Dhan Gareeb Niwaz Satguru Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj Kalgidhar Shamsher Pita Panth Ke Vali Neela Ghora De Svari Bazza Vale who took the Khalsa into his beautiful lap and made us his sons and daughters. Akal Hi Akal Gurbar Akal Degh Tegh Fateh!

ਗੁਰੂ ਸਹਿਬਾਨ
੧ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ
੨ ਗੁਰੂ ਅੰਗਦਦੇਵ ਜੀ
੩ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰਦਾਸ ਜੀ
੪ ਗੁਰੂ ਰਾਮਦਾਸ ਜੀ
੫ ਗੁਰੂ ਅਰਜਨ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ
੬ ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ
੭ ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿਰਾਏ ਜੀ
੮ ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ ਜੀ
੯ ਗੁਰੂ ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਜੀ
੧੦ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ
੧੧ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ।
੧੨ ਗੁਰੂ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਪੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ।


Batman said...

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa
Waheguru ji ki Fateh ji

Veerji I read your blog on neo-sikhism and really liked it. Regarding the 12 Gurus post, I would like to say that we place the name of Guru Granth Sahib after Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. Similarly Guru Khalsa Panth comes after all of them, because Guru Khalsa Panth exists only if it goes by the True Teachings of the Gurus perfectly. Hence I believe the order as you have written should change. More mails when I read more posts.

Akaal Sahai
Kanwaljit Singh

Batman said...

You replied:

Vahiguroo Je Ka Khalsa Vahiguroo Je Ke Fateh!!

Thank you for taking out you time to comment on my blog. There is the possibility you suggest, but historically speaking the order is correct but you are right the Gurgaddi continued with the Guru Granth Sahib and Guru Panth Sahib at Nanded.

To this I would like to add that Guru Arjun already gave us Adi Granth which Guru Arjun placed at higher reverence than Himself.

One more thing, in the Baani the Gurus have never referred to themselves as Guru. E.g. 'Kaho Nanak Sun Re Mana' it doesn't say 'Guru Nanak'. Thats how they were in the realm of Guru Granth Sahib.

Anonymous said...

The Khalsa panth is different from the first 11 Gurus b/c it is not the Guru itself, but GURU ROOP. Similar to how panj pyare are guru roop. See Sant Jagjit Singh ji Harkhowal's katha.