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International Seminaron Dasam GranthSahib Press Release

International Seminaron Dasam GranthSahib Press Release

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International Seminar on Sri Dasam Granth Sahib, that took place in Feb 2008, with many scholars explaining the importance of Guru Gobind Singh' bani
International Seminar on Sri Dasam Granth Sahib, that took place in Feb 2008, with many scholars explaining the importance of Guru Gobind Singh' bani

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 International Seminar on Sri Dasam Granth Sahib
 
PRESS STATEMENT For immediate releaseContact: Jaspal Singh Aujla,Secretary,Sacramento Sikh Society,7676 Bradshaw RoadSacramento CA 95829;Telephone (916)826-7004SACRAMENTO (Feb 24, 2008)
 
The first in the series of International Seminars onthe banees of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji compiled in Sri Dasam Granth was held inUSA on a grand scale at Gurdwara Sahib Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, California.The Seminar was held under the joint aegis of the Sacramento Sikh Society, DamdamiTaksal and Khalsa Alliance.Various intellectuals from USA and abroad participated in the proceedings of theseminar. Those who participated included Jathedar Sawinder Singh, former JathedarTakhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu, Head of Religious Studies,Punjabi University, Patiala, S. Gurinder Singh Mann, a Sikh scholar from the UK, S.Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba, Editor of 
 panthik journal
Sant Sipahi and co-ordinatorSikh Affairs of International Human Rights Organisation.
 
This was first-ever serious effort in the USA to propagate and educate the massesabout the
 Dasam Banee,
the writings from the pen of Guru Gobind Singh ji.
 
The Seminar was divided into two sessions. The first session started with
kirtan
from
 Dasam Banee
by Bhai Manjeet Singh followed by
katha
on the significance andpurpose of the
 Banee
by Bhai Baljeet Singh, Head Granthi of the Gurdwara Sahib.
 
Thereafter Singh Sahib Bhai Sawinder Singh, former Jathedar of Takhat Sri KeshgarhSahib in his talk highlighted the complementary nature of the
banees
of Guru GranthSahib and Dasam Granth Sahib.
 
This was followed by a real inspiring experience of slide show on the 300 hundredyear history of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib by Gurinder Singh Mann, a renowned Sikhscholar from the UK. Gurinder S. Mann has done a great deal of research on oldmanuscripts, gutkas, and pothis containing the
banees
of both the Guru Granth Sahiband of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. His narration supplemented with slides depictingphotographs of old manuscripts and recensions clinched the issue finally that thosewho are trying to denigrate Dasam Granth as an innovative introduction of the Britishare in fact spreading canard and mischief.After the presentation by S. Mann the
sangat 
was shown an audio-video presentationof Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale doing the
katha
of Jaap Sahib, Bachittar Natak andRam Avtaar from Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. The different segments of the
katha
wereseparated with the beat of 
nagara.
Langar was served after the first session and during the langar there was a spectacularperformance of 
gatka
by young and old.The second session of the Seminar started with a video lecture of Giani Sher SinghNihang of Ambala. This was followed by an inspiring and scholarly lecture on theauthorship and history of Sri Dasam Granth by Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu, Professor inPunjabi University and an authority on the banees of Sri Dasam Granth. Dr. Pannu hassupervised four PhD projects on Sri Dasam Granth. Uniqueness of the talk of Dr.Pannu was that though the contents and material of his speech were very serious andhighly intellectual still he could present it in very simple language, which everyone inthe sangat could understand without any difficulty. Dr. Pannu narrated from differentscriptures of Hindus and Buddhists and proved that the way Buddhist scriptureschanged the characters of the Hindu gods like Indra etc, to convey their message,Guru Gobind Singh ji also, reformatted and re-narrated the stories of Hindu gods andgoddesses with the clear agenda of Khalsa in mind. He revealed that in the narrationof battle in Krishnavtar of Sri Dasam Granth appearance of characters with Muslimnames on the side of Krishna and the characters with Sikh names on the other sidewas in fact an indication that time will come when the Hindu Hill Rajas willcollaborate with the Mughal forces and fight against the Sikhs. This was the livepolitical projection which the Guru Sahib gave in his banee and which ultimatelyproved to be true. Dr. Pannu then narrated names of the Sikh warriors that appeared inthe Krishnavtar who were fighting against Krishna and Mughal forces. Dr. Pannu'sscholarly lecture was full of meaningful anecdotes.
 
Dr. Pannu then hammered the point that there are segments in the
 panth
who totallydiscard Sri Dasam Granth saying none of its portion is written by Guru Gobind Singh ji. But then there are certain people who say some of the
banees
of Sri Dasam Granthe.g. Jaap Sahib, Benti Chaupai, Swaiyye are from the pen of Guru Gobind Singh but
 
the rest is interpolation. He said this second category is really mischievous anddishonest. The fact of the matter is that they have no faith in these
banees
but knowvery well that speaking against these will attract wrath of he
 panth
. Dr. Pannuhowever cautioned that whosoever started with denigration of Dasam Baneeultimately targeted Guru Granth Sahib.The last to speak in the seminar was S. Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba, Editor of 
 panthik 
 journal Sant Sipahi and Coordinator of IHRO. He quoted extensively from thedifferent compositions of Sri Dasam Granth. The message came out absolutely clearthat the entire Sri Dasam Granth could only be from the pen of Guru Gobind Singh jiand none else. He further stressed that in the entire Sri Dasam Granth there is not evena single word eulogizing Guru Gobind Singh, whereas the writings of the
darbari poets
of Guru Sahib start with invocation of the blessings of Guru Gobind Singh ji. Hepointed out that in beginning of all the compositions the invocation is to 'Ik OnkarWaheguru Ji Ki Fateh'. Also Vaar Sri Bhagauti ji ki invokes blessings from GuruNanak Dev ji to Guru Tegh Bahadur ji only. Obviously Guru Gobind Singh ji wouldnot enter his name in it. S. Lamba also dealt in details with Chaubees Avtar, BachittarNatak and Chritropakhyan stressing the intent and purpose of these sacred writings. Inhis lecture he further stressed that those speaking against Sri Dasam Granth were infact the pal bearers of Arya Samajist philosophy of Daya Nand. They are carryingforward the same logics and arguments which Daya Nand gave more than a centuryago. These are just the pawns in the game against the Panth. S. Lamba also stressedon the positive understanding of the Dasam Banee.
 
In the resolutions passed unanimously at the end of the session, it was reiterated thatthis seminar is in conformity with the Akal Takhat Hukamnama giving a call toPanthik scholars to give befitting reply to the mischievous elements (
shararati ansar)
who are speaking against Sri Dasam Granth Sahib
.
It said that this is the beginning of the future seminars on the subject.In another resolution passed on the occasion, Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarhwas reminded that their website and books contain anti-Sri Dasam Granth writingsfrom Principal Harbhjan Singh, S. Daljeet Singh, Dr. Jasbir Singh Mann etc. In viewof the Akal Takhat's diktat these writings should be removed and withdrawnimmediately.
 
Seminar also called upon Sri Akal Takhat Sahib to review the petition of SardarSimranjit Singh Mann against the blasphemous book on Sri Dasam Granth byPrincipal Harbhajan Singh. This complaint is pending with the Akal Takhat andhence it is requested that an early decision should be done on that book. It was alsodemanded that until Akal Takhat makes any decision on the complaint, the portrait of 

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