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Paath

This encompasses the correct reading of Bani with proper pronunciation. The correct pronunciation leads to in correct understanding of text in the right context. Within the chronicles of Sanatan Sikh, there is mention of a story of how Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh had a Sikh warned, then slapped for the mispronunciation of Gurbani.


Adi Guru Durbar
Folio from Adi Guru Durbar manuscript, circa 19th century depicting 5 of the 10 Sikh Gurus, and the sacred 'Japji Sahib'

At present, in Sikhism, several traditional Sikh schools exist of ‘Santhia’ (teaching of correct reading of scriptures). Should anyone wish to study Santhia, they may go to these ‘Samparda’ (traditional schools) in India. Samparda such as ‘Samparda Bhindra’, ‘Samparda Seva Panthi’ in Amritsar, 'Baba Kartar Singh Samparda (popularly known as ‘Dam Dami Taksal’), ‘Tarna Dal at Baba Bkala’, ‘Budha Dal’, ‘Baba Ishwardas Udasin’ in Jullandar, ‘Sewa Panthi Dera’ in Goinamandi, ‘Nirmala Dera’ at Kan Khal etc.


Adi Guru Durbar
Folio from the same Adi Guru Durbar manuscript as shown above, circa
19th century depicting the other 5 of the 10 Sikh Gurus, and continuation of the sacred 'Japji Sahib'

The top Santhia teacher within the U.K is the venerable Giani Gurdev Singh Ji who was the disciple of the great Khalsa Sikh holy man, Sant Baba Gurbachan Singh Khalsa ‘Bhindranwalla’.


Sriman 108 Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa ‘Bhindranwalla’
Initiated into the Khalsa by the Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa 96 Crore Budha Dal,
Baba Gurbachan Singh Khalsa was a great scholar, historian and well-versed in the Sikh tradition of 'Santhia'

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