Gurmukh (an individual who faces Guru,
meaning one who is within the command of Guru) is another designation
of Sikh. Akali Guru Ramdas spoke of the Gurmukhs of the past thus:
‘The Sidhas [Holy Sanatan sages] meditated
and contemplated [God] Sadik and Muni [both aforementioned are
Sanatan holy men] contemplated [God].
Men of penance, sexual restraint and contentment contemplated
[God] demigods such as Indra [King of demigods] contemplated
The Gurmukh who seeking God’s protection
contemplates him attains salvation.
Oh my mind by contemplation of Gods Naam one is saved. Dhanna
a Jatt [Farming clan of northern India] and Balmikh [Composer
of Ramyana] a highwayman becoming a Gurmukh was saved.
The demigods, Gan [Followers of Shiva], Gandarb [Beings between
demigods and men who are believed to sing for the Indian demigods]
contemplate [God] as well as even the poor Dharmraj [demigod
who judges dead for God according to Indian religions].
Shiva Brahma all demigods contemplated with their mouths the
name Har Har. They who have been absorbed in God's
name those Gurmukh attained salvation.’
(‘Adi Guru Durbar’, Raag Maru, Pa.995)
A photograph of a fresco from a Gurudwara at Narangabad, Punjab
depicting the life of the great Gurmukh Dhanna who saw Vishnu in
Guru Nanak wrote further of the Sanatan
demigods and Avatars thus:
‘Brahma, Bishnu, Mahesh [Shiva] the three demigods
were created [by God].
He gave Brahma the Vedas and involved them in it’s worship.
Ten Avatars did king Rama [Vishnu] take.
He attacked and killed demons but all in accordance with God’s
command. God did Shiva serve but he too did not
find his limits.
Attaining true value he created his [heavenly] throne.
He has set the world to task and concealed himself.
He makes all function this Karma is divinely ordained.’
(‘Adi Guru Durbar’, Raag Malaar, Pa.1279)
So finally, we say to our bigoted fanatic Sikh friends,
do not be perturbed by Hindu imagery of our web sites. This is in
accordance with ancient Sikh traditions. All ancient Sikh shrines
were replete with these images prior to the coming of Shromani
Gurudwara Parbandak Committee (S.G.P.C.) in 1925.
At such Sikh shrines as at Nurangabad
of Bhai Vir Singh, where the locals have prevented the S.G.P.C.
from whitewashing the ancient wall murals, one will still find numerous
Sanatan images depicting Hindu deities.
Photographs of various dieties from the walls of a Gurudwara at
left to right: Narad Ji (the celestial bard), Viraha Avtar (the
half-man half-baor incarnation of
Vishnu) and Hanuman (the half-man half-monkey companion of Lord
Raam spoken of in the epic Ramayan)
So, Oh paranoid Sikh fanatic we reiterate again,
if your dim intellect has not still registered, you should not be
so perturbed by the Hindu imagery of our web sites this is all within
Sanatan Khalsa tradition. All these images do not make us into Hindus,
unless that is like the great sages such as
Jaidev etc. Our Naam
Simran is as above stated of that Ekh Nirankar Va-eh
Guru who is variously known in the Adi Guru Durbar as Raam,
Hari, Allah, Apekh,
Niranjan, Gopal, Gobinda,
Khuda etc. but not as Va-eh Guru.
Uma, Mahesh, Brahma and Vishnu
A wall-hanging depicting Uma (the consort of Shiva), Mahesh (also
known as Shiva, the destroyer), Vishnu (the preserver) and Brahma