As in the past, today one will come across numerous
so-called religious leaders, spiritual guides, self-proclaimed saints,
personality cults, and institutions of various faiths who promise
'enlightenment'. Yet majority of them, unmindful of the Ekh, become
bigots and fanatics. By presenting their individual practices and
beliefs as the only 'true path'/way/faith, are but spreading ‘Koor
Pasar Da Parda’ (a veil of falsehood) and are obscuring
the universal Ekh.
As present modern-day mainstream Sikhism is represented
by the sectarian mentality British Raj-created Sikhs, the individuals
responsible for maintaining www.sarbloh.info have
received a good number of death threats from certain
Sikh fanatics, fundamentalists and bigots. They, not appreciating
the Sanatan Sikh philosophy of universal Ekh, see the traditional
brand of Sikhism spoken of in this site as a great threat to their
sectarian form of modern institutionalised Sikhism.
The British Raj
A illustration from the Illustrated London News (1845) depicting
the death of the Wuzeer of Lahore. The British Raj-nurtured Sikhs
institutions such as the Tat Khalsa Singh Sabhias that seeded the
the Shromani Gurudwara Parbandak Committee (S.G.P.C.) and Akhand
Kirtani Jatha (A.K.J.)
The outward appearance and practices of these bigots
may appear to be Sikh and promote Sikhism. However, the sad truth
is that these fundamentalist zealots have misconstrued the true
message of Sikhism. They may read and preach the same scripture
as the Sanatan Sikhs - the Udasis,
Shahis and Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa,
but they have missed the whole point of Sikhism that is the universal
philosophy of Ekh.
The Sanatan Sikhs
left to right: The Udasi (missionary), the Seva Panthi/Addan Shahi
(the philanthropists), the Nirmala (intellectual) and the Akali
Nihang Singh Khalsa (warrior)
The great Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh spoke in
regards to such religious fanatics thus:
‘Read they [followers of various faiths]
the Vedas and Ketabs [Hindu and Muslim religious texts/ general
meaning all spiritual texts] but they learn not of their secret
[of Ekh]. They move about doing many forms of worship
but do not cherish the Ekh in their heart.
Some times to stone idols some times to mausoleums they bow
but attain nothing in hand.
Oh foolish mind forsaking the revealed Prabh [Ekh] why are you
entangled in your own foolishness.’
(‘Dasam Guru Durbar’, 33 Sawaeya)
Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj "Baja Walley"
A contemporary painting of the tenth living Sanatan Sikh Guru with
beloved 'Baj' (hawk). The Guru himself blessed the four great Sanatan