Akal Takht Jathedar cautions preachers on Gurbani interpretation

Amritsar, May 12: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has directed all Sikh preachers to strictly refrain from self-made explanation of Gurbani to avoid misunderstanding and confrontation in the “panth”.

In the backdrop of the case pertaining to an assault on Sikh preacher Bhai Amrik Singh Chandigarh at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southhall (UK) reaching the Takht, the jathedar warned all stakeholders to keep away from “Bhara-Maroo Jang” (civil war in the community).

He asserted that those deliberately explaining the Gurbani to cause misunderstanding in “sangat” would be entirely responsible for their misdeed.

The managements of gurdwaras should not allow those preachers who created confusion and misunderstanding among the “sangat” to preach on their premises, he said.

In case these managements required some guidance regarding Gurbani, Gurus’ history, Sikh rehat maryada (code of conduct) and traditions then they must send names of their five members for deliberations. However, they must desist from propagating their views outside, he said.

In a joint statement, Gurtej Singh, Prof Gurdarshan Singh, Jaspal Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha called upon the Sikh institutions to guarantee the honour, dignity and safety of all Gursikhs who visited their premises, regardless of the views they hold.