Amritsar, July 13:
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami asked the vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala to establish a liaison with the SGPC before publishing the ‘Mahan Kosh’ (Encyclopedia of the Sikh Literature) of Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha.
Harjinder Singh Dhami said, “The reprinting of the Mahan Kosh by the Punjabi University, Patiala had exposed a number of mistakes and its sale had been stopped by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after objections from the SGPC and the Sangat (devotees). Later, the university decided to scrap it completely.”
Harjinder Singh Dhami said, “Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha ji's Mahan Kosh (encyclopedia) is an important document related to the Sikh community, which deals with various topics according to the principles of Gurmat (teachings of the Sikh Gurus). It is the heritage of the Sikh community and must be preserved in its original form.”
“The Punjabi University should liaise with the SGPC to work on the Mahan Kosh and republish it so that any future controversy could be avoided”, said SGPC chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami to Punjabi University Patiala’s vice-chancellor.
Unfortunate to associate the name tenth Guru with Ramayana: SGPC chief secretary
The association of the Ramayana with the name of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru has hurt Sikh sentiments, said the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief secretary advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami in a press statement issued from the SGPC office on Tuesday.
Harjinder Singh Dhami said, “Sri Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru did not write any Ramayana but some people are hurting Sikh sentiments by associating Ramayana with his name. Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the Dasam Granth’s section about ‘Chaubis Avatar’ (twenty four Sanatani avatars (incarnations)), has mentioned one about Ramavatar."
“Only the characters in it (Ramavatar) are from Ramayana, but the yudh vidhan (war constitution), details and saroop (form) are completely different. While laying the foundation stone of Ram Mandir, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had mentioned the Ramayana written by the tenth Guru, which was strongly opposed by Sikh institutions and scholars. We demand an immediate ban on the book and appeal to the Sangat (devotees) to be vigilant”, said SGPC chief secretary Harjinder Singh Dhami.
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