Darshan Lal Vasdev or Darshan Das was born on 7 December 1953, in city Batala in Northern Punjab, India. His early childhood upbringing in this Punjabi community has been said to be normal and at the age of 17 years, he is deemed to have received a spiritual revelation; on 15 August 1971, Darshan Das accepted his call of duty and declared “on this day my personal life has come to an end, I now dedicate my life for the service of others.” He subsequently gave up his family name and referred to himself as Das; a free servant of God.
Although he looked like a Sikh in that he wore a turban and unshaven beard, outwardly he also wore a red tilak which is something that Sikhism does not promote. Further, he taught a foreign concept of "Guru Sharan" which is the acceptance of a "living Spiritual Master" (i.e dhaydhari Guru; human Guru) as the key to reaching God.
These anti-Sikhi teachings and other dogma, such as the following statement: "It is imperative that whilst performing these sevas an individual remains under the guidance of their Spiritual Master. If they do not, they risk becoming egotistic and again coming under the control of their mind, even though they appear to be doing what the Spiritual Master says. If you stay under your Spiritual Master then your Spiritual Master will be responsible for your success or failure. All you have to do is do what they say. If on the other hand, you think that you know better than them and start overstepping the mark then the Spiritual Master will let you do what you want, but you will not achieve fulfilment, which is what the Spiritual Master wants to give." All of this makes this group non-Sikhs; and in fact, they are not part of any of the recognised religion systems - they are like the "hybrids" referred to in the Chobis Avtar Bani by Guru Gobind Singh.
Visit to England in 1979
Darshan Das initially came to England in 1979. In the early days, prayer gatherings by this group were held in private houses and later on as the number of devotees increased, private and school halls were hired to facilitate these meetings. It is believed that people from all walks of life Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian attended primarily for spiritual healing. At the end of these meetings, the devotees were invited to come forward and tell of their ailments, seek spiritual blessings, discuss domestic problems and solicit advice.
The official website of this group states that: "Mahraz’s message was different to the more reserved approach people were generally accustomed with, stressing first and foremost humanitarian principles and selfless service for the welfare of others without looking for personal gain."
The killing in Southall
On 11th November 1987 whilst finishing his weekly sermon at Southall, Dormer Wells High School, Darshan Das along with two devotees Joga Singh and Satwant Singh were shot dead by two Sikhs names Rajinder Singh and Manjit Singh. Darshan Das was only thirty three years old when his life was ended.
Sachkhand Nanak Dham
Sachkhand Nanak Dham (‘true house of God’) was founded by Darshan Das (1953–1987) in Batala, Punjab in 1973. He first visited England during the winter of 1979 and there followed many other visits, and the numbers of followers grew rapidly. It is said by many who listened to him that he would twist Gurbani meanings to get people to follow him (as a Dehdhari Guru) as the concept of a further "human Guru" is not permitted in Sikhism. The year 1980 saw the inauguration of Das Dharam, the practical arm of the Mission: members are encouraged to serve all humanity on a voluntary basis. The Punjabi slogan he gave to his followers was "nanak naam chardi kala tere bhane sarbat da bhala" (which is part of the Sikh prayer called the Ardas), which translates roughly as: “In the name of the Supreme Power, do something good for someone else in your life.” A permanent centre was established in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1982.
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Quotes about Darshan Das from other websites
Kurbani (sacrifice) of two lions from the UK.
Rajinder Singh and Manjit Singh fought for the honour of Sikhi, their actions were an attempt to make a statement that the Khalsa will not tolerate fake guru’s committing crimes upon venerable, innocent Sikhs.
He was doing what the RSS is doing now, but in the 80's. He would promote indian nationalism, and openly condemn the sikh freedom movement.
as previous posts have stated he would also twist gurbani and insult guru sahbian, he has his own greeting... "nanak naam chardi kala ther bahnae sarbaht da bhala"
All his followers would wear tilaks, he would sit on a throne and called him self maharaj darshan daas jee.
those sooorbeer yode, couldnt take this and took the right action, at the trial the judge said that all they had to do was admit that they did wrong and he would sentance them leniantly, they said that they did right and they would do it again, they are serving life.
In the late 1980’s a man in Southall, who dressed in white and called himself Mahraaz Guru Darshan Das. He treated Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji with no respect, and yet, people started follow him as their guru. He was reported to have taken advantage of many of the women who followed his false teachings, even using drugs to seduce and rape them.
Darshan Das was an agent funded by the Indian government to carry on the mission of the nakli nirankaris, a group that slanders gursikhi.
Turban pulled off to expose his short hair
In the name of Guru Nanak, two lions in a world of sheep were given the mission to destroy the man who was destroying peoples' lives. The Singh’s spent two acting as spies in darshan das’s society. On the night of justice, Darshan das was preaching from the stage with his body guards as usual. One of the Singh’s approached him and removed his white turban from his head to uncover his haircut. The silence was broken with a gunshot in the air this was done to disperse the crowd. But unfortunately the reverse occurred-the brainwashed crowd jumped in front of their guru and beat the Singh’s with chairs. Darshan das could not be seen, but a gunshot was fired and by guru ji’s grace it hit the target.
Objection raised against Darshan Dham
The following is the list of objections raised against Darshan Dham which have resulted in enemies for this leader:
- He called himself the true and last guru; he made mockery of the Sikh Gurus and the great Shaheeds of the Khalsa Panth. He referred to himself has Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
- He sat higher than Dhan Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaaj, no satkhar (respect) was given to Guru Maharaj, and he distorted Gurbani and made people believe that he was the true savior.
- He preached that Sikhs and Sikhi do not exist, and that Sikhs are a mixture of Hindus and Muslims , we should all be clean shaven and wear white turbans with white dhotis and we should all have a red tilak on our fore heads.
- He destroyed hundreds of families in desperate need, with trickery and by using standard magic tricks and black magic. Families where broken up and women began to abandon their children to live with him and his bodyguards.
- Bullying, intimidation, rape and black mail was used by him and his followers to extort money and stop people leaving.
"Reasons" given by his opponents
In Sikhi the pro-active acts of aggression of any person are totally condemned; a Sikh can only raise a weapon in self defence. However, it appears that the opponents of Darshan Das appear to be "justifying" this act of aggression by giving reasons provided by the 2 killers:
"Bhai Rajinder Singh and Manjit Singh watched his occult grow in two years, one needs to ask the question, where does one who is supposed to be a victim of the 1984 riots, gets the money to set up 24 bases in England
Bhai Rajinder Singh and Manjt Singh followed Dashan Dasi for six months, before carrying out the mission. The two Lions presented themselves before Guru Maharaaj just like Bhai Beant & Satwant Singh, did Ardaas took a Hukamnama,
Both the Singhs gunned down Darshan Dasi in Southall in front of 400 people, along with two of his armed bodyguards. Both Singhs stood their ground and were beaten and severely wounded by his followers, but did not fire back or fight back.
In true Khalsa tradition the Singhs did not plead insanity, or show any regret or remorse for what they did.
Bhai Rajinder Singh was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, and Bhai Manjit was sentenced to 20 years. Bhai Rajinder sacrificed the love of his two young children and wife to up hold the tradition of the Khalsa."
Prisoners their chardi kala still intact
Whilst in prison the two lions commissioned and edited a set of magazines, call ‘Khalistan dian Gunyaa’ occasionally writing from prison to inspire others around them. Rajinder Singh is currently serving 30 years and Manjit singh is serving 20 years minimum sentences in high security prisons. They truly gave their all to guru ji. They are still in chardi kala and help organise charity events and keep in touch with the sangat from prison. They regurly send letters from jail, which put us to shame, the chardi kala of these Singhs is unbelievable, they are so inspiring and still urge the youth to fight all the anti-panthic elements that exist.
Darshan Das Mention has already been made of Darshan Das who profoundly influenced the mother of two of the interviewees. He founded a movement called Sachkhand Nanak Dham closely related to mainstream Sikhism but with its own distinctive emphasis. His critics regarded him as an agent of the Indian government in New Delhi intent on dividing and weakening the Sikh community. Moreover he was accused of behaving as if he was a Guru, in opposition to Sikh belief in the succession of the scriptures to guruship after the death of Guru Gobind Singh. For children the sants personify their distinctive experience as members of an Indian community. Changes in their elders' behaviour, such as beginning to observe vegetarian principles, can be explained by reference to a sant’s teaching.
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- LBC radio news 1 - 12 Nov 1987 needs login - Report on the killing of Sikh breakaway guru Vasdev Darshan Das, in a school hall being used for a religious service in Southall, West London; includes press interview with local police commander Larry Roach and vox pop with eyewitnesses to shooting and followers of Vasdev Darshan Das. Reporter not identified.
- LBC radio news 2- 12 Nov 1987 needs login - Report on the killing of Sikh breakaway group guru Vasdev Darshan Das, in Southall, West London during a religious service, possibly by extremists from a political Sikh group; and possible repercussions including further violence. Includes interview with Vishnu Sharma, Ealing Community Relations Council. Reporter not identified.