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Criticism of Santokh Singh's letter and the S.G.P.C.'s response


In the early 1970s, Santokh Singh (a Sikh scholar) from Chandigarh wrote a letter to the Shromani Gurudwara Parbandak Committee (S.G.P.C.) quering the authenticity of the Dasam Granth as being of Guru Gobind Singh ji's hand.

On 3rd August 1973, he received a reply from the S.G.P.C stating:‘Chritter Pkhyan which are entered in the Dasam Granth, they are not the work of Guru Gobind Singh. They are ancient mythological stories of Hinduism.’(‘Dasam Granth Bareh Chonveh Lekh’ by Principle Harbhajan Singh, P.122-123)

The above reply was sanctioned by the then S.G.P.C. Jathedar (commander) of the Akal Takht, Sadhu Singh Bhaura, Chet Singh (Head Granthi of Golden Temple), Kirpal Singh Granthi and Sohan Singh (Granthi of Golden Temple).

Yet these same individuals did not take into consideration that within their daily liturgy of prayers, and, within the Khalsa initiation ceremony, they actualy employ scripture from Treh Chritter ('Kabio Bach Benanti Chaupee Sahib').

The composition commonly referred to as 'Chaupee Sahib' amongst mainstream Sikhs is actually the conclusion to the 'Treh Charittar'.

False Claims

The claim by the S.G.P.C. and other Sikhs of such narrow-minded puritanical thinking (too many groups to mention), that these beautiful and timeless stories are derived of 'Hindu' mythology is opinion born of complete stupidity, ignorance, paranoia, insecurity and extreme fanaticism.

Should the recommendation of the S.G.P.C. be put into practice by the masses, and accepted as 'Hukam' (law), the result would be:

  1. ALL rehitnaamas (attributed to the warriors of Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh ji) would be invalid
  2. The 'Amrit Sanchar' (initiation of new warriors into the Khalsa) would be invalid
  3. 'Rehras Sahib' as recited by ALL Sikhs every evening would be invalid
  4. The 'Ardas' would be invalid
  5. Over 300 years of documented history would be seen as false
  6. The knowledge of mighty Sikhs such as Akali Nihang Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed, Bhai Mani Singh Ji Shaheed, Akali Nihang Baba Binod Singh Ji, Akali Nihang Baba Durbara Singh, Akali Nihang Baba Phoola Singh Ji, Akali Nihang Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Akali Nihang Jassa Singh Ramgharia, Akali Nihang Baba Kapur Singh, Baba Gurbachan Singh Bhindrawaleh who ALL acknowledged Dasam Guru Durbar would be considered as being false.

Criticissm on Prof Darshan Singh's narration at rochester Gurdwara to a tale from Dasam Granth about Guru Gobind Singh visiting a prostitute and running away from her

Contrary to narration given by Prof. Darshan Singh with reference to this narration being based on a tale of Dasam Granth, in his video from his performance at Rochester Gurdwara refer link :

‘That Guru Gobind Singh Ji ran away from a prostitute leaving his shirt & shoes there for fear of being defamed by the said prostitute by calling out Guru as “thief” ‘thief” ’;

  • I have scanned through 404 tales given in Chritro Pakhyan chapter of Dasam Granth one by one,
  • I did not find any such tale in which Guru has described about himself having gone to, and ran away from a prostitute like this.

In that respect Prof. Darshan Singh need to explain where in and in which copy of Dasam Granth he had read such a tale.

on website of Gobaindsadan. Any other reader of sikhiwiki or its administrators may throw light on this that why should Prof. Darshan Singh narrate an instance which is not part of Granth by referring this tale being narrated from Dasam Granth itself .--Guglani 17:12, 14 February 2010 (UTC)