dsd108 Posted January 7, 2010 Report Share Posted January 7, 2010 Quoted from a passage by S. Rattan Singh Jaggi ...these days people do not follow the ideology of Guru Nanak and his message in our practical life, which is the cause of decline of the religion... Finally there is a realization that Sikhism is on a decline.The Reasons? To begin with, today there is the very question of Sikh identity, and to define who is a Sikh. This time there is no government interference in religious affair of the Sikhs,no outside movement or influence but the decline has stemmed from within the Sikhism. Many young Sikhs, find the turban a bother. It gets in the way when they take to sports & swimming. Washing & drying the long hair is time-consuming, as is the morning ritual of winding seven yards of cloth around the head. It is hot and uncomfortable. In the end,there is also a question of fashion. They feel smarter without it. Sikh spiritual leaders express dismay at the rapidity with which a new generation of young men are trimming their hair and abandoning the turban, the most conspicuous emblem of the Sikh faith.Indeed, as the defining symbol of the Sikh tradition declines, its hard not to think of the core of the religion as declining as well. They have adopted,the globalization probably has had a greater impact, European habits: fast food, pubs and clubs. They want to show they are modern. They are willingly & votuntarily forgetting their own culture. Another 20 years will pass and the world wont have any more Sikhs in turbans. There is this terrible, misplaced urge to merge with the rest of theworld, said Patwant Singh, a historian and the author of The Sikhs (John Murray, 1999). The Sikhs are practicing rites and ritual inconsistent with Sikhism, Including the practice of caste system into Gurdwaras, secretively smoking drugs & publicly Drinking, Idol worshiping and other rituals not followed by the Sikh Gurus . Much of the blame is to be shared by half-educated,Ignorant priestly class also called ironically 'Gianijis' who are spreading superstitions & falsehoods to earn tax-free income. The following News item speaks more: "Groups of Sikh priests have protested an order that could disbar men under the age of 30 and over 60 years to be employed in gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had recently endorsed the new recruitment rules for granthis and paathis (hymn singers) following complaints against younger priests. These ranged from moral turpitude to several instances of devotee collections in gurdwaras. Insisting there could be no compromise on maintaining the sanctity of the shrines, Mr Makkar called for a list of all Gurdwara employees below 30 years and ordered a thorough verification of each mans antecedents.The committee has also sought a fresh appraisal of each priests character, conduct, his knowledge of the holy scripture and efficiency in performing various religious rites." Courtesy : CathNewsIndia 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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