Freed Posted July 13, 2005 Report Share Posted July 13, 2005 I am posting these pictures to get the Sangat's opinions - I am not 'Sant Bashing' or attacking The GNNSJ or Karsewaks . I just want to know peoples opinions about Kar Sewa of Harimandir Sahib and other Gurdwaras. I was prompted by seeing the Kar Sewa of Harmandir Sahib Taran Taran which has recently been covered with gold plates. Most posts about Kar Sewa degenerate into mud slinging - with this post I would like to hear the sangats opinions and constructive comments about what is the best way to perform Kar Sewa - what methods should be used ? What is the best way forward. The Harimandir Sahib has always been a 'Symbol' of the Panth's Chardi Kala - every time it was attacked it was rebuilt 'bigger and better' - Maharaja Ranjit Singh's rebuilding left no trace of the Original - are we just following that model ? It has been argued that the Harimandir is not a museum - the Beauty does not come from the architecture or Gold but the 'beauty' shines from within - from Guru Granth Sahib Ji Should we maintain the 'priceless heritage' at all costs - are we slaves to the heritage at the cost of Sikhi ? - A friend of mine argues that we are heading towards the UK situation - Where Many Cathedrals are tourist sights not spiritual places - The Church of England selling Heritage/ nostalgia not spirituality - What are your Thoughts ? Do we maintain/restore/protect or rebuild and renew because "Nothing is permanent" ? Please post your Comments - what is the way forward ? *************** These pictures show the 2 prevalent views ( from my perspective ) ************* View One : The Harmandir is not a Museum - this is a quote from Michael Edwardes in 1969 * from Indian Temples and Palaces - Michael Edwardes - Hamlyn - 1969 ************** View Two : 'Stop the Destruction and "bad taste"' Some of the "worst excesses" Akal Takht Ceilings painted in "FairGround Ride" colours The removal of the original Gold plates - Bhai Mohinder Singh GNNSJ *from The Global Indian, The Rise of Sikhs Abroad - Gurmukh Singh - Rupa - 2003 Incongruous additions are not a modern phenomenon - The Gothic Clock Tower built by the British. My Intention is not to offend - Bhul Chuk Maaf 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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