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Conclusion

Hindu: On account of religious principles and custom you are different from us. But from customary law we are one. Sikhs do not have a separate law. In fact all decisions are rendered according to Hindu law and the Sikhs have to follow it. Hence Sikhs cannot be different from Hindus.

Sikh: Dear Hindu friend; your Hindu law (what is real law according to your Shastras) nowhere is being observed. If that were the case we would observe many people without their noses and hands and hot oil and lead would have been poured in many people’s ears. Law keeps changing with time, custom and boundaries of the states, as is the present law of yours. You should also know that other religious communities such as Muslims and Christians etc. did not form their customary laws just on the establishment of their religions. In fact even their religious books were written after long times. As there arose the need of law[1] with the passage of time, intelligent people arranged for the law and the law was named after the religion i.e. Hindu law, Muslim law etc. The same way Sikhs would be ready soon, with the grace of God. The Anand Marriage Act is already passed. In Gurbani and Rehatnamas, the Sikh law, essence, has been written. Only explanation to suit the times is required.

Sir Lepel Griffin has already indicated that “using Hindu law for Sikhs is not proper” and persuades (us) to form Sikh law. In his words:

The Sikhs had abandoned the Hindu faith, and with it the system of law which is the basis of that faith and which was inseparable from it. For hundred and fifty years they had been governed, as far as chiefships were concerned, by another code altogether, and it was as reasonable for them to refer to Manu and the Shastras as the source of legal authority, as it would have been for Muslims who had embraced Sikhism to appeal to the Shara. (The Rajas of the Punjab, Pg 338)

Hindu: After considering all your statements it is agreed that you (Sikhs) are not Hindus, but on the reflection you will come to the conclusion that it will not be profitable for the Sikhs to separate from the Hindus. First of all, it increases mutual differences. Secondly, Sikhs are not many. If the Sikhs separate from the Hindus (which are of great power at this time) great harm can happen. Intelligent people say, as far as possible, one should increase one’s power.

Sikh: Dear Hindu brother, you are not saying such after great reflection. Consider the history of how other Quams got separated and developed. You are not doing that comparison. No Quam after achieving independent existence can progress. As long as a quam remains a branch or sect of another, it remains in a state of slavery and suffers[2].

The premier counsel of the Guru to us is about unity and mutual love and respect; we can never forget that. We love all our neighbors, any harm to them, we consider that as our own harm but we cannot be one on account of religion and social principles. We have learned from experience that the Sikhs have suffered a lot of account of their mixing with the Hindu quam and that is still happening.

1.    Many Sikh families have given up Keshas, particularly those who converted to Sikhism in Ranjit Singh’s time. Most of them have reverted to old customs.

2.    Many had contracted relations with Monas (shaved ones) and they gave up their sacred religion. To appease the Sikhs they say that one should be a Sikh at heart, ‘Real’ Sikhism is not in symbols, viz., Keshas, etc. You should know that those who say this are not Sikhs at heart even; they use it only to confuse others[3].

3.    Great wealth of the Sikhs is going to Brahmins from which the Sikh quam does not get anything. For example, at the last Kumb fair at the Ganges one hundred thousand Sikhs went for pilgrimage. If we input ten rupees per person it comes to on emillion rupees and that is at one fair only, that our ‘clever’ quam has wasted in vain. If with this money a collage would’ve been established for Sikh girls, the quam would have benefited so much. Orphanages could have been built with that money. The same way millions of rupees are being wasted on death and birth rites. If this money were spent for some good work how much progress we can make.

4.    Everyday Hindus are trying that the symbols of Sikhism be removed and Sikhs should become a sect of Hinduism. For illustrations, when an ignorant Sikh performs Shrada or is trapped by Brahmins when he goes to the Ganges or any place of pilgrimage, first of all he is asked to give up Kara, etc. It means he cannot perform Hindu rites while wearing Sikh symbols. If the Sikhs had no faith in Hinduism then these people would not have any power to go to the house of the Sikhs and persuade them to remove their religious symbols[4].

You have written that the separation of the Sikhs from Hindus will create conflict; that is also not true. Sikhs do not have enmity with anybody. They believe in the instructions of the Guru to consider all humanity as their own.

ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਮੀਤੁ ਹਮ ਆਪਨ ਕੀਨਾ ਹਮ ਸਭਨਾ ਕੇ ਸਾਜਨ ॥

I am a friend to all; I am everyone's friend. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 671)

 

ਨਾ ਕੋ ਬੈਰੀ ਨਹੀ ਬਿਗਾਨਾ ਸਗਲ ਸੰਗਿ ਹਮ ਕਉ ਬਨਿ ਆਈ ॥੧॥

No one is my enemy, and no one is a stranger. I get along with everyone. ||1|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1299)

 

ਮੰਦਾ ਕਿਸੈ ਨ ਆਖਿ ਝਗੜਾ ਪਾਵਣਾ ॥

Do not speak ill of others, or get involved in arguments. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 565)

Furthermore, when Hindus captured Sikhs and presented them to Muslim rulers who killed them and the heads of Sikhs were presented to the rulers to get prizes, even then Sikhs did not practice enmity with the Hindus. On the contrary, they made great sacrifices to free their women folks and to remove Adharma from the country. The principle is clearly stated in Guru Granth Sahib:

ਫਰੀਦਾ ਬੁਰੇ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ ਕਰਿ ਗੁਸਾ ਮਨਿ ਨ ਹਢਾਇ ॥

ਦੇਹੀ ਰੋਗੁ ਨ ਲਗਈ ਪਲੈ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਪਾਇ ॥੭੮॥

Fareed, answer evil with goodness; do not fill your mind with anger. Your body shall not suffer from any disease, and you shall obtain everything. ||78|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1381)

We know also very well that Hindus (in general) have no enmity with us. Instead there is affection. They recognize the benevolent acts of the Gurus and we also wish them well, all the time. The cause of opposition and conflict are those people who are engrossed in selfishness. They want to keep Sikhs as their servants and fill their pockets. They have come to believe that, if the Sikhs get away from their influence they will lose a big source of wealth. These people are spreading conflict everywhere. God willing, if they understand, they should earn their own living and not keep an eye on others earnings. Then all conflict will disappear.

These selfish people have published books and newspapers trying to show that “Sikhs are Hindus”. People should think about this, “If Sikhs call themselves non-Hindus then what harm does it to anybody?” On the contrary if Sikhs say to Hindus that they are not Hindus, that could be a cause of conflict. If somebody says that Hindus are very sympathetic to Sikhs and are chagrined to see them separate from the Hindus, that is not true. The means that are being utilized by Hindus to assimilate the Sikhs is an open secret. Can anybody give an example where a Hindu saved a Sikh from renouncing his faith? On the contrary how many Hindus removed the Keshas of the Sikhs and introduced them to smoking and performed Hindu rites (only) after they (Sikhs) remove their symbols.

In many old Sikh temples they replaced the Sikh customs with old Hindu rites. They have entrapped ignorant Sikhs in rituals and superstitions. They have got the properties of many Gurdwaras registered in their names and they have renounced Sikhism. Other stories of this nature can be told where these selfish people have misrepresented and misinterpolated in the Sikh history and Sikh principles. Can any intelligent person say that Hindus are trying to prove that Sikhs are Hindus on account of their sympathies with the Sikhs?

Without a part of the Sikhs in the army and the education that is now being received, Sikh religion would have been an historical event, only in papers. In His mercy Waheguru has made the Sikhs aware that taking advantage of the present ‘benevolent’ rule they need to improve their religious and social condition and that believing in the sacred bani of the Gurus they can maintain their existence in the world.

You should know that even if, according to your wishes, the Sikhs call themselves Hindus, no benefit will come to the country. Because in the presence of hundreds of other sects adding one more to Hindustan will not bring any advantage. Our country can progress only if people of various religions, practicing their own respective religion should consider other Indians as their own part. Harm to one, they should consider as harm to the country, and the religious differences should not be made a reason of conflict. They should propagate their religion, following the example of Guru Nanak Sahib in such a way that it does not cause to increase envy and conflict.

O brothers, followers of Guru Nanak Sahib, I am confident that having read this book, you will consider yourself as a Quam (Sikh) and will realize that “We are not Hindus” and will consider all Indians as your part.

We believe in One, Eternal, existing from the beginning. We realize the whole expanse is from Him. Abandoning the Creator we do not worship any created. Guru Granth is our only support. Having destroyed the differences, superstition of caste and varna we are friendly towards everyone and low everyone. Love of all is (without attachment) like that of lotus in water. Distinct is the Khalsa of Guru Nanak Sahib.

Notes

[1] The Bible was written in the second century after Jesus Christ. In fact evangel of John was written in the third century. Quran was also written by Khalifa Umar.

[2] As long as the Christians did not separate from Jews they were not in a very good situation. In fact, once Christianity was reduced to almost nothing. After great reflection the Christians separated themselves from the Jews so much so they changed their sacred day from Saturday to Sunday.

[3] You will never hear from them (Hindus) that Hinduism is not contained in Janeau and Bodi.

[4] The Hindus who practice above mentioned practices are, in fact, the cause to write this book, “We are not Hindus”.