ਫਰੀਦਾ ਜੇ ਤੂ ਅਕਲਿ ਲਤੀਫੁ ਕਾਲੇ ਲਿਖੁ ਨ ਲੇਖ ॥ ਆਪਨੜੇ ਗਿਰੀਵਾਨ ਮਹਿ ਸਿਰੁ ਨੀਵਾਂ ਕਰਿ ਦੇਖੁ ॥੬॥
Harpreet Singh (Gill) Toronto
(Sikh News Network) (Sept 6th. 2019) – For the past few years, rogue kathakars, parchariks, and kirtanis such Nihang Dharam Singh “Sach-Khoj” academy, Harpreet Singh Gill (Toronto), and Amarjit Singh Halwara have been misleading the sangat and have made countless blasphemous remarks against Bannees in various Sikh Scriptures including Sri Dasam Granth Sahib, and Vaars of Bhai Gurdas Ji /Bhai Gurdas Singh Ji, and against respected Sikhs traditions via various mediums on the internet and social media – without any repercussions or consequences.
Due to the lack of Sikh leadership from the very top levels of Sikh institutions such as Sri Akal Takht Sahib and in Sikh organizations in general these rogue parchariks, and kirtanis have been operating without any restraints in their anti-Gurmat parchar.
Rogue Kirtani Harpreet Singh (Gill) of Toronto
We will be highlighting the contents of their venomous agenda over the next few weeks, starting with Harpreet Singh Gill (Toronto) who has been promoted by various “Akhand Kirtani Jatha” circles in countries especially Canada, USA, and the UK.
Details of the misleading parchar by Nihang Dharam Singh, and Amarjit Singh Halwara will be presented in subsequent articles in the near future.
The material presented below is a collections of anti-Panthic statements by Harpreet Singh Gill on internet forums (message boards), FaceBook pages, WhatsApp, and in e-mail message groups.
It should be noted that in 2008, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib had declared Sri Dasam Granth is an inseparable part (“ang”) of the Sikh panth, and asked the sangat to desist from any critical controversy.
In 2006 Sri Akal Takhat officially stated that those speaking against Sri Dasam Granth are ‘Shararti Ansar’ (mischievous miscreants).
Anti-Sri Dasam Granth Stance
The directives from Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the apex throne of Sikh Spiritual and Temporal power, has not deterred Harpreet Singh from openly challenging the validity of the contents of Sri Dasam Sahib Ji, despite being warned of the serious consequences that might follow.
Screenshot evidence from Harpreet S. Gill’s FACEBOOK page (Dec 21st, 2012) in which he doubts the validity of Sri Dasam Granth, and states that some of the contents are not Gurbani.
His Misinterpretation of verses of Bachitar Natak from Sri Dasam Granth.
From WhatsApp Chat of AKJ ਪੇ੍ਮ ਅਖਾੜਾ ਨਾਮਰਸ ਵਿਚਾਰ group as recent as June of 2019:
Note (647) 505-9567 is Harpreet Singh Gill’s account.
HS Gill claims that Guru Gobind Singh Ji never compiled Sri Dasam Granth, and it has contents that are not in line with Gurbani.
HS Gill claims that Sri Charitropakhyian is not ranchna of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and not in line with Gurbani.
HS Gill states that he does not accept certain parts of Dasam Granth as they are lies that have compiled by someone else, and later hints that it was the work of Brahmins.
HS Gill states that certain contents of Bachittar Natak Bani are also not in line with Gurmat, and that they were also added by someone else, implying that this “tampering” is an onslaught by the Brahmins.
HS Gill makes a claim, with no evidence or proof that alterations were made to Sri Dasam Granth Sahib by the Brahmins.
From AKJ.org message board, posted March 2nd,
Harpreet Singh Gill states that “stories” from Sri Dasam Granth are translations of Hindu beliefs, and not in accordance to Gurbani.
Harpreet S. Gill states that a person who believes in Dasam Bani, does not necessarily mean he has to believe in Sri Dasam Granth:
Emails from Harpreet S. Gill – January 21st, 2008 on AKJWorldWide Email Group.
Harpreet S. Gill states he did not consider parts of Sri Dasam Granth as Gurbani.
In defense of Missionary Sarbjit Dhunda
Facebook by Harpreet Singh Gill post promoting Missionary Dhunda who has also criticized the contents of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib.
Harpreet S. Gill, defending and agreeing with Missionary Sarbjit Dhunda (who criticized the recitation of Sri Dasam Bani at Sri Darbar Sahib) claims that singing the following verses from Sri Dasam Granth Sahib would be also be improper.
ਦੋਹਰਾ॥ ਰਾਮ ਕਥਾ ਜੁਗ ਜੁਗ ਅਟਲ ਸਭ ਕੋਈ ਭਾਖਤ ਨੇਤ ॥ ਸੁਰਗ ਬਾਸ ਰਘੁਬਰ ਕਰਾ ਸਗਰੀ ਪੁਰੀ ਸਮੇਤ ॥੮੫੮॥
(ਸ੍ਰੀ ਦਸਮ ਗਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ – ਅੰਗ ੨੮੯)
Harpreet Singh Gill further states that if someone did further research they can find many more lines from Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji that he would never accept as writings of Guur Sahib.
Furthermore, Harpreet Singh Gill states that there is no directive from Sri Akal Takht Sahib forcing him to accept Sri Dasam Granth Sahib as rachna of Guru Sahib, and rejects the directives from Sri Akal Takht Sahib stating that Sri Dasam Granth is an inseparable part of the Sikh panth.
February 2012, Facebook post by Harpreet Singh Gill, criticizing certain contents of Bachittar Naatak banee.
Harpreet Singh As I have
Facebook post by Harpreet S. Gill criticizing the recitation of ਦੇਗੋ ਤੇਗੋ ਫ਼ਤਹ ਨੁਸਰਤ ਬੇਦੁਰੰਗ…in kirtan.
According to Dr. Trilochan Singh Ji, who was a close associate of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji (Narangwal), and a learned scholar of Sikhism, the couplets ਦੇਗੋ ਤੇਗੋ ਫ਼ਤਹ ਨੁਸਰਤ ਬੇਦੁਰੰਗ… were written by Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji, and are found in a handwritten HukamaNama to Mata Sahib Kaur Ji, and in another HukamNama handwritten by Guru Sahib Ji that was sent before the Chamkaur Sahib battle to his nephews.
(Source: Turban and Sword of the Sikhs by Dr. Trilochan Singh, SMS UK, page 124)
HS Gill Criticizing the recitation of Bhai Gurdas Singh Ji’s Vaars in Kirtan:
Bhai Gurdas Singh’s (also known as Bhai Gurdas Ji Dooja)
famous Vaars have been published along with Bhai Gurdas Ji’s 40 Vars by the SGPC, and by Bhai Veer Singh Ji’s Teeka of the 40 Vaars.
The Vaars are also published in the “Amrit Kirtan” pothis that have been prevalent in the Akhand Kirtan Jatha for the last 50+ years, in both Khalsa Brothers and Singh Brothers editions of the Pothi. This pothi was compiled during Bhai Randhir Singh Ji’s time, and the Vaars of BOTH Bhai Gurdas Ji and Bhai Gurdas Singh Ji have been read by Pannthic prominent Ragis Singhs, and also recited by kirtanis at jatha smagams for many decades.
Harpreet S. Gill criticizes the recitation of those Vaars, and openly states that they should not be recited in Kirtan.
Interestingly, Harpreet Singh’s views are directly in line with distorted views of ex-communicated missionary Ragi Darshan Singh who also contends the same about Bhai Gurdas Singh Ji’s Vaars.
In the coming weeks, we will be publishing details of parchariks Amarjit Singh Halwara, and Kathakar Dharam Singh Nihang, so the sangat at-large can be made aware of their nefarious parchar, as we have detailed for Harpreet Singh Gill.
It is paramount that Sikh organizations and Sikh institutions at all level take strict action in accordance to Panthic traditions against such rogue individuals who are continuously misleading the Sikh youth and sangat via their anti-Panthic parchar.
(To be continued)