Background 1853, Maharaja Duleep Singh coverts to Christianity 1867 to 1890s, Christian Missions are opened all across Punjab Idol (image) worship was rampant Sikhs denied Karahparsad due to caste
Background Sikhi is at a Crossroads at this point in history Reform is needed Who will make the change? How will reform come about?
Sarbat Khalsa - Concept Sarbat, whole or entire Khalsa, Sangat serving Wahegurus will as deemed by Guru Gobind Singh Every Sikh makes up the Sarbat Khalsa Khalsa Akal Purakh ki Fauj, pragattiou khaalasaa pramaatham kee mauj
Sarbat Khalsa - Concept Along with the Guru Granth Sahib, Sarbat Khalsa as the Guru Panth, spiritual successor of the Gurus Guru Panth, Guru Gobind Singh ji takes Amrit from the Panj Payare empowering them to be the Sarbat Khalsa Prathmae sarbatt Khaalsaa jee kee Ardaas haae jee, sarbatt Khaalsaa jee ko Veheguroo, Vaheguroo, Vaheguroo, chitt aavae
Sarbat Khalsa - Concept We are empowered by the Guru to drive reform Every Sikh that makes up the Sarbat Khalsa can drive change Not like any other religion in the world We do not need a Pope or Priests to make change
Sarbat Khalsa - Institution Supreme Sovereign body organized to direct change More powerful than any one Sikh, leader or individual The voice of the whole Khalsa and yet the thoughts of each Sikh
Sarbat Khalsa - Institution 1723, very first Sarbat Khalsa called under the direction of Bhai Mani Singh, addressing the issue between the Tat Khalsa and the Bandais 1748, creation of all the Misls In recent years, no meeting of the Sarbat Khalsa have taken place despite attempts to do so Decision of Sarbat Khalsa is known as Gurmatta
Rehat Maryada One to the defining achievements of the Sarbat Khalsa Approved in 1950 after over 20 years in deliberations Not Unanimous approval Sikh code of conduct
Rehat Maryada Definition of a Sikh Living the life of a Sikh Gurbani, Kirtan and religious conduct Life Events – wedding, birth
Call of Sarbat Khalsa What are some of the issues today that might need the calling of a Sarbat Khalsa?
Call of Sarbat Khalsa Potential Issues: France, no education for Sikhs After 9/11, Sikhs are wrongly the victims of hate Streamlining Gurdwara etiquette (tables and chairs, paper plates, etc.) Doing Kirtan in Raag vs ….
Call of Sarbat Khalsa Break out into groups to find solutions as a Sarbat Khalsa for top issues
Take away You have the power as the Sarbat Khalsa to make change. Each Sikh is sovereign in their thoughts and is sovereign to make change as needed as part of the Sarbat Khalsa. The voice of the whole Khalsa and yet the thoughts of each Sikh