AMRITSAR: In an unprecedented incident in modern-day Sikh religious history, the Panj Payaras (five beloved ones) have summoned the Jathedars of the five Takhts at the Akal Takht on October 23 for submitting clarification on the Gurmata of pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and later revoking the same.
Panj Payaras including Satnam Singh, Mangal Singh, Tarlok Singh, Satnam Singh and Major Singh held an emergency meeting at the basement of the Akal Takht and later announced their decision in presence of hundreds of devotees.
Later, Satnam Singh told newsmen that they had summoned the Jathedar of the Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh, Jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib Giani Mal Singh and Granthi Takht Hazur Sahib Giani Ram Singh to appear before them at the Akal Takht at 10 am on October 23 and give clarification on their Gurmata of pardoning Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and later cancelling the same.
He said following unrest among the Sikh masses over present religious crisis arising after the pardoning of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, they decided to contemplate and listen to the the voice of conscience of the Sangat. “We have read reports of anxiety among Sikhs in the media. Besides, a lot of Sikhs have personally met us and told us about the resentment among common Sikhs against the forgiving of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. So, following the gurus’ teachings and the path shown by them, we decided to act in the interest of the Panth.”
He said the Panj Payaras were of view that the Jathedars of the Takhts pardoned Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh without taking the Khalsa panth in confidence which led to severe criticism of the Sikh clergy’s decision. “The Khalsa Panth strongly reacted to this anti-Panthic decision of the Sikh clergy and their anger spilled onto the roads and when the Sikh clergy saw the opposition, they withdrew their own Gurmata,” he said.
Mangal Singh, one of the Panj Payaras, said that they were of the view that the Sikh clergy should have contemplated over the chain of incidents following the blasphemous act of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2007 and should have deliberated on the matter with other Sikh Panthic organizations as their decision has become a cause of humiliation and embarrassment among Sikhs living around the globe.