Wednesday, September 13, 2006

SGPC Sewadaars Past and Present

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,

Over the summer Daas had the chance to meet a descendant of Akali Phoola Singh. This Singh is aged now and I will refer to him as "Baba". Anyways this Baba use to be on the SGPC committee about 30 years ago.

While talking to this Baba the topic of the SGPC came up and we started discussing how things use to be and how they are now. The difference in peoples mentalities is shockingly different now from what it once was on the SGPC.

In the past when a SGPC meeting was called, the members would leave everythign at home, without a second thought of there crops dying or not recieving water and walk/travel 2-3 days to the meeting. Doing sewa with the SGPC met everythign to them, even more than there livelihood. The people of the pind would have so much respect for the SGPC members because they knew they were good Gursikhs that were doing the best for the Panth, so when the SGPC member would leave his hosue to go for a meeting the people of that pind would take care of his crops for that time.

Now in present times. Members dont even show up for meetings, they make excuses that they are busy, even though they have cars in these times. They only go to pick up there pay cheques.

So where did everything go wrong?

This baba told me that usually a election for SGPC members is held every 3 years. But during one time period there was no election held for about 10-12 years. During those years most of the SGPC members died of. So than when the election happened a whole new slate of SGPC members was elected and thats when the SGPC mentality shifted towards greed and selfishness.

According to the Baba i met, this was the turning point which slowly turned into the Badal stranglehold of the SGPC and members attitudes changing from serving the panth, to serving themselves.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh