Friday, July 13, 2007

Commercialization and Exploitation of Sikhi

An Akhand Paath is being held inside a hospital in Brampton.


An akhand paath is for spiritual fulfillment, to concentrate on bani, to take lahaa from bani.

To me it seems that this Akhand Paath is just so some people in the community can make links with others and show that they have the communities support by bringing out people to an Akhand Paath. It seems like a show. They have made an Akhand Paath into an event.

It makes no sense to bring Guru Sahib to a hospital. Parading around Guru Sahibs saroop to different functions like this for political reasons makes no sense. Where is the Satkar for Guru Sahib?

Hopefully this is not the start of a trend.

Akhand Paath this weekend at new Brampton Civic Hospital
The Brampton Guardian
Wednesday July 11 2007
Staff Report

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BRAMPTON - William Osler Health Centre Foundation's Canadian Sikh Committee, in association with William Osler Health Centre (WOHC) and the Sikh community will be holding an Akhand Paath Friday, July 13 through to Sunday, July 15 in the atrium of the new Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH).

Doors open for the duration beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and will remain open until the end of Bhog (concluding ceremonies) on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Akhand Paath is the name given to the practice by Sikhs of the continuous recitation without any break of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh scripture, from beginning to end of its 1,430 pages.

It is anticipated that between 5,000 and 10,000 local residents may attend the ceremony over the three days.

Those attending the Akhand Paath at any point over the three days are required to enter the hospital site from Sunny Meadow Boulevard, east of Bramalea Road, and park in the assigned area in the parking garage.

Said WOHC President and CEO Robert A. Richards. "We invite our entire community to come and experience this truly magnificent event."