ASC wishes the Sikh Nation a very happy Guru Nanak Sahibji’s Parkash Purab, and Khalsa Saajna Divas!

The American Sikh Council (ASC) conveys its best wishes to the Sikh Nation on the most auspicious day of ‘1 Vasakh 553 Nanakshahi’ (April 14) according to the Mool Nanakshahi (Sikh) Calendar.

People of various religions consider their particular religious calendars to be crucial in guiding them about celebrating their historic and other religious holidays with accuracy. The unique and distinctly independent Sikh religion also has its own unique ‘Mool Nanakshahi Calendar’ (MNC). The MNC used by the Sikh nation is in the above link.

Historical records and research by several world-renowned scholars of Sikh history have shown that up till 1868 Guru Nanak Sahib’s birthday was commemorated on the 14th of April at the place of his birth, at Nankana Sahib.

However, due to political, social, economic and anti-Sikh motives, the date was changed to sometime in October. Those reasons are no longer valid or applicable and the date was changed back to April 14 after adopting the correct Mool Nanakshai Calendar by the command of the Akal Takhat in 2003.  Since then, Anti Sikh forces have been attempting to revert back to a date which has non-Sikh connotations, by publishing and convincing Sikhs to follow a fraudulent “Nanakshahi” Calendar which includes other incorrect dates.

Our dilemma is currently that the SGPC is being guided by the Brahmin Pandits/anti-Sikh Scholars/Sikh Baba-derawalas, while the Mool Nanakshai Calendar is totally scientific made by Sikh Scholars, which is the same exact calendar which was originally approved and adopted by the Akal Takhat/SGPC in 2003, but later around 2010 was discarded due to the change in pro-RSS political leadership in Punjab. Historically Guru Nanak Sahib was born on 1 Vasakh and not in Katak. The Khalsa Sajhna Divas was also celebrated on 1 Vasakh.

This date is the backbone of our nation as on this day we learnt how to be imbued with the Guru’s love and therefore also in love with humanity and everything around us. This is the same day when Sikhs were blessed with Piri and Miri, a principle that every Sikh is commanded to follow responsibly!

Furthermore, on such important days we must remember to always use the correct Sikh vocabulary and we should not let anybody change the terminology of our religion and heritage. For example; a ‘gurdwara’ is not a gurughar or a Sikh temple, the holy ‘Darbar Sahib’ is not a Hari Mandir or the Golden Temple, a Jathedar is a political leader and not a high priest, etc.

The American Sikh Council (ASC) extends its sincere best wishes to the entire Sikh Nation on the most important two religious’ holidays – namely, ‘Guru Nanak Sahibji’s Parkash Purab’ and the ‘Khalsa Saajna Divas’, on ‘1 Vasakh 553 Nanakshahi’ (April 14, 2021)! It is not any accident or a coincidence but that the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion and the formation of the Khalsa are on the same day, but a deliberately well thought foresight of the glorious enlightener to charge us with the spirit of the truly ‘sovereign’ through ‘his’ divine revelations, so that we remember both.

Furthermore, the cultural harvest festival celebrated in Punjab happens to be ‘Vaisakhi’ which also falls on the same day! Spring brings blossom in the environment and so does the harvesting of crops in Punjab bringing bountiful abundance. Let us all remember to celebrate “1 Vasakh 553 Nanakshahi” (April 14) as very responsible Sikhs and not allow our cultural sensibilities to overpower the religious.

Once again wishing everyone a very happy Gurpurab, Khalsa Sajaana Divas and Vaisakhi!

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