Akal Takht

Autar ji said ‘IMHO, Akaal Takht is the Time-less Throne of the Panth Khalsa.’

An account by Dr Dilgeer says ‘Akal Takht Sahib was revealed by Guru Hargobind Sahib on June 15,1606. The foundation stone of the building of Akal Takht Sahib was laid down by Guru Hargobind Sahib himself. (Guru Hargobind Sahib did not built or create Akal Takht Sahib, he revealed it. Akal Takht Sahib belonged to Waheguru and it was the Almighty who could have created Akal Takht Sahib). The rest of the structure was completed by Baba Buddha (the veteran Sikh servant) and by Bhai Gurdas (Sikh scholar) only. — Guru Hargobind Sahib himself was the Custodian of the Takht of Waheguru. According to a source, when Guru Hargobind Sahib remained in Gwalior Fort prison, he had asked — Bhai Gurdas to take care of Akal Takht Sahib.  Between 1635 and 1696 (until the death of Harji), Amritsar was under the control of the descendants of Pirthi Chand (elder brother of Guru Arjan Sahib). In April 1698, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib appointed Bhai Mani Singh as Granthi of Darbar Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib —

After the martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh (June 24,1734), there was no one to take care of the shrines at Amritsar during the dark period of the Sikh history. There were Sarbat Khalsa gatherings at Akal Takht Sahib, at least since 1726, but no reference is available as to who convened these gatherings.

— Akal Takht Sahib is the Throne of the Almighty — The caretaker of Akal Takht Sahib — can issue the Gurmattas of the Sarbat Khalsa as the Hudamnamas of Akal Takht Sahib.’

An account by Kapur Singh says ‘A building subsequently raised over the Takht was called Akal Bunga (house) so that the Takht is now officially known as Takht Sri Akal Bunga although its popular name Akal Takht is more in common use.’ I would think that Panth Khalsa, or more appropriately Guru Panth [only difference is semantic] is certainly the inheritor of the right to use Akal Takht but if the Takht was revealed as seat of Akal Purakh, it would not be right for Guru Panth to claim it as their seat. Guru Panth is a divine entity and may be timeless but it still does not exhaust and replace the Divine Akal Purakh.

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One of the reasons said to have got Jathedar Vedanti into difficulty was his reported stance on the issue of Khalistan when visiting US. His clarification as now reported by Rediff and posted by Jagpal ji says: ‘Vedanti has also been accused of supporting the demand for a separate homeland for Sikhs during his recent trip to the United States. “I never made such statements. You can browse newspapers in the US during that period. What I said was that wherever the Sikhs go, they carve out a separate state for themselves and our homeland has no boundaries. I still stand by that statement,” Vedanti clarified.’ I think we should get the Punjabi version of this remark because this clarification seems to further confuse what he is saying – we carve out a separate state where ever we go and our homeland knows no boundaries – what does it mean?

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