ANANDPUR SAHIB, Punjab—Taking an important step towards reforming methods of parchar, SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal asked all Sikh preachers to develop dialogue by communicating with the Sangat. Speaking from Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Longowal asked kirtanis, ragis, kathavachiks and dhadhis to reach the Sangat by acquiring complete knowledge on every subject so that the questions arising on Sikh beliefs could be answered.
“Sikh preachers have played an important role in reaching out to common masses about Sikhi. However, all preachers must establish a dialogue with Sikh sangat and be ready to adopt new modes of parchar so that Sikh values can be installed in hearts of common masses,” SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal said.
He further announced that a special program will be dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Prakash Purab. The beginning of this program will be held on 21 January from Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and on 28th January, a Gurmat function will be held in Sri Amritsar, and February 11 at Anandpur Sahib. He announced that these programs will continue throughout the year to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life and legacy.
“The programs will be divided into four zones, Akal Takht Sahib in Majha area, Takht Damdama Sahib in Malwa region, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib in Doaba area and Dharam Prachar Kendra in Kurukshetra in the state of Haryana. Each zone will have 20 preachers, who will reach the Sangat, and each group will have 2 preachers, 1 dhadi jatha, 1 kavishari jatha and one religious teacher. The entire campaign will be operating under the supervision of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and members of the Dharam Prachar Committee,” he added.
He further said that besides accessing the Sangat, common schools would also be approached by the SGPC in addition to the SGPC institutions. “This would allow us to raise awareness of Sikh values,” he said.
“Weekly programs will be organized in the main centers of the zones, in which all the ragis, dhadis, preachers, poet etc. will share Gurbani Kirtan and Gurmat philosophy. The weekly programs will be led by the Jathedar Sahiban of Takht Sahibs,” he added.
During this address, SGPC appointed Jathedar of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib Giani Raghbir Singh lauded the efforts of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the promotion of Gurmat. He appreciated efforts by newly appointed SGPC Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal and honoured him with a siropa.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at email@example.com