The Truth of Deh Shiva

By Karminder Singh Dhillon PhD (Boston)

We have been told that Deh Shiva Bar Mohey is the “National Anthem” of the Sikhs. And that it is meant to be sung during the salami for our Nishan Sahib.

Is this the truth or have we been taken for a ride?

This article attempts to answer this question by exploring the origins of the composition and revealing the true meanings of Deh Shiva.
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The God of Dasam Granth – Part 2

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

In Part One of the series aimed at examining the God of Dasam Granth (DG); the following facts were established from within the compositions of DG:
1. The primary God of the Dasam Granth (DG) is Mahakaal and the secondary God is Durga.
2. The writers of a vast majority of DG are poets named Raam, Syam and Nul. Poet Syam’s name as the writer appears across 151 pages of DG while Ram’s appears across 14 pages. Their names also appear jointly across 15 pages of DG suggesting that they worked together. Poet Nul is the writer of one composition. Readers would note that the word “Nanak” as writer does NOT appear even ONCE in the entire DG.
3. The obeisance of these three writers to Mahakal and Durga (the male and female forms of Shivji) suggests that they are adherents of the Vaam Margee SECT of Shivji.
4. Large portions of the core rachnas o DG are lifted from the Markandey Puran and Shiv Puran. Both Purans are written in obeisance of Shivji. Markandey, a devotee of Mahakaal, Durga and Shivji – is highly revered amongst devotees of the Vaam Maragee SECT. The writers of DG have acknowledged such lifting, even mentioning the chapters that are lifted, at the end their rachnas.
5 . These purans – acting as the primary sources of DG – thus provide the LINK and CONTINUITY between the God of these purans (Shivji) and that of DG being the one and same. Shivji is the God of the two purans, and Mahakaal and Durga (two halves of Shivji) are the Gods of DG.
It is worth reiterating that the method of deriving the above mentioned facts relied on using the DG as a primary source. Such a choice of method is not dismissive of secondary sources. It is to allow the reader direct access to the verses within DG where the ideas of these series of essays are coming from.
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God of the Dasam Granth – Part 1

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

Who is the God of Dasam Granth (DG)? This is the primary question that will be examined in this article.

A cursory study of the Dasam Granth (DG) brings forth obeisance of its authors to two primary entities – Mahakaal and Durga. Both have a plethora of names. Mahan Kosh author Kahn Singh Nabha on pages 201 and 674 describes Durga as the consort of Shivji (the devta of death) and provides more than a dozen names for her including Kalka, Shera Walee, Maha Mayee, Chandika, Seetla, Parvati, Chandee, Shiva and Jug Maata.

Mahakaal is another name for Lord Shivji. Readers can gain further insights on the philosophy here: http://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/why-is-lord-shiva-called-mahakaal
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Dasam Granth – Miter Pyare Nu

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

This composition is sung in Gurdwaras by ragis and kirtanias as kirtan.

We have been told that  Miter Pyare Nu depicts a prayer Guru Gobind Singh ji made to God during his moments alone in the jungles of Machiwara.

We have also been told that the terms “Miter Pyara” (my beloved friend) refers to “God” and that the “tenth Guru is narrating his solitary situation in Machiwara after the final battle of Chamkaur.”

Pictures such as the following, showing Guru Gobind Singh ji resting alone on the floor, barefooted, and injured are normally found printed with verses from Mitar Pyare Nu .  The   four verses of this composition are said to describe this situation.

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Dasam Granth: Plucking “Moral” Messages from Thin Air.

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

In both my previous articles in this series, I and many of those commenting have asked two simple questions.

  • WHAT are the so called “moral messages that are found in each Chritar” as claimed by Gurmukh Singh.
  • WHERE exactly WITHIN the Charitar are these messages to be found.

Not a single verse from any Chritar containing any “moral message” has thus far been produced. Loud and repeated claims of “Yes, there are moral messages, IF you read beyond the literal,” is code for “there are no messages, really.”

The inability to answer this first question has led  Gyani Jarnail Singh Arshi to ask “IF indeed there ARE moral messages, why are they BURRIED under a heap of dung?

A very un-palatable word indeed.
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Dasam Granth: Twisting Bones Till They Snap

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

Reading Gurkukh Singh’s response to my “Father’s Day and Dasam Granth” article brought Fiction Factory lyrics to my mind: Twisting the Bones Till they Snap.

Trying to justify 404 Chritars  or tales of sexual debauchery that are written in crude, graphic and often times vulgar detail; presented as abhorrently derogatory to women; and based on accounts as immoral and decadent as one can imagine; does indeed require one heck of a lot of twisting.

Especially because such repulsive tales sit as the central core of the Dasam Granth (DG) – occupying one third of this book under the title of Chitro Pakhyaan (CP) and spread over a full 578 pages from page 809 till 1386.

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Father’s Day and Dasam Granth

Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.

What do the two have in common? Nothing of course. But some people have a way of creating connections where none exist. Hence this commentary.

I am referring to the following Father’s Day message that found its way into my mail box Sunday.

The couplet comes from the Dasam Granth (DG), and appears on page 842.

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