Gurmat Gyan – Polite Notice
Definition of a Sikh
Anyone who believes in One God, The Ten Gurus (Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Guru Gobind Singh Ji), Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Gurbani and the teaching of the Ten Gurus and believes in the new dispensation of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Amrit as the means of salvation and does not believe in any other faith is a Sikh. A true Sikh follows the teachings of the Gurus as enshrined in the Rehat Maryada of the Khalsa Panth.
Idol worship, is strictly forbidden to the Sikhs and therefore the creation of statues of the Gurus is not to be encouraged. We see in Sikhs’ homes and in Gurdwaras pictures of the Gurus, albeit they are artist’s impressions of the Gurus. Nethertheless strictly speaking it is not correct to display those but we do this for the sake of education.
Sikhs believe in ‘Shabad Guru’.
In the interests of Sikh historical education, advancement and appreciation of the value of sikh men and women’s contribution to the glorious sacrifices made in reinforcing the Khalsa Panth to its uniqueness in the history of the world, It may not be inappropriate to create artefacts of Sikh Martyrs for this specific purpose. Those who choose to disagree, that is their choice. However, these artefacts, according to Gurmat Gyan, should not give any offence to anyone. They are purely for education and appreciation of the stature of the sacrifices of the Sikhs and not for worship.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh