Stopped Mixed Faith Anand Karaj
We would like to thank everyone for all their input, hard work and perseverance in bringing Mixed Anand Karaj Marriages in Bradford to a stop!
Bradford, UK (July 19, 2014) About 80 peaceful Sikh protesters, young and old, went to Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Saturday on the 19th of July. The issue has been 6 mixed marriages that have been booked at the Gurdwara
1. Why can't you have a mixed faith Anand Karaj ?
The Sikh Anand Karaj is only for couples where both the man and woman are practicing in the Sikh Faith.
The Sikh Faith has unique guiding principles and we choose to walk on this path and follow Gurmat (the path of Guru Ji) and not Manmat (to follow ones own desires). The Guru's path with regards to married life (Gresti or Dam-Pati Jevaan) is beautifully explained in the Guru's Bani (teachings) when Gurmat principles are read and sung during the Anand Karaj Ceremony. The Anand Karaj is the Sikh Ceremony that shows and explains the path to a blissful union of two bodies "FOLLOWING ONE FAITH".
Gender equality between Man and Woman is expressed in "Ek Jyoti Doay Moorti" (One Spiritual Light in two human bodies) and the respective husband-wife roles in married life. Dharam Nibhauna - to do one's duty towards each other and other family relations is explained. It is also explained that through life's journey, to come to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Shabad Guru only and none other. All forms of superstition, ritualism and un-Sikh practices are condemned. And to remain in the service of Mankind whilst being immersed in awareness and meditation of the Timeless One (principles of Sewa and Simran).
2. What does the Sikh Rehat Maryada say ?
The global governing body of the Sikh faith, the Akal Takht has created a code of conduct called the Rehat Maryada. The Sikh Rehat Maryada is the Official Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions. All Sikhs have a duty to uphold and adhere to the Rehat Maryada and it says: "Persons professing faiths other than the Sikh faith can not be joined in wedlock by the Anand Karaj Ceremony" *Extract from: Article XVIII item (k), Sikh Rehat Maryada
3. Why are a minority of Gurdwara's allowing mixed faith It is because
It is because a few Gurdwara Committees either knowingly or due to lack of awareness choose not to follow the Sikh Rehat Maryada. Another influencing factor is the financial gains from breaking the Sikh Rehat Maryada. How can you help? Spread the word share this information.
4. What is the alternative for mixed faith couples at a Gurdwara?
Sikhi is open to all to follow the ideals and principles of Naam Japna (meditation on the Eternal), Kirt Karni (honest living), Vand ke Shakna (sharing with others). Anyone who has respect of Guru Maharaj Ji may come to the Gurdwara Sahib and seek Guru Jee's blessings through an Akhand Path or Sukhmani Sahib path, Kirtan and Ardas. Mixed Faith couples are welcome to ask for blessings from Guru Jee but the Anand Karaj Ceremony may only be performed for those couples who both follow the Sikh Faith.