3. Buying and Selling Gurbani – The Akhand Paat Business


With the Agami, Anant, Apaar and Beant Kirpa of the Guru and Akal Purakh – Paar Braham Parmeshwar we are taking this opportunity to  talk about the subject topic in the following text.

We will very humbly request the Sangat to be very patient while reading this message and try to understand the subject with a cool and calm mind and then make a decision whether it makes a sense to you and will you commit to follow the advise or not. 


The topic of this message is a very sensitive one, we don’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings, but we feel it very important to bring this truth out to the masses and help them benefit from it.  However, sometimes it is real difficult to digest the truth and accept it, because truth is bitter and hard to digest and follow, but if you are able to understand it in its right perspective then we are very confident that you will benefit from it.


The effort here is to restore the true values of divinity and spirituality and learn to follow the divine knowledge – Braham Gyan of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.  To bring this divine gift of unlimited values, which is full of diamonds and jewels, and bring these priceless pearls of divinity and spirituality in our daily lives and be in Chad Di Kala, and remain in Chad Di Kala for all ages to come –


 The diamonds are in this lake; they are the food of the swans.

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Only enlightened souls who are Suhagans and Sada Suhagans (are called swans – Hans) know these priceless jewels and diamonds and this is their food, the Braham Gyan is the food for their soul and mind –

 Spiritual wisdom is the food of the God-conscious being.

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Over the past several hundred years there have been tremendous distortions and twists that has taken place in our religious practices. These distortions in religious practices have basically distorted the society to that an extent that the real values of religion and religious behavior and actions have become a dream.


When we compare ourselves to the olden times, the times when the Ten Gurus and other Sants and Bhagats were present on this earth. The real perceptions have changed with the time, the current perceptions which can be for sure called as unreal and untrue form a major reason for the illusion we are living in and in performing our religious activities.


These unreal perceptions have caused so much illusion in the minds of the society that most of rather all of our actions have become full of hypocrisy – Pakhand.


One such (unreal) reality is selling and buying Gurbani.


The religion has become a business all over the world. Reading Gurbani and singing Gurbani as originally
created by the Creator and sung by the Gurus, Sants, Bhagats and Ragees in Ragmala (various classical raags), was a pure and pious service of the Guru, Paar Braham Parmeshwar and the Sangat.


All the Gurbani has been written and recited in Ragmala, and now we can hardly find anybody singing the Gurbani in the real language of Akal Purakh – the music – Ragmala.


The real effect of the Gurbani is felt on our soul and mind when it is sung in the real Ragmala. This pious and pure selfless service of the Guru, Akal Purakh and Sangat has taken shape of business over a period of time. We have to pay money and buy an Akhand Path where ever we want it. We have to pay money and bring any kind of a kirtanya to do kirtan anywhere we want. Every religious place has made its own price list for such religious activities.Every kirtanya has established his price per hour of kirtan.


Not only that when such a religious activity such as Akhand Path is done, how many of us sit by the side and listen to the Gurbani? And if we are not even listening to it then how are we going to be benefited from such an Akhand Path?  And if we are not listening to the Gurbani then who is listening to the Gurbani, may be Almighty who is omni present is listening to it and feeling very happy over our behaviour!!  Or are we making Him listen that we have organized an Akhand Path of His Bani.


In whatever way we look at this so called very religious act of ours, we will never be able to answer and justify it as a reality.  The reality is that we are cheating ourselves by doing so. The reality is that this is a sheer act of hypocrisy on our part, the reality is that we have not even learnt the ABC of the religion.


This is extremely important for the Sangat to know that buying and selling Akhand Paths, Sampat Paths, Kirtan and Gurbani is a Dargahi Crime, this is a big evil that is eating away the society.


There is no price for Gurbani, these are priceless jewels and diamonds of Braham Gyan, and how can we sell them, this is nothing but Andh Agyan and Andh Vishwaas. This is like trading Gurbani – which is a Dargahi Crime.


Buying and selling Gurbani becomes the “Loonharami” (traitor)  part of our character and any body who does that is punishable in the Dargah of Akal Purakh. The people who do the buying and selling of Gurbani never gain anything in spiritually. This is a bad tradition and must be stopped.

Let us look back and try to find out if these kinds of Akhand Paths were organized by the Gurus? The answer will be negative.  It looks like none of the Gurus started this practice of Akhand Path, and
Sampat Path.  Apparently this custom came into existence much later than that. With whatever limited knowledge we have learned from Gurbani itself tells us that only reading of Gurbani will not do anything to us, Guru Nanak Patshah has very clearly said this in the Asa Di Vaar:


verse, First Mehl:
You may read and read loads of books; you may read and study vast multitudes of books.
You may read and read boat-loads of books; you may read and read and fill pits with them.
You may read them year after year; you may read them as many months are there are.
You may read them all your life; you may read them with every breath.
O Nanak, only one thing is of any account:

everything else is useless babbling and idle talk in ego. ||1||

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The above verse very clearly establishes that reading even all of our life time will not do any good to us spiritually, it will bring in us only ego and will be of no spiritual value, spirituality comes by adopting the Gurbani in our daily lives, by doing what the Gurbani is telling us to do, by restoring to the praise of Akal Purakh – Paar Braham Parmeshwar, by serving the Almighty, and what is the highest level of service to the Creator is very clearly established in Sukhmani –


The remembrance of God is the highest and most exalted of all.

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There are several other quotes in Gurbani which tell us that unless we understand the Gurbani and bring it into our daily practice we will not be able to gain anything from it.

The real Akhand Path is the Naam Simran – the person who does Naam simran in Smadhee for one hour is counted more than one Akhand Path in the Dargah of Akal Purakh. And the person who goes in to Sunn Smadhee –deep meditation for a few minutes does much more seva of Akal Purakh.   For example, in history – Raja Janak was a Puran Braham Gyani and was able to relieve each and every soul in the hell just in only 12.5 minutes of Sun Smadhee.  So much was the reward given to Him for sitting in Sun Smadhee for 12.5 minutes. That is why Gurbani says –

The “Consciousness In Deep Sunn Smadhee”,
the “Supreme Being”,
the “Lord of the three worlds” –
these are Your Names, Lord.

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In the remembrance of the Lord, He Himself is Formless.

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So that is the reason we urge the Sangat to concentrate more and more on Naam Simran, leaving aside other religious actions.

Let us take a few minutes and conduct a self-assessment in light of above the text. If we are a part of this Dargahi Crime of buying or selling Gurbani, then we should stop participating in such a crime and save ourselves from this hypocritical action of ours.


Let us stop this practice and remove this evil from our society. Let us commit ourselves to practicing Gurbani in our daily lives and make our lives sublime in this present life. Whatever little bit of Gurbani we learn we bring it in our actions and reactions, in our behavior, in our interactions with others, and make it a way of our lives.


Let us try to be first truthful to ourselves, then only we will be able to be truthful to the others, and will become a completely truthful person, and become capable of serving the truth, thereby eliminating all the
hypocrisy – Pakhand from our lives.

Sach De Chakkar (Servant Of Truth)


Dassan Das (Slave Of God’s Slaves)