Warriors of Faith

Aarti in Sikhi

Very often, Singhs ask Daas about Aarti Maryada in Guru-Ghar, as there are certain Takhats and groups which do Aarti with lighting lamps in plates, doing Aarti like Brahmins do it in Hindu temples.

 Mahapurkh Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh ji Khalsa Bhindranwale, 12th Jathedar of Damdami Taksal and renowned scholar of Gurbaani and Gurmat, who were respected by Gursikhs across Jathebandis for their Giaan, Jap-Tap and Kamaai as greatest vidwaan of 20th century have cleared concept of Aarti in ‘Gurbaani Paath Darpan’.

 In chapter of Akhand Paath maryada, page 168, Santji writes.

ਆਰਤੀ ੳਚਾਰਨੀ, ਦੀਵੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਾਲਣੇ,ਕੇਵਲ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਪੜਨੇ ਅਤੇ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਨਾ, ਫਿਰ ਕੜਾਹ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਦ ਵੰਡਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਖੁੱਲਾ ਲੰਗਰ ਕਰਨਾ।
(Do Aarti, don’t light lamps, only read Shabads of Aarti and Do Kirtan, then distribute Karah Parshad and have open Langar )

On page 135, Mahapurakhs write

ਹਰ ਪਾਠ ਦੇ ਭੋਗ ਪੈਣ ਤੇ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਤੇ ਆਰਤੀ ੳਚਾਰੇ( ਬਿਨਾਂ ਮ੍ਰਿਤਕ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਦਾ)
(ਨੋਟ- ਆਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਹੀ ੳਚਾਰਨੇ, ਦੀਵੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਾਲਣੇ)
(At bhog of every Paath, do Kirtan and sing Aarti (except first path of an individual’s death)
(Note- Only Sing Shabads of Aarti, don’t light lamps)

Under title of Aarti, Santji wrote complete Maryada of Aarti and in the end he writes-

ਆਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਬੈਠ ਕੇ ਪੜਨੇ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਕਰਨਾ
ਹੀ ਯੋਗ ਹੈ।ਥਾਲ ਵਿਚ ਦੀਵੇ ਬਾਲ ਕੇ ਆਰਤੀ ਦਾ ਖੰਡਨ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਾਂ ਨੇ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ।
(It is best to sit and sing Shabads of Aarti. Doing Aarti with lighted lamps in plates has been rejected by Satguruji.)

So going by  Gurmat and Gurbaani, it is best to sit and sing Aarti in Kirtan form without lighting lamps, as  lighting of lamps is contrary to teachings of Satguru Guru Granth Sahib ji.

(Reference Note- These pictures are from Santji's Gurbaani Paath Darpan).

Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Sunday, March 13. 2011

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