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Does Sikhism Actually Support The Concept Of Super Heroes??

By: Gurleen | July 21, 2016

A super hero trend is floating in the market at the moment. The freshly released trailer of Tiger Shroff starrer A Flying Jatt actually made me wonder whether a mere turban and Khanda makes one a Sikh?? Why don't such teams promote Amritdhari Sikhs??

There's another film in the pipeline which has a similar concept!

It's called Super Singh and will star Diljit Dosanjh. Though we respect the fact that the creative teams like to experiment with different concepts and it's all fiction but well...they have to realise that people might relate them to a particular religion!

That's because of the attire which the so called super hero is seen supporting.

Now here's a question for all my readers who have some knowledge about Sikhism...does Sikhi actually support the concept of super heroes??

Have any of the ten Sikh Gurus ever used any super natural powers to get their things in place??

Nope! Sikhism does not promote the use of any such powers, be it even for the sake of humanity. The Sikh Gurus have fought like brave soldiers in the battlefields and have lost their life to atrocities inflicted onto them and that too practically by monsters disguised as humans, but have never used any magical powers to win over any enemy.

It took some time for SGPC to react to this Sikh super hero trend! Yep..they sat together and realised that basically the use of Khanda was objectionable and sent a warning letter to the makers.

What happened after that??


Now, after the warnings went fruitless, SGPC sat for a meeting under the chairmanship of its President Avtar Singh Makkar and it was decided to initiate legal action if the makers of the film did not remove the objectionable scenes. (yeah that means Tiger Shroff wearing the costume with Khanda on it!)

SGPC Additional Secretary Diljit Singh Bedi said the objection was regarding the hero's turban, attire, and Khanda sign on the back. Bedi said the SGPC had sent a communication to the film producers in November last year objecting to the use of the Khanda symbol but got no response.

On December 30, SGPC President Makkar wrote to the producers again but the scenes were not removed.

Besides Tiger Shroff, the film features actress Jacqueline Fernandez and professional wrestler Nathan Jones. Bedi said the film's producers were trying to provoke the Sikhs and would be responsible for the consequences.

So here, my question is for all the people out there who know even the bleakest of facts about Sikhism and off course the saakhis of our Gurus..has any one ever heard any of our Gurus flying from one place to another or performing miraculous tasks??


Here's a saakhi for my readers which clearly proves that Sikhism forbids anything and anyone like a super hero, magical powers, super powers or miracles!


The saakhi of Baba Atal Rai ji is one such example. 

Baba Atal Rai was son of Guru Hargobind ji born to Mata Nanaki at Amritsar on 23 October 1619. He died at the tender age of nine years. The circumstances of his death, as narrated in Gurbilas Chhevin Patshahi, were most extraordinary.

Atal Rai had a playmate, Mohan, who was the son of a local businessman, Suini Shah. One day as they played with ball and sticks far into the evening, the forfeit was upon Mohan. During the night Mohan was bitten by a snake and he died. When he did not turn up for play the following morning, Atal Rai went to his home to find the members of his family wailing and lamenting.

Baba Atal Rai innocently walked up to where Mohan was lying under a sheet spread over him, and spoke: "Why do you sleep so soundly, dear friend? It is not time for sleep: and, remember, you owe us the forfeit." Saying these words, he touched the boy with his stick. The boy stood up.

The story that Atal Rai raised a dead body swept through the town.

Guru Hargobind was not pleased when he heard this. "Karamat Qahar Hai -- Miracle making is violence. None should attempt to intervene in the Will of the Lord," he told his son.

Atal Rai took the admonition to heart. Making a respectful bow, he quietly retired from the Guru's presence. After ablutions in the sacred pool of Amritsar and having recited his paath on the bank of Kaulsar, he lay down on the ground with the stick underneath his head and went to his eternal repose.

This happened on 13 September 1628. A 9-story octagonal edifice in Amritsar commemorating the 9-year-old Sahibzada (Guru's son) is also popularly known as Baba Atal after him.

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The Gurudwara of Baba Atal is known for its langar and an old saying "Baba Atal Pakiyan Pakaiyan Ghal" "Baba Atal send us the already cooked food" is true with 24-hour ever continuous Langar at this Gurdwara, possible only through the volunteer service of Gursikhs.

This is just one saakhi, there are others too!

Again, our intent is not to defame anyone or anything, it's just a humble request to the creative minds who wish to explore the world through their picturesque expertise that before classifying a particular embodiment to an act, possibly to attain the attention of a particular class, culture or community, a proper historical research needs to be done so as to avoid hurting any religious sentiments and off course creating stories that might go against the supreme power and sacred belief.

Stop using Punjabism and Sikhism haywire, we are a respected community and not mere profit making subject to exploit.

Please show some respect!

Sarbat da bhala

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