The Edict of Sikh Weddings in Gurudwaras? Why the strong control?
Dear Freedom and Leela,
Perhaps you may have heard of edicts about the anand karaj ceremony having to be in a gurdwara. What is your experience in how other couples have handled this, especially in cases of inter-racial marriages.
I believe God is everywhere, not just in the four walls of a gurdwara. Just looking for other thought on the matter. Appreciate your time...
We are sitting on the polar end of this discussion...
The discussion is not spiritual, but secular, political and economical.
There is NOTHING in the Guru Granth Sahib about getting married in the Sikh Temple, wearing a turban, the 5 K's, the 5 prayers, any rituals for or requirements for marriage, etc. and Sikhs claim the SGGS as their Compass, don't they?
The premise of the Scriptures is to go beyond the mind into the realm of love and oneness.
Here is the other side of the spectrum.
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Anand Karaj (Punjabi: ਅਨੰਦ ਕਾਰਜ, anand kāraj) is the Sikh marriage ceremony, meaning “Blissful Union” or “Joyful Union”, that was introduced byGuru Amar Das. The four Lavan (marriage hymns which take place during the marriage ceremony) were composed by his successor, Guru Ram Das. It was originally legalised in India through the passage of the Anand Marriage Act 1909 but is now governed by the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh code of conduct and conventions) that was issued by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).
In a recent verdict of the Sri Akaal Takht Sahib,i.e. a Hukumnama, Anand Karaj can only take place in a Gurudwara. This has raised some controversy, as it seems the only real reason for this is to protect the financial welfare of the Gurudwara. Any Amritdhari (Baptized) sikh may perform the marriage ceremony.
Pakistan passed the Sikh Anand Marriage Act in 2007. A Sikh from anywhere in the world can register his or her marriage there, though the marriage ceremony has to be conducted in the country as it extends the provisions of the law applicable to any Sikh irrespective of his nationality. There had been instances when Sikhs from various countries had got their marriages registered in Pakistan
Note all the new Sikh Wedding marriage Rules and Laws were NOT set at the times of Gurus and are modern day creations to fit the mood of current leaders.
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