Walking Bare Feet – Truth is bitter series 1

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It is a common practice among Sikhs to walk bare feet when ever they take the Guru Granth Sahib ji from one place to another . This tradition is followed regardless of weather conditions ( cold , ice , snow , rain or hot burning sand ).  It is commonly seen on TV during when they parade the Guru Granth Sahib ji  on the streets, this is referred to as “ Nagar Kirtan“. Leading the procession are  Five Singhs ( Panj Piareys ) who carry shinning swords , walk bare feet . Let us think , is this  Gurmat ( Guru ‘s  teaching ) or Manmat ( ignorance ) ?

Sikhs who follow this ritual believe that is how  they are paying respect to the Guru . They are not aware of that Guru’s respect is to read  and understand Gurbani and then apply it in your daily life. In other words Gurbani teaches us the “Way Of Life” to become a good citizen.  It can not be found within the  Guru Granth Sahib that walking in bare feet is paying  respect to the Guru.

It is understandable to walk bare feet in homes and in the Gurdwaras where cleanliness is of utmost importance, but out side on the road it is defeating the purpose. Walking in bare feet outside, followers feet are bound to get dirty, get injured or worse acquire an infection causing disease.

Now let us look back at the Guru period :

  • Did the Sikh Sangat walked bare feet when ever they went walking or following Guru Sahib ?
  • Guru Nanak Dev ji wrote bani and kept with himself in the form of Pothi’s (books) where ever he went. Did Guru Nanak walked bare feet ?
  • Bhai Mardana ji spent more than 50 years with Guru Nanak Dev ji , did he walked bare feet all this time ?
  • Guru Hargobind ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji with hundreds of Sikhs fought battles, were all the Sikhs bare feet in the battle fields ?

There is nothing in history that Guru asked the Sikhs to walk bare feet when walking with Guru ji.

Note : There is one thing in Indian history which may be a myth , that Emperor Akbar went to a Hindu Temple bare feet to please the Hindu people . So the saying goes like this : NANGI  NANGI  PARRI AKBAR  AYIA . It seems as though this how it  became a tradition,  which as we can see above is not reflective within  Sikhism.

In present times,  it looks as though that the Sikhs of today become more knowledgeable than their Gurus to carry on with this unnecessary practice.

  • Dear fellow Sikhs you have to analyse and decide yourself whether this ritual is a Gurmat or an Ignorance ?

We are now living in science age of 21st. Century, there fore no religious concept will be accepted which can not stand the test of Logic and Science.

Ramjit Singh Mann
ramjitmann@yahoo.ca

  • Did the Sikh Sangat walked bare feet when ever they went walking or following Guru Sahib ?

    Many walk bare foot.
     

    Guru Nanak Dev ji wrote bani and kept with himself in the form of Pothi’s (books) where ever he went. Did Guru Nanak walked bare feet ?
    Now who knows how Guru Nanak Ji walked.More important is the fact that He himself was a Godly Avtaar.A True enlightened Satguru.
    If he kept his bani with him and walked with Shoes/Chappals it is not to be questioned because it was his Bani.

    Bhai Mardana ji spent more than 50 years with Guru Nanak Dev ji , did he walked bare feet all this time ?
    Not to be questioned he was the chief associate.Must have walked as Guru Nanakdevji Walked.Not differently I am sure.
     

    Guru Hargobind ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji with hundreds of Sikhs fought battles, were all the Sikhs bare feet in the battle fields ?
    Now this is different.They were Gurus who fought battles.It was not required for them to do so.
    Hence let us not try to change the practice of walking barefooted while taking out procession of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

    • Dear Bhai Sahib

      Sat Sri Akal

      Thanks for your openminded comments, greatly appreciated. I simply tried to explain historical events with present practice to see if it will pass the test of logic, however I respect your views .

      Ramjit Singh Mann