Sovereignty

Inspiring Sikhs to Become a Global Collective

No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi. This impact is felt today and will be felt by future generations.

Many elements of Sikh identity—our marriage rites, how we name our children, our ceremonies,—are all affected by a single institution: the Akal Takht, the “Throne of the Timeless One”.

Creating Connection

The Akal Takht issues decrees that affect Sikhs around the world who have no influence over the decisions being made. So, over time, Sikhs have become separated from their own institutions. This has given rise to a generation who are disempowered, disenfranchised and disconnected from the very sense of oneness, community and empowerment that was granted to them through Sikhi. Today, the institution of the Akal Takht itself is enslaved by corruption and nepotism.

For Love and Justice

Sikhi was born as a movement of diversity and inclusion, to empower the downtrodden and free those enslaved in mind or body. Now, we will free the Akal Takht from political interference and reclaim its state of social, economic, political and spiritual sovereignty. The Free Akal Takht will welcome discourse from all Sikhs—without judgement of an individual’s path in life—and act as a source for representative, collective power.

Re-establishing the “Throne of the Timelesss One” will return our governing institutions to practicing the transcendent doctrines of love and justice, bowing to no other master and answering only to the Guru Granth-Panth.

Finally, the Akal Takht will return to its unifying role of engaging all Sikhs in the service of humanity.

 

ਵਡਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਦਰਬਾਰੁ ਸਚਾ ਤੁਧੁ ਤਖਤੁ ॥
Your court is great, Your throne is eternal.
—Guru Granth Sahib, p. 964

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  • commented 2016-11-19 00:24:43 -0800
    ਮੈਨੂੰ ਮਾਜੋਊਦਾ ਹਾਲਤਾ ਨੂੰ ਵੇਖ ਿਦਆ ਸੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੰਘ ਮਸਕੀਨ ਦਾ ਆਖਾਣ ਕਾਫੀ ਚੰਗਾ ਲੰਗਾ ਸੋ ਇਥੇ ਵੀ ਢੋਕਵਾ ਹੈ। ਜਦ ਆਸੀ ਆਜਾਦੀ ਦੀ ਿਵਚਾਰ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ।

    ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਇੱਕ ਹੈ ,,
    ਪਰ ,,

    ਅਸੀਂ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਵੀ ਇੱਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਾਂ ,, ਵੱਖ ਵੱਖ ਧੜਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਵੰਡੇ ਹੋਏ ਹਾਂ ,,
    ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਸਾਡਾ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਵੀ ਪੂਰਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਇਆ ,,

    ਅਸੀਂ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਵੀ ਇੱਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਾਂ ,, ਅਨੇਕਾਂ ਧੜਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਵੰਡੇ ਹੋਏ ਹਾਂ ,,
    ਸਾਡਾ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਵੀ ਪੂਰਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਇਆ ,, ( ਇਹ ਸਾਡੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਮਜੋਰੀ ਹੈ ,, ਇਸ ਕਮਜ਼ੋਰੀ ਦਾ ਸਭ ਨੂੰ ਪਤਾ ਹੈ ,, ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਕਮਜ਼ੋਰੀ ਦਾ ਦੋਖੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਫਾਇਦਾ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਹੈ )

    ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਅਸੀਂ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਇੱਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਣਾ ਸਕੇ ,,
    ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਅਸੀਂ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਇੱਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਣਾ ਸਕੇ ,,

    ਪਰ ,,
    ਪ੍ਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਇੱਕ ਹੈ ,,
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-09 10:31:15 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.
  • @Deep1708 tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-09 10:31:13 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi. http://www.freeakaltakht.org/?recruiter_id=4792
  • commented 2016-11-08 15:44:40 -0800
    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫ਼ਤਹਿ॥ ਵਿਅਾਪਿਕ ਪੱਧਰ ’ਤੇ ੲਿੱਕਲੇ-ੲਿਕੱਲੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਤੱਕ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਯਕੀਨੀ ਬਣਾੲੀ ਜਾਵੇ ਜੀ। “ਸਦਾ ਅੰਗ ਸੰਗੇ”
  • followed this page 2016-11-07 17:00:15 -0800
  • commented 2016-10-25 06:39:04 -0700
    I find that SGPC and AKAL TAKHAT has been dominated by corrupt political bosses of the day. Religion has been dominated by politics at all levels. Moreover SGPC after 1947 and more recently after truncation of Punjab into a small Subi, has lost its representative character among Sikhs globally. There is therefore need for a more broader body to incorporate Sikhs representatives from each country abroad besides each Indian State inhibiting Sikhs. Thus shall control all Sikh institutions everywhere. Moreover, the system of election has served to divide Sikhs rather than unite them. The use of power and money has further eroded the sanctity of this august body.

    Your singular attention was to attack the efficacy of Satnam Khalsa, which is true to some extent. But when there is no hope visible, Sangat took recourse to SK in the hope it may strengthen Sikhs rather than becoming counter productive thanks to political dominance in religious affairs of Sikhs. Kindly give a deep thought to my humble submissions.

    To my mind the AKAL TAKHAT can be freed only if SGPC is made a globally representative body of Sikhs. The members in SGPC shall not be member of any political party, regional or national. AKAL TAKHAT was, is and shall remain a free concept, we need to make it an independent body outside the control of SGPC by culling out its Ministers out of Puran Gursikhs, through selection process.

    We need to unitedly stay strong and forge ahead.

    Tejinder Singh
  • followed this page 2016-08-14 17:26:12 -0700
  • commented 2016-07-04 22:10:45 -0700
    I am agree with Shaminderjit Singh. First of all, we need a digital platform to connect with sikh people across the globe.
  • commented 2016-06-24 12:34:16 -0700
    ਮੈਂ ਪੁਰ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਹਮਾਇਤ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ । ਆਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾ ਹੀ ਆਜਾਦ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ।
  • commented 2016-05-05 10:01:05 -0700
    I feel tat we an sole many problems if we hae an akal takht wi is digital in nature . ofourse it would ae all te security measure installed on it and so on . we sould also strie for accountability . Luckily guru maaraj as already reated te kalsa wose aim is to work for te betterment of te pant and protet it . terefore if we an ae a digital platform were all te kalsa is aounted for ten diret intrutions from te akal takt an be gien to te kalsa . Tis would be te root solution i feel . 1. a digital akal takht. 2. a digital accountability system of te kalsa and distribution of te tasks to te kalsa
  • commented 2016-03-01 08:07:36 -0800
    I agree with Harry Brar let’s not get caught up with side issues but sort out the main problems in governance and accountability in relation to the faith not the politics.
  • commented 2016-02-29 10:47:42 -0800
    It is a much needed initiative . " All it takes for evil to flourish is few good men doing nothing " at the same time all it takes to bring about big change is One Man with Vision .
    Yes we are looking for change, some kind of order, transparency, consistency and inclusion of the voice of all 30 million Sikhs that includes women, new generation as well as all Sikhs around the world not just India.

    Read few comments and question and I would like to say that when your ship is sinking, that is not the time to question on what kind of interior you want or color of the paint on lower deck. That is the time to leave aside all differences, join hands and focus on sailing .
  • followed this page 2016-02-28 22:12:35 -0800
  • commented 2016-02-28 18:20:21 -0800
    My Dear brothers and sisters , my suggestion for development of sikhs is that sikhs all over the world should be enrolled and each should be issued a unique id and while selecting all important religious posts voting can be held online even just for example election of Akal Takhat Jathedar and even for helping needy sikhs we can help them .All collections and expenses should be on website and very transparent so that everybody is satisfied. By this way by helping each other we can control derawad.
  • followed this page 2016-02-28 10:35:26 -0800
  • commented 2016-02-27 15:06:22 -0800
    Thanks for organizing those workshops to get the conversation going at least. Some comments have been regarding why only a handful of people are there at events. It’s been proven over & over that small class sizes are way more effective than large ones when it comes to learning or deliberating. Those town halls are not a place to discuss and provide your input but rather get more information about it. Once attendees have the information they can provide their input online. Some comments have been regarding which bani or maryada the organizers support. These issues have always been and will be there given the amount of institutions within the Panth. The only thing we all agree on is Guru Granth Sahib and let’s keep Guruji at the center. This is not about whether one believes in dasam granth or not, whether one eats meat or not or whether he/she listens to a certain baba or not, it’s about developing governance framework for the Akal Takht. Let’s just keep our personal views about a certain topic aside. We can debate those in our local gatherings. For this project, just answer the following 3 questions to see if it requires your input:
    1) Do you identify yourself as a Sikh?
    2) Do you think The Akal Takht is currently being controlled & influenced by political states?
    3) If yes, do you think it should be free from any political interference?

    If you answered yes to all three, then please feel free to contribute your perspective with the above questions in mind. Let’s develop answers for questions like:
    Who should be responsible for appointing Jathedars? Since a Jathedar is merely implementing what Panj Piares decide then the questions becomes how should Panj Piares be chosen? Provide your input and something positive will definitely come out of it.
    There are so many other questions on the Google Doc which all of us can answer and critique.

    I also attended one of the town halls and some people confuse it with a Khalistan movement. Akal Takht should be free regardless of the state: whether it is India, Punjab or Khalistan. Free Akal Takht would co-exist with any local government as it represents global Sikhs not a local state.

    And I don’t think we should expect results overnight. Some people have asked how we will take it up with Indian and Punjab governments which are valid questions. I agree with one of the approaches suggested by Baljinder Singh that the case can be taken up in the Supreme court but the issue is are we ready for it? There is currently no governance framework in place. Even if Supreme court of India was to free it from their influence, then new “masands” will become in-charge of it. This project is what deals with the development of the framework. This will not happen overnight fellow Sikhs. Let’s get all the intellectuals, women, professionals involved and develop something that everyone agrees to. For example, those with strong knowledge of Sikhism can help develop a code of conduct, lawyers can put that in the legal form, finance professionals can set-up audit procedures to increase accountability and transparency and that is just the beginning of it. Only then we will be able to move ahead.

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!
    Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
  • commented 2016-02-24 08:13:08 -0800
    MR HARINDER SINGH good afternoon I attended your Twickenham conference in London and it was no doubt very well spoken and organised but I want to clarify something very straightforward. Are you linked to darshan ragi ? Secondly do you oppose dasam di baani jaap sahib , tav prasad sawayia , chaupai sahib ? Will be waiting for your answer . Thanks
  • commented 2016-02-21 14:59:21 -0800
    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh ji.
    Sikh’s should have their Akaal Takht Sahib independent from all political parties and state interference.
    I was reading a post of Bhai Baljinder Singh ji which is 9 days old and well written and informative.
    Akaal Takht Sahib ji should be independent and according to code of conduct given By Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji Maharaj and Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. …
    Hopefully I will see in my lifetime to see free Akaal Takht Sahib ji from these modern “Mahant’s” and state interfering " Crooks "……
    Once we are freed from them no matter whichever political party comes to power in punjab , they will think 100 times before to do anything wrong to Sikh’s.
    It should be in best interest for all punjab people not only Sikh’s but other faith’s as well. Because Sikh works on "ਸਰਬਤ ਦਾ ਭਲਾ " concept…

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹਿ ਜੀ |
  • commented 2016-02-21 14:34:53 -0800
    ਤੋਂ
  • commented 2016-02-20 12:39:36 -0800
    This needs to happen but I agree with the comments made by another reader that the Akal Takht should not be politically linked in any way. It should be involved in any laws being considered by the state which has a direct effect on Sikhi, but other than that it should remain independent.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-20 12:23:02 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-20 11:09:46 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.
  • @Smart_Move_UR tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-20 11:09:43 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi. http://www.freeakaltakht.org/?recruiter_id=1426
  • commented 2016-02-20 08:21:27 -0800
    Exel step Harinder Singh ji.AkalTakhat foundation is based on the true spirit of Guru Granth Sahib Jee.And Respect for the principle of AkalTakhat Takhat is the need of day.And AkalTakhat Takhat is the True guider for whole Sikh community .
  • followed this page 2016-02-19 22:56:50 -0800
  • commented 2016-02-16 01:46:17 -0800
    Must be same as or as close to original as possible. Too many variations now. We must not allow our egos to decide this. It is for benefit of all so we can’t allow our own personal opinions to override Gurus instructions.
  • commented 2016-02-15 13:53:44 -0800
    Good initiative………… hope we will have good database and out own portals and resolving all other issues including free akal takht.
  • commented 2016-02-12 09:54:02 -0800
    “ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ।” ਅੱਜ-ਕੱਲ੍ਹ ਸਿੱਖ ਸਫਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਸ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਨੂੰ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਕਾਫ਼ੀ ਚਾਰਾਜੋਈ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕੁਝ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੋਈਆ ਘਟਨਾਵਾਂ ਨੇ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹਿਲਾ ਕੇ ਰੱਖ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ। ਅਜਿਹਾ ਹੀ ਹਲੂਣਾ 1984 ਵਿੱਚ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ ਜਦੋਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਗਿਰਾਈ ਗਈ ਸੀ।
    ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਟੇਢੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ। ਮੁੱਖ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਇਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਐਕਟ ਥੱਲੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਦਾ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਇਹ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਤਖਤ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਤਖਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਜ਼ਿਕਰ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਐਕਟ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੈ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਇਸ ਤੱਥ ਨੂੰ ਜੇ ਅਦਾਲਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਚੈਲੰਜ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਸ਼੍ਰੌਮਣੀ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਦੇ ਕਾਰਜ ਖੇਤਰ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਹਰ ਹੋ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ।
    ਫਿਰ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਇਹ ਆਵੇਗਾ ਕਿ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੇ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਦੀ ਚੋਣ ਦਾ ਵਿਧੀ ਵਿਧਾਨ ਕੀ ਹੋਵੇ? ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਪਰ ਯਾਦ ਰਖਿਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਕਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਗ਼ੈਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਤਾਂ ਕਬੂਲ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਪਤਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਸੋ ਵਿੱਧੀ ਵਿਧਾਨ ਬਣਾਉਣ ਵੇਲੇ ਕੇਵਲ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਮੂਲੀਅਤ ਹੀ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ, ਪਤਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ। ਜਿਹੜੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਇਸ ਵਕਤ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ, ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਤਨਖਾਈਏ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜ਼ਿਆਦਾ ਹਨ। ਸੋ ਇਹ ਨਾ ਹੋਵੇ ਕਿ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਹਾਲਾਤਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਜਜਬਾਤਾ ਦਾ ਫ਼ਾਇਦਾ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹੋਏ , ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਹੀ ਖਤਮ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਜਾਣ। ਜਦੋਂ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਨਵੀਂ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਬਣਾਈ ਗਈ ਸੀ ਤਾਂ ਕੁਝ ਪ੍ਰਮੁਖ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਦਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਨਹੀਂ ਰਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ। ਜਿਵੇਂ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਪਿੱਛੇ ਝਾਕਣ ਦੀ ਕਿਸੇ ਨੂੰ ਇਜਾਜ਼ਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਪਰ ਨਵੀਂ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਪਰਕਰਮਾਂ ਬਣਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ। ਪਰਕਰਮਾਂ ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਹੈ ਹੁਣ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਵੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਵਰਗੀ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੂੰ ਮੱਥਾ ਟੇਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਸ਼ਸਤਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਰ ਨਿਵਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਝੁਕ ਕੇ ਸਰੋਪਾ ਲੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ , ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਤੇ ਤਖਤ ਦੀ ਉਚਾਈ ਵੱਲ ਵੇਖ ਕੇ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਲਵਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ।
    ਪੰਥਕ ਤਾਕਤ ਪੰਥਕ ਸਿਧਾਂਤਾਂ ਦੀ ਮਜ਼ਬੂਤੀ ਵੱਲ ਸੇਧਤ ਹੋਣੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਦਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਰਖਿਆ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ, ਨਹੀਂ ਤਾਂ ਸਿਵਾਏ ਖੱਜਲ ਖ਼ੁਆਰੀ ਤੋਂ ਕੁਝ ਪੱਲੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਪਵੇਗਾ।
  • commented 2016-02-10 20:14:57 -0800
    Guru Fateh to all . Free Akal takhat is must and is a realty. I’ve read the draft , understood it and just want to say ‘Panj Payaras’ model appeal more at regional level. And just a matter to carry this initiative forward.
    Sat Shri Akal.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-10 19:45:40 -0800
    No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.