Chamkaur S. Sandhu posted about Sovereignty on Facebook 2016-02-20 11:09:46 -0800No matter how strongly you identify as a Sikh, the Akal Takht has a direct impact on your experience of Sikhi.
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”.
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
Chamkaur S. Sandhu