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    As to what was there before the world was created, there is this shabad from gurbani... ਅਰਬਦ ਨਰਬਦ ਧੁੰਧੂਕਾਰਾ ॥ For endless eons, there was only utter darkness. ਧਰਣਿ ਨ ਗਗਨਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥ There was no earth or sky; there was only the infinite Command of His Hukam. ਨਾ ਦਿਨੁ ਰੈਨਿ ਨ ਚੰਦੁ ਨ ਸੂਰਜੁ ਸੁੰਨ ਸਮਾਧਿ ਲਗਾਇਦਾ ॥੧॥ There was no day or night, no moon or sun; God sat in primal, profound Samaadhi. ||1|| ਖਾਣੀ ਨ ਬਾਣੀ ਪਉਣ ਨ ਪਾਣੀ ॥ There were no sources of creation or powers of speech, no air or water. ਓਪਤਿ ਖਪਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਣ ਜਾਣੀ ॥ There was no creation or destruction, no coming or going. ਖੰਡ ਪਤਾਲ ਸਪਤ ਨਹੀ ਸਾਗਰ ਨਦੀ ਨ ਨੀਰੁ ਵਹਾਇਦਾ ॥੨॥ There were no continents, nether regions, seven seas, rivers or flowing water. ||2|| ਨਾ ਤਦਿ ਸੁਰਗੁ ਮਛੁ ਪਇਆਲਾ ॥ There were no heavenly realms, earth or nether regions of the underworld. ਦੋਜਕੁ ਭਿਸਤੁ ਨਹੀ ਖੈ ਕਾਲਾ ॥ There was no heaven or hell, no death or time. ਨਰਕੁ ਸੁਰਗੁ ਨਹੀ ਜੰਮਣੁ ਮਰਣਾ ਨਾ ਕੋ ਆਇ ਨ ਜਾਇਦਾ ॥੩॥ There was no hell or heaven, no birth or death, no coming or going in reincarnation. ||3|| .......
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    It'a fairly common practice in India to hire raagis {some Amritdhari} to sing at Hindu festivals. They get hired owing to their good singing ability. The raagi receives financial reward in return and respect from the congregation. Most of these Sikh raagis do not actually worship these deities but sing puerly for financial gain. They see nothing wrong with it since they consider it to be devotional singing rather than lucheh {lustful} songs. This seems to be done purely on economic grounds rather than religious or political grounds.

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