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I just had a few questions about, 'Akal Bunga' which I was hoping that the sangat could help me with. Firstly, I saw a video of the funeral of Baba Mani Singh, and I didn't really understand a few things i saw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2IGhLZ_WYQ 1. In the above video, the body of Baba Mani Singh has a chaur sahib being waved above it, and members of the Akal Bunga sangat seem to be covering the body in almonds and mishri. This includes the current head of the organisation Baba Surinder Singh also did the same so this act of placing food items onto the dead body seems to be sanctioned by the organisation. Watching the video you can see the body has been completely covered in sultanas, almonds and mishri. I found this quite odd. What use does a dead body have for food? Can someone please explain? 2.I was also surprised at Baba Surinder Singh, at about 10:40 in the video he seems to actually bow his head onto the body and start crying a lot. I thought we only bow our head to Guru Granth Sahib Jee. Also I thought in Sikhi we don't cry about people passing as it is bhana, especially spiritually advanced Brahmgyanis? He also seems to repeatedly lower his head to the dead body. I'm just wondering if that's part of Gursikhi? The sangat seem to be coming and bowing down as well. 3. Just wondering about the photo below, why is Baba Mani Singh's hand placed in the way it is? What is he saying by putting his hand up in that way for the camera?
On 4th November 1970 at St Chads Hospital in Edgbaston UK, Sant Baba Mani Singh Jee graced this earth with his arrival. Today is the 43rd anniversary of his birth. A small glimpse of this divine soul can be seen below............take out 45mins from your busy day to listen to the sermon, I will be surprised if you do not glean something to support you in your Gursikhi journey.