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Sarbat Khalsa appointed Jathedars announce to initiate anti-drug pilgrimage in Punjab


TARN TARAN, Punjab—As per directions of Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, the Sarbat Khalsa appointed Jathedars have announced to initiate an anti-drug pilgrimage across Punjab to encourage the youth towards Sikhi. The pilgrimage will start from Sri Fatehgarh Sahib on August 16 and will cover almost all major towns of Punjab during a month long program scheduled to be end on September 15 at Sri Anandpur Sahib.

Addressing the media at Gurdwara Sahib of Rasulpur (Tarn Taran), interim Jathedar Dhian Singh Mand said that drugs and superstitions have engulfed the sacred land of Punjab.  “Youth of Punjab was diverting towards drugs and there is no scope of improvement in dirty politics of Punjab,” he told Sikh24.  “Along with political parties, the SGPC is also fully responsible for the worst condition of Punjab,” Bhai Mand said.

“We are carrying out this program as per directions of Jathedar Jagtar Singh Hawara who is keen to encourage youth of Punjab towards Sikhi.  This month long pilgrimage for preachment of Sikhi is being started as per his directions,” he said.

He added that 6 stages are scheduled to be organized during the daily program in which renowned Dhadis, Kavishars and Kirtanis will address the religious discourse to the masses. Jathedar Dhian Singh mand has appealed the Sikh institutions to extend support in this pilgrimage.  

Detail of the pilgrimage is as follow:

  1. August 16, 2016 – Fatehgarh Sahib
  2. August 17, 2016 – Khanna
  3. August 18, 2016 – Patiala
  4. August 19, 2016 – Sangrur
  5. August 21, 2016 – Mansa
  6. August 22, 2016 – Barnala
  7. August 23, 2016 – Bathinda
  8. August 24, 2016 – Faridkot
  9. August 26, 2016 – Mukatsar Sahib
  10. August 27, 2016 – Fazilka
  11. August 28, 2016 – Ferozepur
  12. August 29, 2016 – Moga
  13. August 30, 2016 – Jagrawan
  14. August 31, 2016 – Ludhiana
  15. September 2, 2016 – Nawanshehar
  16. September 3, 2016 – Hoshiarpur
  17. September 4, 2016 – Pathankot
  18. September 5, 2016 – Gurdaspur
  19. September 6, 2016 – Batala
  20. September 7, 2016 – Sri Amritsar Sahib
  21. September 9, 2016 – Patti
  22. September 10, 2016 – Tarn Taran  
  23. September 11, 2016 – Kapurthala
  24. September 12, 2016 – Jalandhar
  25. September 13, 2016 – Mohali
  26. September 14, 2016 – Ropar
  27. September 15, 2016 – Sri Anandpur Sahib

Jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal, Bhai Mohkam Singh (President, United Akali Dal), Bhai Satnam Singh Manawa, Bhai Sikandar Singh Warana, Baba Bira Singh Kar Sewa Wale, Baba Pritpal Singh Rasulpur, Baba Sahib Singh Gujjarpura, Baba Harpal Singh Baler, Baba Sawinder Singh Chohla Sahib, Bhai Balwant Singh Gopala, Bhai Baljit Singh patti, Baba L;akhwinder Singh Jaura, Bhai Harpal Singh Warana and others were present on this occasion.

https://www.sikh24.com/2016/08/07/sarbat-khalsa-appointed-jathedars-announce-to-initiate-anti-drug-pilgrimage-in-punjab/#.V7NgMffD_qA Daas honestly thinks it's the 40% of the Non-Sikhs taking Drugs in Punjab especially since 40% of Punjab is on drugs, according to the demographics.

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4 hours ago, KhoonKaBadlaKhoon said:

Well, Daas is highly mistaken. Go take a trip to Punjab and see the reality. No point living in denial. 

Yep you'll be surprised, the dhadi Jatha that was booked for a relatives wedding took their dose of "whatever" before performing Kirtan, as I was told, because I asked how one could stand that long in one position. 

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8 hours ago, simran345 said:

Yep you'll be surprised, the dhadi Jatha that was booked for a relatives wedding took their dose of "whatever" before performing Kirtan, as I was told, because I asked how one could stand that long in one position. 

Find out what it was please. I think I need some for my job.

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I should add this little but important point (which in no way should be taken as condoning recreational drug use!), but when you look at our history, it looks like a few prominent kavis/likharis would khaa/pee something before putting pen to paper.... I think it helped them creatively.


Kavi Santokh and Giani Gian Singh are two examples. 

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On 8/22/2016 at 9:55 AM, Thanatos said:

Wasn't Bang used in pain-relief too? to help sleeping and wounds in battle. can't recall properly maybe @dallysingh101 can shed some light on it since Sikh history seems to be his forte. 

I think Bhangu's Panth Prakash sheds most light on its use. This can be supplemented with the early European spy reports on the Sikh raj.

Judging by them, bhang appears to have used as some sort of psychotropic mood elevator in violent times (bhangu mentions its use at the start of the day), and also as a sleeping aid as goray specifically mention the use of bhang after long marches, being taken in the evening (a muscle relaxant and sleep aid perhaps?)

Given recent research on sukha it might be that SInghs were using it to combat ptsd and to counterbalance psychopathy that is not unknown to manifest itself as a consequence of repeated exposure to bloody violence. What our ancestor's faced in the 1700s was about as gruesome and violent as it can get. You have to remember a lot of things get removed from history because it is too painful for a community. Given the enemy and their cultural norms you can bet that female family members being raped or taken away as sex slaves wasn't uncommon. People faced a lot back then. 

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