Seeing the rarest of the rarest arrest and the subsequent sentencing of charlatan and flamboyant baba Gurmeet Ram Raheem of Sirsa, Haryana, one thing is crystal clear that no living man can be a ‘perfect guru or master’ as each and every human that we see around us has some or other character weakness that usually remains hidden to people around us. And here I remember the significant, worthwhile and strong commandment given by the tenth and the last guru of the Sikhs – Guru Gobind Singh – who wisely and authoritatively proclaimed that after him there will be no ‘living guru’. He strictly and clearly advised the Sikhs of that time that after him there will be no adherence to the orthodox, customary and historical tradition of nominating and appointing ‘guru’. He straightforwardly instructed his Sikhs “Sabh Sikhan Ko Hukam Hai Guru Manyo Granth”. The Sikhs would follow and consider their holy book ‘Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ as their only guru. No living human should be considered as their religious guru by the Sikhs.
See how wise and foresighted Guru Gobind Singh was at that time. Keeping in mind humans’ quick inclination towards negativity, he had clearly perceived and foreseen that in the coming time no living human could be such ‘character wise perfect’ that he could become ‘guru’ and guide devotees and people in the right direction and with the right intention. He must have foreseen that in the coming time it would be hard to find anyone with stable and perfect character who could manage the religious affairs of people in an honest, truthful, justifiable and unbiased manner. He knew very well that deceiving and coning people just to collect wealth, fame and power with their shallow and half-baked knowledge could become a business in future time. It really is a matter of pride and honor for Sikhs that they have got such great and wise guru who forbade them from following any living guru other than their ‘Holy Book’ which they reverentially call ‘Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’. Someone has rightly quoted that if there is anything/anyone that could be our best friend it is none other than ‘book’.
Coning and fleecing people of their hard earned money in the name of religion and politics has always remained an evil tradition in India and especially when people come out of their houses leaving their ‘thinking and questioning brains’ behind. And thus seeing this heinous and horrible business of exploitation and deception in the name of religion as committed by sham babas like Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Guru Gobind Singh forbade Sikhs from baptizing any living human as their guru.
Guru Gobind Singh must have been a great psychologist and that’s why he knew very well that the nature of human is somewhat fluctuating, unpredictable and ‘always changing’. It is rightly said that a saint of today may become a sinner of future or a sinner of today may become a saint of future. Or we can say that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Human nature was, is and will always remain wavering, uneven. It changes with the passing time. It changes with timely changes in one’s life and one’s circumstances. Each circumstance leaves different perception on the minds of human.
So keeping the aforementioned arguments on mind the ‘Holy Book’ of Sikhs ‘Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ was thought upon as the alternative non-living competitor against any living guru and also the only and the best guru by Guru Gobind Singh for the coming Sikhs.