Question. Chaubees Avtar, Chritropakhyan and Bachitra Natak writings were the works of poets, Bhatts and pandits etc. and Guru Gobind Singh had simply given recognition to these banees. In order to give respect to these writings Guru Gobind Singh publicized these as his own. Is it true?
Answer. This is the statement that originated from one of the groups claiming to part religious education to the children. The original statement is in Punjabi and reads as:
ਸਿੱਟਾ: ਇਹ ਕਿ ‘ ਚੌਬੀਸ ਅਵਤਾਰ’, ਚਰਿਤ੍ਰੋਪਾਖਿਆਨ ਅਤੇ ‘ ਬਚਿਤ੍ਰ-ਨਾਟਕ’ (ਜਿਵੇਂ ਬਚਨਿਕਾ ਤੋਂ ਸਪਸ਼ੱਟ ਹੈ) ਨਾਮਕ ਕ੍ਰਿਤੀਆਂ ਕਵੀਆਂ, ਭੱਟਾਂ, ਪੰਡਿਤਾਂ ਆਦਿ ਦੀਆਂ ਰਚਨਾਵਾਂ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਦਸਵੇਂ ਗੁਰੁ ਦੀ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕੇਵਲ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਹੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਹੀ ਸੀ । ਇਹਨਾਂ ਕ੍ਰਿਤੀਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਸ਼ਰਧਾ ਪੈਦਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਗੁਰੁ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਰਚਨਾਵਾਂ ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿਚ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ।
This suggestion is nothing but blasphemous. It says that the chaubees avtar, chritropakhyan and bachitra natak which forms majority of Sri Dasam Granth is written by court ballads, poets, Brahmins etc and not by Guru Gobind Singh ji. But Guru Gobind Singh had simply accorded recognition to the hymns.
Even if this statement is accepted hypothetically that the poetry of the ballads etc. was given recognition by Guru ji, then does anyone have any moral authority to castigate it and cast aspersions on the decision of the Guru?
Also, suggesting that Guru Gobind Singh Sahib mislead the people by propagating the banees which were not his own is a heinous statement.
Can there be a bigger sin than dubbing Guru as someone of a dubious character?
This statement itself should be an eye opener to any one who is a Sikh even by namesake. This reflects grand designs of few organizations to sabotage and demolish the structure of the Khalsa in a clandestine manner.