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  1. THE NAMDHARIS

  2. Not all Sikhs share the same beliefs and practices • Some do not attribute Guru status to AdiGranth, continue tradition of living Gurus – Namdharis • Namdhari: “one who has the Name of God imbued in the heart” • Punjabi community • Viewed as heretics by many • Indian Independence • Also known as ‘Kukas’ “to shriek” – in lament of Guru Ram Singh

  3. Membership from number of castes – majority from ramgharia, then jats and aroras • Inter-caste marriages, especially between ramgharias and jats take place • Deny that Guru Gobind Singh uttered “Guru ManiyoGranth”, • Guru Gobind Singh did not die at Nander in 1708 CE • Explicitly on par their Gurus with ten Sikh Gurus of mainstream Panth, therefore 11th, 12th Sikh Gurus, etc

  4. Guru Gobind Singh died in 1812, living his later life as Ajapal Singh – merely acting out his death: WHY? • Those who sought him would find him – there for “true” believers • Before his death in 1812 chose an arora – Balak Singh – 11th Guru, not AdiGranth • No hint or glimpse in Sikh literature to say “Guru ManiyoGranth” • Balak Singh interim Guru between Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ram Singh, Guru Gobind Singh reborn as Guru Ram Singh • Important Guru of the Namdharis is the 12th – Guru Ram Singh – most important of all the Namdhari Gurus (contradiction of divine light/wholeness?) • Both Balak Singh and Ram Singh watched very closely by British authorities in India at the time

  5. Ram Singh’s younger brother Hari Singh took over as ‘deputy Guru’ • not 13th, 14th, 15th Gurus for Namdharis, but - rather “deputy” Gurus, looking after until return of Guru Ram Singh • NamdhariSakhis “prophecies” that Guru Ram Singh will live until 250 years old • Hari Singh’s, son Partap Singh became the next Guru (14th) • His son, Jagjit Singh became next Guru of Namdharis (15th) – current Guru

  6. Guru Jagjit Singh – current Guru of the Namdharis

  7. Guru Ram Singh – Namdharis lament in his return