The institutions owing their very existence to Gurbani were established by the reverend gurus themselves. Among these, Harmandir Sahib and Akal Takht Sahib occupy the most prominent place and this is before everybody to see. No Sikh can live without the refuge of any of these institutions which are housed in the hearts of Sikhs all over the world. The both cannot be viewed in isolation from each other. This underlines the fact that Akal Takht Sahib has been leading the community in establishing the institutions of community and it will keep patronizing such endeavours in future as well. The struggles (morchas) of the Sikh community too have always been launched with the blessings of Akal Takht Sahib. It shows that during the times of crisis, Khalsa Panth as an embodiment of Gurus have been plunging into the battlefield and making sacrifices under the leadership of Akal Takht Sahib. For this status it can be said that Akal Takht Sahib does not have to seek anybody's sanction for its supremacy as it has been enjoying this sovereign status ever since the guru-period. The book explains about history and sanctity of Akal Takht, the highest temporal authority of Sikhism.
About The Author
Born in 1940, Balkar Singh was the first in his family of agriculturists to acquire higher education. Being the eldest son helped him cultivate certain attitudes and qualities which are reflected in his living and writings. Life has been kind to him as most of good things havecome his way without a meticulous planning for them. He started his academic career as lecturer in Divinity & Punjabi at Guru Arjan Dev College, Taran Taran in 1967. After serving for few years via Khalsa College, Patiala, he joined the department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala as senior research fellow and retired from the same department as Professor in 2000. Soon thereafter he joined the Sikh Dharma International USA of Yogi Harbhajan Singh to teach Sikh Religion, History, Punjabi Language and Culture to its western members. A keen observer of Sikh Affairs he was looking after the Panth Rattan Gurcharan Singh Tohra Institute of Sikh Studies as its Director. As a Professor of Eminence in the department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies of Punjabi University, his opinions on Sikh affairs are given due difference by the concerned quarters.