The Akali Bana

ਬਾਨੀ ਬਾਨਾ ਪੰਖ ਪਛਾਨੋ, ਸਿੰਘ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਪੰਛੀ ਜਾਨੋ ।।

Bani Bana Pankh Pachhano, Singh Guru Ka Panchhee Jano ||

Recognise the Bani and the Bana to be the wings and that the Singh of the Guru is the bird of the Guru.

akali-phoola-singh-ji-shaheed

Shaheed Akali Baba Phoola Singh Ji, the 6th Jathedar of Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal Panjva Takhat.

Bani and Bana go hand in hand, just as a bird cannot fly without both of its wings, a Singh of the Guru  cannot have one and discard the other. Bani holds the Nirgun (Formless) aspect and the Bana maintains the Sargun (Formed) aspect of the Khalsa. Just as we have the Nirgun Jyot (Shabadh Guru) and the Sargun Guru which is the 5 Tyar bar tyar Singhs and a further 40 Tyar bar tyar Singhs.

Sargun and Nirgun are the two forms of Akaal Purakh, this is why the Khalsa worships both forms. 

ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਆਕਾਰ ਆਪਿ ਨਿਰਗੁਨ ਸਰਗੁਨ ਏਕ ॥

The transcendent Lord is without form and yet with form. He is without qualities and yet is with qualities. 

Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj – Ang: 250

The Akali Bana is the manifestation of the 33 Crore Devteh, it is the Khalsa’s uniform and when worn the utmost highest standards are required, in terms of honesty, integrity and dignity as it is the embodiment of Parmesvar. The Bana is the ambassador of the Guru, it is a representation of the Guru and a representation of the royal sovereign of the Guru Khalsa Panth. Hence the 33 Svaiyeh salutaions to the 33 Crore Devi and Devteh who are the embodiment of the One Jyot of Parmeshvar. This Bani is one of five Svaiyeh which is read daily by the Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa.

Furthermore the Akali Bana also represent the indigenous practice elements, these elements are mentioned by Akali Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in the First Salok of Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj:

ਸਲੋਕੁ ॥

ਪਵਣੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਪਾਣੀ ਪਿਤਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਧਰਤਿ ਮਹਤੁ ॥

ਦਿਵਸੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਦੁਇ ਦਾਈ ਦਾਇਆ ਖੇਲੈ ਸਗਲ ਜਗਤੁ ॥

ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਬੁਰਿਆਈਆ ਵਾਚੈ ਧਰਮੁ ਹਦੂਰਿ ॥

ਕਰਮੀ ਆਪੋ ਆਪਣੀ ਕੇ ਨੇੜੈ ਕੇ ਦੂਰਿ ॥

ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ਗਏ ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ ॥

ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮੁਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਕੇਤੀ ਛੁਟੀ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥

Refrences in regards to the Akali Neela Bana:-

ਨੀਲਾ ਬਾਣਾ ਪਹਿਰ ਕੇ ਅਵਰ ਨ ਦਿਸਸੀ ਕੋਇ ।।

All will wear the Blue Bana and no other shall be seen apart from the Khalsa. – Karninama.

ਕਰਹੁ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਪੰਥ ਤੀਸਰ ਪਰਵੇਸਾ ।। ਜਗਹਿ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੋਧੇ ਧਰਹਿ ਨੀਲ ਭੇਸਾ ।।

I (Guru Gobind Singh) will start the Khalsa Panth which is recognised as the third panth, they will consist of warrior lions which will have a blue appearance. – Ugardanti

ਮਾਤਾ ਕਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਬਾਣਾ ਨੀਲਾ ਪਹਿਰਾਵਣਾ ॥

The Khalsa will wear the blue warrior attire (Bana) of Maata Kali (The Primordial Shakti). – Bansavalinama (Written by Bhai Kessar Singh Chibbar), Ang: 151, Verses 292-293.

Below is an extract from the autobiography Bani, Bachitar Natak written by Akali Guru Gobind Singh Ji

ਸਰਬ ਕਾਲ ਹੈ ਪਿਤਾ ਅਪਾਰਾ ॥ ਦੇਬਿ ਕਾਲਿਕਾ ਮਾਤ ਹਮਾਰਾ ॥

My father is limitless and the destroyer of all. The goddess Kalika is my mother. – Sri Dasam Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj, Ang: 174.

 

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The Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa.

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