Punjabi G wrote:This is not even an option because people with disabilities are required by law to be accommodated. Why some gurudwaras who should know better don't understand it is besides me. What's the point of a fancy building if it fails to adhere to the teachings of the Guru? I think local Sikh groups and legal advisors should write a little letter to such places so they can make arrangements for people with disabilities.
This is a good topic and deserves attention from any person with conscious, sikh or not. This has nothing to do with sikh religion or gurbani; it is the rules made to discriminate and keep people away from sangat and waheguru. Every sikh should fight this internal conflict. Make sure that people who can't sit on the floor are accommodated.
I may add few more comments related to this topic:
Older people find it hard to sit on the floor for 2-3 hours and some have stopped coming to Gurudwaras.
Sitting on chairs should be allowed and guilt trip should be avoided.
Guru and God are higher than any chair balcony or second floor.
If Sangat can sit in balcony in HARMANDIR SAHIB, THEY CAN SIT-------.
I, as a young student at Yale University , have attended congregation with chairs in New York . Many famous scholars had agreed with this practice for the west. Dharmik Sulaakaar Committee on 25 April 1935, comprising of: Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha, Prof. Jodh Singh, Prof. Teja Singh, Prof. Ganda Singh, Jathedar Mohan Singh passed the following resolution: “In Europe or America, where it is a standard practice to sit on chairs in religious places - there is no harm in sitting on chairs in Gurdwaras, provided that Guru Granth Sahib is placed at a higher elevation.”http://acsagurdwara.tripod.com/universal_sbulletin.html