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Author: Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
Publisher: Sikh Educational Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0969596413
Two flags flutter over Akal Takht Sahib, one representing 'Miri' (temporal authority) and other represents 'Piri' (Spiritual authority).
The building of Akal Takht Sahib was constructed in front of Darbar Sahib. Some writers believe that the Darbar Sahib stands for spiritual guidance and takhat sahib (Throne) represents temporal activities. This notion is not based on Sikh ideology. The Throne that belongs to the Almighty cannot be a mere temporal seat. Akal Takht Sahib is not a political or theo-political seat. It represents the whole of the magnitude of the almighty. It is illogical to believe that the Throne of the Almighty negates spiritual domain.
On the other hand, construction of the structure of Akal Takht near Darbar Sahib means that one is the Darbar (court) and the other one is the Takht (throne). The Almighty supervises His Court from His Throne. His Court and His Throne complement each other. The Sikh concept of Miri and Piri does not mean simple unity of religion and politics in theory.
Sikh concept of Miri and Piri is the savior of justice, humanity, righteousness and spiritualism.