There are some who are still accepting divisions within Sikhee. One is what they term as ‘sanatan’. As you may already know, even within this division there are several definitions and this creates confusion amongst the many!.
Lets use Gurbani to get the definition. Below is from srigranth.org dictionary:
Defn ਸਨਾਤਨੁ: SGGS Gurmukhi-Gurmukhi Dictionary ਪੁਰਾਣਾ, ਪੁਰਾਤਨ, ਮੁੱਢਲਾ, ਜੋ ਇਹ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਪਹਿਲ ਸੀ; (ਭਾਵ, ਆਪਣੇ ਅਸਲੇ ਦਾ ਰੂਪ, ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਦਾ ਰੂਪ)।
Defn sanatan : SGGS Gurmukhi-Gurmukhi Dictionary purana, puratan, mutdla, jo aye pehala pahel si, (bavf, apneh asleh dah roop, prabh dah roop)
Bani is Nirankar and Nirankar is timeless hence only one Sikhee. There is only ONE Sikhee and thats Gurmat. There is no “old/ancient” or “new” but only one i.e. Timeless.
That is why we should not be approving any sort of divisions with Sikhee. Some are using the shabad on ang 327 to justify the use of the term ‘sanatan sikhism’.
Its actually prefarable and correct to say GUR SIKHEE not sanatan or other. Its from Gur Sikhee that we are able to learn how to recognise our “original” self.
Quote from Gurbani.org home page: “…Free of dogmas, the Gurbani has a simple message: there is One, All-pervading Reality. We are That. The purpose of human life is to understand this Truth through self-purification and self-observation while alive – not after death, but here and now. Only then we can take off from levels of Bikaars (ego’s passions, negativity, etc.) into heights of our True Nature (Joti-Svaroopa or godly status), spontaneity (Sahaj), Perfection (Pooran Pada), etc……”
Another quote “Sikhi is the game of Shabad-Surti or Pure Consciousness (Naam- or God-consciousness). Hence, as tirelessly emphasized by the Gurbani, Sikhi is the Internal Way of life – Inner Path, not outer or external. Therefore, the game of Sikhi has to be played in the Sahaj Maarag: Inner Perfection, Natural State of Being, Inner Simplicity, Inner Purity, etc”
Concept of old testament or new testament does not exist in Sikhee unless you are creating it by accepting the term ‘sanatan” sikhism.