This just brings a pangti to my mind
SGGS Ang 718
ਕਉਨ ਕੋ ਕਲੰਕੁ ਰਹਿਓ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਲੇਤ ਹੀ ॥ कउन को कलंकु रहिओ राम नामु लेत ही ॥ Ka▫un ko kalank rahi▫o rām nām leṯ hī. Whose blemishes remain, when one chants the Lord's Name?
ਪਤਿਤ ਪਵਿਤ ਭਏ ਰਾਮੁ ਕਹਤ ਹੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ पतित पवित भए रामु कहत ही ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Paṯiṯ paviṯ bẖa▫e rām kahaṯ hī. ||1|| rahā▫o. Sinners become pure, chanting the Lord's Name. ||1||Pause||
Further on another pangti
ਭਨਤਿ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਸੁਕ੍ਰਿਤ ਸੁਮਤਿ ਭਏ ॥ भनति नामदेउ सुक्रित सुमति भए ॥ Bẖanaṯ nāmḏe▫o sukariṯ sumaṯ bẖa▫e. Prays Naam Dayv, I have become a man of good deeds and good thoughts.
ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਰਾਮੁ ਕਹਿ ਕੋ ਕੋ ਨ ਬੈਕੁੰਠਿ ਗਏ ॥੨॥੨॥ गुरमति रामु कहि को को न बैकुंठि गए ॥२॥२॥ Gurmaṯ rām kahi ko ko na baikunṯẖ ga▫e. ||2||2|| Chanting the Lord's Name, under Guru's Instructions, who has not gone to heaven? ||2||2||
It should be noted too that it is God who gives this ability to a man to understand the creator.
He is the one who leads people astray too. It is all his khel so whether you get a kalank or not... the important thing is you learn from it and do not do it again.
If it was in our hands who would want to get a kalank in the first place.
Bhai Joga ji was saved by Guruji who stood guard for the whole night to stop him from getting to a prostitute on his wedding night. Bhai Joga did not technically do anything .... but still the kalank remains in his story ... he let his mind lead him astray.
Other peoples kalank can teach us something about our own kalank. However if you are going to get one ... it just happens. That is why we pray to Guruji to hide our kalanks.
He also hides our kalanks in the first place, when he wants to keep us from some sort of hurt. Some get exposed but yes Satgur does keep the laaj of his sevaks too.
Well, for starters, Bhai Gurdas ji wrote this, not me, and of course it is accepted as ਪਰਮਾਣਿਕ (authentic) by the Panth. Far be it for me to state the full and final meaning of any tuk, from any source.
But since you asked my opinion, yes, I would say all of the above. The stain remains in the sight of Guru Sahib, the sangat, non-Sikh, and the bemukh, too.
For a practical application of this, I would say: I would be highly skeptical of an adult pracharak who has full knowledge of what Guru ji wants us to do, and still commits bajjer kurehits, and then later does peshi, and wants to sit on the stage above the sangat and lecture them on Sikhi again. I think most of the sangat would agree.
So all of those "babas" in the Youtube videos posted by the OP, they would not have the right, I think, to sit on the Gurdwara stage and preach. If they want to pesh and live a humble Sikh life, that's fine.
A moorakh like me would need to listen to Katha on this. For now, what in your opinion, is the summary of what you posted? The blemish of apostasy remains in the eyes of who? Guru Sahib? The public? The apostate himself? I can understand that it remains but what exactly is it saying? Is this blemish one of distrust?