The Guru Granth Sahib - Holy Book of the Sikhs
The Eleventh and Last Guru of the Sikhs
The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the holy book of Sikhism and is the eleventh Guru of the Sikhs. The Holy Granth Sahib is treated like a living Guru by the Sikhs and is respected, loved and cared for like the previous living Gurus before.
The Guru Granth Sahib was made the last and perpetual Guru of the Sikhs in 1708 by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Before his demise, he instructed the Sikhs to treat the Granth Sahib as their next and eternal Guru. So all in all the Sikhism has 11 Gurus - 10 in human form and the Granth Sahib.
The Guru Granth Sahib is a 1430 page book that is considered by the Sikhs to be sacred source for wisdom and guidance - a spiritual guide for all mankind for all generations to come.
The holy book is a compilation of the actual words spoken by the founders of the Sikh religion (the Ten Gurus of Sikhism) and the words of various other Saints from other religions including Hinduism and Islam. This shows that the Sikh Gurus did not separate and divide religion but tried to provide true knowledge to all.
The Holy Guru Granth Sahib was written in the Gurmukhi script, a script that is considered to be a modern version of the ancient Sanskrit language which was developed and made popular by the second Sikh Guru - Guru Angad Dev Ji. The word Gurmukhi literally means "From the Guru's mouth".
The final copy of the Guru Granth Sahib was prepared by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It includes the teachings of all the Gurus and also saints of other religions. It is compiled in the form of hymns written in praise of God, which describe what God is like and the right way to live and why we should meditate in God's name.
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The Guru Granth Sahib
The Placement of the Guru Grant Sahib Ji
The Guru Granth Sahib is the centerpiece of the Gurudwara or Sikh temples. It is respectfully placed on a dominant platform of the main pray hall and is covered with beautiful colored fine cloth. The platform is topped of by a canopy that is also decorated in attractive colored materials.
Message of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji
The Guru Granth Sahib provides unique and unequaled guidance and advice to the whole of the human race. It is the torch that will lead humanity out of Kali Yug (era of evil) to a life in peace, tranquility and spiritual enlightenment for all the nations of the World. The main message can be summarized as:
1. All peoples of the world are equal
2. Women are equal
3. One God for all
4. Speak and live truthfully
6. Live in God's hukam (Universal Laws)
7. Meditate on the name of God (Remember God)
8. Practice Humility, Kindness, Compassion, Love, etc
Translation of the Guru Granth Sahib
English translation of page 1 of 1430 pages.
I found this site that has provided a complete translation in English of the Holy Granth Sahib Ji. Here is the translation of the first page:
"One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent.
By Guru`s Grace ~
Chant And Meditate:
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||
By thinking, He cannot be reduced to thought, even by thinking hundreds of thousands of times.
By remaining silent, inner silence is not obtained, even by remaining lovingly absorbed deep within.
The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods.
Hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, but not even one of them will go along with you in the end.
So how can you become truthful? And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey the Hukam of His Command, and walk in the Way of His Will. ||1||
By His Command, bodies are created; His Command cannot be described.
By His Command, souls come into being; by His Command, glory and greatness are obtained.
By His Command, some are high and some are low; by His Written Command, pain and pleasure are obtained.
Some, by His Command, are blessed and forgiven; others, by His Command, wander aimlessly forever.
Everyone is subject to His Command; no one is beyond His Command.
O Nanak, one who understands His Command, does not speak in ego. ||2||
Some sing of His Power-who has that Power?
Some sing of His Gifts, and know His Sign and Insignia.
Some sing of His Glorious Virtues, Greatness and Beauty.
Some sing of knowledge obtained of Him, through difficult philosophical studies.
Some sing that He fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.
Some sing that He takes life away, and then again restores it.
Some sing that He seems so very far away."
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