Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Head of Sikhism

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Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Head of Sikhism

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Not a person but a sacred text is the Head of Sikhism:
The Guru Granth Sahib is truely unique among the world's great scriptures. It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of it's kind which not only contains the works of it's own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths. The living Guru of the Sikhs, the book is held in great reverence by Sikhs and treated with the utmost respect. Sikhism rejects idol worship, so the Guru Granth Sahib is not worshipped as an idol, but rather emphasis is placed on respect of the book for the writings which appear within. Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of devotional hymns and poetry which proclaims God, lays stress on meditation on the True Guru (God), and lays down moral and ethical rules for development of the soul, spiritual salvation and unity with God...

The majority of the language of the Guru Granth Sahib is the Punjabi dialect prevalent at that time, some hymns are also found in Persian, medieval Prakrit Hindi and Marathi, Sanskrit as well as Arabic. All of these hymns are written in the standard Punjabi script known as Gurmukhi, popularized by the Second Master; Guru Angad. The Guru Granth Sahib is exactly 1430 pages in length. Each page contains in bold print 18 or 19 lines dependent on the page size.

The hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib have been laid out in a very scientific and well planned manner devised by Guru Arjun Dev. The hymns have been arranged according to the melody (Raga) in which they are meant to be sung. Secondly they are arranged on the nature or the metre of the poems themselves. Next they are arranged by author and finally on the clef or key deemed appropriate to them.
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Re: Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Head of Sikhism

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This is how it begins, in English: http://www.sikhs.org/english/eg1.htm
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:thumbsup:

I like this 'guru'. Human beings are fallible, better to focus on the scriptures. In Theravada Buddhism we have something similar. There is no pope, no central leader. When the Buddha was asked who would guide them, he said let the Dhamma (Dharma) guide you and be your teacher.

Remain with the Dhamma as an island, the Dhamma as your refuge, without anything else as a refuge.” Samyutta Nikaya 47.13 and also at Digha Nikaya 26.
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David N. Snyder wrote:Human beings are fallible, better to focus on the scriptures.
Where do scriptures come from?
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David N. Snyder wrote::thumbsup:

I like this 'guru'. Human beings are fallible, better to focus on the scriptures. In Theravada Buddhism we have something similar. There is no pope, no central leader. When the Buddha was asked who would guide them, he said let the Dhamma (Dharma) guide you and be your teacher.

Remain with the Dhamma as an island, the Dhamma as your refuge, without anything else as a refuge.” Samyutta Nikaya 47.13 and also at Digha Nikaya 26.
Yes, that is the Way to go, yet did Buddha mean by Dhamma only the recorded teachings?

In Mahayana, Dharma is also all the experiences that result from cultivating said recorded teachings. Therefore if one can find a guru that has certain qualifications (getting pretty hard nowadays) he can help one experience the Dharma too.
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Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) is still helping and blessing many beings around the world.

https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Nanak
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Re: Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Head of Sikhism

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It is a wonderful Scripture.

There are a lot of resources here, you can listen and read. The Siri Guru Granth Sahib English Audios under Listen, and the Printed 5 Volume Set w/ Gurmukhi & English are my favorites.

https://www.sikhnet.com/Siri-Guru-Granth-Sahib
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