Sunday, November 19, 2017
Gateway to Sikhism

Sikh Matrimonials
In association with SHAADI.COM

Sikh Matrimonials
Donate to AllAboutSikhs.com

Your donations will keep Allaboutsikhs.com in Chardikala

Subscription Options
Guru Arjan:"God alone Gives and His Givings know no bounds."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.

Q102. What do you know of Sri Guru Granth Sahib?

Guru Arjan compiled the Adi Granth popularly known as the Granth which contain the hymns of the first five Gurus and some of the Bhagats of medieval India. He installed this scripture in the Har Mandar in 1604. This copy got into the hands of Dhirmal, the son of Guru Har Gobind. Subsequently some Sikhs forcibly obtained the copy from Dhirmal and presented it to Guru Tegh Bahadur. He returned it to Dhirmal. Guru Gobind Singh dictated the entire Granth to Bhai Mani Singh and incorporated the hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadur, in 1706 at Damdama Sahib. At the time of his death, Guru Gobind singh conferred permanant Gurudom on the Guru Granth Sahib(1708).

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 5894 hymns. The largest number of hymns (2216) were contributed by Guru Arjan. The 937 hymns of fifteen Bhagats and eleven Bhatts whose compositions tallied with the gospel of Sikhism were also included. Here the Hindu, the Muslim, the Brahmin, and the untouchable, meet on an equal footing. From the linguistic point of view, it is a treasury of old "Hindi dialects".

Music forms the basis of the classification of the hymns. They follow a definite metrical system. The total number of Ragas(Raga in Indian classical music means a pattern of melodic notes) is 31. Under each Raga, the hymns are arranged thus: Chaupadas, Ashtapadas, long poems, Chhands, Vars, and poems of Bhagats. The Guru Granth Sahib is written in the Gurmukhi script and contains 1430 pages.

Guru Arjan commenting on the nature of the Granth said: "In this dish are placed three things: Truth, Harmony and Wisdom. These are seasoned with the Name of God which is the basis of all; whoever eats it and relishes it, shall be saved." It is a work of divine inspiration. It is both metaphysical and ethical reality and imagination, mysticism and philosophy. According to Prof. Puran Singh, "it is a scripture for all nations. it is a lyric of divine love, on which all the people of the earth subsist of such glowing lyrical power. The Guru Granth Sahib is of one Song, one Idea and one Life." Guru Arjan wanted the book to be translated into foreign languages because it is the scripture of universal religion. It is a unique treasure, a noble heritage for all mankind.

iWitness Living a Carnage 1984

Sikhism News

Ludhiana Police gets 5 Days Police Remand of Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh Shera in Ravinder Gosain Case
The Ludhiana police presented Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh Shera before a duty magistrate and received their police remand. The News Ludhiana Police gets 5 Days Police Remand of Ramandeep...
Read more...
Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh Shera sent to jail; 1 Day Police Remand of Jimmy Singh in Amit Sharma Case
Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh Shera, who were arrested by Baghapurana police few days back, were sent to jail under judicial custody today. Defence council Advo. Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said...
Read more...
Canadian Politicians Also Concerned Over Torture of UK Sikh Citizen Jagtar Singh Jaggi in India
Canadian politicians have jointed concerns over reports of torture of arrested UK citizen Jagtar Singh Johal aka Jaggi by Punjab police in India. The News Canadian Politicians Also Concerned Over...
Read more...
Sukhbir Badal Announces New Team of District Presidents of SAD (Badal)
Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced the new team of district presidents while releasing the third list of organizational changes made in the party setup. The...
Read more...
Ludhiana Police Gets Remand of UK Citizen Jagtar Singh Jaggi for 2 Days
Arrested UK Citizen Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi was presented by Ludhiana police in the evening before a duty magistrate in Ludhiana in FIR No. 218/17 (PS Salem Tabri). The...
Read more...
After Baghapurana, Now Ludhiana police want Remand of UK citizen Jagtar Singh Jaggi
Soon after the Baghapurana police brought UK citizen Jagtar Singh Johal @ Jaggi to Faridkot jail, his custody was taken by Ludhiana police. Jagtar Singh Jaggi, who was on police...
Read more...
Sikhism FAQs
What do you know of Guru Gobind Singh?
Q86. What do you know of Guru Gobind Singh? Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) was installed as the Tenth Guru at the age of nine, soon after the martyrdom of his father. He knew that difficult times were ahead, particularly struggle against the Mughal... Read More...
Guru Sakhis
IMAGE Battle of Chamkaur Pictorial
Battle of Chamkaur Pictorial Guru Gobind Singh Ji shooting arrows upon arrows on Mughal forces from the fortress of Chamkaur ... Read More...
WorldGurudwaras.com
Worldgurudwaras.com will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
SearchGurbani.com
SearchGurbani.com brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com
Encyclopedias encapsulate accurate information in a given area of knowledge and have indispensable in an age which the volume and rapidity of social change are making inaccessible much that outside one's immediate domain of concentration.At the time when Sikhism is attracting world wide notice, an online reference work embracing all essential facets of this vibrant faithis a singular contribution to the world of knowledge.
TheSikhEncyclopedia.com