Parcha Shabad Ka (Understanding Gurbani)
Sikhism believes in reading, and reciting Gurbani by understanding it properly. The Sikhs are required to practice the Gurbani in their practical life. Bani enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is Dhur-Ki-Bani (Revelation of God’s Word ). Bani is Shabad Guru.
Guru Arjan Dev says,
“Gurbani is Word of God and it emnated from Him.”
“From the Primal one, has emnated the Gurbani and it has effaced all the anxiety.”
ਧੁਰ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਆਈ ॥
ਤਿਨਿ ਸਗਲੀ ਚਿੰਤ ਮਿਟਾਈ ॥(628)
Guru Arjan Dev Ji says,
“In the platter are placed three things, truth, contentment and meditation.”
ਥਾਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਤਿੰਨਿ ਵਸਤੂ ਪਈਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੋ ॥ (1429)
Sikhs are required to regularly read and understand the Gurbani written within the Guru Granth Sahib. Gurbani teaches God’s virtues and how they can be revealed to us.
The daily recitation of hymns reminds us repeatedly of the pitfalls of egotism, anger, lust, attachment, and greed. The hymns encourage readers to develop good character by constantly reminding that these virtues bring peace.
Sikhs accept the word of the Guru as their guide. They regard the Guru Granth Sahib as their living Guru because from Gurbani, they obtain the spiritual guidance they need.