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The Guru Granth Sahib: The Place of Scripture in the Sikh Tradition

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195663341
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663341.003.0009
The Guru Granth Sahib: The Place of Scripture in the Sikh Tradition

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The Sikh scripture is known as the ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ because it is believed to be the actual embodiment of the eternal Guru. As the living word of the eternal Guru, the Adi Granth has a central role in divine reality, wherein its meaning assumes critical importance in the life of the Sikh Panth. This basic understanding must be kept in mind when exploring the place of scripture in the Sikh tradition. This chapter shows how the Guru Granth Sahib has functioned as a supratextual source of authority in the Sikh tradition, and how the place and function of the Adi Granth as Guru has inspired Sikhs throughout their history in personal piety, liturgy, ceremonies, and communal solidarity. In addition, the scripture has given them a sacred focus upon which to discover the meaning of life as Sikhs and has been a decisive factor in shaping a distinctive Sikh identity.

Keywords: Guru Granth Sahib; eternal Guru; Sikh Panth; Sikh tradition; Sikh identity

Chapter.  7053 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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