The Guru Granth Sahib

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh

in Sikhism in Global Context

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075547
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082056 | DOI:
The Guru Granth Sahib

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This chapter presents the message of the Sikh Gurus as encapsulated in the Guru Granth Sahib. It argues that, in the Sikh consciousness, the Guru Granth Sahib is received as the living body of the ten Gurus, and acts as ‘a global reservoir’ of truth, the quintessence of Sikh philosophy and ethics, and the centre of Sikh rites and ceremonies. This essay underscores six themes from the Guru Granth Sahib that have vital contemporary relevance: the theological belief in an infinite transcendental divine being without borders; the language of love; social equality and the rejection of class and caste; cosmic and ecological awareness; the centrality of the feminine and female principle; and the importance of the five senses, feeling, and the aesthetic dimension in the experience of spirituality. The author concludes by describing the language of the Guru Granth Sahib itself and how its verses include a variety of images, symbols, and metaphors that can help us recognize the countless resources of our common humanity.

Keywords: Sikh Gurus; Guru Granth Sahib; Infinite being; Social equality; language of love; the centrality of women; female principle; aesthetic dimension to spirituality; metaphoric language

Chapter.  8193 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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