Wahe guruji ka khalsa
Wahe guruju ki fathe
As a Sikh, I have read the teachings of the ten gurus, seen the peace that kirtan brings many, and seen how the many aspects of our religion inspires the sangat. All of these positive aspects come from one common source: Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
This holy book is composed of the innumerous teachings of our Gurus and moves, appeals, and inspires me and other Sikhs. It was made to lead and guide the sangat for the holy spirit of God that was passed from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Singh Ji rests in it now. Close to the end of his life, Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared that instead of another human possessing the spiritual and temporal guru, the Guru Granth Sahib would serve as the spiritual guru and the Sikh community would come together for temporal matters. The reason for this decision is unclear but many believe it was because Guru Gobind Singh Ji had no more sons thus no successors. But it also may have been because of the past disagreements between family members over who was to be the next Guru. I believe the reason was simply that the Sikh community was strong and ready enough to be independent of one single leader guiding them; they knew what they should stand for and what they should fight for. Guru Gobind Singh Ji also thought this so he left the spiritual guru in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib to leave some sort of guide for those who might lose their way. It is a good thing that he did.
Now the spotlight was not on the person of the Guru but on the Word of the Guru Granth: a book of wise words to guide, move, appeal, inspire, and soothe.
The Granth Sahib guides in more ways than imaginable. We are told Kam, Krodh, Lobh, Mon and Hankar keeps us away from our real goal of merging with our Beloved Source. Unlike in Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions, these five things are not...