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A Supreme Treasure

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Dr.
Sarup
Singh
Alag
Ph.D.,
D.Litt.,
U.S.A
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GURU
GRAnTH
SAHIB
A
SUPREME
TREASURE
TheeternalGuruGranthSahib(holyscriptures)is
an
invaluablegiftoftheTimelessOnefortheallaroundwelfare
of
humanbeings.
It
is
atreasure
of
precious,immaculatejewels,arepositoryofsacredthoughts.
It
cameintobeing
in
theyear1604A.D.throughtheclairvoyanceofGuruArjanDev,thefifthPreceptor.Accordingtohimthissacredscriptureisthe
'PothiparmesherKaThaan'
meaning'Lord'sdwellingplace'.ForaSikh,SriGuruGranthSahibisaWORDYrenderingofGodHimself.
In
itareenshrinedtheteachingsandinstructionsofthirtysixholymenwhohailedfromdifferentpartsofIndia,professeddifferentreligions,followeddifferentcreedsandmodesofthoughtsandflourishedatdifferenttimesspaningfrom12thcenturyto17thcenturyA.D.Theygavetheirsermonstothepeopledwelling
in
thevariouspartsofIndia,meditated
on
GodAlmightyand
in
sheerselflessnessrenderedthepracticalmessageofpeace,brotherhood,unity,equality,humility,tenderness,socialserviceanddivineremembrancetoallmankindandpersuadedallwhocame
in
contactwiththemtofollowthetruepathofreligion.Asfaras
the
compositionofGuruGranthSahibisconcerned,itcontains5874hymnssetto
31
ragas
(musicalmeasures).ThemajorcontributionisofGuruArjanDevwhocomposed
in
all2218
shabads
(hymns).Thebriefestrendering
on
theotherhand
is
of
BhagatSurdascomprisinghalfacouplet.Among
'Bhaktas',
Kabirhasthehonourtobethegreatestcontributorwhose
541
shabads
dulyfindplace
in
theHolyGranth.Almostwhole
of
the
'Bani'i.e.
scripture
is
in
poeticformandbeing
in
simplelanguageandstyle,
is
easilyintelligibleandunderstandabletoall.OneofthemainreasonsforthecompilationoftheHolyGranthwas
to
conveythedivineknowledge
to
the
commonmasses
in
the
common
parlance.
Thegeneralapproach
in
thecountrybeforethecompilationofthisHolyGranthwasto
Guru
Granth
Sahib,
A
Supreme
Treasure
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writethespiritualsermonsonly
in
Sanskrit,as
it
wasconsideredthesacredlanguageofthereligiousscholarsandofmenexalted.When
'Gurbani'
(sacredhymns)begantobereadandsung
in
Panjabi,the
pa'1dits
(Hindupriests)startedopposingitonthegroundthatthespiritualconsciousnessrecordedinacorruptororientalnativelanguagelikePanjabi,devaluatestheTruthDivine.EvensuchcomplaintsweremadetoGuruArjanDevthatKashmiripanditsdidnotallowthepeopletoread
'Gurbani'
asthesameisnotwritten
in
aholylanguagecalled,Sanskrit.BhaiMadhoDasSodhirequestedtheGurutoforbidthepanditsairingsuchfeelings.GuruexpressedthathehimselfrespectedandvaluedSanskritlanguagebutthewritingsoftheSanskritarelikethewaterofthedeepwellwhichinvolvesgreateffortstodraw
it
outandcanquenchthethirstofveryfew.Nowthewell-watercan'tservealltheneedsofallthepeoples;sotheyneedthewateroftheflowingstreamwhichgenerallyisabundant
in
quantityand
is
easilyavailabletoo.The
'bani'
writteninthecommonman'slanguagestuddedwithdaytodayusedmaximsandidiomsofthecommonmenandtheirmodeofthought
is
likethewaterofarunningstream,whichcansatiatethethristandcausespiritualblossoming
in
everyheart.TheGurufurthersaidthatasSanskritisdeartothepandits,the
word-Guru
isdeartotheSikhs.HealsotoldMadhoSodhithatif
anyone
putspure
ghee
(butteroil)
in
anearthenpotorasilverwore,itwon'tmakeanydifferenceinitsvirtueorquality.Therefore,whethertheknowledgedivine
is
available
in
Sanskritor
in
theusual,commonparlance,
it
remainspious
in
eithercaseandatthesametime
in
thecaseoflatter
itis
easilyaccessibleandintelligibletoall.Therefore,compositionofGuruGranthSahib
in
Panjabilanguagewould
be
moreusefulandmeaningful.GurualsotoldMadhothatpanditstooexplainSanskritsermonstothemasses
in
theirordinarilyspokenlanguages,asthelatterdonotunderstandSanskrit.Hence,theargumentofthepanditsnottodefilethespiritualthoughtsbyusingordinarylanguagelikePanjabi,standsdefeatedandthereforecarriesnoweight
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