After compilation of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji ,Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji gave a central place of worship in Harminder Sahib .He collected hymns from Bhai Mohan Ji ,the son of Shri Guru Amar Das Ji ,the hymns of the first three gurus and some bhagats and added to them the compositions of his father Shri Guru Ram Das Ji and his own .He got the adi granth written by Bhai Gurdas .Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji got the original after binding .He installed the holy book at Shri Harminder Sahib Ji in 1604 .Baba buddha Ji was appointed as its first granthi-interpreter and care taker .The major principle of compilation was that verses which praised god and denounced superstitions and caste system were to be included in the holy book .Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji included the verses of those who believed in the unity of god and brotherhood of man .
In selecting the musical scores -ragas ,the guruji employed homely and simple metaphors.Generally speaking ,hymns of devotion ,the glory of god ,men's spiritual efforts and equality of men and women were incorporated in the holy book .Truth ,contentment and wisdom with the name of god which is the basis of all .Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji's aim was to provide a book of universal religion for everybody ,everywhere and forever.
Shri Guru granth Sahib Ji is both metaphysics and ethics ,the science of reality and the art of union with reality .It gives us a vision of truth ,and it opens up new paths for the mind of man .It is a work of divine inspiration ,primarily spiritual and incidentally philosophical .It is a collection of devotion poems and prayers .The gurus accept certain fundamentals laws like karma , the cycle of birth and death and maya .Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji incorporated the hymns of some bhagats who subscribed to the unity of God and the cult of bhagati .
People of god ! Come ,assemble ,live in this light
Dissolve this song into your soul .
Rejoice and partake of this immortal feast .
Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji contains gurbani or the guru's teachings .It is the guru incarnate .Shri Guru Gobind Sahib Ji installed Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as the timeless guru.Shri Guru Granth Sahaib Ji is a sort of living guru in the midst of the sikhs .Guru means spiritual guide or torch bearer .Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji gives light and good counsel .Its hymns are used by the Sikhs at the time of birth ,marriage and death .Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the most valuable treasure of divine knowledge and mysticism .
Sabh sikhen ko hukam hai ,guru maanio granth .
- Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji .
It is the perpetual guru of the Khalsa panth .It contains the philosophy of sikhism.
Therefore it is essential to all the sikh ceremonies and festivals .
The sikhs believe in universal brotherhood .They love the whole mankind equally ,without
Any discrimination of genders ,color ,creed or religion .
As the world has emerged from one divine light .
Then who can be graded as good or bad .
एक नूर ते सब जग उपज्यो ,कौन भले मौन मंदे
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