Published on December 20th, 2014 | by Aisha Abdelhamid0
Sikh Hymns Illuminate Creation and Creator
Highly venerated, the Guru Granth Sahib is the central religious text of Sikhism. It is regarded by Sikhs to be the “living” embodiment of the light, or “jyot” of the ten Sikh gurus, and is considered as the final and perpetual guru. Composed between 1469 and 1708, the Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of hymns, or “shabad” describing God’s qualities, and teaches the importance of meditating on God’s “nām,” or holy name.
Originally composed of hymns from the first five Sikh gurus, or masters, it also included hymns from 15 other venerated saints, or bhagats. It was compiled by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjun (1563–1606), and was called the Adi Granth. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, added Guru Tegh Bahadur’s 115 hymns to the Adi Granth, and this second compilation became known as Guru Granth Sahib. Upon completion, Guru Gobind Singh declared the Guru Granth Sahib as his successor, and upon his death many copies were published and distributed.
The Earth is a Gift From God
A master musical interpreter of the traditional Sikh hymns (shabad), Dya Singh is acknowledged as the most significant singer/musician in the world today of the Sikh mystical musical tradition. His words are instrumental in helping non Sikhs appreciate the environmental aspect of Sikhism:
Creation and Creator in the Sikh Faith
Continuing in our Saturday series on Creation and Creator in the diverse faiths of humankind, the Sikh hymns are an inspirational resource. Combined with public domain images to provide illustration, these holy scriptures can provide a glimmer of understanding to those unfamiliar with this faith.
Familiarity is the first pillar of friendship, providing support for a strong relationship. From friendship, the steps to peace are shortened, and soon we find ourselves walking hand in hand, joined by a common appreciation for creation and Creator.
The teachings and hymns from the ten gurus make it clear that Sikhs regard the Earth as nurturer, teacher, and servant – to be utilized, venerated, and protected. All who are faithful to the Creator, no matter through which faith, can easily identify with the profound messages offered in the following beautiful verses of the Guru Granth Sahib:
(Sikh information and scripture source: Faith Ecology Network, also wikipedia, and top image source wikicommons)
For more beautiful verses and images, see the previous articles in this series:
● more to come, God Willing…
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