Recognized masterpieces of Indian literature, the Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth are fundamental to the Sikh religion, not only in the physical layout of temples and in ceremonies of worship, but as infallible reference texts offering counsel and instruction.
Teachings of the Sikh Gurus presents a brand new selection of key passages from these sacred scriptures, translated into modern English by leading experts, Christopher Shackle and Arvind-pal Singh Mandair. Including six longer compositions and many shorter hymns thematically organised by topics such as Time and Impermanence, Self and Mind, Authority, and Ethics, the book’s accessible and carefully chosen extracts distil the essence of Sikhism’s remarkable textual and intellectual legacy, depicting how its message of universal tolerance suits the contemporary world. The detailed introduction and notes to the translations aid readers’ comprehension of the hymns’ form and content, as well as providing some historical context, making it an ideal introduction to Sikh literature.
Taking 'The Lord's Name' is all about remembering God!
The first Astpadi of the Sukhmani Sahib sums up the necessity and benefits of remembering God!
The entire Gurbani is about remembering God!
But how do we remember 'The One' Who is not visible, Who is beyond our senses? How do we keep God in our consciousness?
We generally do it in three ways - by Talking about Him, by Listening about Him, and by reading about Him.
This book has been made possible only by the Grace of God.
It is a compilation of 101 Divine Verses, or Hymns which are known as 'Hukamnama', that have been randomly selected from the Sikh Holy Book, the revered 'Siri Guru Granth Sahib'.
Every verse indicates which Guru Ji imparted it, along with the Ang, which is the page number on which it appears in the Holy Siri Guru Granth Sahib'.
Hukamnama, is a compound of two words, 'Hukam', meaning command or order, and 'namah', meaning statement. A Hukamnama refers to a hymn from the Guru Granth Sahib which is given as an order to Sikhs, or a historical order given by one of the Guru's of Sikhism. The Hukamnama also refers to a hymn randomly selected from the Guru Granth Sahib on a daily basis. This is seen as the order of God for that particular day, for devotees to contemplate and reflect on. The Hukamnama is distributed and then read aloud in Gurdwaras throughout the world.
The purpose of this book is to help readers and seekers who are not well versed or have no knowledge of Gurmukhi, to get a 'Daily Dose of Divine Wisdom' in English.
Reading and contemplating only on one Hukamnama a day, in any order, be it in sequence or randomly on a daily basis will bring about a major transformation in your life - to your Body, Mind and Soul!
Such is the Divine Grace of The Lord!!
To make a start, read a verse at least once a day, for a period of 101 days, and see for yourself the wonders that result from the remembrance of God and keeping Him on your mind.
Not only will your yearning and Love for God, and divine wisdom increase, the people around you will also be positively affected by your aura and the positive vibrations that you send out!
Just like a piece of iron(you) that comes within the magnetic field of a Super-Magnet(God), on a daily basis, one day you too will be magnetized and finally merge with the Super-Magnet(God)!!
We always give time to whatever is our priority, and I can conclude with conviction that God is our 'Greatest Priority'!
Can't we offer at least a few minutes daily to 'The One' Who has provided us with Twenty-Four Hours a Day? Why forget 'Him', who has given us everything?
God Bless All!