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.
This is a challenge:
Money is perhaps the next most powerful force after God, and the way this energy is utilised is actually critical to world peace. The use of money by countries for weapons and military armament and the amounts spent on weapons of mass destruction will only lead to further conflict. Yet when used for societal benefit, for the development of third world countries and for the helping of poor and needy, then this energy takes one towards a Godlier path – a path of love and peace. It is a challenge that if we follow this path then there will be no more wars in the future.
If there is only one God, and God has no religion, we are worshipping our own self made techniques. That’s why there is so much fighting and conflict amongst humanity. If we study all the scriptures and religious texts then it becomes clear that the universal religion of mankind and the attainment of God is through the Love and devotion to God. In fact, it is a very simple path where one lives a life in constant and loving remembrance of God’s Name, earning an honest living and sharing with the poor and needy.
The author, a well known interfaith writer and poet emphasises that above all religions and spiritual methods is that God, who belongs to all, is ONE. He believes love, affection and peace is the simplest yet most desirable form of meditation. Meditation is not about sitting with your eyes closed, but about how you live your life from moment to moment, and a rhythmical part of your very being, as is your breath.
Translated by Jasvinder Singh Dooa & Kamaljit Kaur Dooa
The period of Guru Nanakji to Guru Govind Singhji is a period of oppression of Hindu culture.
On one hand, Muslim invaders were bent upon destroying our ancient culture. On the other hand, the Hindu society was getting engrossed in evils like the theory of incarnation, idol-worship; the cult of religious culture and untouchability. Consequently it has spreaded ado and disappointment everywhere. But the appearance of Sikh Guru's has given nector to the Indian society and the perversion of the society ended. The preaching of the teacher infected new and enthusiasm into the Hindu community.
The lives of the Sikhs teacher have been an image of renunciation and sacrifice. The ideals that Guru Nanakji, the early pioneer of the Sikh faith had established initially were later devotedly observed by other Sikh teacher also. They believed only in the Almighty God. For them all the people of the world were like a family.
All the Sikh teachers were supreme saint engrossed in the worship of God. Although, at a later stage, some teacher had been compelled to take up arms against vice, injustice and atrocities. However, even this brave attire of theirs was also complementary to their image of a devotee and saint and not contrary to it.
A brief glimpse into the lives of these Sikh teacher, who deserve to be remembered every morning, is being presented through this book. We have tried to make this book as interesting and beautiful as possible. It is hoped that our esteemed readers will definitely appreciate it.
Book Review Using his own religious upbringing and science based professional life, Dr. Janak Singh has made a genuine effort to search through the well established literature for some common denominators of “oneness” among religions, philosophies, cultures, science and technologies spanned over 5000 years. He has presented the outcome of his search leading to “oneness” not just among mankind but also all that surrounds us in a clear, simple and unbiased manner. I am impressed with his shift from the old paradigm “Live and let live” to “Live and help to live” through religion and science in unison. I salute you Janak Singh Ji.
--Harbhajan Singh Nayar, Ph D