Rejoicing in 407 Years of History!

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Date: Thu,  1 Sep 2011 12:46:39 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: Rejoicing in 407 Years of History!



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Today is 1st September. The Adi Granth was first installed and ceremoniously opened in the Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar, 407 years ago. On the instruction of Guru Arjan Sahib, Baba Buddha ji, the first granthi of the Sikhs opened the Granth Sahib and shared the first order of the day (hukam). This day in Sikh history is an extremely significant milestone for the development of the Sikh community.
Historically, the Adi Granth is the first compiled copy of the present day Guru Granth Sahib, excluding the bani of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib, which was scribed in later by Bhai Mani Singh on the instruction of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. This new version came to be known as Damdami Bir, as it was prepared at Damdama Sahib. It is this copy of the Granth Sahib which received the Guruship from Guru Gobind Singh Sahib in 1708 and became Guru Granth Sahib. Currently, the original Adi Granth is said to be with the descendants of Dhir Mal in Kartarpur, about 15km north-west of Jalandhar, Panjab. The significance and purpose of compilation of the Adi Granth is beautifully explained in the Sikh tradition in the excerpt below:
Instructions on
?di Granth

Gur? Arjan S?hib to Bh?? Gurd?s
The Gur?, perfectly-endowed, withdrew into solitude, And called Gurd?s to his presence. Seating him by his side, to him he revealed his purpose thus: Listen, brother! To my wish. Make the Granth into an ample volume, And write it out in Gurmukh? characters. In the Patti devised by Gur? N?nak, Are included thirty-five letters. In these letters record the entire bani of the Gurus, Which all may be able to study with ease, Those that are greatly endowed with understanding, Should study it more amply through their learning. After a study and contemplation of many years, May alone its essence be realized. Such essence too in Gurmukhi should they express with hearts full of reverence. In language that may be easy to follow, Those endowed with learning express themselves In Sanskrit and the Muslim [Persian and Arabic] tongues: Over all such writing shall it spread soon, As oily substance poured over water. Householders engaged in daily labors, who have little learning, Yet seek knowledge, may study it with ease. By it shall be indicated a broad cartload on which those traveling, shall nowise stray. Therefore, write you down the Gurmukhi letters, That these over the wide world may get known. Let those with faith read these with ease – Thereby shall they learn contemplation of Almighty, Giver of Liberation. Great is the merit of those letters, That the world over shall be known as Gurmukhi. These shall humanity see, read, write, and offer to these reverences;And to annul their sins shall to these be devoted. –        Mahakavi Santokh Singh, Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, Ras 3, Ansu 41 (Stanzas 3-10)   The Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) works to produce tools and resources to help everyone develop a better relationship with the Guru Granth Sahib by engaging with its timeless wisdom. For example, SikhRI offers a full day workshop called “Sabad Asgah” as part of the Saneha program <> . This particular topic delves into the language, rags, interpretations systems, and other facets of the Guru Granth Sahib, so that participants can create, or strengthen, their relationship with the Guru.  This 1st September, let’s rededicate ourselves to the Guru Granth Sahib by engaging through the letters of Gurmukhi so that we may all “learn contemplation of the Almighty, Giver of Liberation.” If anyone wishes to sponsor a Saneha workshop like “Sabad Asgah” in their area, please write to us at or call 210-757-4555.  Also, a donation in support of SikhRI’s work <> ensures that these programs will be available to Sikh communities all over the globe. Can you make a gift to SikhRI today, in honor of this historic day – the first ceremonious opening of the Adi Granth? Your gift <> would do so much to support our work of enabling Sikh communities to rededicate and forge relationships with the Infinite Wisdom contained within the Guru Granth Sahib. **Photo Used Courtesy of Panjab Digital Library.**  
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