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Relevance of Guru Granth Sahib for interfaith understanding

Singh, Daljit (2014) Relevance of Guru Granth Sahib for interfaith understanding. In: 23rd International Conference of Historians of Asia 2014 (IAHA2014), 23 - 27 August 2014, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Among the world religions, Sikhism is relatively a very young religion. It is deeply rooted in the religious as well as historical experience of its founder, first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) and his Nine successors (1539-1708). A close look at the sacred writings of Guru Nanak Dev makes it abundantly clear that he was disenchanted with the prevalent social order. In order to establish a fresh world order, he propounded the principles of the Unity of Godhead and brotherhood of humankind.He put these principles into practice and brought into force the institutions of congregation religious center, (a prototype of modern day Gurdwara), community kitchen and Guruship. Guru Gobind Singh discontinued the personal line of Gurushipand instead of that bestowed the status of Guru upon the Sikh Scripture that is why it is known as Sri Guru Granth Sahib and the Sikhs look upon it as an eternal Guru. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the living Guru from which the Sikhs seek guidance to formulate their response to the secular as well as religious affairs.It is the principle source from which the Sikh concept of life--social, religious, cultural, intellectual etc. derive its meaning and authority. It is the Supreme canon, which sets apart good and evil, right and wrong, virtues and vices in no uncertain terms.It is a perpetual source, which upholds the Holy path that has been revealed and authenticated by the Sikh Gurus themselves. Since its inception Sikhism has played a very significant role in the service of mankind.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0474-76-2 Organized by: Universiti Utara Malaysia and Malaysian Historical Society (Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia).
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: School of International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 07:36
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 08:29
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/14453

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