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MEDITATION, FAITH & SCRIPTURES - Part TWO

MEDITATION, FAITH & SCRIPTURES - Part TWO

After reading all 199 stanzas of Jaap Sahib, we proceeded to read the last four pages or Ang (translation = limb) of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS). For many Sikhs, this sacred text is regarded as the eleventh and final Guru and also revered as the eternal 'living' Guru; hence the use of the word Ang instead of page. The reading of the last four pages can be considered as the official conclusion of a Paath (prayer recital)

In this clip, we're reading the final couplet on the last page of Guru Granth Sahib which translates along the line of, "All together they sing the 6 Raags and 30 Raaginis. And all the 48 sons of the Raags." There's a rich musical heritage in Sikh history, and though much of it was lost (during the partition of 1947), mammoth efforts are being undertaken by individuals such as 'The Mardana Project' to revive this invaluable part of the Sikh spiritual narrative

Here are some facts about SGGS
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The last two pages in SGGS are titled as 'Raag Maala' and list (in poetic form) all the Raag (musical melody or mood) contained in the Guru Granth Sahib. Music is a core component in the Sikh faith - as important as breath, vital as a heartbeat
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Each Baani (poetic prayer) has been prescribed a specific Raag by the relevant Guru or Saint in order to paint a particular mood for the reader or listener, and to help bring the sacred words to life. Themes include: joy, anguish, yearning, loss
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If you've ever visited a Gurudwara (Sikh place of worship) you'll notice Sikh devotees bowing down infront of a raised podium, called a Palki (throne) - inside of which the Guru Granth Sahib is 'seated'. The Guru Granth Sahib is literally given this elevated status worldwide, as a sign of utmost respect. Akin to royalty seated in their court
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This is the only spiritual text which does not include the work or poetry of Guru Gobind Singh (see previous post), but does include the poems of six Sikh Gurus and various Hindu and Muslim Bhagats (devotees) and saints
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There are 1430 pages (Ang) in the SGGS
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In Indian classical music there are over 300 Raag (musical melody, or musical mood). In SGGS, there are a total of 60


The Sisters of the Lahore Darbar

The Sisters of the Lahore Darbar

MEDITATION, FAITH & SCRIPTURES - Part ONE

MEDITATION, FAITH & SCRIPTURES - Part ONE