‘Guru Granth Sahib and Its Context’ as suggestive of its name, tells us about the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Granth Sahib is a distinctive book which affirms to the belief of inter-faith communication and provides a model of the same. This book teaches us respect for all religions for the benefit of entire mankind.
‘Guru Granth Sahib and its context’ is published at Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan and translated in English by J.S Neki, which was one of the topics in the paper of the seminar, held to commemorate the quadricentenary of the compilation of the Sikh holy book, ‘The Guru Granth Sahib’. The compilation of this holy genius of the Sikh community and its installation at Harmandar Sahib, Amritsar in 1604 was celebrated by organizing seminars in five cities of India.
Guru Granth Sahib and its context explain the holy book ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ as a doctrine of ‘Nam’ and ‘Prem’. There are explanations of the content of Guru Granth Sahib and the categories included. There is a mention of the first version of the book known as ‘Adi Granth’ meaning the ‘The First Book’, compiled by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, scribed by Bhai Gurdas and the final version drafted by the ninth Guru, Gobind Singh in 1708 and the name given to the book as Guru Granth Sahib. This ‘Granth’ (Book) comprises of works of Hindu Bhaktasagar and the Muslim Dervishe, thereby known as a pluralist scripture without which no Gurudwaras (places of worship for Sikhs) are complete to its truest self and will be regarded a mere concrete building. The Guru Granth Sahib proclaims that it represents full five centuries of spiritual wisdom - from Jaidev to Guru Tegh Bahadur.
The following lines describe Guru Granth Sahib as a pious book that will help realize the ultimate ‘Providence’.
“Hold Guru Granth Sahib in great reverence
As the living embodiment of the Gurus.
Anyone who is desirous of meeting the Lord, God,
Should be able to discover Him through its holy Word!”