What is the Guru Granth Sahib?
The Guru Granth Sahib is the eternal Guru and the supreme guiding authority for Sikhs in every facet of life. It commands the utmost reverence whenever Sikhs engage with it or discuss its teachings. The Guru Granth Sahib is not merely the religious canon of the Sikh faith, offering wisdom, grace, and liberation to all; it also embodies perfection and the Divine established Sovereignty.
Within the Guru Granth Sahib, you'll find the divine utterances of six Gurus, three Sikhs, fifteen saints representing various religious traditions, and eleven poets from the Gurus' courts. The Guru Granth Sahib is written in Gurmukhi, a script institutionalized by Guru Angad Sahib. In 1604, Guru Arjan Sahib compiled the teachings of the previous Gurus, Sikhs, and saints into what was then called the Adi Granth, placing it in Sri Harimandar Sahib.
In 1708, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib elevated the status of the Adi Granth to that of a perpetual Guru by adding the utterances of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib and ordaining it as the Guru Granth Sahib. It's important to note that the Guru Granth Sahib should not be regarded as a rulebook of "dos and don'ts." Instead, it encapsulates a timeless and unique value system rooted in ethical and moral living, centered around a profound love for the One Divine.