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Consciousness in Shri Guru Granth sahib


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Consciousness in Shri Guru Granth sahib

  1. 1. Concept of Consciousness in Sri Guru Granth Sahib S.S. Nagpal Department of Sanskrit D.E.I. Daylabgh, Agra
  2. 2. Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a Holy Scripture of Sikh Religion. This was compiled by the fifth Sikh Guru Guru Arjan Dev in 1604. Guru Granth Sahib contains the divine ‘Words’ (hymns) of those 35 Godconscious persons, who belonged initially to different castes, creeds, religions and regions. having common philosophy. It is written in Gurmukhi script and having 1430 pages.
  3. 3. The scripture contains compositions of 6 Sikh Gurus, seventeen saints and Bhagats like Kabir, Farid, Namdev, Ravidas, Beni, Trilochan, Jaidev, Sundar, Parmanand, Sadna, Ramanand, Dhanna, Pipa, Sain, Soordas, Bhikhan, Mardana etc.
  4. 4. Guru Nanak The founder of the Sikh religion * Born in 1469. * He preached a message of love and understanding and criticized the blind rituals of the Hindus and Muslims.
  5. 5. Nine Successive Gurus The Final Living Guru Govind Singh Died in 1708
  6. 6. What is a Sikh? ‘SIKH' in the Punjabi language means ‘Disciple', Sikhs are the disciples of God who follow the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus.
  7. 7. Principles of Sikhism Naam Japo: Chanting the Holy Name and thus remembering God at all times (ceaseless devotion to God). Kirat Karō: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud. Vand Chakkō: Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need.
  8. 8. The References - Synonyms of Consciousness are found in SGGS * Ek Onkar * Anand * Mool * Joti-Svaroopa * Khalsa * Saboot Surat * Shabad-Vichaar * Mann *Waheguru * Surat * Akal Purakh * Shabd * Brahm Giaanee * Gurmukh * Nirakar
  9. 9. Consciousness as per Gurbani • According to Guru Granth Sahib our true nature, Spirit, is a field of pure consciousness. • Consciousness according to Gurbani is a higher form of awakening that the blessed person possesses. This higher state of consciousness enables a person to realize the oneness of the universe, and to sense the presence in it and through it of the Creator
  10. 10. (SGGS 1) It is this Singular Infinite Purity, the Homogeneous Oneness, the highest plane of Pure Consciousness, which runs in and through all beings and everywhere. This is the Supreme Truth. He is beyond all finite names and forms. He is simply Pure Being — the Unconditioned Awareness.
  11. 11. Consciousness • • Man ṯūʼn joṯ sarūp hai āpṇā mūl pacẖẖāṇ. (SGGS-441) • O my mind, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light - recognize your own origin. Here Jot or Light signifies Consciousness.
  12. 12. Uṯpaṯ parla▫o sabḏe hovai. Sabḏe hī fir opaṯ hovai. Creation and destruction happen through the Word or the Shabad. In this way, the entire creation (subtle and gross) comes into being from the Shabad, remains sustained in the Shabad, and merges back into the Shabad.
  13. 13. (SGGS 340) To instruct their minds, people ought to study some sort of spiritual wisdom. ||5|| To instruct the mind to raise the Consciousness to the High Plane, one ought to study Divine Knowledge .
  14. 14. Nāpāk pāk kar haḏūr haḏīsā sābaṯ sūraṯ ḏasṯār sirā. ||12|| (sggs 1084). Purify what is impure, and let the Lord's Presence be your religious tradition. Let your Intact Consciousness ("Saabat Soorat") be the turban on your head .
  15. 15. In fact this state of "Saabat Soorat" (Undivided Consciousness) is none other than our Essential Nature. This leads to the following question: If It never left us then how we lost track of It? Our false egosense (Haume) has intervened. False ego sense is nothing but disturbance on the surface of the Undivided Consciousness ("Saabat Soorat"); resulting in subject-object relationship (duality, Maya) where the world of names, shapes, cause, effect, time and space is seen.
  17. 17. Five Realms of Attaining Higher Consciousness.(SGGS 7) These are the realm of Duty (Dharm Khand), The realm of Knowledge (Gyaan Khand), The realm of service (Sarm Khand), The realm of Grace (Karm Khand) The Realm of Truth (Sach Khand) Whereafter man gets in tune with God, the ultimate of Cosmic Consciousness.
  18. 18. (SGGS 938) The lotus flower floats untouched upon the surface of the water, and the duck swims through the stream; with one's consciousness focused on the Word of the Shabad, one crosses over the terrifying world-ocean. O Nanak, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord.
  19. 19. Conclusion With further progress of human life over the coming years, most of our descendents will some day reach the state of cosmic consciousness just as long ago our ancestors passed from simple to self- consciousness. This trend in evolution is in fact already evident now since men with this faculty are becoming more common and, as a race, humanity is approaching nearer to that stage of self-consciousness from which the transition to the cosmic consciousness is effected.
  20. 20. References 1. Philosphy and Faith of Sikhism by K.S.Duggal 2. Sri Guru Granth Sahib - Bhai Teja Singh Chatur Singh, Amritsar. 3.
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