Hey guys! 🙂 How y’all doing? How are we liking the whale background? I’m really feeling it, idk.
This week, the Gurprub for the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is being celebrated. Basically what that means is Sikhs around the world are celebrating the officiation (not actually a word but it sounds nice so just roll with it pls) of our holy book. So to honor this, I thought I would share some of the coolest parts (in my opinion) of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji with you!
BUT before I do, I wanted to tell you guys about going to gurdwara last night because OMG. It was actually kind of magical. ( M I didn’t come here to hear about your weird life. I totally feel you. Feel free to skip this–the quotes from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji are in bold down below :). )
So for the past month or so, I’ve been taking this class that lasts from 2-5 or sometimes 2-6 on Saturdays and Sundays, so I haven’t been able to go to Gurdwara for a while. Which, I mean, I don’t go that regularly, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. But I was getting kind of…gurdwara sick? Gurdwara sick. I was getting a tad gurdwara sick. (Part of me wonders how much of this was just me missing the food there… ) But this past Saturday, the teacher of the class I’m taking just didn’t show up lol. (It was actually kind of scary. Pencils started flying…multiple selfies were taken…) So we all just left after an hour of waiting. My grandparents were going to Gurdwara that night, so I was like yo. Take me wit chu.
Before I left, I was on the phone with a friend of mine, and I was telling her I was pretty excited to go, because of how magical it would be at night. And as I started to describe this, I realized that it really was truly magical. Like magical at the Aladdin level.
In my gurdwara, the entire upper floor is carpeted with blue carpet and there’s a huge chandelier in the middle, along with big windows along the walls, and string lights on the outside of the building.
So when my grandparents, me, and my friend who I was on the phone with (she actually asked to come along! Shout out to Swathilama! (Katey, I will definitely take you sometime too, if you still want to go!)) and I got to the gurdwara, there were 3 Ragis there. Ragis are like people who travel, usually from India, to do Kirtan, or prayer, for different congregations, instead of the normal Gyani ji, who usually does the kirtan. When I’ve seen Ragis in the past, they were usually dressed in white and navy blue or black. However, while the ones at gurdwara last night were wearing white kurtas, all three of them were also wearing these beautiful bright yellow paghs. And there was just something about that paired with the blue carpet (not to mention the blue ramala) that looked so amazing.
AND THEN, when I went downstairs, I was super suprised: people were setting up steel plates, spoons, and cups. Ever since it’s founding, my gurdwara has used Styrofoam and plastic plates and utensils. EPA loved us for it. But I guess we’ve ditched that tradition, and I just haven’t been to gurdwara in THAT LONG lol that I didn’t even know it. I was like “omg metal” and everyone else was like “chill out you’re so behind.” So, as corny as it sounds, seeing the shiny steel plates just added to the magic of the night.
Okay, that’s the end of my awkardly personal rant.
So below are some of my favorite quotes from the Sikh holy book. I promise I’m not trying to push my religion on you guys, lol. But I know that not a whole ton of people know about Sikhs, much less what we’re all about. So I thought I’d share a little bit of that.
“Recognize the Lord’s Light (Spirit) within all, and do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes in the world hereafter.”
“Man is born from a woman; within woman, man is conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married. Man is friends with woman; through woman, the future generations exist. When his woman passes away, he seeks another woman; to a woman a man is bound. So why call her bad? From her, kings are born. From a woman, woman is born; without woman there would be no one at all.”
“While you are alive, conquer death, and you shall have no regrets in the end.”
“By falsehood and deception, none have found Him. Whatever you plant, you shall eat.”
“Without selfless service, no one ever receives the fruits of their rewards.”
“True wealth does not burn; it cannot be stolen by a thief.”
“As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.”
“For the sake of it, you journey to sacred shrines and holy rivers; but this priceless jewel is within your own heart.”
“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.” -Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Have a happy Gurpurab 🙂