Guru Granth Sahib ji and Sewa

Message of Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib provides unique and unequalled guidance and advice to the whole of the human race. It is the torch that will lead humanity out of Kaljug, (the dark era) to a life in peace, tranquillity and spiritual enlightenment for all the nations of the World. The main message can be summaried as:

•All Peoples of the World are Equal
•Women as Equals
•One God for All
•Speak and Live Truthfully
•Control the Five Vices
•Live in God’s Hukam
•Practise Humility, Kindness, Compassion, Love, etc

Personal Behaviour

Any person carrying out any Service or Sewa for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji MUST observe the following :

•Head must be covered at all times.
•Shoes must be removed outside the Guru’s room.
•Observe basic standards of personal hygiene.
•If you have to visit the toilet, have a shower and change your clothing before serving the Guru again.
•When reading from the Guru, you must cover your mouth…
•No eating or drinking while in service.
•No small talk while in Guru’s service.

While in the vicinity of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji , everyone should observe the following :

•Head must be covered at all times.
•Shoes must be removed.
•When Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji passes past you show reverence and respect for the Guru.

Environment

•The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji should always be placed in an independent, well-ventilated and separate room.
•The floor, walls and ceilings should be cleaned or washed as appropriate and suitably decorated.
•Maharaj has to be placed on a Manji Sahib. The dimension of the Manji Sahib must be at least 12 inches high, 36 inches wide and 18 inches deep.
•A canopy, of suitably material should always be placed over the Guru just below the ceiling.
•Guru’s Attire: Clothing appropriate to the season is to be placed upon the throne of the Guru. In the summer, thin clothing and in winter, warm clothing i.e. a thick blanket/duvet must be used.
•The Plain white sheet that is placed under the Manji Sahib is to be of better quality, and separate, to that of the Granthi Singh.
•A Chaur Sahib should be provided besides the Guru with a small platform to house the Kar Parshad and other implements.

On The Move

Whilst the Guru is on the move the following should be observed:

•Five Singhs (Minimum of three) are to accompany the Guru at all times when travelling
•These Singhs are to remain bare-footed.
•One Singh is to do Chaur Sahib Seva.
•One Singh is to go ahead of Satguru and sprinkle water or wet flower petals.
•The Main Singh carrying the Guru must put a clean Rumalla on his Turban before carefully and with respect placing the Guru on this Rumalla. At all times, the Guru should be covered with a small Rumalla so that the Guru’s Sarop is always fully “covered”.
•The other two Singh walk besides the Main Singh – one on his left and the other on his right.
•In order to make the Sangat aware that the Guru is coming in their direction, gongs or other appropriate instruments are to be played or recitation of “Waheguru” at all times.
•When travelling by car, etc, if possible carry the Guru on the head. And a clean Rumalla must be place below the Guru.

Other Considerations

•Maharaj is never to be placed in a closet or cupboard.
•No one should sit on a higher platform than the Guru.
•At night, the Guru should be placed on a separate independent bed or
small cot.

Information from Gurudwara Sahib, Bidar website

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