The Guru Granth Sahib is truely unique among the world’s great scriptures. It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of it’s kind which not only contains the works of it’s own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths. The living Guru of the Sikhs, the book is held in great reverence by Sikhs and treated with the utmost respect. Sikhism rejects idol worship, so the Guru Granth Sahib is not worshipped as an idol, but rather emphasis is placed on respect of the book for the writings which appear within. Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of devotional hymns and poetry which proclaims God, lays stress on meditation on the True Guru (God), and lays down moral and ethical rules for development of the soul, spiritual salvation and unity with God.
The Guru Granth Sahib is given the same respect that was shown to the human Gurus during their lifetimes.
- In the Gurdwara it is put to bed in its own room every evening.
- At the beginning of the day the Granthi, and any other Sikhs present, form a procession to carry the Guru Granth Sahib to its position on the Manji Sahib (small platform on which the Guru Granth Sahib is placed) in the Diwan hall (the room where worship takes place) of the Gurdwara.
- The Guru Granth Sahib is never placed on the ground and Sikhs never turn their back on it.
- While the Guru Granth Sahib is being read the Granthi (the appointed reader of the scripture) waves a special fan, called a chauri, over the pages.
Most Sikhs do not own a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib because of the difficulty of showing it the proper respect. Most Sikh families have a copy of the Dasam Granth(poetry written by Guru Gobind Singh and not included in the Guru Granth Sahib) or the sacred Nit nem (a prayer book) at home. via doabamedia.com