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Sri Guru Granth Sahib Study Group Brought to you by The Chardi Kalaa Foundation, IGS Now and Sikh Gurdwara San Jose.
Date: Sunday May 31, 2015
Location: Sikh Gurdwara San Jose – Sahibzada Fateh Singh Room in the Khalsa school area.
Time: 11:00 AM
Duration: 2 Hours
Format: Conference Room
Prof. Jaspal Kaur Kaang will speak on “Application of Teachings of Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Solving Human Problems related to Modern Way of Life”.
Prof. Kang is chairperson of the Guru Nanak Sikh Studies department at Punjab University, Chandigarh in India.
An abstract of her presentation follows.
As always, we look for active participation by the Sangat in an environment that encourages interactive discussion.
The sacred Granth of Sikh faith was first compiled by Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru in 1604 C.E.
The original compilation called ‘Pothi’ included verses composed by five Sikh Gurus and 30 other saintly personages.
Later, the compilation came to be known as “Adi-Granth”.
2. THE COMPILATION
Guru Gobind Singh added Guru TeghBahadur’s verses to it and the revised version came to be known as “Damdami Bir”.
Finally it has come to be revered as “Sri Guru Granth Sahib” (S.G.G.S.).
3. THE PRESENT BIR
Present Bir, running into 1430 pages, was adopted from the hand-written Birs prepared in the 19th century C.E.
Taken together all the verses are called “Gurbani”.
The main theme of Gurbani is to elevate the moral self of human beings through faith in God.
Ultimate aim of Gurbani is to enable human beings work for the cause of ethical humanism
5. U. G. C. PROJECT
U.G.C, India (University Grants Commission) sanctioned two-years major research project for 2012-2014 on the subject of teachings of S. G. G. S.
Aim of the project was to study the impact of teachings of S.G.G.S. in solving human problems related to modern way of life.
6. PROBLEMS OF MODERN LIFE
Two types of problems have been identified: first psychological and second physical.
Both types of problems are the outcome of similar situations arising out of the modern life-style adopted by human beings.
Many types of diseases can be grouped under physical and psychological problems.
7. PROBLEMS BEYOND INDIVIDUAL SELF
Human beings in modern times face problems at levels beyond individual self as well i. e. at social level, at national level and at international level.
8. QUOTES FROM GURBANI
Innumerable quotes from Gurbani can be cited to relate its teachings to modern way of life.
9. TECHNIQUES APPLIED FOR STUDY
Various techniques were employed to study the impact of Gurbani on human behaviour such as interviews, lectures, surveys, camps etc.
10. THE EVALUATION PROCESS
The evaluation process use of evaluation techniques such as DASS, questionnaires on daily routine and psychological tests.
11. RESULTS OBTAINED
Results obtained indicate highly positive effects of exposure to Gurbani in individual development, solving various ailments, bringing about harmony and bliss and establishing world peace.