Dr. Jaspal Kaur Kaang
Very well-known is the fact that the Bani complied in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is addressed to all the human beings and not to any one community or any one sect. The eternal message of Guru Granth Sahib is addressed to the welfare of all human beings above the boundaries of caste, colour, creed, culture and religion. It lies in loving, understanding, respecting and accepting the existence of others as well as prohibiting oneself from encroaching on freedom and rights of others. The life experience and the great works of the Gurus is indicative of the practicability of these ideas through which they dialogue with the ideologues of the other religions and made them realise that human unity and oneness can be achieved through tolerance, communication and respect for other’s existence. The fear of war or tension in the world is due to lack of communication and effective dialogue between the various communities. Bani’s message is a model of universal brotherhood and world peace which is revealed in its every couplet and illuminates the entire universe.
All the efforts to improve life of the human race have been industrial and commercial in nature and cater to material aspect of life. Little is being done to nourish the soul. Living by the glorious philosophies of Bani like Langar, Pangat, Sangat, Kirat (hard & honest earning), Sarbat da bhala, Dasvandh (charity), Vand Chakna (sharing) and truthful living is what can nourish the human soul and promote peaceful and harmonious co-existence, human unity and world peace.
In today’s era, we face threats and fears from interfaith conflicts military aggression, terrorism etc. Territorial possessions which have overpowered the human sentiments and the very presence of the ideas contrary to one’s beliefs is irksome. The teachings of Guru Granth Sahib are all the more relevant today to resolve all these problems. In this paper, I would like to focus my views through the lens of Religious Pluralism, tolerance and Multicultural Society.
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About the Author
Working in Panjab University, for the last 38 years, I have translated the universal wisdom and ethical values represented in the lives and works of Sikh Gurus into the interdisciplinary pedagogical modules for the dissemination of value education through Punjabi Language, literature and culture. Moreover, as an administrator (being the member of Senate, Chairperson, Dean, Member of Finance Board and Member of Academic Bodies of various Universities), I gave my best to promote Mother Languages and Indian culture as directed by UNESCO and contributed to the reconstruction and the restructuring the policies, programmes and pedagogic practices to nurture the idea of Indianism. My objective is to spread all over the world, the eternal values symbolized by our great Gurus, which are more relevant in today’s world.