The Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh scripture containing the central philosophy of Sikhism. Such is its devotion to egalitarianism, that, not only does it house poetry authored by the Gurus themselves, it also contains poetry from Hindu and Muslim saints, thus demonstrating the Sikh Gurus' acceptance of universal wisdom.
Put together by the 5th Guru, Arjun, in 1604, this vast book was given eternal Guru status so that Sikhs would forever have the ‘Word of God’ to guide them through life. The philosophy dispels the darkness of the mind and contains the formula to enlighten the soul. It provides guidance on how to tackle vices, anxiety, duality, socio-political corruption and how to achieve peace.
There are copies of the Guru Granth Sahib around the world, but due to oriental patronage, they are mainly housed in Sikh Gurdwaras (temples) and only approximately 5% of its content is read out during ceremonies or daily prayer. The book is written in Punjabi and, although contains timeless wisdom, its philosophy is expressed through examples pertinent to the age in which it was written, making it difficult to relate to modern day life. In addition, English versions of the Guru Granth Sahib are so large that they are prevented from being kept in libraries or homes.
We believe everyone, including non-Sikhs, should have access to, and benefit from, the entire Guru genius housed in this book in order to help each one of us, individually and collectively, live a life of peace and harmony.
We are proposing to create a book which captures the essence of the Guru Granth Sahib in English, which will be handheld in size, making it accessible to all.
We commenced this project 5 years ago. The team consists of Sikh theologians, professional wordsmiths, proof-readers and language experts. We now feel that the project will benefit from having some of the experts working on a full time basis. This necessitates funding for the remainder of the text, employing professional wordsmiths, proof-readers, language experts to reach publication.
Volunteers are sought to support this project. You could help support this project by donating £30 per month for 4 years, or by making a lump sum donation of £1,500, to fund the progress of this work full-time. With 100 donors this project will be fully funded.
We appreciate your assistance and recognition of this unique opportunity which will have a positive impact for generations to come. Please click on the donation link below to begin your support.
Thank you for being part of this legacy.
What methods of payment can I make my donation with?
All major bank cards are accepted, as is PayPal. Please do not send cash through the post.
When will my first payment commence?
Once you have registered your support through our donation link above your first instalment of £30 will be paid on a designated day of the month that you choose. Thereafter, each subsequent instalment of £30 will be paid on the same day of each month. Instead of direct debits, you are welcome to pay a lump sum of £1,500, this amount will be deducted straight away.
How can I monitor progress of the project?
We will publish quarterly updates on the website’s Home page as well as completion of key stages by the experts involved.
How will I know when the project is finished?
We aim for the project to be complete by 2021. Donors will be kept abreast of any publication timescales. When the project is finished, this will also be announced on our website.
How can I get a copy of the publication when it’s complete?
All donors will receive a free, hardback, limited edition, copy. Your support will be reflected on this webpage once the project is complete.
What if my circumstances change and I cannot continue with my monthly donation?
Donors are able to stop funding at any time and without providing any reason. The onus is on the donor to cancel their direct debit arrangement, and inform us. Any monies already received by SikhPolice cannot be refunded.
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