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Seldom before has divine wisdom flown, in such overwhelming abundance, from the holy lips of a Prophet, as in case of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib. 2218 hymns of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib are enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib which accounts for more than half of the Holy Scripture. These celestial melodies sprang from Guru Arjan’s divine heart and were personally sung by Him with the help of a tambura (a musical instrument).
All religions have produced lovers divine and Sri Guru Arjan Sahib has incorporated the immortal hymns of these great divine lovers in Sri Guru Granth Sahib side by side. The Holy Scripture enshrines the hymns of Bhagat Jaidev of Bengal, Bhagats-Rama Nand, Kabir, Ravidas, Pipa, Sain, Bhikan and Beni from U.P., Sheikh Farid of Punjab, Nam Dev, Tarlochan and Parmanand of Maharashtra, Dhanna of Rajasthan and Surdas of Oudh.
Guru Arjan, the Prophet of Universalism and total Religious, Human and Linguistic Harmony had in His holy sweep covered a vast range of different provinces and languages of India. The languages covered include Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Sindhi, Marathi.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib provides to the whole mankind a universal spiritual code. It shines with pristine purity in its originality, authenticity and the love of all true lovers of God irrespective of their religion, caste, colour, creed and status. It is the only Scripture in the world which embraces in its holy folds, divine love of Muslim Mystics, Hindu Saints of all the four Varnas, Brahmins, Kashatriyas. Vaish and outcaste Shudras. It is a Scripture totally secular, non-sectarian and free from any bias and controversy.
Sri Guru Angad Sahib once said :
and Sri Guru Arjan Sahib has filled and flooded Sri Guru Granth Sahib (The Eternal Guru) with that Light Supernal which surpasses the brilliance and dazzle of thousands of such moons and suns. This light supernal illumines aspiring human hearts and this divine illumination outshines physical brilliance and radiance of thousands of moons and suns. What a unique divine gift and blessing to ailing humanity for all times to come. Actually, Sri Guru Arjan Sahib eternally residing in Sri Guru Granth Sahib shines as a luminous Divine Sun piercing through the dark recesses of human hearts. A single ray of this dazzling Sun is sufficient for spiritual illumination.
From scholarly point of view, it is an extra-ordinary, a most wonderful poetic master piece. But the Holy contents are actually direct and deep mystic experiences of great Divines, true Lovers of God and unless a person is blessed with intuitive mystic power, a purely spiritual faculty, it is well nigh impossible to reach the mystic depths of the realm of the spirit in these holy hymns.
A yearning spiritual need, requirement of bound humanity was thus fulfilled by Sri Guru Arjan Sahib in compilation of this Holy Scripture and He provided an open glimpse, full vision of the Glory of God to all alike without any reservations, qualifications and preferences.
This Holy Scripture is Guru because every hymn is filled with his Divine Presence and radiates out his Eternal Glory.
No human being can probe the depths of the Eternal Truths enshrined therein.
Gurbani is the celestial channel, the holy medium through which the Divine Grace of our-Lord Guru Nanak flows to us. We in our ignorance and due to our egoistic impulses, are not fully conscious and aware of this.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the Supreme Repository of all Celestial Harmonies.
This is the voice of the Divine Master, His Words and Whispers of Divine Wisdom and Grace which were received in silent and humble meditation and inward Divine contemplation.
His presence becomes discernable and known in mysterious ways with Devotional Faith in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the fountain-source of Divine Kirtan in the world.
The holy hymns provide the needed succour to the soul in crisis. Humility of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib knows no limits. He assumes no credit for compilation of this Great Scripture and ascribes all this to the pity taken by the all Merciful and Benevolent Lord on a person like him who has no merit, whatsoever.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the Divine and Melodious Soul of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Himself. As He is the Soul of all Souls and the Light of all Lights and shines in the core of every heart, all man-made restrictions of colour, caste, creed, language, status and geographical limitations stand removed. That is why this Divine Melody, Guru Arjan’s Song of Eternal Life, appeals to the soul of all mankind, commands universal homage and respect and is eternally fresh, vibrant and fragrant.
One feels irrisistably drawn to listen to the Lord of this Great Melody and to satisfy the hunger of the soul, through this Delicious Nectar. Such is the magic of Gurbani and its Holy Kirtan.
The Unmanifest Manifested Himself as Guru Nanak. Blessed are those for whose sake He so manifested, blessed is the time, the ‘Age’ and the world in which He manifested. Blessed are we for whose sake He eternally manifested Himself in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
He enacted a Divine Lila-a Divine Sport in Ten Manifested Forms and now continues to play the game of hide and seek in both Manifested and Unmanifested Divine Form of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.