*whoosh* <– What’s that sound you ask? Well that’s the sound of another cool book and worthwhile read flying your way. Compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib by Professor Sahib Singh (translation by Sardar Dalip Singh) is a really interesting and quick read about how the Sri Guru Granth as we know it today came to be.
Why the venerated Professor wrote this:
One day we, the members of faculty, were sitting in a verandah opposite to the’ staff room, a Professor told me that he had read first three chapters of my book on Gurbani te Itihas Baare – Gurus’ Compositions and the related History”, and’ the maximum one could say was that Guru Amar Das had with him some of the Compositions of Guru Nanak Dev. It could not, however, be established that Guru Amar Das had with him all the compositions.
Any other person after reading those three chapters could form the same opinion. People could still have the misconcept that it was. Guru Arjan Dev, the 5th Guru, who collected the Compositions of all the preceding Gurus. In order to solve this intricate problem, I undertook to compare all, the Compositions of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Amar Das and wrote the book “Adi Birh Bare – About Compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib” during 1949 A.D.
This really is a very interesting read, and I highly suggest all of you guys check it out
Today I bring you this cool little library by Harpreet Singh Buttar which is a drop-in replacement for php’s date() and time() function.
From the README:
Nanakshahi date function
The function’s work just like the php’s date() & time()function.
But it returns everything according to the Nanakshahi calendar.
date() function returns: Monday, 14 March 2005 – 01:01:01 AM
nanakshahi_date() function returns: ਸੌਮਞਾਰ, 01 ਚੇਤ 537 – 01:01:01 ਸਵੇਰ
Instructions, the library, and the demo are included in the archive.
Originally from http://punjabis.netfirms.com/
Today I give you a pretty cool book entitled “Recent Researches in Sikhism” by Jasbir Singh Mann & Kharak Singh. Published in 1990 this book presents and clear and consice break down of all the “Modern” looks into the Sikh religion. While it was published almost 20 years ago, I can assure you almost all of the editors findings still hold true, and actually make you think a lot about how Sikhism is presented and viewed in academia. A must read for even the smallest of nerds.
A great alternative to Sikhi To The Max today I bring you Search Gurbani Desktop Version. A Java application for searching, displaying, and exploring the Guru Granth Sahib. From the website:
Search Gurbani Desktop Version (SGDV) brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. We have the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji , Amrit Keertan Gutka and Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran and Sri Dasam Granth Sahib in entireity. You can explore these scriptures page by page or search for a keyword in either one or all of the scriptures.
The application is also designed for use in a Gurdwara like setting to help the sangat follow along with the Raagi. It displays the Gurmukhi line along with Romanization and English translation text.
A good option for non-windows users or people on other java-enabled platforms. It works sufficiently well and definetly meets it’s goal of providing something to put up for the sangat to follow along. I will add the download files to the downloads section soon, but all the relevant and up-to-date files are available on the SGDV website
Today I give to you a wonderful book by Bhupinder Singh Holland entitled “How Europe Is Indebted to the Sikhs?” In this book Bhupinder Singh outlines the large number of sacrifices and deeds done by sikhs in the last few hundred years that have influenced, shaped, and saved Europe and specific European countries.
At about 200 pages, this book is a very quick and fast read, most Sikhs and people knowledgeable about Sikhism reading it can skip straight to the 7th chapter, as the beginning of the book is a brief summary of who and what sikhs are.