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The Guru's Birthday

We all know that Siri Guru Granth Sahib is our Guru. For most of us, this is what we believe....

Guru Gaddi Diwas

We all know that Siri Guru Granth Sahib is our Guru. For most of us, this is what we believe. Yet, if we are honest, it is too often a concept rather than a reality. Imagine if you are in the presence of an intuitive person who could read your every thought and know your every feeling. This person is a master and would receive deep respect from his spiritual students. Suppose you bow to this great person to show the customary respect. This intuitive person can read what is going on inside you. They know whether or not you are thinking average thoughts, or if you are truly imbued with devotion to the point where your heart moves you to bow. You might as well be honest with where you are, pretending will not convince.

Let us apply this to Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Can you honestly say that when you bow you are full of devotion and moved with awe from being in the presence of such a great being? When you bow, are you consciously offering yourself to your Guru? We need to pass on this relationship with the Guru to our children so that the light of the Guru’s Word can grow and spread. Yet how can pass on a relationship if we ourselves are not relating honestly?

Guru Arjan and Adi Granth

What if you were in the presence of the Guru and the Guru could measure your state on a scale from ‘ritual’ to ‘love’. How would you rate yourself on the the scale? Would it be mostly ritual with a few moments of “Wahiguru please bless me”? Or is it a little bit of ritual with mostly, “Guru ji, my life is for you. I am your beloved child. I will perform your service and serve all your beloveds, too.”

Aakaa jeeva, visrai mar jao.
When I speak of you I live, When I forget you I die.

Whoever we are, and whatever our relationship with the Guru, there is always room for growth. Let this Guru Gaddi Day be a day where we demonstrate, to our own self, that we do have a relationship with Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji, and that relationship keeps growing in love. 

Let us all ask ourselves, “What could happen on this Guru Gaddi day that would let me know that I am in a relationship with the Guru?” If we are not sure that it is even possible for the Siri Guru Granth Sahib to be a living Guru, than the question becomes, “If this is real, let it be known to me.”

Jo mange thakur apune te, soi soi deve
Whatever is asked of the Master, that is surely given.

Ask for it to be real. Ask for it to have an impact on your life. Ask for it to be proven. Ask for a miracle. Surely we will get an appropriate answer.

Guru Granth Sahib Prakash

When we are truly relating to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji as a living Guru, we don’t need to explain it to others. We don’t need to heavily impress upon our children what we believe. When a person is in a loving relationship, it speaks for itself. For the sake of the children, for the sake of the future, for the sake of our own destiny and souls, let us use this day to prove our love of, and our complete trust in our Guru.

The Guru is available for us, waiting for us to join in spirit. It rests upon us to bring the Guru alive. This is our invitation and this is our spiritual challenge. Imagine, as a Sangat, if we determined that somehow, some way the Guru will come alive today. There shall be a miracle. Let’s do it!

In honor of our living Guru, whom we bring alive within ourselves, have a blessed and miraculous Guru Gaddi Day.

Wahiguru ji ka Khalsa!
Wahiguru ji ki Fateh!


Videos for Guru Gaddi



SSS Yogi Ji
The Spirit of Gurbani
The Siri Singh Sahib ji discussed the sacredness that comes when we meditate in the ambrosial hours, and the love that takes us away from duality.
Guruka SinghThe Living Guru
Guruka Singh speaks about how Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is a Living Guru, and not just a 'holy book'.

Jagraj Singh
Bani is not a Restriction it is a Prescription
Basics of Sikhi relates a story where he had the perfect answer to someone
Guru SinghThe Physiology of Shabad Guru
Guru Singh talks about the science of sound and how the Shabad Guru works to uplift your consciousness. 


Audio Stories for Guru Gaddi

Guru Harkrishan
Listen to learn what happened when the child Guru read from the Granth Sahib with pure devotion:
Listen to the Guru’s beautiful answer about chanting the Guru’s words:
Listen to the devotion one great soldier saint has to the order of Siri Guru Granth Sahib:
Editor’s Note: 
We acknowledge that there is some confusion about the date of the Guru Gaddi Diwas celebrations in the world-wide Sikh community. The 2003 Nanakshahi calendar has set the date for October 20th. However, the amended calendar released in 2013 by Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh ji, has set the Guru Gaddi Diwas date according to the old lunar Bikrami calendar. The date on the 2014-2015 SGPC calendar for Guru Gaddi Diwas is Oct. 25. We are grateful to share this inspirational piece about Guru Gaddi Diwas in time for all Sikhs to enjoy.

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