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From”Living Reality” by Bhai Sahiba Dr. Inderjit Kaur Khalsa (Bibiji), Miri Piri Academy Press, Chheharta, India.
How did the Siri Guru Granth Sahib become the living Guru?
On October 6, 1708, Guru Gobind Singh assembled the Sangat at Nanded and told them that he was the last in the line of human teachers or Gurus. In his last farewell he said, “I have entrusted you to the immortal God. I have infused my mental and bodily spirit into the Granth Sahib, and the Khalsa should henceforth obey the Granth Sahib. It is the visible body of the Guru.” To commemorate this fact into the memory of the Sikhs for all time, Munshi Sant Singh composed the verse that every Sikh recites after Ardas:
Guru Granth Ji naanio pargat guran ki deh
ju mujh ko mil-bo chahai khoj shabd me lay
“Recognize the Granth Sahib as the visible Body of the Guru; the Sikhs who wish to meet me should find me therein.” That is why it is called the Sri Guru Granth Sahib or the Shabd Guru, the great compilation of sacred wisdom from God and Guru.
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