Ishna ji, a very intersting little discovery here!!!
It's nice to see a slightly different worded version.
I think this author has done very well and has given a simplified translation with more of an essence to it.
It is NOT more closer in terms of word for word as you ask, but from what I have read so far, it does seem of high value.
The problem that you can get with word for word is that it can move away from it's true intended meaning, especially with the many metaphors used.
You may not quite get what I mean, let me explain-
I understand it much better and realise how one can mislead because I've tried and still do attempt translating by myself. You may have seen a few of my attempts at the sukhmani sahib after Ambarsariaji's conclusions and in some other places.
Here, I did as close as a word for word that I possibly could by breaking down sentences to single words. However, the results can end up off track if you are not careful or you don't catch the true meaning or essence early enough. It also took me a long time, for an ashtpadi of 8 lines it could take a few hours very easily. BUT, I must applaud Ambarsaria ji for his very thorough method and careful approach. His results have been outstanding and difficult to fault, in fact, marvelous at times.-
I am not 1st language punjabi, so my vocab and reading skills are very limited and slow- just reading punjabi has been self taught, much after I was 25 years old!!! -so you can imagine!! After having attempts at doing word for word without reference to any teeka, I have learnt and realised just how easy it is to make a shabad apply in the incorrect manner, infact it makes sense to question 'is this what the guru's words meant ?' everytime that one actually proceeds with this task.
With the above mentioned, from what I have read so far, I find it very good to read along with any existing translations on srigranth.org .
FOR EXAMPLE in early japji where mention of the word of guru and some describing is given and mention of mythological figures like shiva, brahma, parvati, vishnu...etc..is 1stly touched upon and mentioned numerous times again throughout but with different contexts.....--Having a look, we can see----- ਗਾਵੀਐ ਸੁਣੀਐ ਮਨਿ ਰਖੀਐ ਭਾਉ ॥ Gāvī▫ai suṇī▫ai man rakẖī▫ai bẖā▫o. Sing, and listen, and let your mind be filled with love. ਦੁਖੁ ਪਰਹਰਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਘਰਿ ਲੈ ਜਾਇ ॥ Ḏukẖ parhar sukẖ gẖar lai jā▫e. Your pain shall be sent far away, and peace shall come to your home. ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਦੰ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੇਦੰ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਰਹਿਆ ਸਮਾਈ ॥ Gurmukẖ nāḏaŉ gurmukẖ veḏaŉ gurmukẖ rahi▫ā samā▫ī. The Guru's Word is the Sound-current of the Naad; the Guru's Word is the Wisdom of the Vedas; the Guru's Word is all-pervading. ਗੁਰੁ ਈਸਰੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਰਖੁ ਬਰਮਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਪਾਰਬਤੀ ਮਾਈ ॥ Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=38719 Gur īsar gur gorakẖ barmā gu r pārbaṯī mā▫ī. The Guru is Shiva, the Guru is Vishnu and Brahma; the Guru is Paarvati and Lakhshmi. ਜੇ ਹਉ ਜਾਣਾ ਆਖਾ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਹਣਾ ਕਥਨੁ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥ Je ha▫o jāṇā ākẖā nāhī kahṇā kathan na jā▫ī. Even knowing God, I cannot describe Him; He cannot be described in words. ਗੁਰਾ ਇਕ ਦੇਹਿ ਬੁਝਾਈ ॥ Gurā ik ḏehi bujẖā▫ī. The Guru has given me this one understanding: ਸਭਨਾ ਜੀਆ ਕਾ ਇਕੁ ਦਾਤਾ ਸੋ ਮੈ ਵਿਸਰਿ ਨ ਜਾਈ ॥੫॥ Sabẖnā jī▫ā kā ik ḏāṯā so mai visar na jā▫ī. ||5|| there is only the One, the Giver of all souls. May I never forget Him! ||5||
Now, S.S.Bains sums up the above as-
Miss and listen His name with intent.There is only one who gives to everyone. I do not forget Him.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=38719
It will fill you with joy by eliminating sorrows. You can become divine
by listening, praying by missing. God is in you. Divinity is achieved by
the grace of a guru. People have achieved it. Such as Shiva, Brahma,
Parvati etc. Even if I know about God, still I cannot explain, because
God is beyond comprehension. Guru has explained one thing clearly.
So, you can see how looking at both makes the picture a lot more clearer and how easy it is to go off track if we just concentrate on one.
Then after the task of translating, concluding and gaining the essence is done, comes the REAL MAGIC of APPLYING this very Gurmatt personally to Oneself!!!!
This is what makes the Guru Granth Sahib Ji exactly what it is.