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English-Gurbani dictionary

Discussion in 'Discourses in English' started by Ishna, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Ishna

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    G'day

    Can anyone point me in the direction of an online dictionary, or dictionary I can purchase, where I can look up Gurbani words and find their meaning in English?

    I'm aware www.srigranth.org has a dictionary in-built, and I use this where I can, but some words (like ghar and likhia) just point to either 'from ghara' (which I can't find) or 'likhi-a' which doesn't really help me!

    As I'm learning my nitnem banis, it assists me to know what the actual words mean.

    Thank you in advance
    Ishna
     
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    Ishna ji

    Just to get quick closure

    ghar means home or house
    likhiaa usually means pre-ordained, but can also mean written, inscribed, or pre-recorded, and carries a connotation of "so ordained" in English.

    To your main question. I understand your frustration because the dictionary that I use, by Professor Surinder S. Kohli, "Dictionary of Guru Granth Sahib" is set up the same way.

    Being the maniac that I am I actually enjoy this because it sends me on a treasure hunt of sorts through many pages and I learn the variations on a word or root word.

    I am going to track something down for you - a document containing the 300 most used words in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. It should help you get over some of the obstacles.

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    Here you go

    330 most common words in Sri Guru Granth Sahib
    See attached. I created a .pdf file so anyone can print it out and carry it around and learn anywhere.
     
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    Thank you Jasleen and spnadmin.

    spnadmin: I figured 'ghar' out by reading sohila -- it's used so often it's easy to see it means 'house' in the English translations. 'likhiaa' I found by google search result pointing back to this forum (it was mentioned in another thread at some point). :)

    Thank you very much for the download!

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