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Guru Granth Darpan By Professor Sahib Singh (A Brief Guide)

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    Brief description: Guru Granth Darpan is a monumental work by the Sikh theologian and grammarian, Professor Sahib Singh. The work serves as both a dictionary and an "exegesis" (explanation) of each and every shabad of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Guru Granth Darpan is organized by raag, by Ang and by shabad, giving the meanings of individual words, the considerations each work requires given the fact that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is poetry, and insights into important influences on the use and translation of words and shabads. Each section is subdivided into a presentation of the shabad, word definitions, interpretation of passages.

    You can access the online Granth Darpan by Professor Sahib Singh at this link.

    http://www.gurugranthdarpan.com/darpan2/darpan_pdf.html

    I like this one because it has been formatted to make searching for shabads and tuks very efficient.

    To beginners: I recommend this version for those who are new to Guru Granth Darpan. Although many versions are available on the Internet, and available as .pdf download files, the copy at this link has format features that help you to navigate through the document. These format features are not always found in other versions on the Internet. Those with more experience take navigation and searching for granted. But not the beginner. You don't want to throw up your hands and run away in frustration.

    This famous text is written in Punjabi and Gurmukhi fonts. Sources of confusion for beginners lie in the fact that the Guru Granth Darpan page numbers do not match those of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This is natural because each of the 1430 pannas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and their explanation would take up more than one page each. Therefore the number of pages in Guru Granth Darpan exceeds 1430 and keys to figure out where to go is helpful.

    To read this version, you only need three keys:

    1) On the landing page/home page there are buttons that group all 1430 pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji into smaller groups or chunks. Click on the button for the page group you want. For example 94-113. This will take you directly to the part of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji of interest to you.

    2) When you are looking for a particular shabad, scroll until you see a page number in the text. It will look like this (p. xxx). That takes you to the Ang of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji of interest to you.

    3) Explanations and word meanings for any single Ang can go on for several pages. Therefore, to find the shabad you want to know more about, look for the text in red font. That gets you right away to the particular shabad you are interested in.​

    Now for the story of its author, Professor Sahib Singh

     
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    Note: When we add to this thread keep in mind the objective is to keep understanding close to the minds and hearts of the ordinary seeker. Long before the idea that all are created equal and democracy became the form of government in Western Europe and the new world, Guru Nanak understood. Guru Nanak and Guru Angad did everything in their power to make Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji understandable, accessible, meaningful to the ordinary person. Professor Sahib Singh in his own way continued this tradition. It is no accident that he took part in the Gurdwara Reform movement. Because of his labors, students of the Guru do not need an intellectual elite. Because of his labors, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is not abstract, difficult to translate in our daily lives. Please, when you add comments, do not go down a different path. So many times in history we have been told that we need special scholars of Sanskrit and/or Vedic scriptures to reveal the true message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to us. Professor Sahib was a scholar of Sanskrit and ancient scriptures, yet he took a different approach. Welcome to comments that add and extend the work of the professor.
     
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    I heard a while ago that Prof Sahib Singh's Darpan was going to be translated into English? Does anyone know about this? Also, doing so would potentially dilute no doubt dependant on "Who" does it if they are associated with a certain group etc.

    I think it would be good, as the existing english translations are flawed in places, for example on Srigranth.org you can show the transliteration and also choose with darpan to view, if you understand both languages you find yourself reading two different meanings entirely.

    Almost like watching a film with subtitles but you know the original language and they dont match up because the translating language is not flexible enough to explain the original.
     
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