Dear forum members Tejwant Singh ji an SPN forum member received this email message as a participant in an Internet discussion group. He sent it to me earlier today. I admit that I have mixed reactions to the perspective of the person who wrote it. What do forum members think? What are your reactions? Names have been taken out for purposes of internet privacy. Dear All, Interesting questions have been raised, as to do we handle a CD containing full version of SGGS, with same rituals as the bound volume of SGGS i.e. perform same rituals of Matha Teko, Parkash and SukhAsan? Let us consider what is our Guru and what is our obligation to that Guru? Gurbani is clear to advise that Shabad is our Guru. Shabad by way of Gurbani, which in enshrined in SGGS is our Guru. That does not mean only when it is in ONE volume of SGGS. Shabad i.e. Gurbani in any form, whether in Sainchees,Gutkas, on leaflets or in other printed or written form is our Guru, in whole or in part. The obligation of a Sikh is to consider the Shabad in Gurbani as Guru, study it, read it or listen to its recitation or utterance, learn its meaning, take lesson and follow its teaching. Likewise if the Shabad by way of Gurbani, recorded on a CD in written form, or sung or recited in Audio form or in MP3 or MP4 form, is still to be treated in same way. If Kirtan CDs or tapes are there, these must be handled with same level of repect as Gurbani Gutkas. Now comes to the question of rituals. The establishes ritual is to treat presense of and handling of SGGS in one bound volume as a physical form and practice the establised rituals i.e wrapping Rumalas, placing on cot, keeping of higher level, under Chando etc, with practice of Parkash and Sukh Asan and Matha Teko etc. These are mere rituals as established over time and must be limited toSGGS in one bound volume, as per establised practice. Thus, my understanding is that rituals be performed as per establised practice on one bound volume of SGGS and Gurbani in other formats be treated with reverence, not merely for rituals, but for reading, reciting, learning and practice. Rituals are only for our ego and material satisfaction, with no real benefit.