Hello, I apologise in advance if this post is offensive to anyone. It is a delicate question that has been bugging me for many months. Please know that I ask it with genuine curiosity and I mean no disrespect. Please correct any of my misunderstandings. That said... It is my understanding that the Sikh scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib is supposed to be the Guru of the Panth as "decreed" by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, along with the Khalsa. "Authority" was passed to the scripture and the body of initiated Sikhs. The SGGS has got to be (in my humber opinion) the greatest text on the face of the earth, there's no doubt about that. I'm sure many of you would agree. It is the bani of the Gurus and their close friends. It is as close to the audible word of God Itself that us mortals will ever get. It should be shown the utmost respect. It is sacred. And I'm cool with that. What confuses me though is treating the scripture as a living human being. Isn't this making an idol of (to put it frankly) a book? A wonderful, inspired, sacred book? Bowing before the SGGS I understand, it is showing respect, humility, reverence for the ideals contained therein. Giving the SGGS the central place in the Gurdwara I understand. Fanning it I understand. Placing it upon a soft surface I understand. What I don't understand is why it needs it's own bed. Why it needs it's own seat on a plane. Why it seems to be treated like a person. Why is it not sufficient to cover it with a cloth on it's altar (sorry I've forgotten the proper name of the throne in the Gurdwara that the SGGS is places) when not being read? Or even having a bench to store it in another room if necessary, even on a cussion and covered on said bench. Isn't putting it to bed at night one step away from feeding it milk with a spoon? I thought the Guru's discouraged idolatry amongst the Sikhs? And yet now Sikhs seem to be making an idol. Is this a throwback to Hinduism, a reluctance to let go of that ritualism from the majority religion in India? Thank you for your views, and again sorry if I have caused offence. Ishna.