The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of three Sabads of 'Maru Kaphi' by Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Maru Kaphi. Maru is a rag (musical mode) that evokes feelings of enthusiasm and zeal.
The Guru Granth Sahib is a treasure trove of figurative expressions like imagery, symbolism, metaphors, and more. Contributors to The Guru Granth Sahib have entwined a range of such terms with their poetic revelations.
Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.
The Persian language occupies a strange place in Sikhi. Sikhs are universally aware that Persian has a place in our history yet simultaneously unaware of its magnitude. It is fascinating how one repeatedly hears the same common knowledge as if the bit were rehearsed:
"What I do know is that I want to live courageously and heart-centered. I want to live fully embracing life with my entire being and allowing the lightness of my breath to mingle with the heaviness of my matter." In this Sikh Cast episode, Inni Kaur recounts the moment when she connected with sabad on a deep level, not just to explore her connection with Sikhi but to truly feel confident in being vulnerable and loving openly. Have a listen.