by Harnaak Singh
WHAT GURU GOBIND SINGH EDICTED
Guru Gobind Singh Ji edicted that Granth Sahib shall be our living Guru as Kesar Singh in Bansavalinama, in 1769 (source Link A) wrote
ਦਸਵਾਂ ਪਾਤਸ਼ਾਹ ਗੱਦੀ ਗੁਰਿਆਈ ਦੀ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੂੰ ਦੇ ਹੈ ਗਿਆ । from stanza 265
The tenth King has given the Guruship to the Granth Sahib.
Encyclopaedia of Sikhism Ed Harbans Singh (1998) on page 239 under “Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji” further explains this as follows.
Over the years, the holy book has received the honours due to the living Gurus. No Sikh assembly can properly speaking be so named unless the holy book be present in it. The holy volume in wraps or without wraps, which is but a rare occurrence, wherever located, commands the reverence that was shown the living Gurus. The Holy Book is the centre of all Sikh usage and ceremony. The Guru Granth Sahib some of the variations on the title being Adi Granth, Sri Adi Granth or Adi Sri Guru Granth Sahib is today the living Guru for the Sikhs.
So without doubt we know that SGGS Ji is our LIVING GURU.
THE NINDAKS OF DASAM GRANTH ON THE OTHER HAND VIEW SGGS JI AS A METAPHOR
It is known that the Nindaks of Dasam Granth, the followers of Kala Afghana/ Ragi Darshan Deist Ideology support the view that SGGS Ji as a LIVING GURU is a METAPHOR. See a number of articles at Gurvichar related to this for example Link B and Link C. For them
- SGGS Ji is treated more as a Granth of Knowledge
- where one derives spiritual teaching from
Claiming that SGGS Ji, our LIVING GURU “is a metaphor” is in opposition to what the Sikh Panth accepts presently as well as the edict of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.