Around September every year, Sikhs worldwide celebrate Guru Granth Sahib as the Living Word. Its first compilation was in 1604 by Guru Arjan Dev ji and was finalised a hundred years later in 1708 by Guru Gobind Singh as the repository of Sikh spiritual heritage.
The Guru Granth Sahib is not a catalogue of sins committed or contemplated and prescriptions to atone for them. It is not a reference guide with steps numbered and outlined as in an encyclopedia to be crammed or copied. It is not even a detailed historical narrative of the colourful journey of the Sikh people. Such matters are not totally shunned but they are clearly not central to the message. Such detail would have limited the Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhi to a particular time, place, culture and geography – surely an ethnocentric existence.