Gurbani is a compound word composed of:
- Gur meaning guide or enlightener.
- Bani meaning word.
- Bhagat bani - may refer to selections included in Gurbani authored by saints of various faiths known as bhagats.
- Dasam bani - refers to compositions of Tenth Guru Gobind Singh which are not included in Gurbani.
Pronunciation: grr bonny
Alternate Spellings: gurbanee
Fourth Guru Raam Das wrote:
"Baanee guroo guroo hai baanee vich baanee amrit saarae||
The word is the embodiment of the Guru and the Guru is the embodiment of the word. Within the word immortalizing elixir is contained.
Gur baanee kehai saevak jan maanai partakh guroo nistaarae||5||
The Guru's word instructs that whoever believes and acts accordingly is personally emancipated by the Guru. ||5||" SGGS||982
Fifth Guru Arjun Dev wrote:
"Gurbaanee is jag meh chaanan karam vasai man aa-ae ||1||
The Gurus word illuminates this world, through grace within the mortal's mind it comes to abide." ||1|| SGGS ||67
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