ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਾ
The Word of the Guru is the form of the Guru – there is no difference between them. Within the Word of the Guru, all Ambrosial Nectars are contained.
Sri Guru Raam Daas Ji, Ang 982, SGGS
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What is Santhia?
Santhia is the term that refers to the learning of the language of Gurmukhi in relation to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. It differs from a Punjabi class in that a Santhia class solely concentrates on the teachings of the Guru as opposed to a qualification or general knowledge, hence the term ‘Gurmukhi’ – facing towards the Guru. The Gurmukhi language has existed in some way, shape or form for centuries, even before the coming of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Phonetically, for communication purposes, the language has existed for thousands of years. However, it was Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji that formalised it as Gurmukhi within which the 35 letters of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji would be formatted. Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji actively taught the 35 letters & early forms of Gurbani at Khadur Sahib, Sri Amritsar Sahib.
GURBANI LEARNING CENTRES
As time went on, a further 4 Gurus instilled their teachings into Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Sri Guru Amar Das Ji, Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji & Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji. These Gurus actively taught Gurmukhi & often, had their Sikhs teaching in foreign lands. Finally, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji revolutionised & finalised the way for Sikhs to learn Gurbani. They created institutions called Taksaals (learning centres) within which a system existed for the newly formed Khalsa to learn. This taksaal that was created had Baba Deep Singh Ji & Bhai Mani Singh Ji as their primary teachers with Gurmukhi & Gurbani being the main focus. It was effectively a safe space for those who had the desire to learn about the Guru. The aim was for the Khalsa to learn from these hubs & then proliferate these teachings throughout the world – the evidence of this being the fact that the Gurus message has practically spread out in all four corners of the globe. The systems created by the Guru within these taksaals have been preserved over centuries & even to this day, these same systems are utilised.
Starting with the 35 letters, the Santhia classes will introduce students to a new language. After learning the letters & sounds, students will begin from Sri Jap Ji Sahib & will work up to being able to read Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. In addition to Santhia classes, there will be various other classes such as ‘Gurmat Veechar’ which will serve the purpose of providing a deeper understanding of Gurbani alongside learning how to write Gurmukhi fluently.
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