ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਾਰੇ

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

SANTHIA

Read, write and understand Gurbani (the Gurus teachings) utilising the same system implemented & taught by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Sikh Guru. Absorb the divine and expansive knowledge of the Sikh divine scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to build your relationship with Akaal Purakh (God).

WHAT IS SANTHIA?

Santhia is the term that refers to the learning of the script of Gurmukhi in relation to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh divine scripture. It differs from a Punjabi class in that a Santhia class solely concentrates on the teachings of the Guru as opposed to learning for communication purposes or general knowledge, hence the term ‘Gurmukhi’ – facing towards the Guru. For students who are interested in learning the Punjabi language, there are going to be separate courses available for this on p6academy.co.uk soon.

GURBANI VIDYA

The Gurmukhi script has existed in some way, shape or form for centuries, even before the coming of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Phonetically, for communication purposes, the Punjabi language itself has also quite possibly existed for thousands of years. However, it was the 2nd Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji, that formalised the script into ‘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 (Guru’s teachings) at Gurdwara Sri Khadur Sahib, located in Sri Amritsar Sahib, Punjab.

GURBANI LEARNING CENTRES

A total of 6 Gurus had their teachings scribed into Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. These Gurus actively taught the Gurmukhi script & 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 from. This Taksaal that was created had Baba Deep Singh Ji & Bhai Mani Singh Ji (highly respected Sikhs) as the teachers with Gurmukhi & Gurbani being the focus. It was effectively a safe space for those who had the desire to learn about the Guru from those who had the appropriate credentials to teach. The creation of these Taksaals by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji has enabled the preservation of the authentic teachings of Sikhi. The systems created by the Guru within these Taksaals have been preserved over centuries & even to this day, these same systems are utilised. P6 Academy strives to remain as close to these authentic teaching methods as possible.

syvk syv krih siB qyrI ijn sbdY swdu AwieAw ]
All of Your servants, who relish the Word of Your Shabad, serve You.

gur ikrpw qy inrmlu hoAw ijin ivchu Awpu gvwieAw ]
By Guru’s Grace, they become pure, eradicating self-conceit from within.

Anidnu gux gwvih inq swcy gur kY sbid suhwieAw ]1]
Night and day, they continually sing the Glorious Praises of the True Lord; they are adorned with the Word of the Guru’s Shabad. ||1||

Starting with the 35 letters that make up the Gurmukhi script, the Santhia classes have been tailored for students who have no knowledge at all although those that have previous experience still have a lot to gain. After learning the letters, sounds & building of words and sentences in Module 1, students will move on to Sri Jap Ji Sahib and the daily Sikh prayers in Module 2 working up to being able to read Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from Ang 1-1430 in Module 3. Students will be taught how to read, write and understand Gurbani in a structured manner. As Sikhs, we have a unique situation – the teachings contained within our divine scripture were scribed and recited by the Gurus themselves. This means that if we want the authentic teachings of the Guru that sat on the burning hot plate and didn’t even flinch, the source is there. If you truly want to understand what the Guru wants YOU to know, this course is perfect for you.

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FAQ

Santhia is the study of how to correctly read Gurmukhi in the context of Gurbani in a traditional disciplined manner. It is a practice that has been passed down for generations, since the creation of the Gurmukhi script and is vital to the respect of reading Gurbani. It is commonly accepted that without Santhia one shouldn’t read Gurbani as the mispronunciation of a shaped can create negative effects and therefore those who wish to understand the Guru and build a relationship with their Guru, should embark on a Santhia programme.

Santhia can be undertaken by anyone who has the discipline to learn. It is a complex process that requires endurance however can be processed by anyone any age, gender, religion and ethnicity. Whether you want Santhia to be able to communicate with your Gurus message or you want an insight into what Sikhs believe from source of the teachings, you will be able to do this through enrolling on a Santhia course.

We have a structured programme that takes you from no knowledge all the way up to being able to read Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. By combining traditional methods with the practical use of technology, we will provide a preparatory video for all students to watch before class so they can come to the online live lesson aware of what they are learning. This is so students will be more likely to engage and appreciate the live lesson where a teacher will physically guide them through the learning objective. Students will then also have the option to consolidate learning after lessons by re-watching the recorded live lessons, asking questions to the teacher outside of lesson time and also by reviewing their test/assessment questions and answers.

Santhia is catered for all skill levels. You may know nothing, and you can still start from the start progressing to the end of the course. You may have had Santhia elsewhere and decide to join this course for alternative reasons, in that case you may not need to start from the start. This will be assessed in the preliminary sessions of where you are best placed.

Although we have a strict quality assurance, we know that success breeds success. This means, the academy staff will do all it takes to ensure you are progressing at a steady speed. Moreover, because Santhia is a 1-1 course, you can benefit from a confidential and personal learning space, where your own learning speed will not be judged but just encouraged! Furthermore, P6 has great support and welfare staff, meaning if you’re learning is halted for any external reasons, you can always confide in P6.

What will my learning timetable look like?

 

P6s approach to learning combines independence with guided learning.  You will have weekly classes to attend to, these will be a 15-minute class where you are able to progress swiftly because of the preparatory work you have done so before class. 15 minutes of Santhia class 1-1 will give you enough time to drill in what you have been preparing for. For effective live lessons however, the onus is on the student to ensure the preparatory work is completed in your own time. The scheduling of a class is flexible and is done on the calendar widget of your learning hub.

The VLE uses very intelligent learning software, integrated for the best teaching and learning experience. Teachers will be aware of the lack of work being put in and there can be sanctions if this is done regularly without reasonable excuse as per student/teacher learning agreement. The more work you put in the better results you will see in the practice of your Santhia. Also note, the preparatory work is drip locked with content related questions meaning unless you complete it there is no chance of moving forward!

We have a range of expert tutors that are able to provide Santhia. We have a stringent recruitment process as we know a teacher is the foundations to success. All tutors are also Enhanced DBS checked and relevantly trained to ensure that a student’s safety and learning is prioritised.

As a part of the P6 ethos, we wish to use physical as well as online mediums to teach students. Therefore, there are various Santhia classes and workshops that p6 will host around the however, all plans will be halted until the country is out of pandemic mode! The benefits of online learning are just as and arguably more effective and accordingly we encourage all to enrol onto the online course. All material required will be provided digitally and the efforts the P6 team has gone through to replicate a physical learning environment should be appreciated.

Click the enrol now button to register for the course. Explore the dashboard and follow any intuitive step by step guide requested. You will also receive an admissions pack in the post which confirms your registration. Always remember the P6 tech team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have during your process! Good luck and happy learning!

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