Japji Sahib

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Japji Sahib is a universal sacred hymn about God composed by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith. The Japji Sahib consists of the Mool Mantra as the beginning followed by 38 hymns and a final Salok at the end of this composition. The Japji Sahib appears at the very beginning of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Guru as well as Holy Book of the Sikhs. It is regarded amongst the most important Bani or 'set of verses' by the Sikhs and is recited every morning by all practising this faith. The word ‘Jap’ means to ‘recite’ or ‘to ‘chant’. ‘Ji’ is a word that is used to show respect as is the word ‘Sahib’. 'Ji' can also be used to refer to one's own soul. Sikhs must cover their head and remove their shoes before reciting any bani from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji or in while in the presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.[1] The Sikhs treat the Guru Granth Sahib Ji as a living Guru and the respect shown for the Shabad or ‘Message of the Gurus’ is unique in the faith.

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  1. ^ "Gurdwara - The Sikh Temple". searchsikhism.com. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2013.http://www.searchsikhism.com/temple.html

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