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Sukhmani Sahib - Gurbani, Transliteration, English Translation - Book By Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

Publisher: Singh Brothers
Authors: Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
Page: 405
Format: Hardbound
Language: English/Punjabi
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Summary of 'Sukhmani Sahib - Transliteration, English Translation' By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer  

Sukhmani Sahib is one of the most read Baanis of Guru Granth Sahib. Some ignorant persons have tried to attach special importance to it, which is wrong. For a Sikh, all the Baanis have the same value, importance and impact.

Hermeneutics is not an easy fete. Translation/ exegesis of Gurbani is a very difficult task. To translate Gurbani into another langugage (other than Punjabi) is still more difficult. Already, there are available several translations of Gurbani, Guru Granth Sahib, Nitnaym etc in Punjabi and other languages; and several of them are results of laborious efforts by their creators. Especially in Punjabi, Prof. Sahib Singh's translation of Guru Granth Sahib is a commendable work, so far the best in Punjabi. In English, Dr. Darshan Singh's translation is, so far, the best among the available publications. Similarly, the translations of Nitnaym too have been attempted by many writers. But, unlike the translations of Guru Granth Sahib and Nitnaym, there are just a couple of translations of the Sukhmani Sahib, especially in English; but they are not up to the mark. They are replete with incorrect meanings; and, the transliterations too are very faulty. A very large number of Western readers had been looking for a genuine, correct and intelligible translation (as well as transliteration) of the Sukhmani Sahib. S. Raj inder Singh and his erudite son Dr. Davinderpal Singh (of Sikh Book Company, Darbar Sahib) were very keen to fulfill the wish of such ardent followers and students of Sikhism.

I had already translated Nitnaym in 2008 and it was given a grand response; especially the review by 'The Sikh Review' Calcutta, gave me great inspiration to take up translation of Sukhmani Sahib too. I shall always remain indebted to S. Saran Singh, S Awtar Singh, Dimpy Ji for their love and encouragement.

I confess that the transliteration of Gurbani also is no less difficult. 'Times New Roman' or other fonts don't have letters/signs to represent Gurmukhi words. It is remarkbale to note that Gurmukhi script can spell words of Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and several other languages (represented in Guru Granth Sahib) as well as English, Spanish, French and Norwegian etc, but Roman, the script of the 'international' languages like English, Spanish and French, is helpless as it can't write Gurmukhi with its (Roman's) just 26 lettered alphabet. 

The TAHOMA script, however, has coined and created some letters with the help of dots, commas as well as some other such marks, signs and underlines, which serve 90% of our purpose. This font was first introduced to Gurbani readers by Dr. Kulbir Singh Thind (of the USA) and I am sincerely thankful to him for this discovery. I have varied a bit from his applications. With God's grace, the work is finally done; thanks again to the creator of Tahoma script and Dr. K.S. Thind both.

I have given line-to-line, word-to-word meanings in bold face and explanations (with i.e.) In parenthesis and the other words, needed for clarification of sentence in ordinary face. For example, see the following meaning of a sentence: Only he (i.e. only such being) is in (His) service, whom He lends His grace.

"Only he is in service whom he lends His grace" is word-to-word meaning of the sentence; to clarify the word 'he' I have added (i.e. Only such being) in parenthesis and word 'His' in the parenthesis qualifies God, the one, who lends grace.

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