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Sikh way of life: A primer in english

Many friends have come to me recently, asking for good english texts to get a peek or initial understanding of the teachings of Guru Nanak. My first reaction is to tell them the truth, that I have not yet seen a english translation of Guru Granth Sahib that is worthy of being called almost-there. But then, their intent is to start understanding & there must be some good starting point. So here is an attempt at that.

A set of texts that can act as a Primer on the Sikh way of life : 

1.Keeping this in mind: “The aim of life, according to the Sikh Gurus, is not to get salvation or a heavenly abode called paradise, but to develop the best within us which is God.” – Master Teja Singh.

2. A primer to the Philosophy of Guru Nanak: PDF

3. A ¬†fascinatingly thorough translation of the first four steps of the “Jap” composition of Guru Nanak:

This set of thesis, though not the original teachings of guru Nanak in his own words, should help direct any inquisitive soul wanting to learn from Gruu  Nanak.


Thank you for this! It's sometimes difficult to find good information on Sikhi in English.