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Central Gurdwara Glasgow - Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy
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Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy

By June 18, 2016 No Comments

”Aayoo sunan paren ko Bani” – The mortal has come into this world to hear and utter the Guru’s word. In 1708, our beloved 10th Master, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj, blessed us with an everlasting gift- Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (our eternal Living Guru). Gurbani is our Guru. However, unfortunately today, many people are becoming more disconnected from Gurbani as they don’t know how to read and understand Gurmukhi. Reading and understanding Gurmukhi/Gurbani is our first step towards ‘understanding’ and ‘knowing’ our Guru. As a result, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy was set up to develop a systematic and modular method for Gurmat Studies, helping to bring Gurbani to everyone. Today the Academy brings a comprehensive Gurmat education syllabus, organised in a modular format, tailored to everybody’s lifestyle. With over 40,000 plus students internationally, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS) Academy is a must for every individual who wants to understand and get to know their Guru and HIS divine philosophy that today stands as an example before the world.

Join our 40 000 plus international students today by enrolling with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Academy. Transform your jiwan (life) by learning Santhiya (reading the correct pronunciation of Gurbani in accordance with Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Takhat (school) ) and understanding the meanings of each ang of our beloved Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, whilst learning the History of our Gurus. This is the divine route towards a spiritually enlightened life, by which the reality of truth is understood through our eternal Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

The Academy currently offers the following courses:

– Learn Gurmukhi in 3 months
– Gurmukhi Reading
– Gurbani Foundation
– Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

All the above courses provide a means for Sikhs to understand their religion, learn about their heritage and most importantly, connect us with the Almighty.

Learn Gurmukhi in 3 Months Course
This course is designed for students to learn to read Gurmukhi in just 3 months. Using speed learning techniques and the phonics method, a beginner with no previous knowledge of the Gurmukhi alphabet is taught to read Sri Japji Sahib over a period of just 12 hours. This method has been tried and tested and over 1500 students with little knowledge of Gurmukhi were able to read Sri Japji Sahib in front of the entire Sangat.

Gurbani Reading Course
This course is a follow on for those students who have successfully completed the ‘Learn Gurmukhi in 3 Months Course’ and for those who wish to improve their fluency reading in Gurmukhi.

Gurbani Foundation Course
The Gurbani Foundation Course is designed for individuals that have a basic or intermediate knowledge of Gurmukhi. This course is to introduce foundation knowledge on the reading of Gurmukhi. This is an interactive course that works on developing the confidence and interest of the participant. The focus will be on the pronunciation of alphabets, practice of Muharni and the understanding of Gurmukhi phonics.

With only 12 hours of investment over 6 weeks, the student will thereafter be able to read Sri Japji , Anand Sahib, Kirtan Sohila, Dekhni Ongkaar, Vaar (Majh & Ramkali) Bhagat Bani, Sehaskriti and Gatha fluently. In addition to this, short Sakhis (stories) from the life of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji will be shared with the students.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Course
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Course gives our students a comprehensive knowledge on the reading and the understanding of our Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as well as providing an in depth history of all fifteen Bhagats and the Guru Ji’s.

The course includes the following:-
SGGS Reading- this provides the essential techniques and knowledge in reading Gurbani with the proper pronunciations and punctuation’s. The delivery adopts a collective interactive method that encourages students to read in a group thereby also improving their listening.

Understanding Gurbani- uses a contemplative learning method to enhance the understanding by describing the word, adding on a line-by- line approach and the entire shabad’s conceptual meaning. Includes learning the historical facts to when the Gurbani was recited.

Sikh History- adopts an inventive (resourceful) method which emphasizes the learning of Sikh history including major milestones that helped shape the course of the Sikh religion. The syllabus contains various authentic historical references.

The course is conducted over 4 years and divided into 8 semesters (17 weeks per semester), which equates to 48 months or 128 weeks or 256 hours. By the end of the full program, each student will be equipped to read their daily Nitnem and many more Bani’s and with Guru Ji’s blessings,read and understand our Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj.

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