Stories of Faith
The stories of significance for Sikh faith are contained within the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the Janam Sakhis or ‘life stories’ of the Gurus. Without these texts there would be no record of what the Gurus had said.
At one level they contain the teachings of God (revelation); at another they contain commentaries of the writings of other Gurus and mystics (philosophical dialogue); at another the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is a mirror reflecting the Shabad which is the Divine-in-humanity. This Shabad is the Word spoken at the beginning of the world and which is the Jot or Light that lights all beings:
Amongst all is the Light – You are that Light. By this Illumination, that Light is radiant within all. Through the Guru’s Teachings, the Light shines forth (Guru Granth Sahib Ji: 13).
Individual Sikhs and the community treat the texts as revelation guiding them to God and/or as a series of philosophical commentaries on religious experience and/or as a Living Embodiment of the Shabad.