Avesta -- Zoroastrian Archives
Avesta, the most ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism, as well as many Pahlavi scriptures.
Japji Sahib by Guru Nanak Dev
The Japji hymn by Guru Nanak Dev is considered to be the key to Sri Guru Granth Sahib and an epitome of the Sikh
doctrine. It appears as the first poem in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and is repeated by Sikhs in their morning prayers, as well as when preparing Amrit for the Khalsa baptism ceremony.
Concise history of the Sikhs, Ardas is used as the common prayer. It is recited whenever starting or ending any reading of Sri Guru Granth Sahib or any other important task.
Tav-Prasad Savaiye by Guru Gobind Singh
Part of the daily prayers prescribed for Sikhs, the poem Tav-Prasad Savaiye by Guru Gobind Singh is usually read after Japji and Jap in the mornings
Lawan by Guru Ram Das
During the Sikh marriage ceremony called Anand Karaj, the Lawan is read from Sri Guru Granth Sahib. There are four main stanzas to this poem written by Guru Ram Das. In unison with the reading of each of the four stanzas, the bride and groom complete a circle around the Guru Granth Sahib.
Zafarnama by Guru Gobind Singh
Known as the Letter of Victory, Zafarnama was written in Persian by Guru Gobind Singh as a letter of defiance and delivered to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707. It was composed by Guru Gobind Singh in one of the darkesttimes for the Sikhs.
The bedtime prayer, Kirtan Sohila is usually recited just before sleeping at night. It’s name means ‘Song of Peace’.
Kirtan Sohila is composed of five hymns, the first three by Guru Nanak Dev, the fourth by Guru Ram Das and the fifth by Guru Arjan Dev.
Anand by Guru Amar Das
One of the daily prayers, Anand by Guru Amar Das is the ‘Song of Eternal Bliss and Joy’. It is composed of 40 stanzas and is also recited by the five beloved ones during the Khalsa initiation ceremony.
Akal Ustati, Kabitas (71-90) by Guru Gobind Singh
Selections from a chapter from the Akal Ustati (In Praise of God, The Immortal) Kabitas (71 to 90) by Guru Gobind Singh denounces blind rituals. The Akal Ustati is a lengthy poem composed by Guru Gobind Singh which appears in the Dasam Granth.
Gun Gobind gaio nahin janamu akarth kin by Guru Tegh Bahadur
The second last poetical composition in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Gun Gobind gaio nahin janamu akarth kin is a poem of 57 couplets written by Guru Tegh Bahadur.
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