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Sikhism: Is it ok to read English translations of Guru Granth Sahib Ji?
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Q: Is it ok to read English translations of Guru Granth Sahib Ji?

A: The English translation is not the same as the original Gurbani. Reading translation will only help you understand the meaning. The translation can sometimes be inaccurate. Reading Gurbani in it's original text is the best because it enables you to understand the message of the Guru without any third party involved. When you read Gurbani, it seems as if Guru is talking to you. It is very inspirational and has very deep meanings. Some of those meaning are very spiritual and cannot be translated in English. Furthermore, the translations often express author’s opinions, interpretations, and views. There are very few authors that translate message from Guru Granth Sahib Ji without having their own influence. Every effort has been made to accurately translate Gurbani from Guru Granth Sahib Ji on The information is best to our knowledge. However, the actual and true meaning of Gurbani can only be understood by reading the original text.

In order to become familiar with Gurbani and start understanding Gurbani, you can read translations of Gurbani online. Your main goal would be to build your vocabulary so that you can understand Gurbani directly. offers English translation while offers translation in Punjabi. The best way to understand Gurbani is to practice reading it.

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