In honour of the Shaheedi of the Elder Sahibzaade, Akhand Kirtani Jatha B.C. (Canada) youth held an Akhand Paath from a Larreevaar Saroop. The Akhand Paath Sahib took place from 19th December to 21st December 2016. It was the first full Akhand Paath Sahib from a Larreevaar Saroop that was entirely undertaken by the youth.
All the Seva was done in accordance to Gurmat, and with utmost respect for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This is a very inspirational step taken by the youth, and hopefully this will encourage more youth to become Larreevaar Paathis! It is very encouraging to see Akhand Kirtani Jatha in the forefront for preserving the heritage and tradition of Larreevaar passed down by Guru Sahib.
Without such steps being taken, there is a danger that the original Saroop and way of writing Gurbani that Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed us with, will disappear and be left as a part of history. All forms of Gurbani, whether Pad-Chhed (separated words) or Larreevaar (joint words), are worthy of respect, however we have to acknowledge that Guru Gobind Singh Ji never invented Pad-Chhed. Pad-Chhed Saroop, which you can say is a form of Gurbani used for Santhiyaa or teaching how to read Gurbani, was first printed in the mid-20th century, and today it has become the most common form of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji that is Prakaash in Gurdwaras throughout the world, with the except of the Takht Sahibs, Sri Harmandir Sahib and historical Gurdwaras in India.
In the video below Bhai Surjit Singh Ji explains the importance of Larreevaar:
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