Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada: A logo that says it all

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| Opinion | 3 Nov 2016 Asia Samachar |
Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada logo from Sikh Vichar Forum (SVF)
Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada logo from Sikh Vichar Forum (SVF)

The logo you see here provides a quick, visual representation of the divine message it carries. The design, we hope, evokes the spiritual emotion of the viewer, underlining its political significance in the Sikh brotherhood; indeed a tool to help communicate and represent the message of ‘miri’ and ‘piri’.

Sikhi isn’t born from India, Punjab, Hinduism or Islam. Sikhi is born from the Shabad or Revealed Word – ‘EK OANGKAAR’. Says Guru Nanak:

ਜੈਸੀ ਮੈ ਆਵੈ ਖਸਮ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਤੈਸੜਾ ਕਰੀ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਵੇ ਲਾਲੋ

Jaisee Mai Aavai Khasam Kee Baanee Thaisarraa Karee Giaan Vae Laalo ||

As the Word of the Forgiving Lord comes to me, so do I express it, O Lalo. (SGGS, 722)

In this logo, the divine ‘Ek Oangkaar’ sits at the centre, serving as the nucleus of all energies of the cosmic. ‘Ek Oangkaar’ which means God Is One, explains the notion of there is but ONE God. Then comes the three core messages. Being the nucleus of existence par excellence, ‘Ek Oangkaar’ gave birth the theme of ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada.’ The significance of ‘oneness’ is emphasised first and foremost preceding from seeking the guidance of the very first ‘shabad’ (word) found on the first ‘angg’ of the Guru; ‘EK OANGKAAR’.

The ‘Ek Oangkar’ right at the front, signifies its position as being prime, and as existent from the beginning. From it is revealed the true gospel as in EK GRANTH, our supreme and only Guru. The great gospel binds together those who pledge spiritual allegiance to live by it in the form of EK PANTH. The panth will choose to abide by a code of ethics based on the teachings of our Guru, EK MARYADA.

When combined the logo with its three core messages, the three dimensional graphic design persuades every Sikh to observe unison bearing the theme of ‘Ek Granth, Ek Panth, Ek Maryada’.

The theme suggests the 3 core messages of:

  1. EK GRANTH:

ਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਪੂਰੀ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਅਨਿਕ ਗੁਣਾ ਜਾ ਕੇ ਜਾਹਿ ਗਣੇ ਰਹਾਉ

Gur Pooraa Pooree Jaa Kee Baanee Anik Gunaa Jaa Kae Jaahi N Ganae ||1|| Rehaao ||

Perfect is the Bani, the Word of the Perfect Guru. His Virtues are so many, they cannot be counted. ||1||Pause|| (SGGS p805)

Aadh Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS) is the only Living Guru of the Sikhs beyond time and space. Sikhs are to have undivided faith revered only to SGGS with unconditional love and devotion. The SGGS is complete and perfect in its spiritual guidance. As exemplified by the verse:

ਬਾਣੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੁਰੂ ਹੈ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਿ ਬਾਣੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਸਾਰੇ

Baanee Guroo Guroo Hai Baanee Vich Baanee Anmrith Saarae ||

The Word, the Bani is Guru, and Guru is the Bani. Within the Bani, the Ambrosial Nectar is contained. (SGGS p982)

It follows that the SGGS ji as Guru is perfect and complete as indicated by the word ‘SAREY.’

2. EK PANTH

Under the sole guidance and leadership of SGGS Ji, the Sikhs are to live in unison in Sikh brotherhood with equality and equity which serves as inclusive practice while observing diversity in the community. All are one.

3. EK MARYADA

Treating SGGS ji as the one and only Living Guru as well as the only source of reference and guidance, the Sikhs are to observe and adhere to Sikh Rehat Maryada which is PANTH PARVANIT that belongs to the EK PANTH.

  • Message from the Malaysian-inspired Sikhi Vichar Forum (SVF). The logo defines their journey in SIKHI – EK GRANTH EK PANTH EK MARYADA

 

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