do we have to take off our shoes when
go into Gurdwara when Christians don't,
even thought they too have their holy
Bible placed in their church?
us, the Guru Granth Sahib is the living
spirit of the Gurus, not just a compilation
of religious discourses, as the Bible
is. The Bible is handled like a book by
the Christians, but was respect the Guru
Sahib as the living spiritual Guru. Hence
we offer all our respect …..regard by
taking off our shoes and humbly sitting
……osslegged in a Gurdwara.
In Eastern culture, taking off shoes and
covering one's head whenever you present
yourself to some holy personality is considered
a way of respecting the person. We greet
our friends with folded hands and a slight
bow to express our respect for a senior
In the Middle East, the Muslims too take
off their shoes and cover their heads
when they go to the mosque for their prayers.
They do not walk with their shoes on even
near graves to respect the people buried
In the Gurdwara we take off our shoes,
not only to show respect to the Guru,
but also because we have to sit on the
floor. We can sit more comfortably without
shoes than with the shoes on. In that
posture one can listen to the Kirtan attentively.