is the difference between getting a name
picked by the Guru Granth Sahib and by
your parents? Are there any advantages
in either way?
The name is always picked by the parents
whether in the Gurdwara or in the home.
In the Gurdwara, when the function is
over, a hymn is read from the Guru Granth
Sahib. The first letter of the first word
of the hymn is used as the first letter
of the name to be chosen. The parents
discuss it with their friends and the
name they decide, is announced by the
Granthi Sahib. This name is agreed to
by the whole Sangat with a Bole So Nihal
The real advantage is that it builds our
faith in the Guru Granth Sahib. It is
good to start and live our lives with
the faith. The name giving ceremony in
the Gurdwara also makes the name known
to all the people in the community.