The doctrine of Naam is central to Sikhism. The word Naam has been used numerous times in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. For those learned in English grammer, it is used as a noun. It is generally understood to refer to truth, eternal, comprehensively symbolic of God’s attributes, formless, immaculate and absolute.
For a large majority the word Naam simply means “name” and that is how it is understood and accepted. But is it really that simple? One does not need to be an authority in Sikhism to know that the word Naam does not have just one meaning and although it literally means name, the usage of this word in the Granth means far more than that.
The usage of this word cause some confusion amongst the readers of the Granth as it is used differently, depending on the context in which it is used. This blog is an attempt to try to understand the deeper spiritual and doctrinal meaning and significance of this word. Any input by the readers is most welcome.
Sukhjinder Singh Grewal