Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib, to be Transported to Toronto from India

April 2, 2004

Source: Toronto Star

On April 2, 2004 the Toronto Star reported, "On a typical day, SkyLink Aviation's workhorse aircraft deliver troops, trucks and medical supplies to the world's hot spots. But this Sunday, one of its charter planes will touch down in Toronto on a delicate, sacred mission: delivering 149 Sikh holy books, each occupying its own linen-draped seat and each on its own pillow. The scriptures, known as Guru Granth Sahib, are accorded the same honour due a living teacher or guru. The airlift from the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar — the only place in the world where the scriptures are officially published — marks what's believed to be the first mass air delivery of scriptures. In the past, the books came to Canada one by one, some reverently on the laps of immigrating Sikhs, some in the luggage compartment, which caused distress among the pious."