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The Sikh Tradition - A Continuing Reality - Essays in History and Religion - Book By Sardar Singh Bhatia , Anand Spencer

Publisher: Punjabi-University-Patiala
Authors: Anand Spencer, Sardar Singh Bhatia
Page: 337
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Language: English
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Table Of Contents For 'The Sikh Tradition - A Continuing Reality - Essays in History and Religion' By Sardar Singh Bhatia 

Page No

  Foreword v
  Introduction vii


1. Religio-Cultural Heritage Of The Punjab 3
       Fauja Singh  
2. Guru Nanak And The Hindu Heritage 21
       K. L. Seshagiri Rao  
3. Syncretism And The Formation Of The Sikh Tradition 25
        Paul B. Courtright  
4. The Elements Of Sikh Culture 42
        Avtar Singh  
5. Guru Nanak As Historical Memory And Continuing Reality In Sikh Tradition 47
         Harbans Singh  


6. Adi-Granth: The Sikh Scripture 71
       Pritam Singh  
7. Sikhism - Some Of Its Fundamental Doctrines 83
       Gurbachan Singh Talib  
8. The World And Maya In Sikh Cosmology  89
       Wazir Singh  
9. Conception Of Jivanmukti In Guru Tegh Bahadur's Hymns 97
        L. M. Joshi  


10. Guru-Bani And Bhakta-Bani - A Philosophical Analysis 113
       Nirbhai Singh  
11. Songs And Singers : Ravidas And The Guru Granth 132
        Winand M. Callewaert  
12. Bhakta Namdev - A Brief Study Of His Spiritual Experience 145
       Gurbachan Sing Talib  
13. The Significance Of Baba Farid As A Symbol Of Human Brotherhood 162
       W.H. McLeod  
14. Radical Consciousness Of Saint Kabir 176
       Sehdev Kumar  


15. Guru Gobing Singh's Theory Of Karma 193
       Avtar Singh  
16. Sikh Philosophy As Akalvada 201
       Wazir Singh  
17. Durga Recalled By The Tenth Guru 208
       Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh  
18. Thematic Study Of Bachitra Natak 226
       Jodh Singh  


19. Scholarly Study Of Sikhism 237
       Harbans Singh  
20. The Sikh Religion: An Examination Of Some Of The Western Studies 250
       Stephen Dunning  
21. Guru Nanak's Teachings In Relation To Sufism 278
       Gurbachan Singh Talib  
22. Tantra Yoga And The Guru Granth 306
       S.S. Kohli  
23. The Word: A Study In Christian-Sikh Dialogue 314
  Anand Spencer  


Foreword To Book 'The Sikh Tradition-A Continuing Reality-Essays in History and Religion' By Sardar Singh Bhatia

The present volume is one of the series of publications that the Punjab University is bringing out as part of its contribution to the celebrations the

Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular Thr are holding in connection with the tercentenary of the birth of the Khalsa, that falls on the Baisakhi of
1999. It was on this day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh inaugurated the formation of a casteless, classless, egalitarian society of men and women who held be saints in their personal and social lives, but would also be soldiers ever-ready to fight, as and when needed, in the forefront of any struggle against tyranny and injustice.
The idea of the formation of the Khalsa did not descend out of the blue. The Sikh movement had been nurtured and developed deliberately and steadily by the Gurus over the past couple of centuries, so that a wide and well-organised network of dedicated Sikh sangats had already come into existence in the length and breadth of the country by the time Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Master, came on the scene. What he achieved was the transmutation of the Sangat into Khalsa, destined to become a sovereign nation. In order, therefore, to fully understand the genesis of the Khalsa, it is necessary to have a glimpse of the background to the historic event of the Baisakhi of 1699.
To provide such a glimpse is the aim of The Sikh Tradition: A Continuing Reality. It is an anthology of essays and articles collected from the past issues of The Journal of Religious Studies, brought out by the Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies.The contributors are scholars of great eminence. These articles are chosen and arranged in such a scheme as to give a sufficient introduction to Sikh Religion as a living and continuing reality. The book may be seen as prefatory and precursory volume to any reading on the Khalsa.
I am deeply appreciative of Sardar Singh Bhatia and Anand Spencer, Readers in the Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies, who have
compiled and edited this collection of articles with great hard work and labour. I hope this publication will receive a wide welcome.

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