Thoughts of Bhai Ardaman Singh - Book By Bhai Ashok Singh

Publisher: Institute Of Sikh Studies - Chandigarh
Authors: Bhai Ashok Singh
Page: 248
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Language: English
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Table of Contents of 'Thoughts of Bhai Ardaman Singh' By Bhai Ashok Singh

 

FOREWORD

 

3

 

BHAI SAHIB ARDAMAN SINGH BAGRIAN

5

 

INTRODUCTION                               

 

8

1.

PREFACE

 

18

2.

THE BEGINNING

 

30

3,

WHEN GURU NANAK CAME

 

41

4.

GURU NANAK'S WAY OF LIFE

 

52

5.

THE AlM

 

57

6.

THE APPROACH

 

59

7.

THE WORKING OF THE MOVEMENT

 

63

8.

RIGHT APPRAISAL

 

71

9.

GOD

 

75

10.

THE GURU                                                  

 

77

11.

THE KHALSA

 

88

12.

SIMRAN

 

93

13.

DEMOCRACY, JOINT LEADERSHIP AND JOINT RESPONSIBILITY

 

117

14.

THE SIKH SWORD

 

119

15.

WORSHIP-SINGING THE LORD'S PRAISES

122

16.

THE SIKH KlRTAN

 

128

17.

KARAM                                       

 

140

18.

CIRCLE OF LIFE

 

143

19.

SEWA

 

148

20.

SANGAT, PANGAT

 

150

21.

GRATEFULNESS

 

152

22.

SANT,SADH,SANGAT

 

155

23.

WORLDLY LIFE

 

158

24.

ORGANISATION

 

160

25.

FAMILY LIFE

 

162

26.

WOMEN AMONG THE SIKHS

 

172

27.

INTEGRATION

 

174

28.

VARANASHRAM

 

177

29.

RENUNCIATION

 

180

30.

PILGRIMAGE

 

182

31.

CLOTHES

 

186

32.

FOOD

 

188

33.

OFFERING

 

190

34.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

 

193

35.

CAUSES OF INDIAN DEGRADATION

 

195

36.

HINDUS, MOHAMMEDANS

 

201

 

VIS-A-VIS SIKHS                    

 

 

37.

UNITY, INTOLERANCE AND CULTURE

 

210

38.

MARYADA

 

231

39.

ARDAS

 

235

40.

POSTSCRIPT

 

249

 

FOREWORD
 

Bhai Rup Chand was blessed by Guru Hargobind. The blessings continue, so that generation after generation, the family has produced stalwarts committed to the service of the Panth. Bhai Ardaman Singh, the author of this book, was amongst its most eminent scions. Like his illustrious father, Bhai Arjan Singh, who was a household name among Sikhs of his time, Bhai Ardaman Singh was always in the centre-stage of Panthic affairs, particularly in times of crisis. Nothing happened in the royal families of Phulkian States without his blessings. He was an eminent scholar, and not many understood the spirit of the religion of the Gurus as he did. Besides study of Sikh scripture arid Sikh history, he had the advantage of modern education. His frequent travels abroad brought him in contact with other schools of religious thoughts, which further sharpened his understanding of religion. Because of his stature and scholarship, he was a much sought after figure in social, political, as well as religious circles. He expressed his views freely and frankly on all aspects of Sikh religion, and as a responsible intellectual, took care to keep a record of them. That is how we get the material for the present book, which deals with as many as 40 topics covering almost every major aspect of Sikh religion.

The thoughts included in this book were expressed at different times on different occasions, and were not intended to be chapters of one book. Each chapter stands independently on its own. In all chapters, however, the views expressed reflect the author's understanding of gourmet. To retain the freshness and flavour of expression, little editing has been done in the text as received. Bhai Sahib has written his own preface. However, an introduction and a biographical note on him by Bhai Ashok Singh and S Sadhu Singh Deol respectively, have been added for the benefit of readers.

We are grateful to his illustrious son, Bhai Ashok Singh, who carefully preserved the record and has now agreed to part with this treasure for the benefit of scholars as well as the general public.

Bhai Ashok Singh is the present incumbent of the exalted position of Bhai Sahib of Bagrian. This honour was formally conferred upon him in 1995, by the Jathedar Sahib of Sri Akal Takht, after consultations with the heads of the erstwhile Phulkian States through the Maharaja of Patiala, and following a resolution passed by the SGPC, Amritsar. Like his ancestors, he is carrying the great tradition of his family forward with great vigour and commitment. We have already seen him in the centre-stage of Sikh affairs.

Bhai Ashok Singh is well-known in Sikh circles for his scholarship, friendly disposition, pleasant manners, and helpful nature. No wonder, he was entrusted by the Jathedar Sahib of Sri Akal Takht with the mission of forging unity among the various factions of Akalis, pulling in different directions in 1994. His contribution at that juncture was indeed historic. Besides his commitments at Bagrian, he is the Vice-President of the Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture, Patiala, a member of the Governing Council of the Khalsa College, Amritsar, the Sikh Education Society, the Chief Khalsa Diwan, the Council of Sikh Affairs, and Guru Harkishan Public School, and the Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh.

An ardent advocate of Sikh identity, Bhai Ashok Singh is a firm believer of a great future for the Khalsa Panth. The present book is a gift for realisation of that goal.

In the end, I must express my sincere appreciation for Sardar Sadhu Singh Deol, but for whose keen interest in the book and active inputs, this book could not have seen the light of the day in time.

 

959, Phase IV, SAS Nagar                                                                                                                Kharak Singh

August 18, 1999                         

 

 

 

 

 

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