Prem Sumarag: The Treatise Of A Sanatan Sikh

Item Code: IDF768
Author: W. H. McLeod
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 019567152X
Pages: 129
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.7"
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About the Book:

This book is presents an ideal of the duty of the Sikh Panth during the eighteenth / nineteenth centuries. The importance of these classic text lies in the fact that it is of Sanatan origin part of a tradition which has been over time over shadowed by the dominant Tat Khalsa version of the Rahit.

McLeod translation of Randhir Singh's text of the Prem Sumarag in thus a major contribution to Sikh Studies. Notwithstanding debates about its ate this Sanatan text presents a radical alternative to the Tat Khalsa interpretation of Sikh history.

This book provides an extended account of the Sikh way of life. It outlines Sikh way of life. It outlines Sikh ceremonies and ideals and what was conceived to be noble practice by its anonymous authors. The leisurely and detailed style of this document differs dramatically from the usually pithy style of the other rahit-namas and this Sanatan text is in its description perhaps a closer reflection of the society of the time.

Along with a comprehensive introduction, this translation by one of the most eminent scholars of Sikh studies will be of keen interest to students and scholars of Sikh studies, comparative religion, cultural studies and sociology as well as the interested lay reader.

About the Author:

He is Emertius Professor at the University of Otago and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Abbreviations Ix
Introduction 1
1 The devotional practice of simaran: The word of Akal Purakh 10
2 Concerning the divine Name and the gift of faith in Akal Purakh 22
3 Birth: The ritual to be observed for one born into the Khalsa of Sri Akal Purakh 28
4 Marriage 32
5 The prescribed method for preparing food for eating 57
6 Responsibilities relating to the care of the body 63
7 Death and the conduct of funerals 71
8 The Pattern of Political conduct 82
9 Justice for the people in the name of the sovereign of the Entire World 104
10 The way of Sahaj Yoga 120
Glossary 126
Bibliography 128

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