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Teachings of the Sikh Gurus: Selections from the Sikh Scriptures Kindle Edition

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'This book is the product of the highest scholarly standards and depth of understanding ... I consider this one of the finest textual studies and translations that I have seen in the study of religions.' - John Hinnells, Honorary Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (4 July 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Translating the Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib and Dasam Granth, is a difficult task, not least because the scriptures are composed in a combination of Braj Bhasha (the dominant language of the Dasam Granth), Sanskrit, Old Hindi and Old Punjabi, but also because the scriptures (Guru Granth Sahib) are arranged in musical verse. This presents the translator with a number of challenges. Firstly, translating the words into a language foreign to the text leaves open the possibility of mis-translation because equivalent words or phrases may not exist in both languages. Secondly, the translation of poetic verse requires careful attention to the metaphors and similes being used as well as careful attention to the mythology being evoked. Thirdly, the musical arrangement of the verses adds an emotional dimension to the words that colours their meaning. This recent translation by Mandair and Shackle (2005) attends to all three of these challenges. It also goes a step beyond them by highlighting the philosophical themes (Time and Impermanence, Self and Mind, Ethics, Authority, Knowledge) present within the scriptures and by contextualising these themes within an historical/political narrative that, not only, shows the importance and relevance of the Sikh Scriptures to the Sikhs, but also, highlights the place of the Sikh Scriptures within the greater corpus of Indian literature and philosophical thought.
This pioneering book opens with a lengthy introduction that provides a brief historical account of the development of one of the youngest and modern religious traditions to have been exported out of India since the colonial period.
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At last an academic critique of sikhism. The aim is to give a structure to those interested in this subject as well as eastern faiths in general. While the guru granth sahib is a wonderful text, it is important to tease out the aspects which the various contributors were aiming helping us undestand. This text is a must for all parties who are truly interested in the teachings of sikhism.
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