Sri Dasam Granth Sahib: Questions and Answers
By Gurinder Singh Mann and Kamalroop Singh
ISBN: 978-0956843500, Pages: 120, Images: 20 , Price: £8.99
-A new book on the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib reveals not only more about the history and compilation of this Sikh scripture but also shows rare images of the earliest manuscripts of the Granth.
-The Q and A book reveals the purpose and reasoning behind why Guru Gobind Singh created a complimentary scripture to the Guru Granth Sahib.
-The book was presented to the Jathedars of the Five Takhts in the UK, on 18th May 2011.
After going through this book I felt it is the first attempt in English to solve many riddles created by some critics against the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. English readers will find it easy to delve deep now into the spirit of this mysterious Granth.
Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu, Professor & Head, Department of Religious Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
The warrior-poet of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, who was adept in several Indic languages, would put his linguistic skills to good use in his writings: the Dasam Patshah Ka Granth. The term Dasam Granth would become well-known in the late 19th century. The book tells the story of this Sikh scripture, from the Court of the Guru through to how the Granth is still revered to this day. Certain elements from within the religion, have faced difficulties in understanding the context of when and for what purpose the Granth was written. As a result confusion and misunderstandings have crept in without any redress from Sikh scholars.
Two Sikh scholars, Gurinder Singh Mann and Kamalroop Singh, both from the UK have spent many years searching for the historical basis of the Granth, the earliest manuscripts, and the praxis of the Tenth Guru's Granth. Gurinder started researching Sikhism and particularly this scripture as early as 1997 as part of his MA, and his essays and presentations have been quoted and are widely recognised as some of the best work in the field of Dasam Granth studies. Kamalroop's revolutionary Phd has given the first account complete account of how Dasam Granth was formed. He has discovered unknown manuscripts together with important secondary sources about the Dasam Granth as well giving lectures around the world.
Their combined expertise in the field of Dasam Granth studies is shown in the Q and A book. They answer 50 common questions that have been repeatedly asked about Guru Gobind Singh's Granth. These include the following:
-When was Dasam Granth written?
-What is the link between Gatka/Shastarvidyia and the Dasam Granth?
-Are there any handwritten pages by Guru Gobind Singh?
-Does any 18th century source claim there was any controversy over the Dasam Granth?
The two scholars have listed and examined some of the earliest manuscripts of the Dasam and revealed some unknown manuscripts for the first time. Of particular interest to readers should be the discussion of the first manuscript of the Dasam Granth known as the Anandpuri Bir (1695/1696). The back cover of the book has a painting of the Tenth Guru. This painting is taken from the Anandpuri Bir and is a rare authentic depiction of Guru Gobind Singh in courtly regalia. Other rare manuscripts include: the Patna Sahib, Bhai Mani Singh, Baba Deep Singh, Bhai Daya Singh and the Akal Takht manuscripts.
The book also sheds more light on the link between Bhai Shia Singh, Bhai Mani Singh and Mata Sundri, and the compilation of Bhai Mani Singh’s recension of the Dasam Granth. The issue of the ceremonial reading of both the Guru Granth Sahib and Dasam Granth is assessed by citing historical instances of this practice. Furthermore, the authors, after considering many sources of Sikh history which prove the importance of Guru Granth Sahib, show that they are in fact the same ones that confirm the significance of the Dasam Granth. This highlights the contradictions, lack of scholarly skills, and even distortions which have been created to diminish the importance of the Tenth Guru's Granth.
This book is an invaluable guide to gaining a thorough understanding of the Sikh scripture in an easy and interesting way.
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