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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.

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-Review:

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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This book should also be in Punjabi

There is talks of a Punjabi version coming out next year.

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There is talks of a Punjabi version coming out next year.

Thanks veerjee for this great seva of the Panth. Currently we need such seva in the form of books and articles written by knowledgeable Sikhs.

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I think we should distribute such books to all those who got shanka on Sri Dasam Granth.

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Full review of the book by Dr Harpal Singh Pannu:

After going through this book I felt it is first attempt in English to solve many riddles created by some critics/mischiefmongers against Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. English readers will find it easy to delve deep now into the spirit of this mysterious granth.

Message of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is simple, straight and clear: remember God, recite name, do good deeds to achieve salvation. This message is common to all religions, all traditions. A Sikh can never disrespect Islam/Hinduism, for baani if Baba Farid and Bhagats is present in SGGS. There are two major traditions, Indian and Semitic. Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana following Guru Nanak Dev is the same symbol, two traditions following Guru Nanak. We find most innocent world in SGGS.

But characters, incidents and consequences of Dasam Granth are highly complex, charged, multidimensional, dangerous, unexpected and wonderful, therefore some scholars analyze it as poetry of politics. In history followers of Krishan (Hill rajas) are supporting Moghals against Khalsa Panth, in Dasam Granth Moghals are supporting Krishan against Kharag Singh. The message of Dasam Patshah is that Hindus have forgotton sacrifice made by Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib to protect their tilak and janju. Men and women of frail, dubious characters are exhibited to show how dangerous life becomes when one leaves the true path of dharma.

Only those questions are answered which often baffle the common Sikh folk. In my youth I couldn’t understand what was the need of scribing his past life by Guru Gobind Singh as Apni Katha in Bachittar Natak, i.e. meditating at Hemkunt ? Problem got solved when I read Milinda Prasna(Questions of King Milinda, 1st century AD Bodh classical text). At the beginning of the grantha, Nagsen, the hero monk writes his Pub Katha(pub means previous, katha, story i.e. story of his previous birth). In his Pub Katha he explains purpose of writing this grantha. This was the tradition of the time to indicate purpose of writing the text. Similarly Guru Gobind Singh expains purpose of his coming in this mundane world-

Ham ih kaaj jagat mo aey.

Dharam hetu gurdev pathaey. etc… etc…

There are 17 illustrations, 4 hukamnamas of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and a table of compositions of Dasam Granth. 127 end notes and references make the book most authentic document. I strongly recommend readers to go through it to get information about Dasam Granth updated.

(Harpal Singh Pannu Dr.)

Professor & Head, Religious Studies,

Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

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Thanks for the review, I hope there is no sanatan mat/twisting in the book.

I may buy it soon.

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Last i knew, Kamalroop is no longer affiliated with niddar had has not been for some time.... Kamalroop does have beliefs i do not agree with. Ive also heard some disturbing things about kamalroop back in the day - some of which i later found to be ffalse. However, last i knew kamalroop is no longer anything to do with niddar... i can also say, kamalroop shares good knowledge of Gurbani sahib....

it would be good if kamalroop singh can confirm on this message board that he accepts niddar was misleading the panth.

Admin Note: Interesting that Kamalroop has written against Nidar Singh on his blog few years ago..

http://neo-sikhism.b...sikhor-you.html

http://neo-sikhism.b...buddha-dal.html

http://neo-sikhism.b...-or-muslim.html

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Got my copy of this book in mail yesterday. One thing i like about the book is that contents are very easily understandable and its layout is well organized.

Very straight forward answers. Best tool if you want to clear misconceptions that other ppl have on sri dasam granth sahib.

Haven't gotten a chance to read the whole book but will do so next week.

Give yourself a chance to look over the content rather than just focusing on author :)

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Got my copy of this book in mail yesterday. One thing i like about the book is that contents are very easily understandable and its layout is well organized.

Very straight forward answers. Best tool if you want to clear misconceptions that other ppl have on sri dasam granth sahib.

Haven't gotten a chance to read the whole book but will do so next week.

Give yourself a chance to look over the content rather than just focusing on author :)

Fair point - don't judge a book by it's cover. Perhaps you can give us your opionion when you have had a chance to read the whole book.

It's just I have had first hand experience with these nangs and they are becoming more popular to some factions of young boys who are easily led and see their way as the easy way out. i.e. be a sikh with bana but still do all the puthay kam...

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Hello everyone,

This is my first post regarding anything religious, as I have explained in my profile; I'm half Dutch and half Punjabi. My father is not follower of any religion but my mother still follows some of the Sikh religion, she is not baptised and only in the last few years I have shown interest.

The first book that was given to me as a present was warrior saints, the book was really well presented and written with great intellect and knowledge. It's the first book that questioned my beliefs in general. I have read another book by the same group call Sikhs tigers and thieves, another fantastic book.

Sorry my brother, I would have to disagree with you about your remark. I think, everyone has an opinion and these books are written to express this. When it comes to books explaining history, nothing is wrong or right and everything needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. In my opinion this includes all holy text that has been translated, Punjabi is not easy to translate into English.

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Hello everyone,

This is my first post regarding anything religious, as I have explained in my profile; I'm half Dutch and half Punjabi. My father is not follower of any religion but my mother still follows some of the Sikh religion, she is not baptised and only in the last few years I have shown interest...........

I will not say anything about the book as I have not read it, but at least look at as much different sources as you can and of course the main source should be Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

As you look more and more you'll quietly realize what the truth is and the subtle differences in texts are. It's all about progressing.

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Full review of the book by Dr Harpal Singh Pannu:

After going through this book I felt it is first attempt in English to solve many riddles created by some critics/mischiefmongers against Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. English readers will find it easy to delve deep now into the spirit of this mysterious granth...................

I am surprised that professors at Patialla University can write all this.

You can not be spending time reading Granth Sahib to verify your stories, your research is poor to say the least and probably paid by people to mislead Sikhs.

You are doing a grave disservice to Sikhism.

Just a few of things that you want to do some research in-

1. There was no Bala with Guru Nanak ever - try the net there is plenty of people who have done this by now.

2. There was no dasam granth in the time of Gurus - Guru Gobind Singh had plenty of opportunity to add his documents into the SGGS as Guru Arjan did - he did not see it was necessary.

3. The said dasam granth was created by unhelpful Sikhs under the chairmanship of the British in late 1800 to early 1900s.

Mod edit: I'm approving this post again, everyone should take note of the following snippet from Forum Rules & Guidelines

Insulting Sikhi, Shabad Guru, Khalsa Panth, Akal Takhat, Sikh identity, Dasam Granth, Sikh Scriptures and calling Sikhi a sect of any other religion will result in the user's ID being disabled until further notice.

That is exactly what I'm going to do.

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You're surprised because it's true and now the entire academic and intellectural realm is starting to understand this except for a group of fake missionaries trying to gather support abroad.

Intellectually and spiritually unpard people like kala afghana and darshan rama can not understand the Sri Dasam Granth Sahib because of their egos. You know the old Punjabi saying that goes something along the lines of: the guy realizes he's wrong, but he's gone too far to admit it. That's exactly what's going on.

Respect the Sri Akaal Takht Sahib.

I'm sure Gurinder Singh Mann and other knowledgeable individuals would be more than happy to put a lid on this ignorance.

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We need to understand that this book is not about Niddar singh. This is about Dasam Granth sahib.

I know GS Mann from UK and he has a lot of knowledge about Dasam Granth sahib. We had an international seminar on Dasam Granth at sacramento, California and he was invited to present his views. he did a great job in dispelling lies of anti dasam granth lobby. The year was 2008.

Read the book.It has excellent information. I applaud great service done by our brothers for khalsa panth.

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