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Our Understanding And Perception Of Gurbani.

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Do we let other individuals influence our perception and understanding of Gurbani? I was recently researching Chibber's Bansavalinamah and several elements spoke out to me.

1.) It is via the Bansavalinamah that many Sikh scholars and academicians craft their principle understanding of Dasam Bani, Chandi and Uggardanti but:

a.) Chibber is openly hostile to non-Brahmins and decries Gurmat's annihilation of the Vedic caste system.

b.) The manifestation of the devi myth is found only in his text and none other. It is important to remember that he was writing in 1769 A.D. whereas Sainapati and other Kavis wrote their accounts in or around 1711 A.D.

c.) Chibber blatantly ignores many Gurmat principles whilst attempting to appease his Brahminism.

d.) His work is almost a campaign against Brahmins losing their historic prowess.

In light of the latter is it really possible to base our perceptions and understanding of Dasam Bani, Chandi and Uggardanti on his words? How many other such politically or socially oriented authors/individuals have construed our modern day understanding of Gurbani and have they had a positive effect on the latter?

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