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Title : Religious Pluralism in Punjab: A Contemporary Account of Sikh Sants, Babas, Gurus and Satgurus
Author : Joginder Singh
Edition : Hardbound
ISBN : 9789350981320
Pages : 432
Year of Pub : 2016
Price : Rs 1,495.00
This book analyses the heterogeneous modes of meditation, prayer, initiation, beliefs and practices, codes of conduct, ethics and life-style of the contemporary Sikh Sants, Babas, Gurus and Satgurus in Punjab. They belong to Udasi, Seva Panthi, Nirmala, Nirankari, Namdhari, Neeldhari, Hoti Mardan, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Damdami Taksal and Nanaksari establishments.
The founders of these establishments were inspired and guided by their personal spiritual experiences and doctrines of Adi-Granth as well as Sikh traditions. Their successors and disciples have constructed histories of their respective establishments legitimizing their positions in Sikh religion and history. They have also developed mythologies and rituals elevating their spiritual masters to the status of messengers of God. Their religious discourses, however, have enriched pluralism in the Sikh faith. In the plethora of holy men, protagonists of Khalsa trad­itions stand as exceptions, for they hold up the primacy of the ten Sikh Gurus and the Guru Granth Sahib.
It is argued that differentiated class and caste structures of the Sikh community and its political plurality sustain the relevance of these holy men in the domains of socio-religious, cultural and political life of the people of Punjab.
Joginder Singh holds the Namdhari Guru Ram Singh Chair, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.


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