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Doing some research on net found this website. The information featured within may have been posted here in parts but I haven't seen it in full so have done a copy and paste for you all. This is the kind of information that we should know: http://sarbattkhalsa.weebly.com/history-of-sri-dasam-granth-shaib-ji.html The History of Dasam Guru's compositions begins with the time when these compositions were verbally spoken, composed and compiled by Guru Gobind Singh. These compositions in the form of booklets and Granths were created over various period of the Guru's life. Later (after 1708), they were combined in the form of the present-day granth or single volume by Bhai Mani Singh Khalsa, with help of otherKhalsa brothers. This was done on the direct instruction of Mata Sundri and this volume is presently recognized as Sri Dasam Granth Sahib From historical books, Rehitnamas, old manuscripts and oral traditions of various Sampardas (sections of Sikhs), it can be observed that theSikhs had access to these compositions and they use to study, discuss and understand these compositions during the time of Guru Gobind Singh and also after his demise in 1708. These compositions include most of the important sections of the present-day Dasam granth namely, Jaapu Sahib, Akal Ustat, Bachitar Natak,Chandi Charitar, Chandi Di Var, Gyan Prabodh, Chaubis Avtar, Shabad, Thirty-Three Swayyas, Sawaiye, Shashtar Nam Mala, Ath Pakh-yaan Charitar Likh-yatay and Zafarnamah Sri Dasam Granth Shaib Ji 18th Century Guru Gobind Singh left his holy abode in 1708 at Nanded, India. In the late 17th Century (particularly after 1670 onwards) was the time when the Sikhs had to hide in jungles due to the constant attempts by the Mughal empire to eradicate them though various acts of persecution. There were very few attempts of writing Sikh history in this period in the 17th Century. Many of the compositions of Guru Gobind Singh were spread across India by Sikhs and a few more were shared by Mata Sundri at Delhi. Sikhs had access to various pothis (booklets) of Guru Gobind Singh writings. These were available from contemporary historians and writers who wrote about Guru Gobind Singh's life. Sri Gur Sobha - Poet Senapat(1711) The following are conclusive points reached about the Dasam Bani while studying Sri Gur Shobha: Poet Senapati had access to the Bachitar Natak Granth.Poet Senapati has narrated the conversation of Guru Gobind Singh and Akal Purakh, which is a part of Bachitar Natak.Poet Senapati has written history of religion in the same way and style as in the Bachitar Natak Composition.Poet Senapati used words like Sri Kaal, Chandi Sudhari in his poems which means, that these words were part of Sikh hymns of that time.Poet Senapati used the language in futuristic accent as used in Kalki Avtar of Dasam Bani.Following is a detailed explanation, which shows that the Bachitar Natak Granth was present up until 1711: This was one of the first book to illuminate the writings in the Sri Dasam Granth. This book is written not only in the style and language of the Sri Dasam Granth but some verses are similar to the verses found in Sri Bachitra Natak, most notably the battles of Guru Gobind Singh. It is clear that the court poets wanted to emulate the writings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji as these were read in the Guru’s darbars and gatherings. For Evidence Please See : http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&¬e_id=169150433154709 Rehitnama Bhai Chaupa Singh (Early 18th Century) This Rehitnama was written in early 18th Century. As per Prof. Ganda Singh, Prof Piara Singh Padam, this was written in early 18th Century after the demise of Guru Gobind Singh. The Rehitnama contains many couplets from Bani of the 10 Patshahi (tenth Guru). Following facts about Guru Gobind Singh's compositions are present in this text: Chaupa Singh quoted various couplets from Bachitar Natak Bani written by Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur Sahib.Chaupa Singh also quoted various lines from Swaiyeys writen by Guru sahib.Chaupa Singh also elaborated on the knowledge that Guru Gobind Singh had about Puranas (Hindu holy volumes) and Gurmukhi Lipi (alphabet).This Rehitnama is available in the market in a book "Rehitnamey: Piara Singh Padam", published by Singh Brothers. For Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.169147809821638.40041.100001792609548&saved Rehitnama/TankhahNama Bhai Nand Lal(Early 18th Century) Potrait of Bhai Nand Lal Goya TankhahNama/RehitNama - Bhai Nand Lal (Early 17th Century): These were written by this famous Court poet of Guru Gobind Singh and he is well known to Sikhs. He mentoined the following parts of Guru Gobind Singh's compositions in his writings: Jaap Sahib was present and was part of Daily Liturgy. It was read along side Japji Sahib, the first composition by Guru Nanak found at the beginning of the Guru Granth Sahib.Bhai Nand Lal also believed that one should "Not blindly share important things and not to trust "blindly" anyone, especially sly women". This was as a warning to naive Sikhs to be vigilant and to be aware of people who act deceptively to trap them and violate their trust and their rights. This issue was first addressed by Guru Ram Das and then Guru Gobind Singh explained this with help of stories. This fact is acceptable in almost all Rehitnamas and historical books. Some people consider this text to be degrading to women folks but this is due to a misunderstanding of the intention of these writing.This Rehitnama is also available in the market in a book "Rehitnamey: Piara Singh Padam", published by Singh Brothers. For Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.169147326488353.40040.100001792609548&saved Rehitnama Bhai Prahlad Singh Rehitnama Bhai Prahlad Singh contains a line which says that Jaap Sahib is a Sikh Litergy. Bhai Prahlad Singh states: ਬਿਨਾ 'ਜਪੁ' 'ਜਾਪੁ' ਜਪੇ, ਜੋ ਜੇਵਹਿ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ || ਸੋ ਬਿਸਟਾ ਕਾ ਕਿਰਮ ਹੂਇ, ਜਨਮ ਗਵਾਵੈ ਬਾਦ || This Rehitnama is available in the market in a book "Rehitnamey: Piara Singh Padam", published by Singh Brothers. Guru Mahima - Poet Chand Svarankaar(Early 18th Century) Bibhour Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh completed 404th Charitar,including Chopai Sahib of Ath Pakhyan Charitar Likhyatey Poet Chaand Svarkaar was Court Poet of Guru Gobind Singh. The Poet mentioned in his composition that Guru Gobind Singh meditated on Kalika. Guru Gobind Singh mentioned this in Bachitar Natak. ਕਲਿ ਮੈ ਹੈ ਏਕ ਮਰਦ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੈ ਨਾਮ ਜਾ ਕੋ || ਤਾ ਤੇ ਭਏ ਆਠ ਮਹਿਲ ਨਾਵਾਂ ਕਹਾਇਓ ਹੈ || ਤਾਤੇ ਗੁਰ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਕਾਲਕਾ ਮਨਾਈ ਹੋਈ || ਕਾਲ ਗਈ ਮਹਿਲ ਦਸਵਾਂ ਕਹਾਇਓ ਹੈ|| Chandd Narbad Singh Bhatt(Early 18th Century) Narbad Singh Bhatt was a Court poet of Guru Gobind Singh. He mentioned that GUru Gobind Singh told him the real wisdom and real meaning of Saarda which Gobind Singh told in Akal Ustat and Krishna Avtar. Poet Said ਸਿਮਰੂੰ ਸਾਰਦ ਮਾਤਾ ਦੇਵੀ ਸਤਗੁਰ ਸਚੇ ਗਿਆਨ ਬਤਾਇਆ || ਰਦੂਤ ਜਲਹਾਨੇ ਸਾਤੋ ਭੁਜਾ ਤੁਮ੍ਹਾਰੀ ਸਾਤੋਂ ਕਾ ਜੱਸ ਚੋ ਕੁੰਟੀ ਛਾਇਆ || Guru Gobind Singh told: ਰੇ ਮਨ ਭਜ ਤੂੰ ਸਾਰਦਾ ਅਨਗਨ ਗੁਨ ਹੈ ਜਾਹਿ ॥ O mind! Remember the goddess Sharda of innumerable qualities; ਰਚੌ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਇਹ ਭਾਗਵਤ ਜਉ ਵੈ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਾਹਿ ॥੬॥ And if she be kind, I may compose this Granth (based on) Bhagavata.6. (Krishna Avtar, Guru Gobind Singh) Parchi Gobind Singh Ki - Bava Seva Dass (1741) Parchian Prove this that the though process of Dasam Bani was prevelent during that time.Parchian Quote a verse from Ram Avtar and 33 Svaiyey.Parchian also mention presence of Zafarnama with Hikayats.Parchian also include words like Bhagauti Sri Kaal etc.Parchian also not include Peer Buddhu Shah in Battle of Bhangani, which seems to be Guru Gobind Singh haven't mentioned Peer Buddhu Shah due to Some special reason which should be get research by Historians. Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169148609821558&set=a.169148516488234.40042.100001792609548&&theater http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169148626488223&set=a.169148516488234.40042.100001792609548&&theater http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169148639821555&set=a.169148516488234.40042.100001792609548&&theater Gurbilas Patshahi 10 - Koer Singh Kalal(1751) Kavi Darbar Asthan. Paunta Sahib where mostly Bani was written by Guru Gobind Singh The First ever authentic History book mentions incident of Guruship to Shri Guru Granth Sahib by Guru Gobind Singh, was written 43 years after the Death of Guru Gobind Singh, includes the direct names of Compositions of Guru Gobind Singh, the same compositions that are found in the present Dasam Granth. The most detailed History of Guru Gobind Singh is mentioned in this Book. Key Facts regarding history of Dasam Guru's Compositions are: Gurbilas mentions Krishna Charitar was written in Paonta Sahib, including Bisan Charitars.Gurbilas Mentions Bachitar Natak granth was writrten By Guru Gobind Singh at anandpurGurbilas Mention that Chandi Di Vaar was written by Guru Gobind Singh.Gurbilas mention that Jaap Sahib, Akal Ustat was written by Guru Gobind Singh.It also mentions that all 11 Hikayats were written by Guru Gobind Singh and source of these persian tales are Charitropakhyan.It is believed that he must collected this all material for more then 5-10 years which give us lighten that Compositions of Guru Gobind Singh was available before 1740. As verses mentioned in Sri Gur Sobha(1711) and Parchian Sevadas(1741), which gives us strong belief about it's Creation. Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&¬e_id=169155599820859 BansavaliNama Dasan Patshahi Ka - Kesar Singh Chibber (1769) This is first attempt to write history post Guru Gobind Singh demise at large scale thats why it is target of Anti Dasam People to degrade this text as it mentions Dasam Bani was collected and made in form of Granth. It is called ""Chotha Granth"". This source mention all events of creating and purpose of creating Dasam Granth. Evidence : http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169148546488231&set=a.169148516488234.40042.100001792609548&&theater Sri Guru Mahima Parkash - Sarup Chand Bhalla (1776) Guru Mahima Parkash contains : All Bachitar Natak History.404 Charitar was written by Guru Gobind Singh.Chaubis Avtar was written by Guru Gobind Singh. Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169148586488227&set=a.169148516488234.40042.100001792609548&&theater Guru Kian Sakhian - Svaroop Singh Kausish (1790) The most referred book by any historian is Guru Ki Sakhian, which is too followed during Making of Nanakshahi Calendar.The books gave us so many versions about Compositions of Guru Gobind Singh. After Studying we get following facts. Guru Kian Sakhian says that Bachitar Natak was written by Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur.Sakhian mentions about writing Krishna Avtar which was written by Gobind Singh at Paunta.Sakhian quotes various portions of 33 Swaiyey.Sakhian quotes various terminology of Guru Gobind SIngh like Mahakaal, Chandi etc.Sakhian quotes various lines from Shastarnaam mala and Bachitar Natak. Evidence: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.169156416487444.40044.100001792609548&saved Gurbilas Patshahi 10 - Giani Sukkha Singh (1797) Gurdwara Zafarnama Sahib, Bathinda where Zafarnama, Including Hikayats were written. Giani Sukkha Singh was Priest at Patna. He wrote about Gurbilas Patshahi 10. Sukkha Singh mentioned about Hemkunt, but he haven't mentioned Hemkunt in geographical Location.Sukkha Singh mentioned Akal Purakh and Guru Gobind Singh discussion.Sukkha Singh mentioned about Zafarnama written by Guru Gobind Singh. Das Guru Katha - Kavi Kankan(Late 18th Century) Kavi Kankan was believe to lived during time of three Gurus and was one of Poet of Guru Gobind Singh's Darbar. In his book he mentioned history of 10 Gurus. He ended his narration of Guru's history upto Khalsa Panth creation. Scholars fixed Das Guru Katha, is to be Creation of 1699, but some affix it to be of late 18th Century. About Bani of Dasam Patshah, following facts comes out from his COmposition: He mentioned Many lines from Bachitar NatakHe Mentioned that Guru Gobind Singh was not worshipper of Idol Chandi but his chandi is something else. Proponents of the Dasam Granth's Legitimacy Giani Ditt Singh used and got inspiration from Dasam Bani which could be seen in his writings like Kalgidhar Chamatkar, Abla Nind, Rajniti Parbodh and other books.Before 1900's Singh Sabha Movement activists include Giani Ditt Singh had quoted in his writings that whole Dasam granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1902 A.D., Bhai Bishan Singh of Sangrur, son of Bhai Gurdiyal Singh Anandpuri, wrote the book Dasam Granth Sahib Kisne Banaiya? ("Who Created the Tenth Granth?"). According to the method and style of the writings and much other evidence, he proved that the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1935, Bhai Sher Singh of Kashmir wrote a book, Dasmesh Darpan ("Mirror of the Tenth Guru") in which he gave many proofs that the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1937, Dr. Jaswant Singh of Lucknow published a series of articles in Amrit magazine. This was scholarly research in which after great effort, giving many proofs from the scripture itself and the style of writing, he concluded that the whole book was written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1941, Professor Sahib Singh written articles where he proved with all facts that Chandi Charitars, Bachitar Natak, Shastarnaam Mala, Zafarnama etc. were written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1955, Dr. Tarlochan Singh published his scholarly writing in 4 consecutive issues of Sikh Review, giving the history of the compilation of the Dasam Granth. He provided solid proofs that all the writings in Dasam Granth are those of Guru Gobind Singh.In 1955, Bhai Randhir Singh, eminent member of Sikh History Society Amritsar, wrote a book entitled Dasme Patshah Ji ka Granth da Itihas ("History of the Tenth Guru's Granth"). After 20 years of labour collecting proofs, he firmly established that the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh. This book was published by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee. The first printing was sold out within a few days of its publication, and there was great demand from the public. Ultimately, three printings were made of this publication.In April 1959, Sardar Kapoor Singh, I.C.S., published an article in the Gurmat Prakash magazine and proved that the whole of the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.Dr. Taran Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala, published a book in 1967 entitled Dasam Granth Roop te Ras ("Dasam Granth's Form and Taste"). He proved that the whole of the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh. This book was published by the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Chandigarh.In 1980, Giani Harbans Singh, Chandigarh, wrote the book Dasam Granth Darpan ("Mirror of the Dasam Granth"), and proved that the entire Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.Professor Piara Singh Padam wrote a book entitled Dasam Granth Darshan, printed in 1968, again proving that the whole scripture was written by Guru Ji.Pandit Tara Singh Narodam, in his writing, has concurred that the whole of Dasam Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.Bhagwant Singh Hari, son of Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha, wrote Dasam Granth Tuk Tatkara ("Line Index of Dasam Granth"), published in 1969. The preface of this book is written by Dr. Balbir Singh, who was younger brother of the, famous scholar Bhai Vir Singh. In that preface, he has written that the entire Dasam Granth is the writing of Guru Gobind Singh.After 1955, people began research of Dasam Granth to obtain PhD degrees. In 1955 Dr. Dharam Pal Ashta andin 1959 Dr. Harbajan Singh proved in their research papers that the entire Granth was written by Guru Gobind Singh.In 1961, Dr. Parsini Sehgal offered her research paper along the lines of the former two scholars. Dr. Lal Manohar Upadihiya of Benares University, Dr. Om Prakash Bhardwaj of Agra University, Dr. Sushila Devi of Punjab University, Dr. Shamir Singh of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr. Mohan Jit Singh of Usmaniya University, Dr. Bhushan Sach Dev of Punjabi University, Dr. Nirmal Gupta of Punjabi University, etc.-about two dozen scholars wrote their PhD and DLit research papers on the subject. They have all agreed that the Dasam Granth was written by Guru Sahib. After all this research, it is clearly evident that this scripture is great not only due to its religious aspects but also due to its literary merit. The scholars who have studied the Dasam Granth have written great praises of the high standard of its poetry.Modern research on Sri Dasam Granth has been undertaken by Gurinder Singh Mann(Leicester) whose 2001 MA thesis was,"The role of the Dasam Granth in Khalsa". In 2011, Kamalroop Singh completed his Phd on Sri Dasam Granth. They have both undertaken extensive research on the history and manuscripts of Guru Gobind Singh's Granth. They published their first book on the Granth on 15th August 2011, entitled Sri Dasam Granth Sahib: Questions and Answers.The book contains the earliest manuscripts and historical sources of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib.Today the Dasam Granth is being kept open with reverence at Takht Patna Sahib, Takht Sach Khand Hazur Sahib Nander, and all gurdwaras maintained by Nihang Singh. In these places, its meanings are being explained and hukamnama (holy commandment for the congregation) is also being taken from the scripture. More To Come 19th-20th Century Sketch of Sikhs - JB Malcolm (1812) Twarikh Guru Khalsa - Giani Gian Singh Gurpartap Suraj Granth - Kavi Santokh Singh Giani Ditt Singh Kahn Singh Nabha Dr. Ganda Singh Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale Reference ^ Sri Gur Sobha, Poet Senapat^ Gurbilas Patshshi 10, Koer Singh Kalal^ BansavaliNama Kesar Singh Chibber^ Mahima Parkash, Sarup Dass Bhalla^ Guru Kian Sakhian, Sarup Singh Kausish^ Sketch of Sikhs - Sir JB Malcolm^ Giani Gian SIngh, Twarikh Guru Khalsa