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  1. The sakhi is about the issue of Sri Guru Nanak Dev and Raja Janak. Sri Guru Arjan Dev states that Shiva, Brahma, the four maharishis, Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatan and Sanat Kumar, Raja Janak and others were praising Sri Guru Nanak Dev in satyug and put to him that the secret essential purport of the Vedas eluded them. They requested him to take avatar in kalyug to put the essential purport (tatparya) of the Vedas into colloquial language. Later it describes Gurbani as a delineation (tat nirnay) of the supreme truth contained in the Vedas. Perhaps not so surprisingly, both statements are missing fr
  2. Just passing through and happened to notice this topic which got me thinking... I've been looking to check a quote from Sikhan Da Bhagatmaal by Bhai Mani Singh Shahid. The one I recently found didn't match. Where my original reference states '...aradhana kita si, jo veda da tatparya ati guhya hai asi pai nahi sakade. jo tusi kirpa kar ke...' the text I was looking at reads 'aradhana kita si, jo tusi kirpa kar ke...' Confusing. Then I looked at the publisher of the second source 'Khalsa Samachar Amritsar (1950)'. Its another 'critical' edition by the great man himself! So I
  3. Because they've only just been printed I'm reluctant, particularly the guru nanak dev university publication which is readily available. I'll try to upload part of mrityuchah pradipika which will be hard to get hold of although be aware its in devanagri not gurmukhi.
  4. While I was in Haridvar I got given a couple of nice new books. One is the June-December 2009 edition of Sri Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Nanak Prakash Patrika journal which is solely dedicated to the Nirmala Sampradaya. Lots of very interesting essays submitted at the seminar that was held there including ones by Mahant Balwant Singh Ji Secretary, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Shastri and Sant Jail Singh Ji Shastri. The other book I was given is Mrityuchinah Pradipika (Bhasha Tika) by Pandit Deva Singh Ji Vedantacharya written in devanagri back in the early 20th century. Its just been
  5. Talking of which, can anyone tell me anything about Sant Baba Karam Singh Ji Chaah Vale of Johal? They also attended the seminar as 'vishesh mahiman'.
  6. Seminar finished. The title was the 'bahupakhi den' of the Nirmale and many pakhis were considered. Maha seva of Sriman 108 Sant Jodh Singh Ji of Nirmal Ashram and Sriman 108 Mahant Balwant Singh Ji Secretary of Panchayti Akhara Nirmala and pradhan of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. Many many mahapurush were there who gave wonderful lectures. Very pleased to hear the highly learned pravachans of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Shastri Kashi vale, Sant Jasvinder Singh Ji Shastri and Sant Jail Singh Ji Shasrti, all three part of a new generation of Nirmale. Gyani Sher SIngh Ji Ambale spoke very well abou
  7. A bit of shameless advertising in case anyone is floating around India at the moment, (pm me as its invitation only I think): Through the collaboration of Sriman Sant Jodh Singh Ji of Nirmal Ashram Rishikesh and Sriman Mahant Balwant Singh Ji Secretary the Sri Panchayti Akhara Nirmala will be holding a two day seminar on the Nirmala Sampradaya in Kankhal on the 6th and 7th of December. Papers will be given by a number of Sants, Mahants and scholars. Mahapurush attending include: Sriman Nirmal Bhushan Swami Gyandev Singh Ji Vedantacharya Sriman Sant Jodh Singh Ji of Nirmal Ashram Sri
  8. I agree on McLeod's earlier stuff. But the whole purpose of Harjot Oberoi who gets lumped in with the 'McLeodian school' was to explode the orientalist notions of Sikhi still prevalent in western academia by presenting the reality on the ground in the pre and post British era Punjab. He absolutely succeeds!
  9. Again, scroll through the 'sampradaya' section from a few years ago, there's lots on all those subjects here and there.
  10. You'll find most answers to your questions have been posted many times over on this forum. Please use the search button.
  11. Thanks amardeep, very kind of you. Just the reference will do if it saves you some hassle.
  12. I think it would be very very valuable for people to read through these old scriptures! Even to read through Suraj Prakash would be very very useful! Amardeep - the only Nirmala texts I can see in these lists are the works of Pandit Gulab Singh Ji (four of them). The text opens with Ik Ongkar not Ganesh! Ganeshaya Namah means salutations to Ganesh, which in old texts is the custom for undertaking any literary or artistic effort followed by a mangal to Sarasvati. In some of the original texts being translated thats how the text begins itself. Anyone with a cursory understanding of his works
  13. A correction. Nirmalas are expected to go through amrit sanskar. They have been 'Singhs' since their inception. However they don't keep all panj kakkar, only kesh is vital. Sevapanthis nowadays are mostly amritdhari, although not in the past. Udasis never were nor were the Sevapanthis up until the 20th Century. Why? Because they were sadhus who pre-existed the Khalsa Panth and by decree of Guru Maharaj were not expected to uphold the tenets of the shastrdhari tejasvi kshatriya Khalsa Panth. Nirmale are part of the Khalsa Panth but historically were focused on brahamchari, learning and propagat
  14. Interesting points dalsingh. I think you are right about the foreseeable future of Sikh studies. Oberoi sets the blue-print as far as I can see, although I haven't read it in ages, it does have inaccuracies in there. Personally I have no interest in academia per se. That objective critical distance from the subject matter and the study of hermeneutics or use of structuralist/post-structuralist methodologies creates a gulf I'm not willing to create. What an academic sees as an interesting possibility or a relevant insight seems to be determined by what is relevant to that methodology, which
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