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Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

i've noticed that the rehitnama of Bhai Nand Lal wherein the three forms of the Guru is mentioned is dated to 1695, ie 12 years prior to Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj leaving for the heavens...

I was therefore wondering what scholars say about this rehitnamas authencity. Kahn Nabha rejects it due to the date given, but what do others say? Mcleod in his Sikhs of the Khalsa say the language is to poor to be writtein by the prominent Bhai Nand Lal Goya

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What Granth is Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj talking about in 1695 as he had not compiled the Damdami Bir yet.. The Damdami Bir included the bani of Guru Tegh Bahadur but this was written 10 years later, so what Granth is Maharaj talking about here? Is it the Dasam Granth maybe?

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Some scholars claim that there are 2 Nand Lals.

Irrelevant, it an historical document which is in line with Gurmat, so one can either choose to learn and benefit from it (as it represents sikh thought from at least the 18th/19thc), or do an historical autopsy on it.

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Hi, sorry, who is Bhai nand lal?

What is Vidya Sagar Granth?

please could somebody give a detailed insight into this?

The Vidya Sagar was a collection of Granths that Guru Jee had written or had translated. This included a translation of Mahabharat, Ramayan various other Indic Granths into the language for the common man. Most was drowned in the river. Chandi Di Vaar for example is a translation of Markhandya Puraan, and Krishna Avtar is a translation of parts of Sri Mad Bhagwatam. Similarly, if all of Vidya Sagar was not drowned today we would have had the Mahabharat and Ramayan written by Dasam Patishah in the Khalsa perpective. What a great loss is was. Maybe in the future these Granths can be found if additional copies were written.

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I'm not debating it's authenticy (I am far from qualified to do so, and we only have scholars 'opinions' to go by), I simply stated that it is a historical rehitnama (18th c - regardless of who the author is) and it clearly shows a conversation being had between 10th Master and Bhai Nand Lal (whichever one if in fact there were two).

Like Kam said, believing or not is a matter of personal opinion. Most rehitnamai/historical texts outside of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib, Bhai Gurdas Ji ki Vaaran and Bhai Nand Lal Ji's ghazals - are subjected to people's test and opinion today.... including the above, which would have been considered canonical by all in the past.

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Ok, just has a quick look into the Prashan-Uttar (question and answer).

This is termed a proto-rehit (pre-1699) by Mceod. He sees no reason why the date should cause any doubt as the work does not mention Khalsa and predominantly focuses on Sikh doctrine, which could and would have been developing before 1699 and before Dasam Patshahs ascension i.e. the 3 forms.

If anything, Mcleod places a much higher probability of authenticy on this work than the other 2 also attributed to Bhai Nand Lal Goya (Tanakha-nama and Rehit - which are early-mid 1700's work none the less, thus representing the Khalsa attitudes and ravaaj of the time). It is the former that have received comments on difference of 'articulation' when compared to the ghazals, and not Prashan-Uttar, which is a remarkably well delivered philosophical work - and not really comparable to ghazals as it is a question and answer session.

IMHO, this work is most likely a recorded authentic discussion by either Bhai Nand Lal Goya or an eye witness account of this discussion.

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