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Doris R. Jakobsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835330

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.001.0001

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The Sources of the Sikh Tradition

The Sources of the Sikh Tradition

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(p.1) Chapter 1 The Sources of the Sikh Tradition
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Sikhism
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Doris R. Jakobsh

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.003.0001

This chapter is an overview of the main textual sources of the Sikh tradition. As noted in the preceding chapter, the Guru Granth Sahib is, at least for mainstream Sikhs, at the center of all religious devotion, and it is there that the discussion of Sikhism begins. The Guru Granth Sahib is also known as the Sikh scripture Adi Granth (Original Volume). Scholars view their scripture as much more than a mere book; it is the abode of the gurus, the repository of the words of Akal Purakh (Eternal Being) transcribed by their Sikh masters. It is the Divine in material form. As such, the text is understood as the eternal and living guru of the Sikhs. From here, the discussion branches out into the role music plays in Sikhism, to overviews of the Dasam Granth, the janamsakhis, and the Sikh Reht Maryada.

Keywords:   Sikh tradition, gurus, Guru Granth Sahib, Adi Granth, Sikhism, Dasam Granth, janamsakhis, Sikh Reht Maryada

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