Nanak An Introduction

Nanak An Introduction

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Book Specification

Item Code: IDH244
Author: Purushottam Nijhaawan
Publisher: Vakils, Feffer and Simons Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 9788187111672
Pages: 139 (Color Illus: 46, B & W Illus: 2, Figure Illus: 18 )
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 10.6" X 8"

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About the Book

Nanak and Sikhism cannot be separated from each other. In fact, Sikhism is nothing but Nanak in practice. Hence, we shall deal with the entire subject as Nanak only. The beauty of it is that Nanak or his manifestation the Sikh Church is assuming even greater dimension as it is growing and evolving. And it is this aspect that we have tried to highlight more than anything else. For, it makes Nanak universal.

Even so, the book seeks to study Nanak as Ten Nanak and lastly as eternal Nanak in whom each Sikh finds himself in the immanent protection of his Guru. Perhaps our fugitive world needs nothing better than this to be able to cope with the multifarious challenges of today and tomorrow. The Prologue and the Epilogue in the main help us understand this aspect.

Happily, there is nothing pedantic about either Nanak or Sikhism. Both are a living lore of Punjab. They spran up from the soil, as it were, as a spiritual faith of unimaginable proportions. Thus, only simple tools are needed to understand them as they grew from stage to stages.

We have divided the subject matter into ten chapters to see how one aspect flows out of the other in a natural way. Besides, the book is suitably illustrated to help even the uninitiated to grasp the real import.

To add further value to this introduction, the Annexure One contains the English rendition of the Japuji as Nanak's unrivalled prayer for the entire humanity. It is accompanied by the original Punjabi text of the Japuji and its Devanagari Transliteration. Those interested in knowing Nanak's wondrous God and his own philosophy of the Nam will it is hoped, immensely enjoy reading it.

Acknowledgements vi
About this Book vii
Prologue: Nanak: A Special Spark of Divinity viii
I Nanak's Uncommon Early Years 1
II From Nanak Dev to guru Nanak 9
III Nanak's Udasis or His World Conquest 17
Social Protest 17
Encounters with the Siddhas 20
Encounters with the Muslim Divines 24
Sweeping the Impurities of Falsehood from the Hindu Sacred Places 31
Visiting the Lake Mansarovar with a Lama 39
IV Setting up the Commune at Kartarpur 43
V Some Gems of Nanak's Spiritual Message 45
VI Fulfilment and the Last Two Acts 59
VII One in Ten and Ten in One 63
VIII An Extraordinary Transformation 79
IX Nanak Becomes Eternal 89
X Nanak's Contemporary Relevance 101
Epilogue: Nanak's Philosophy of the Nam 103
Annexure One: The Japuji:
The humanity's Master Prayer 111
Annexure Two: Select Bibliography 129

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