Preface Of The Book 'Creative Harmony - Life of Guru Ram Das Ji' By Dr. Harbans Lal Agnihotri , Chand R. Agnihotri

Contemplated a decade and a half back, the present series of volumes on Sikh Gurus had their genesis in the need, poignantly felt by us, to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals enshrined in Gurbani and the composite culture of Panjab and to reach out to the people who are not fully conversant with Panjabi language and the legacy of the Gurus. As such, the present book on the life and poetical compositions of Guru Ram Das is not a dissertation tailored to a specific topic or frame of references; nor is it routine biography detailing facts or events in a soulless manner.

First of its kind in English, the present full-length study is a labour of love, undertaken over the years, that modestly seeks to reconcile the biographical details of the Fourth Master with his soulful compositions as recorded in the Granth Sahib. Efforts have been made to add the transliteration of the original hymns which follows the analytical explanation of the text in English. The pattern affords the readers, unacquainted with the Gurmukhi script, a direct access to the Bani in its original form.

Creative Harmony is a part of bigger project that modestly, though rationally, seeks to transmit the universal message of the Gurus to the readers in the language and idiom they understand.

We thankfully acknowledge our indebtedness to the scholars whose learned treatises sharpened our insight. The bond of shared perceptions is eternally gratifying.

We are deeply beholden to Professor Darshan Singh Maini for his encouragement and inspiration. May his tribe increase !

We would like to thank S. Kirpal, President, Chief Khalsa Dewan, Amritsar; S. Kulbir Singh Suri (Nanak Singh Pustak Mala, Amritsar) and Shri S. N. Malik (Hisar) for their help and sustained interest in the project.

Our thanks are due to Sarvshri Sandeep Kumar Agnihotri and Munish Agnihotri of Gopal Prakashan, Hisar, for their efforts to bring out the book impressively and expeditiously.

Suggestions for further improvement of the book will be gratefully acknowledged.

'Sakoon' Harbans Lal Agnihotri
732/5, Bank Colony, Hisar-125001 Chand R. Agnihotri

 

 

Table of Contents of the Book 'Creative Harmony - Life of Guru Ram Das Ji' By Dr. Harbans Lal Agnihotri , Chand R. Agnihotri

  The Table of Contents  
  A note on the authors  
  Critically speaking  
  Preface  
1 Sikh Religion--Genesis and Growth 9
2 The Word Redeemed 18
3  Bhai Jetha Grows to Manhood: 26
  (a) Forsaken orphan at Lahore 26
  (b) Meeting (Guru) Amar Das at Baserke 27
  (c) Marries Bibi Bhani at Goindwal 28
4 As an Emissary of Guru Amar Das 30
5 A  Devoted Disciple: 33
  (a) Participated in the digging of the Baoli 33
  (b) Visit to Kurukshetra and Hardwar 34
6 Bhai Jetha Becomes the Fourth Nanak 35
7 The Establishment of Amritsar 37
8 Consolidation of the Sikh Brotherhood 43
9 Nomination of Guru Arjan as Successor 46
10 Guru Ram Das : The Poet-Prophet 51
  (i)     Vars of Guru Ram Das (xiii)   Rag Todi
  (a)    Var Sri Rag (xiv)    Rag Bairari
  (b)    Var Gauri (xv)     Rag Tilang
  (c)    Var Bihagara (xvi)    Rag Suhi
  (d)    Var Wadhans (xvii)    Lawaan
  (e)    Var Sorath (xviii)   Rag Bilawal
  (f)     Var Bilawal (xix)     Rag Gond
  (g)    Var Sarang (xx)      Rag Ram Kali
  (h)    Var Kanra (xxi)     Rag Nat Narayan
  (ii)     Rag Gujari (xxii)    Rag Mali Gauda
  (iii)    Rag Asa (xxiii)   Rag Maru
  (iv)    Rag Gauri (xxiv)   Rag Maru Solhe
  (v)     Sri Rag (xxv)    Rag Kedara
  (vi)    Majh Rag (xxvi)   Rag Bhairo
  (vii)   Rag Dev Gandhari (xxvii)  Rag Basant Handol
  (viii)  Rag Bihagara (xxviii) Rag Sarang
  (ix)    Rag Wadhans (xxix)   Rag Malar
  (x)     Rag Sorath (xxx)    Rag Kanra
  (xi)    Rag Dhanasari (xxxi)   Rag Kalyan
  (xii)   Rag Jaitsri (xxxii)  Rag Prabhati
 

 

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Author Dr. Harbans Lal Agnihotri , Chand R. Agnihotri
Pages 104
Cover Hardbound
Language English

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