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A Modern Guide to Practice of Sikh Faith - A Knowledge Compendium for the Global Age - Book By Surinder Singh Bakhshi

Table Of Contents For 'A Modern Guide to Practice of Sikh Faith - A Knowledge Compendium for the Global Age' Book By Surinder Singh Bakhshi




Page No
  Key to Pronunciation xi
  Author's Note xiii
  Foreword xv
  Trecentenary (1708-2008) Gurgaddi  
              [ Guru Gobind Singh Anoints Granth Sahib  
                the Guru of the Sikhs and declares  
                 Khalsa Panth a Self-Governing Nation] xvii
  Introduction 1
  PART 1  
  Modern Sikh Identity  
1. Definition of a Sikh 9
2. The Rehat Maryada  
  [ The Code of Sikh Conduct and Conventions] 13
3. The Mul Mantar: Creed of the Sikh Faith 15
4. The Sikh National Anthem 17
5. Symbols of the Sikh Faith 18
6. The Sikh Nanakshahi Calendar 23
7. Bioethics and Medical Care 29
  PART 2  
  The Lives of the Gurus  
8. Guru Nanak Dev, the First Guru (1469-1538)  
  [Founder of the Sikh Faith] 39
9. Time of Consolidation  
  [ Angad Dev, the Second Guru - 1504-1552,  
  Amar Das, the Third Guru - 1479-1574, and  
  Ram Das, the Fourth Guru - 1534-1581] 50
10. Arjan Dev, the Fifth Guru (1563-1606)  
  [First Guru Martyr] 57
11. Hargobind, the Sixth Guru (1595-1644)  
  [Sant Sipahi] 62
12. Interlude  
  [Har Rai, the Seventh Guru - 1630-1661, and   
  Har Krishan, the Eighth Guru - 1656-1664] 67
13. Tegh Bahadur, the Ninth Guru (1621-1675)  
  [Second Guru Martyr] 70
14. Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru (1666-1708)  
  [Param Manukh, First among Men] 75
  PART 3  
  Guru Granth Sahib  
15. Guru Granth Sahib  
  PART 4  
  The Sikh Way of Life:  
  Beliefs, Values and Moral Conduct  
16 The Cosmos in Sikh Faith 113
17 Guru Nanak Dev: Life Lived 118
18 Nam Simran: Meditation upon the Name of God 121
19 The Sikh Moral Code 126
20 The Core Values of the Sikh Faith 131
  PART 5  
  Sikh Liturgy  
21 Recitation of Gurbani 135
22 Nit-nem 140
23 Sikh Arti 147
24 Sangrand 150
25 Sikh Ardas 153
  PART 6  
  Shabad Kirtan  
26 Shabad Kirtan 161
27 Praise of Shabad Kirtan in Gurbani 163
28 Genesis of Shabad Kirtan 166
29 Shabad Kirtan in Gurdwara 175
  PART 7  
  Gurdwara and Sikh Governance  
30 Historic Evolution 187
31 A Guide for Visitors 194
32 Gurdwaras in Britain 202
33 Sikh Governance 216
  PART 8  
  Stages in a Sikh's Life  
34. Nam Sanskar  
      [Naming a Child Ceremony] 223
35. Dastar Bandi Sanskar  
      [Pagri Tying Ceremony] 230
36. Amrit  Sanskar  
      [Khalsa Initiation Ceremony] 236
37. Anand Sanskar  
      [Lavan - Marriage Ceremony] 240
38. Antam Sanskar  
      [Funeral Rites] 252
  PART 9  
  Gurpurbs, Gurpurb Melas, Festivals and   
  Folk Festivals in Punjab  
39. Gurpurbs associated with the Lives  
  of the Gurus 261
40. Parkash Utsav  
  [Installation of Guru Granth in Harimandar Sahib] 266
41. Khalsa Sajna Divas  
  [Vaisakhi Day Celebrations] 270
42. Sikh Faith Festivals:  
  [Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikh Divali,  
  Hola Mohalla and Maghi Jor Mela] 280
43. Folk Festivals in Punjab:  
       Holi, Lohri and Rakhri 282
  Glossary of Terms of the Sikh Faith 291


Foreword To Book  'A Modern Guide to Practice of Sikh Faith - A Knowledge Compendium for the Global Age' By Surinder Singh Bakhshi

In the year 2008, Sikhs commemorate the trecentenary of the investment of eternal spiritual guardianship of their faith in Guru Granth Sahib by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last Guru. Guru Granth is the living embodiment of Sikh Gurus. Guru Gobind Singh ordained the Sikh faith a self-governing nation with belief in equality of all people regardless of race, religion, caste, creed or status. The notion of equality of all under the authority of God has produced a united Sikh faith unhindered by doctrinal or social conflicts.

Sikhs are deeply conservative but their genius for absorption and adaption makes them an enlightened society.

Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh faith, visited, in search of universal truth, seats of learning of Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist thought in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan in the sixteenth century. He made three great journeys lasting twenty-five years. He stayed for over a year in Baghdad, then the supreme centre of Islamic learning.

Japji, Guru Nanak's meditation on the unity of the creation, states that the abundance of nature on our earth is finite, however otherwise it may appear to us. Man is a mere grain of sand in the immense order of the universe. He is not its matter. If he abuses the abundance that nature provides him, he will be wiped out with no more than the flicker of an eyelid. While man will be forgotten, the earth will in time once more regain its pristine beauty. Written half a millennium ago, when Europe was still struggling to throw off its yoke of mediaevalism, these prescient words are today a warning to us all about the fragility of our earth. The only trust that counts, Guru Nanak further tells us, is the love that we have for each other in the service to humanity.To help those who need our assistance is to experience the presence of God within us. This is real. The rest is mirage.

Much doubt is expressed about the role and place of multinational cultures in achieving British cohesiveness in the twenty-first century. Sikhs do not lay claim to the superiority of their faith over others. Sikhs believe that a christian, a Hindu or a Muslim should rather become a better Christian, Hindu or Muslim than convert to another religion. No religion has a monopoly on truth. Nor can a religious tradition survive if it remains static. Those who reject progress do a disservice to their faith.

We live in a country which is proud of its hard won liberties. Adoption of these values enhances the relevance of our faith to Sikhs born and brought up in the United Kingdom. British Sikh is a proud lable to bear. It does not efface Sikh faith but strengthens it by combining two freedom-loving societies.

That indeed is the message of this book. It shows how living in harmony with other faiths has immeasurably strengthened the Sikh faith. More Sikhs attend their Gurdwara today than they ever did before. The 250 Gurdwaras in Britain are like mini states that provide an umbrella for Sikhs to look forward to a confident future.

Sikhs in the Diaspora: A Modern Guide to the Practice of Sikh Faith takes a contemporary view of Sikh faith. It is a role model for celebration of diversity in Britain. We commend it to all Sikhs and non-Sikhs who seek a fresh insight into how we can lead a better life together in harmony with each other.


Introduction To Book  'A Modern Guide to Practice of Sikh Faith - A Knowledge Compendium for the Global Age' By Surinder Singh Bakhshi

During 2008, Sikhs celebrated the tercentenary of the bestowal - by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and Last Guru - of the title of perpetual Guru of the Sikhs upon Granth Sahib, was to provide them with spiritual, moral and temporal guidance. This obviated the need for a superimposed religious hierarchy.

How successful has been the Sikh faith, the youngest and the only worldwide religion established in the past centuries immemorial.

Sikhs thrive best in countries where rule of law is paramount. Unhindered by dogma and self-interest, its followers believe in equality and respect for all people of the world. Sikh faith is a way of life.

This book narrates the Sikh faith practices in a contemporary setting. It shows that the faith is compatible with living in the twenty-first century. Readers should benefit from a study of a faith arisen out of self-sacrifice but without enmity towards others.


About The Author Of Book  'A Modern Guide to Practice of Sikh Faith - A Knowledge Compendium for the Global Age' By Surinder Singh Bakhshi

Dr Surinder Singh Bakhshi was born in Tanzania in 1937. He received his medical School, Kampala, Uganda. Post-graduate studies took him to the United States, Scotland and England. He was appointed to a consultant post in Public Health Medicine in Birmingham, England in 1977. He was to manage in the city the last case of smallpox in the world in 1978. The World Health Organisation was to describe the control such that there never was any danger of its further spread. Dr Bakhshi was also fully engaged in community affair. He was a City Magistrate and School Governor, among other roles, before his retirement in 2002. Since his retirement he has written a book on tuberculosis. The current book is the first in a trilogy; the second one is a quest for Sikh identity and the third on the relevance of Guru Granth Sahib, not only to the Sikhs but also to the contemporary world. Dr Bakhshi also takes interest in a charity which offers free eye operations in Punjab.


Author Surinder Singh Bakhshi
Pages 301
Cover Hardbound
Language English

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