Author: G S RandhawaPublisher: Guru Nanak Dev UniversityYear: 1996Language: multilingualPages: 224ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This work is a translation into English of ‘Japu Ji—the morning prayer of the Sikhs. Individual stanzas of ‘Japu Ji’ are followed by brief annotations, wherever necessary. The Introduction is a perceptive study and an exposition of the basic tenets of Sikhism.Guru Nanak's primary object was to drive his message home to common folk, who had for centuries been nursed and saturated in the traditional Indian idiom and symbols. He has therefore had to invariably draw heavily on its past folk and literary heritage. This precludes examination of his compositions and individual verses in isolation. Scrupulous care has hence been taken to interpret Japu Ji in close conformity with the broader frame-work of his philosophy. Attempt has also been made to bring out the true spirit of his utterances and yet adhere as close to the original text as possible. ‘Japu Ji’ goads the seeker on to a state of ‘willing surrender to the Divine will’. Invoking the grace of the Almighty, it lays stress on a subjugation and sublimation of man’s morbid ‘ego’, and on persistent endeavor of on individual soul to ‘tear apart’ the veil of ‘untruth’. Through total surrender to the Master’s will and in loving devotion to his Master, man seeks an ever closer proximity to the Divine Soul, which is man’s primal home and his final destination. Unlike the Semetic and many other faiths, Heaven in Sikhism is no distant geographical entity. It is, as Confucius put it, ‘being one with God’.This revised and improved 4th edition seeks to meet the needs of the second generation of emigrant Sikhs who, having stayed away from their native milieu a bit too long, have by now but only a faint acquaintance with their ancestral language and tradition.
ForewordEditorial NoteKey to TransliterationIntroductionSignificanceThe TraditionStructure and ContentsIdiomPurposeAreas of EnquiryThe Concept of God: The MulmantraEk OmkarOther Attributes of GodGuru and GurprasadThe UniverseMan in the Hierarchy of CreationMan’s Quest and AimEgo (Haumai)The Divine Order or WillFree Will & DeterminismKarma, Predestination & FatePursuit of the QuestThe Paths to SalvationThe YogaLoving Adoration of GodThe Sahaja Marga of the SikhsMaya (Illusion)The Cultivation of VirtueThe Five RealmsLife after DeathDeliverance --- Its Socio-oriented CharacterThe Doctrine of GraceThe Guru’s RoleFormalism in ReligionDignity of Human LifeThe Ideals High Lighted Social Dimension of Guru’s TeachingsCosmological PerceptionsJapu Ji (Text)BibliographyIndex