Author: Sudarshan SinghPublisher: Singh BrothersYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 179ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172054300
It is a first serious and academic attempt to study the democratic ideals and institutions of the Sikh Religion.The Sikh Gurus expounded a religion based primarily on democratic concepts and institutions. The essence of the teachings of the Gurus was the unity of God and the Brotherhood of man. We find in them an unbroken thread of the ideals of selfless service, love for mankind, humility, equality, fraternity and honest endeavour. The quality of men is their sheet-anchor. To give a practical shape to these ideals, the Gurus established and developed the institutions of Sangat and Pangat. The process of development of these institutions continued gradually until Guru Hargobind brought about a transformation by giving a militant turn to the movement.The most dramatic development was Guru Gobind Singh’s creation of the Khalsa brotherhood through a novel system of baptism. Another feature of this transformation was the bridging of the gulf between the Guru and the disciple. What impressed the masses was not only the Guru’s complete identification with the common man but also his condescending to kneel down before his disciples to receive baptism from them-a unique and unheard of incident in the history of mankind.The author convincingly establishes the democratic character of the ideals and institutions of Sikhism. He substantiates his points by quoting profusely from the Sikh scriptures and the life accounts of the Gurus.
ForewordPrefaceGlossary of Technical Terms1. INTRODUCTIONDefinition and Scope of DemocracyPicture of Indian Society during the Middle Ages2. THE CASTE-SYSTEM AND THE SIKH GURUSThe Origin and Development of Caste-SystemBasis of Caste-SystemFerment of Social ReformationContentions of the Sikh GurusPrinciples of the Gurus in Practice3. SANGATBackgrouns Contentions of the Sikh Gurus The Development of the Institution of Sangat under the Gurus4. LANGARBackgrouns Contentions of the Sikh Gurus Development of Langar under the Gurus5. THE STATUS OF WOMEN UNDER THE SIKH GURUSBackground Contentions of the Sikh Gurus Importance of Women in the Times of the Gurus6. THE ADI GRANTH AND ITS UNIVERSAL MESSAGECollection of Hymns by Guru ArjanContributors of Gurbani and its ContentsCompilationImportance of this Granth7. THE KHALSA BROTHERHOODPicture of Indian SocietyThe Creation of the KhalsaNorms and Forms of the KhalsaSignificance of the Creation of the Khalsa8. CONCLUSION BibliographyIndex