Author: Nirbhai SinghPublisher: Singh BrothersYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 288ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172053568
The book is a philosophical interpretation of the Sikh perspective on the heroic view of life and death based on the author’s own creative and original reflections. The leitmotiv of the book revolves round the Sikh heroic perspective on life and death in the existential societal situations. It is a philosophical and candid endeavour to interpret the Sikh faith based on the primary scriptural sources couched in the modern idiom in the coeval context. It tries to dig out the hidden meanings of the ciphers, locked up in The Sikh Canon – The Guru Granth.An objective, critical and comprehensive hermeneutics has been used for understanding the philosophical import of the Sikh onto-theology. It resuscitates the revealed illuminations of the gurus and the Bhaktas, the contributors to The Guru Granth. The ecstasies of the contributors are reinterpreted in the modern philosophical idiom. It is an optimal synthesis of two horizons of the past and the present. The interpretations reconcile the medieval and the modern horizons without digressing from the spirit of the Sikh faith. The interpretations are in conformity with the medieval and the coeval cultural contexts. No doubt, the methodology has the impact of the Western critical and hermeneutical techniques, but the paradigm of the interpretations is cast in the dynamic philosophical model of the Sikh onto theology. It encompasses eternity and temporality, and restores historicity of human action and societal realities which were lost in the arid deserts of medieval religious bigotry.The ideal man of the Sikh faith, the gurmukh or the khalsa, is an embodiment of the Akalpurakh. The khalsa is Knight of the Akalpurakh always ready to stake his life for eradicating evil in the world.
KEY TO TRANSLITERATION PREFACECHAPTER-I: PROLEGOMENONProlegomenonMedieval Religio-Philosophical ScenarioCHAPTER-II: RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE, NUMINOUS AND WORLDReligious Language, Numinous and WorldMeaning and CommunicationUnderstanding the Sacred TextCHAPTER-III: THE SIKH VISION OF HEROIC ACTIONHeroic Action and DeathReligious SacrificesPassage from Sacrifice to MartyrdomCHAPTER-IV: SIGNIFICATION OF WILL AND ACTIONSignification of Will and ActionVoluntarism and RationalismCHAPTER-V: THE SIKH VISION OF HUMAN LIFE AND DHARMADharma in Theory and PraxisHermeneutics of DharmaPhilosophical Dimensions of DharmaCHAPTER-VI: THE SIKH VOLUNTARISMAutonomous WillThe Sikh VoluntarismCHAPTER-VII: THE SIKH WORLD-VIEWThe Sikh Vision of Time (Kala)The Sikh World-viewCHAPTER-VIII: KARTAPURAKH AND IDENTITY CRISISPersonal Identity of the GurmukhIdentity Crisis of Women and SudrasRestoration of Personal IdentitiesCHAPTER-IX: DUTY OF THE GURUChapter-X: The Creative Progression of the SelfPassage form Manmukh to GurmukhThe Khandas of The JapujiCHAPTER-XI: THE KHALSA IDEOLOGYPassage form Sacha-Khanda to Khalsa-panthRESUME-EXCURSION TO THE LEITMOTIVSELECT BIBLIOGRAPHYGENERAL INDEXDOCTRINAL INDEX