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Discovering Banda Bahadur

By Surinder Singh

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2010. Hardcover. New. Guru Gobindk, The Author has attempted to tread a different path from the Books written by various historians on Banda Bahadur. The period of 20 years (1688-1708) of Bairag, that Banda Bahadur spent before settling down at Nanded has been taken as a dark period with no available historical account. Banda Bahadur spent these years amongst the Nagas, Sannyasis, Yogis, Gosains, Dasnamis, Dadupanthis and many other sects with their own akharas under charge of their own mahants. Large Scale degeneration had set in amongst these bairagis with the use of drugs, drinking, keeping women, fighting mercenary battles, Trading and other commercial interests taking precedence over Spiritual matters. Banda Bahadur did not take to the degenerated way of life of these warriors, but learned from them training of mind and body and Battle strategy. The meeting of Guru Gobind Singh with Madho Das (Banda Bahadur) has been cloaked in fanciful stories by almost all historians Writing about the life of Banda Bahadur. These indiscreet stories have tarnished the guru`s Image to some extent as well as Banda Bahadur`s image to a large extent. The merits of Guruji`s selection of Banda Bahadur and Banda`s achievements can best be judged from the quantum and quality of Banda Bahadur`s service to the Sikh Nation at the most crucial period of their survival. This volume provides a much needed corrective to the History of one of Medieval India`s greatest warriors. Printed Pages: 414. Discovering Banda BahadurSurinder Singh9788173048920

$37.31

Making of the Historian J.S. Grewal

By Indu Banga

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2009. Softcover. New. Printed Pages: 80. Making of the Historian J.S. GrewalIndu Banga9788173048289

$9.38

History of the Sikhs, 5 Vols
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History of the Sikhs, 5 Vols

By Hari Ram Gupta

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. History of the Sikhs is a five volume series dealing with all aspects-religious, philosophical, political, military, social, economic and cultural, and the contribution of Sikhism to world civilization, in particular to human rights, principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, and to the creed of democracy and secularism. The aim is to present a comprehensive view of the rise, growth and development of Sikh thought and action almost in every direction. The entire series is based on original contemporary sources in English, Gurmukhi, Marathi, Persian and Urdu known to exist in India and abroad. This first volume gives the story of Ten Masters who provided leadership to the downtrodden people of the Punjab both in religious and political fields for about two centuries. Their aim was to remove the bitterness that had persisted between the rulers and their subjects for the past five hundred years. They wished to create a new society based upon mutual brotherhood, and freedom of thought, expression and action. It was under the circumstances almost an impossible task. But there is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow. Man`s onward march requires that the heights around him should be ablaze with noble and glorious deeds of valour and self-sacrifice to serve as guiding lights. Such evolutionary and revolutionary models were furnished by Guru Arjan, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Guru Gobind Singh, and his four sons-Ajit Singh (18 years), Jujhar Singh (14 years), Zorawar Singh (8 years), and Fatah Singh (5 years)-as well as by their numerous disciples like Bhais Mati Das, Sati Das and Dayal Das. The main feature of this book are: A critical appraisement of Guru Nanak`s Janam Sakhis, justification for celebrating Guru Nanak`s birthday in November instead of in April, Guru Nanak`s compositions, Mardana`s death at Baghdad, how Amritsar developed into a Sikh centre, Guru Arjan`s martyrdom, why Guru Hargobind took to militarism, Guru Har Rae`s residence at Nahan, Hukam Namas of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Guru Gobind Singh`s formula of five into five, his literary works and Hukam Namas, Emperor Bahadur Shah`s pious fraud, eminent personalities and instructions, impact of Gurus`; teachings on Indian society, and why Jats became followers of Khatri Gurus. Printed Pages: 2516. NA

$197.82

The Life & Teachings of Guru Ram Das

By Amrita Sharma

Learners Press Pvt Ltd, 1998. First edition. Paperback. New. 12 X 20 cm. Sikhism is based on the teachings of ten gurus. These teachings are included in the Adi Granth which is the Sikh holy book. This series is on the lives and teachings of the ten gurus. Especially written for children, each book deals with the life of a single guru. The illustrations lend interest and clarity to the text. Printed Pages: 64. NA

$1.50

Sikh Ethics

By Surindar Singh Kohli

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1996. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. In this short treatise on Sikh Ethics, the Adi Granth has been taken as the basic and main sourcebook of the Sikh moralcode. The path of life enunciated by the Sikh Gurus is the path of self-realisation or perfectionism; it is neither self-gratification or hedonism nor self-denial or rationalism. Emphasis in Sikh Ethics is laid on the practice of godly qualities. Their observance makes a human being godlike. The field of the body is to be cultivated for truthful life and spiritual advancement. All the senses are to be harnessed properly and the virtues of body, speech and mind are to be inculcated. The discipline enunciated by the Sikh Gurus is a universal discipline and requires the discipline to perform his worldly duties alongwith his spiritual progress; he has not to become a one-sided personality. He has to remain alert on all the three planes i.e., physical, mental and spiritual. The Sikh Ethics, in practice, brings before us an ideal person thoroughly balanced in physical, mental and spiritual cultures. Whereas he works as a healthy constituent of society, he also rises to spiritual zenith. In him, we find, an exact combination of action, knowledge and devotion. Contents Preface Chap. 1 : Sikhism-A Religion Chap. 2 : Justification of Sikh Ethics Chap. 3 : Godly Qualities-as Enunciated in the Adi Granth Chap. 4 : Sikh Concept of Virtue and Vice Chap. 5 : The Sikh Way of Life Chap. 6 : Social, Economic and Political Ethics Chap. 7 : The Ultimate Goal Printed Pages: 85. NA

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History of the Sikhs (Vol. III: Sikh Domination of the Mughal Empire (1764–1803))

By Hari Ram Gupta

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. History of the Sikhs is planned as a five volume survey aiming to present a comprehensive view of the rise, growth and development of Sikh thought and action in every direction. This volume Sikh Domination of the Mughal Empire 1764–1803 is third in the series. The whole series is based on original contemporary sources in Persian, Marathi, Gurumukhi, Urdu, Hindi, and English known to exist in India and abroad. The dominating theme of the third volume is how and why the Sikhs missed numerous opportunities of establishing a Sikh State over the whole northern India. Najib-ud-daulah Rohilla, the first dictator of Delhi, and the vanquisher of Marathas and the Jats, publicly confessed having failed to subdue the Sikhs. Once he paid them a blackmail of eleven lakhs of rupees. His son and successor saved himself by embracing Sikhism. His widow and son lived in the Panjab on a Jagir granted by Jassa Singh Ramgarhia in his safe custody for seventeen years. The Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II (1759–1806) was prepared to place himself and his empire under Sikh protection. Najaf Khan, his prime minister, granted sovereign rights to the Sikhs. Mahadji Sindhia, the second dictator of the Mughal Empire, always maintained peace with them inspite of their frequent provocations. Lord Cornwallis, the British Governor-General in vain cajoled and coaxed them in order to secure the liberty from Sikh captivity of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Stuart who was set free after ten months on receiving a ransom. The Jat rajas of Bharatpur, Rajput princes, Nawabs of Oudh, and the hill rajas, all troubled before them. As the Sikhs had risen to power and predominance from extreme poverty and penury, their imagination could not go outside their homeland acquisition of gold from the rich, rakhi from Zamindars and Kambh from artisans. Printed Pages: 424. NA

$33.57

Guru Nanak`s Japuji: A Look Anew

By Satnam Kaur,S.K. Saxena

D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd, 2013. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. The ultimate reality, God or Brahman, may well be said to outstrip the reach of thought; but if we do not try, as thoughtfully as we possibly can, to get at what Guru Nanak really says in this seminal work Japuji — a daily prayer book — how will we be able to benefit from his teaching, as he surely wanted fervently? In the entire history of mankind very few men have been so acutely sensitive to our multifarious suffering, and so keen to show us the way to transcend it for good, as Guru Nanak was. This makes the authors approach this holy work in a new perspective. This volume tries to interpret Mul Mantra in such a way that the celestial attributes listed in it come to be interrelated, as they must be taken to be. It also attempts wherever possible to explain the order of Guru`s prolific utterances, be they invocatory or just eulogistic. However ebullient the Guru`s utterances may seem to be, they are always significant vehicles of some profound meaning; and also warranted by the running context. Guru Nanak`s Japuji is a great work, yet this volume is expected to do some good to every thoughtful reader. At the end, the entire text of Japuji in Punjabi, Devnagari with Roman transliteration is given, making the text accessible to the masses who live outside India and need this prayer to be read in English. Printed Pages: 147. NA

$11.25

The Sikhs: Images of a Heritage
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The Sikhs: Images of a Heritage

By T.S. Randhawa

Prakash Books, 2000. Hardcover. New. This is a fascinating book on Visual Images of the Sikhs and their realms of the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Printed together for the first time are the best of such collection remaining in India, many so far unpublished. the mediums llustrated include Miniature and Ivory paintings, frescoes and murals, Lithographs and photographs. The subjects of religious, courtly and everyday life are vividly portrayed and the images effectively capture the Aura of the glorious Heritage of the Sikhs. This book contains two hundred and fifty-one Colour illustrations. Contents: Introduction 1. Paintings and Ivories 2. Murals and Frescoes 3. Gilded Reliefs 4. Lithographs and Oils 5. Photographs 6. Medals and Marbles 7. Credits and Notes Printed Pages: 156. NA

$93.75

Jap Sahib: Way to God in Sikhism-Book 3

By Maneshwar S. Chahal

Prakash Books, 2011. Softcover. New. A short history of the Sikh religion and a very well-written commentary of Japji Sahib in English. The author has quoted without criticism from other religious books and authors with praise, not criticism. Printed Pages: 288. Jap Sahib: Way to God in Sikhism-Book 3Maneshwar S. Chahal9788172343699

$11.06

The Sikh Psyche: A Study of the Fictional Writing of Bhai Vir Singh

By Dr Harcharan Singh Sobti

Eastern Book Linkers, 1990. First edition. Hardcover. New. 14 x 22 cm. Bhai Vir Singh (1872-1957), Father of Modern Panjabi Literature, in bis trilcgy of fiction comprising Sundry Bijy Singh and Satwant Kaur. has mainly depicted the ethos of the Sikh community ofthePanjab, struggling for its survival and the retention of identity, during the later Mughal period of Indian history. In fact, it is Turk/Mughal the Ruler who is depicted as a villain in these writings of Bhai Vir Singh and not the Muslim as contended by historians and literary critics of Panjabi literature. Bhai Vir Singh, as a writer, aimed at restructuring contemporary Sikh society in the pattern evolved by the Singh Sabha movement, whose main concern, besides other things, was to remain on the right hand side of the British Masters. His condemnation of the Rulers of the past, was in the last analysis, prompted by his motive to glorify the British Rule. Therefore, Bbai Vir Singh viewed the historical past inconsistent with the attitude he professed towards the contemporary regime. Thus, we find Bhai Vir Singh involved in a paradoxical situation. This book is an attempt to decode the meaning and motive of this very paradox in the back. ground of the Sikh psyche. CONTENTS: Preface Chap. 1 : The Survey of the Literature Chap. 2 : Sikhism : The Religion of the Rebels Chap. 3 : The Sikh-State Relations Chap. 4 : The Ruler is Villain Chap. 5 : The Sikh Ideal Chap. 6 : The Rise of British Empire Conclusion Printed Pages: 180. NA

$11.25

The Sikhs: An Ethnology

By A E Barstow

Low Price Publications, 2004. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 19 x 25 cm. The present work is a systematic study of the rise of the Sikh power in its historical perspectives, giving details of the struggle and vicissitudes, battles and wars of the Sikh rulers against the Mughal authorities as well as the trends of the modern developments of the community. The book, intended as a ""Handbook for the Indian Army"", highlights the role of the Sikhs in the British and the Indian army after the Mutiny till the first quarter of the twentieth century. Scholars of history and defence personnel will be able to extract useful and valuable information from this ethnological study of the Sikh sects which are characterised by the distinctive features of their customs and traditions. The book has an added charm and usefulness as it incorporates appendices containing description of the ""Adi Granth"" and ""Daswen Padshah ka Granth"", rites of initiation into Sikhism, the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925, the caste system and the Tankha Nama, or restrictions on Sikhs. Printed Pages: 240. NA

$11.40

Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition: Ideology, Society, Politics and Culture, Essays for Indu Bangal

By Reeta Grewal & Sheena Pall (Eds)

Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2005. Hardcover. New. These pathbreaking essays by historians, geographers, economists and scholars in Sikh religion and Punjabi literature cover the whole span of Sikh history and nearly all its important aspects. The study covers Sikhism and the martial and political culture of the Khalsa. Sikh patronage of painting, journalism, demographic change, and spatial dispersal along with the diaspora have also been dealt with in this volume. Contributors who have made this volume possible as a tribute to Professor Indu Banga include J.S. Grewal, Iqtidar Alam Khan, Joginder Singh, Darshan Singh Tatla, Shinder Singh Thandi, and Gurinder Singh Mann among many others. Printed Pages: 394. Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition: Ideology, Society, Politics and Culture, Essays for Indu BangalReeta Grewal & Sheena Pall (Eds)9788173046537

$36.56

The Life & Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev

By Amrita Sharma

Learners Press Pvt Ltd, 1998. First edition. Softcover. New. 12 x 20 cm. Sikhism is based on the teachings of ten gurus. These teachings are included in the Adi Granth which is the Sikh holy book. This series is on the lives and teachings of the ten gurus. Especially written for children, each book deals with the life of a single guru. The illustrations lend interest and clarity to the text. Printed Pages: 64. NA

$1.50

The Sikhs: Ideology, Institutions, and Identity
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The Sikhs: Ideology, Institutions, and Identity

By J.S. Grewal

Oxford University Press, 2009. Hardcover. New. 14 x 21 cm. This unique collection brings together essays by a leading Sikh scholar, J.S. Grewal. Spanning over four decades, it presents a comprehensive and authoritative account of key aspects of Sikh tradition from Guru Nanak to the present times. Organized thematically, The Sikhs provides a detailed discussion of all the central issues in Sikh history and religion. The first three parts deal with ideological underpinnings, evolution of socio-political institutions, and Sikh literature. They examine areas like Guru Nanak and his Panth; political identity of the Khalsa Panth; martyrdom in Sikh literature; evolution of the Sikh state; Darbar Sahib and Akal Takht; and the debates surrounding the Janamsakhi and Prem Sumarg. Grewal also explores socio-political issues concerning Sikhism—norms of equality, caste, and gender—along with topics like the contest over sacred space, cultural reorientation under colonial rule, and the Akali question. Towards the end, he underlines the importance of Cunningham’s work in a cross-cultural dialogue and critically investigates the debates concerning Sikhism in recent the decades. Printed Pages: 400. Sikhs: Ideology, Institutions, and IdentityJ.S. Grewal9780195694949

$33.56

The Life & Teachings of Guru Teg Bahadur

By Amrita Sharma

Learners Press Pvt Ltd, 1998. First edition. Paperback. New. 12 X 20 cm. Sikhism is based on the teachings of ten gurus. These teachings are included in the Adi Granth which is the Sikh holy book. This series is on the lives and teachings of the ten gurus. Especially written for children, each book deals with the life of a single guru. The illustrations lend interest and clarity to the text. Printed Pages: 56. NA

$1.50

Modern Sikh Studies and Historiography (1846-1947)

By Dr Nazer Singh

K.K. Publications, 2011. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 160. NA

$18.57

History of the Sikhs (Vol. IV: The Sikh Commonwealth or Rise and Fall of Sikh Misls)

By Hari Ram Gupta

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2014. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. History of the Sikhs is a five volume series which deals with all aspects–religious, philosophical, political, military, social, economic and cultural, and the contribution of Sikhism to world civilization, in particular to human rights, principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, and to the creed of democracy and secularism. The aim is to present a comprehensive view of the rise, growth and development of Sikh thought and action almost in every direction. The whole series is based on original contemporary sources in English, Gurmukhi, Marathi, Persian and Urdu known to exist in India and abroad. This fourth volume deals with the rise and fall of Sikh misls. In Sikh history this term was first used by Guru Gobind Singh in the battle Bhangani in 1688, when he organised his forces into eleven misls. Banda Bahadur adopted the same organisation of eleven divisions in the battle of Sarhind in May 1710. In 1734 Nawab Kapur Singh divided the Khalsa into Budha Dal and Taruna Dal, both comprising eleven groups. This division was permanently adopted at the formation of Dal Khalsa in 1748. The Phulkian states were not a Sikh misl. They developed as petty kingdoms from the beginning. They owed allegiance to the Mughals and Durranis, the enemies of their faith. They purchased titles from them. The Sikh misls never agreed to serve under Muslim masters. Lahna Singh Bhangi flatly rejected to become Ahmad Shah Durrani`s viceroy of Panjab. Baghel Singh Karorasinghia controlled Delhi for nine months as an independent chief. He thrice turned down Emperor Shah Alam`s firman appointing him governor of the Upper Ganga Doab. The Sikh misls dominated the whole country from river Indus to the Ganga, and from punch in Kashmir to the borders of Sind and Baluchistan. The Mughal Emperor, his prime ministers, Rohillas, Jats, Rajputs, Marathas, the British, hill rajas, and Durrani monarchs, all were terribly afraid of Sikh misls in spite of their complete disunity and mutual warfare. The misls in the western region were unceremoniously finished by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and by the British Government in the eastern region. Printed Pages: 580. NA

$48.57

The Sikh Culture

By Romila Chawla

Lifespan Publishers & Distributors, 2011. Hardcover. New. Contents: Preface. 1. The Sikh Culture: an Overview. 2. The Sikh Culture: A Historical Perspective. 3. Religion and Philosophy. 4. Distinctive Personality. 5. Sikh Baptism. 6. Sikh code of conduct. 7. Woman in the Sikh Society. 8. Ceremonies. 9. Marriage. 10. Fairs and Festivals. 11. The daily life of a Sikh. 12. Sangat and Pangat. 13. The Gurdwara. 14. Scripture. 15. The Sikh Prayer. 16. Sikh Symbols. 17. Language. 18. The Ten Gurus. 19. Glossary. 20. Timeline. Printed Pages: 207. NA

$22.50

The Adi Granth: or the Holy Scriptures of the Sikhs; translated from the original Gurumukhi with introductory essays
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The Adi Granth: or the Holy Scriptures of the Sikhs; translated from the original Gurumukhi with introductory essays

By Ernest Trumpp

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 2016. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 19 x 25 cm. The Adi Granth is the most sacred book of the Sikhs. Literally meaning the `First Book`, it is also reverentially called the Granth Sahib and is regarded as the authoritative scriptural work. The compilation of the Adi Granth was done by the fifth Sikh guru, Arjan, in AD 1603 and contains, besides his own writings, the compositions of the four predecessors, the gurus, Nanak, Angad, Amardas and Ramdas. Subsequently, in AD 1705–6, additions were made to the Adi Granth by the tenth and the last guru, Gobind Singh, who incorporated the hymns of the ninth guru, Teg Bahadur and enjoined that after him the Granth Sahib would take the place of the guru. In its final form, the Adi Granth contains the writings of the Sikh gurus, and also the banis of thirty-six Hindu and Muslim saints who lived between the twelfth and the seventeenth centuries. It is needless to emphasize the importance of this great religious work which sets forth the ideal of the union of the human Soul with its Maker. This can be attained by following, scrupulously the highest ethical standards and abjuring egoism without, however, renouncing the worldly activities. Besides its great religious importance, the Adi Granth is an invaluable work from the standpoint of the historian and the linguist. It provides very useful data about the social and religious conditions of India during early and late medieval times. For those interested in the development of the northern Indian languages and dialects, the Adi Granth is a veritable storehouse of information. Though the language of the Adi Granth is mainly Punjabi, Hindi and the cognate dialects, it is interspersed with Sanskrit, Marathi, Persian and Arabic words. It thus throws considerable light on the problem of the ancient Prakrts and Apabhramsa and shows how the vernacular languages of northern India evolved out of them. In this arduous task of translating this voluminous and difficult work which took him seven years to complete, Dr. Trumpp was faced with many obstacles in the absence of any grammar or dictionaries. Besides consulting the granthis he also utilized the three available commentaries for completing the translation. The present volume will be of great use to the scholars as it contains, in addition to the translation of the Adi Granth, a short preface and five valuable introductory essays, the life of Baba Nanak, translated from the Janam Sakhi, a sketch on the lives of the Sikh gurus, an outline of the Sikh religion and a dissertation on the language of the Adi Granth and the meters used in the Granth. Dr. Trumpp has also included in original, as an appendix Japji or Japu-ji—the holiest portion of the Granth. Printed Pages: 853. NA

$56.07

The Life & Teachings of Guru Angad Dev

By Shabnam Gupta

Learners Press Pvt Ltd, 1998. First edition. Paperback. New. 12 X 20 cm. Sikhism is based on the teachings of ten gurus. These teachings are included in the Adi Granth which is the Sikh holy book. This series is on the lives and teachings of the ten gurus. Especially written for children, each book deals with the life of a single guru. The illustrations lend interest and clarity to the text. Printed Pages: 59. NA

$1.50

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