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Teachings of the Sikh Gurus: Selections from the Sikh Scriptures Hardcover – November 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0415266031 ISBN-10: 0415266033 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415266033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415266031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,893,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is the product of the highest scholarly standards and depth of understanding ... I consider this one of the finest textual studies and translations that I have seen in the study of religions.' - John Hinnells, Honorary Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Schell on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am very new to studying Sikhism and have been reading many different books. I didn't want any more books about its history or basic outlines of the religion or books mired in Indian/Punjab culture so when I ordered this book, I was hoping for something different. I was looking for "spiritual" reading, something which would help me to live the teachings and not just to know them intellectually. I wanted a book which would elaborate on the gurus' writings contained in the Adi Granth. It was time for me to mentally organize the scriptures with the religion in order to bring a synthesis and better understanding. I was not disappointed with this book; in fact, my goals were completely met.
The authors are western academics with much knowledge of their respective fields. They bring a modern and western approach to Sikhism which makes the teachings accessible to western minds. Their goal it seems to me is to provide a scriptural support for the living of the gurus' teachings. The book makes a case for the applicability of the teachings to contemporary life
The contents are:
-Introduction
-Japji
-Impermanence: the gift and curse of time
-Asa ki Var
-Mind, Self and Ego
-Siddh Gosht
-Ethical Being: Action and Grace
-Anand Sahib
-Guru as Word: The Location of Authority
-Shabad Hazare
-Communicating Ecstasy: Knowledge and Non-Knowledge
-Zafarnama
Each chapter has a short introduction with a brief one line summary of each part of the scripture used. These summary statements show how the scripture applies to the chapter heading and gives a great understanding of a way to live.
I do not speak Punjabi but I think that the translation is vibrant and alive. It was easy to read and had a feel of authenticity.
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Format: Paperback
Nicely articulated but would not recommend for someone wishing to understand and find applicability of the Sikh teachings. I have personally found other English translations of Guru Granth Sahib to be more beneficial and in alignment with what is found in the original scripture and that being practiced by believers of the Sikh faith.
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