Bani Bhagat Kabir Ji Ki

Pashaura Singh

in The Bhagats of the Guru Granth Sahib

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195662696
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080717 | DOI:
Bani Bhagat Kabir Ji Ki

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This chapter focuses on the works of Kabir (ca. 1398-1448), representing the Sant tradition of north India. Kabir is the major Sant poet of the Adi Granth who has received direct comments from the Sikh Gurus. The Sants were individuals who did not have the sense of mission or the idea of an organized religious community. Indeed, the question of self-definition makes sense only with a community; the Sants who seemingly lacked communities and institutional settings did not engage in a quest for self-definition. The chapter examines how the comments on the works of Kabir made by the Sikh Gurus like Guru Amar Das and Guru Arjan sharpened the process of Sikh self-definition.

Keywords: Kabir; Sants; Sant tradition; Adi Granth; Sikh Gurus; community; Sikh self-definition

Chapter.  13900 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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