Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195663341
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080694 | DOI:

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The conclusion summarizes the topics discussed in various chapters. The formation of the Sikh canon is a process that began with the use of Guru Nanak's hymns in Sikh liturgy at Kartarpur during the last decades of his life. A written collection, in four volumes, appeared in the form of the Goindval pothis during the period of the third Guru. They provided substantial nucleus for the compilation of the Adi Granth and provide insights into the earliest writings of the first three Gurus and the bhagats. Guru Ram Das provided musical dimension to the Sikh scriptural tradition. Guru Arjan was responsible for the compilation of the Adi Granth which he prepared in 1604, primarily in response to the process of consolidation of the Sikh tradition that was taking place during his period. Some of the fundamental aspects of Guru Arjan's editorial policy are reflected in the actual processes by which he created the first canonical text of the Adi Granth.

Keywords: Adi Granth; canon; Guru Nanak; hymns; Guru Arjan; Sikh tradition; bhagats; Goindval pothis

Chapter.  3138 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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