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An Exclusive Path for the Kaliyuga

J.S. Grewal

in History, Literature, and Identity

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070740
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070740.003.0004
An Exclusive Path for the Kaliyuga

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In Guru Amar Das’s compositions, God is uncompromisingly one who created himself and no other. In his writings, Guru Amar Das often refers to two attributes of God: his omnipotence expressed in his hukam and bhānā, and his omnipresence which is expressed in his grace. Guru Amar Das does not reject the idea of bhagtī, and argues that all Sikhs of the Guru are bhagats. The opportunity for liberation-in-life was open to all, a belief in which Guru Amar Das rejects the differences of caste. Based on his references to the Kaliyuga, Guru Amar Das views the dispensation of Guru Nanak as a means to transcend all the known religious traditions. This chapter examines Guru Amar Das’s compositions and their significance and his views on liberation-in-life, nām, shabad, bānī, and sangat.

Keywords: Guru Amar Das; Kaliyuga; Guru Nanak; hukam; bhānā; bhagats; liberation-in-life; nām; bānī; sangat

Chapter.  9352 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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