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Declaration of ‘Righteous War’

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/9780198070740.003.0009
Declaration of ‘Righteous War’

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In the Bachittar Nātak, Guru Gobind Singh declared his irrevocable commitment to righteous war. The Bachittar Nātak contains Guru Gobind Singh’s conception of God, religious dispensations before the time of Guru Nanak, the Sikh tradition, and his own role in history. Guru Gobind Singh’s sādhs would include the Sikhs while dharam would include the Sikh tradition. He is uncompromising in his monotheistic conception of God and rejects the idea of incarnation. For Guru Gobind Singh, the foremost duty of God’s creatures is his worship, without any intermediary. The Bachittar Nātak shows no appreciation for avtārs, and can be appreciated as an open declaration of war in the right cause — a declaration of dharam juddh.

Keywords: Guru Gobind Singh; Bachittar Nātak; dharam juddh; God; religious dispensations; Sikhs; sādhs; dharam; avtārs

Chapter.  6948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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