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The Singh Way of Life

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/9780198070740.003.0012
The Singh Way of Life

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One of the earliest Rahitnāmas is the work popularly known as the Tankhānāma of Bhai Nand Lal. In this composition, the author uses the terms ‘Khalsa’ and ‘Singh’ for the Sikhs, suggesting that the Nasīhatnāma was composed after the formal institution of the Khalsa in 1699. The author’s concern with religious and ethical life of the Khalsa is evident in the text, but his concern for the Khalsa’s political aspirations is more significant. Another early Rahitnāma is the Sākhī Rahit Pātshāhī 10, which emphasizes the unity of God, belief in the Guru and the Shabad-Bani, concern for fellow Sikhs, individual and congregational worship, and the uniqueness of the dispensation of Guru Nanak and his successors. Whereas the Nasīhatnāma and the Sākhī Rahit are very short texts, the Prem Sumārag and the Rahitnāma associated with Chaupa Singh are notable for their length.

Keywords: Rahitnāmas; Tankhānāma; Khalsa; Singh; Nasīhatnāma; God; worship; Sākhī Rahit; Prem Sumārag; Chaupa Singh

Chapter.  7829 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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