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Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth
Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth
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Nirmal Dass - Translation and introduction by
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Hardcover - 318 pages
Release Date: October 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4683-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4683-6

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Release Date: October 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4684-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4684-3

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An accessible translation of the songs of the saints from the Adi Granth, the Sikh holy book.

This complete and accessible translation of the songs of the saints from the Sikh holy book, the Adi Granth, provides access to the hymns written by Hindu and Muslim devotional writers of north India, who flourished from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries.

The songs of the saints hold a unique position in Sikhism in that they provide the faith with a prehistory that reaches back to the dawn of north Indian Bhakti and Sant traditions. These works provided a ground upon which Sikh gurus laid the foundations of their faith.

The songs also mark the earliest beginnings of Hindi literature. Although the literary output of these saints comes down to us in various stages of corruption, the works which appeared in the Adi Granth are unchanged since their inclusion in that work in the early 1600s.

"This book is important for many fields: It is not only vital for understanding Sikhism, but also crucial for the study of the saints (sants). It is thus significant for understanding the early development of Hindi literature, which began with the sants, and the study of north Indian religion, in which the sants figure prominently." -- Daniel Gold, Cornell University

Nirmal Dass is an independent scholar and researcher. He is the author of The Avowing of King Arthur: A Modern Verse Translation, Rebuilding Babel: The Translations of W. H. Auden, and Songs of the Kabir from the Adi Granth, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Bibliography

Songs of the Saints From the Adi Granth

Namdeva

Ravi Dass

Jayadeva

Trilochan

Beni

Ramananda

Sain

Dhanna

Sadhna

Pipa

Sur Dass

Sheikh Bhikhan

Parmananda

Sheikh Farid

The Slokas of Sheikh Farid

Notes to the Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth

Glossary

Index



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