A team of committed enthusiasts have succeeded in collating together materials from various sources to trace Guru Nanak’s travels to the Middle East and Himalayan kingdoms in a book form. They will be releasing this collection as a new book to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary in 2019. We are pleased to add this book… Read More How Guru Nanak Became Relevant to Global Society: A New Book
By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt. (Hons). I derived the title of my essay from a verse by Guru Nanak in SGGS on page 1412: ਗਿਆਨ ਹੀਣੰ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਪੂਜਾ When translated into English, the verse means “restraining the Light of Truthful Wisdom inevitably leads to the Darkness of falsehood and Ignorance.” When applied to the everyday… Read More When the light is dimmed, an invitation to darkness is inevitable
By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt (Hons). The first Volume: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan, was reviewed earlier in this blog post. The second Volume The Quest Continues by Amardeep Singh. Himalayan Book, New Delhi. 2018. Price: $150, discounted at $80 for special events. (Inquires/orders at 717-794-3800) has been continually reviewed by leading journals… Read More Amardeep Singh’s Second Volume To Commemorate 71st Anniversary of the Partition of Sikh Hearts & Heritage
Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt. (Hons) What is Reincarnation Sikh theology differs in defining reincarnation. The ideas of reincarnation are many and as old as human civilization. Their descriptions are found from the last centuries of the 1st millennium BCE. However, the ideas remain ideas only, and have never reached any logical or precise description. Descriptions… Read More Thousand Lives of Reincarnating Minds
A Book Review by Dr. Bhai Harbans Lal The Japuji: The Way to Divine Lif, With an Introduction, Paradigmatic Essays, Punjabi Text, English Translation, and Notes – 240 pages. By Prof. Balbir Singh Makkar. B.Chattar Singh Jiwan Singh – Publishers Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Among the world scriptures, the Japuji is considered Guru Nanak’s foremost composition, thereby qualifying… Read More Japuji: The Path of Nanak
Dr. Bhai Harbans Lal Revisiting India’s Partition: Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics. Edited by Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola. Lanham, MD, London, 2016. Price: $110. xxxvi + 365pp. Order at http://www.rowman.com. Discount code LEX30AUTH16 for 30% discount. Inquires/orders at 717-794-3800. Within the US, one may reach the publisher at 800-462-6420. In August… Read More BOOK REVIEW. Divided Hearts and a Lack of Healing Continue After Seven Decades
Bhai HARBANS LAL Translation of Guru Granth with difference The Sikhs consider the hymns enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) as their Guru and the source of ultimate wisdom. Because of the Guru’s universal approach to be imbibed in the message, the Granth is composed of hymns contributed by 36 enlightened souls. They expanded… Read More Guru Connect: New Tools
Bhai HARBANS LAL I was deeply thrilled to receive the recently released book entitled CONCEPT OF SADH SANGAT IN SIKHISM by Sardar Makhan Singh. In fact, it is a dream come true. Let me explain. Some time ago, during my visit to New Delhi, Sardar Makhan Singh arranged a couple of public receptions for me.… Read More Guru Connected Sangats Make-up Panth
By Harbans Lal, Ph.D.; D.Litt (Hons) Inspiration at Amritsar I was in Amritsar in 2001 for the International Conference on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), held on the campus of the Guru Nanak Dev University. One suggestion that came out of the talks was to prepare a Concordance – which is a list of… Read More Read. Reflect. Share.
By Harbans Lal, PhD., D.Lit. (Hons). RELIGIOSITY IS ONLY RITUALS To distinguish the Religion from the Religiosity may mean many things but I am using the term religiosity here for the practices that, with time, creep up as being superficially religious. Usually, they are inappropriate superstitions that give birth to a variety of religious rituals.… Read More Losing Ground: Religions OR Gradually Sneaking Religiosities?