How Guru Nanak Became Relevant to Global Society: A New Book

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

When the light is dimmed, an invitation to darkness is inevitable

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

Amardeep Singh’s Second Volume To Commemorate 71st Anniversary of the Partition of Sikh Hearts & Heritage

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

Thousand Lives of Reincarnating Minds

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

Japuji: The Path of Nanak

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: balbirsmakkar23@gmail.com Among the world scriptures, the Japuji is considered Guru Nanak’s foremost composition, thereby qualifying… Read More Japuji: The Path of Nanak

BOOK REVIEW. Divided Hearts and a Lack of Healing Continue After Seven Decades

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

Losing Ground: Religions OR Gradually Sneaking Religiosities?

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?