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The Bhagats of the Guru Granth SahibSikh Self-Definition and the Bhagat Bani$
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Pashaura Singh

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195662696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195662696.001.0001

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Bani Bhagat Kabir Ji Ki

Bani Bhagat Kabir Ji Ki

(p.81) Three Bani Bhagat Kabir Ji Ki
The Bhagats of the Guru Granth Sahib

Pashaura Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the works of Kabir (ca. 1398-1448), representing the Sant tradition of north India. Kabir is the major Sant poet of the Adi Granth who has received direct comments from the Sikh Gurus. The Sants were individuals who did not have the sense of mission or the idea of an organized religious community. Indeed, the question of self-definition makes sense only with a community; the Sants who seemingly lacked communities and institutional settings did not engage in a quest for self-definition. The chapter examines how the comments on the works of Kabir made by the Sikh Gurus like Guru Amar Das and Guru Arjan sharpened the process of Sikh self-definition.

Keywords:   Kabir, Sants, Sant tradition, Adi Granth, Sikh Gurus, community, Sikh self-definition

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