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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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Status of the Bhagat Bani

Status of the Bhagat Bani

(p.152) Five Status of the Bhagat Bani
The Bhagats of the Guru Granth Sahib

Pashaura Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies two principal forces that raise the question of the status of the Bhagat Bani in the Sikh scripture from time to time, and lead to various responses from within the larger Sikh Panth. The first one is linked with the brahminical bias against the low-caste Bhagats. The second major force is linked with the dissenting groups within the Panth who try to subvert the tradition from within and marginalize the ‘unique status of Guru Nanak’. It provides historical, doctrinal and liturgical perspective. The chapter emphasizes the importance of inter-religious dialogue in recent times.

Keywords:   Bhagat Bani, Sikh scripture, Sikh Panth, brahminical bias, Guru Nanak, inter-religious dialogue

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