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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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(p.186) Six Conclusion
The Bhagats of the Guru Granth Sahib

Pashaura Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a summary of conclusions of this study, highlighting three related positions with respect to the relationship between the Gurbani and the Bhagat Bani. First, wherever there is complete agreement between the Gurus and the Bhagats, the Bhagat Bani enjoys equal status in matters of doctrine and practice. Second, wherever there is some disagreement as is evidenced by the Gurus' comments on the Bhagats, it is the view of the Guru that overrides the view of the Sant or the Sufi poet. Finally, a neutral position is taken whenever the views of the poet-saint refer to a different doctrinal system.

Keywords:   Gurbani, Bhagat Bani, bhagats, Santi poet, Sufi poet

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