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Book Details


The Sikh Religion
Its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors
Max Arthur Macauliffe
Bibliography : cviii, 2408pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8175364572
HB ISBN (13) : 9788175364578





About the Book:

A portion of the Guru Granth Sahib was translated some years since by a German missionary at the expense and under the auspices of the India office, but his work was highly inaccurate and unidiomatic, and furthermore gave mortal offence to the Sikhs by the Odium theologicum introduced into it. Whenever he saw an opportunity of defaming the Gurus, the sacred book, and the religion of the Sikhs, the German missionary eagerly availed himself of it.<-p>

One of the main objects of the work is to endeavour to make some reparation to the Sikhs for the insults which the German missionary offered to the Sikh Gurus and the religion of the Sikhs.<-p>

All persons of discrimination acquainted with the Sikhs set a high value on them, but it appears a knowledge throughout the world of the excellence of their religion would enhance even the present regard with which they are entertained, and that thus this work would be at least of political advantage to them.<-p>

In the second place, there is now a large number of Sikhs who understand the English language, but who have no time for the study of compositions of the Gurus, it would be useful to them, if only from a linguistic point of view, to read a translation in the very simple English in which it is written.<-p>

In the third place, the old gyanis or professional interpreters of the Granth Sahib are dying out, and probably in another generation or two their sacred books will, due to their enormous difficulty, be practically unintelligible even to otherwise educated Sikhs.<-p>

In the fourth place, the vernacular itself is rapidly altering and diverging more and more from the general language of the Granth Sahib. It appears, therefore, that it would on every account be well to fix the translation of the many exceedingly difficult passages scattered broadcast through the Sikh sacred writings.<-p>

In the fifth place, there are local legends, now rife which have been gathered, otherwise they would pass into oblivion in a comparative short period of time.<-p>

This being essentially a work on the Sikh religion, the book has commenced with Guru Nanak. But if the reader desires to follow the historical development of the Sikh reformation, he had better to begin with the Sixth Volume.<-p>

This work probably the intention of Guru Arjan himself. It is believed that a work of this nature cannot be accomplished again.<-p>

Sikh Religion, by Max Arthur Macauliffe

 

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