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Sikhism RLST 005 Introduction to Asian Religions 27 October 2010
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NW India (Punjab): 15 th century CE 500 years of Muslim rule Mughal Empire o Sunni Islam o Sufi (Mystics) Hindu population o Bhakti traditions This map shows 18 th century India, Greater Punjab is nearly equal to the “Sikh States” shown
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The Sant Movement Combined various practices: Bhakti – Love of God Nath Yogis– Links human with universe Sufism-- Links human w/ God Emphasized: Individual devotion to God as “true Teacher” Rejection of social distinctions & formal ritual Expressed through poetry in common dialects Kabir “The Hindu resorts to the temple, and the Muslim to the mosque, but Kabir goes to the place where both are unknown” “My name is Kabir; all the world knows this. In the three worlds is my name, and happiness is my abode. Water, air, the seasons, thus I created the world. The unstruck wave thunders in the heaven and Soham keeps time. I made manifest the seed of Brahma… Kabir’s saints alone can find it. By the Vedas and the Book *Qur’an+ none will reach the shore. So deep is the mysterious knowledge. Hear, O Sikander: I am a pir of both religions.” ( Bijak of Kabir )
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1469-1539 "There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now." (Japji) Disappearance & Darshan Commissioned by God to spread his teachings “There is no Hindu, there is no Muslim”
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