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Nanak: An Introduction

Purushottam Nijhaawan (Author)
Synopsis In the 15th century, Indian society was a disturbing picture of rank ritualism, superstition, bigotry and social decay. The birth of Nanak in 1469 in the little village of Talwandi near Lahore, however, came as a miracle. The deteriorating Indian society has now found a redeemer. Nanak grew up in the midst of this orthodox society, more as a victim than as an observer and questioned its merits to the highest source. Intense and spiritually-driven even as a school boy, Nanak emerged as the Guru to lead the existing wayward thought to believe in one God and to embrace a more practical approach to living through his simple philosophy. Hailed as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the mankind, Guru Nanak’s message shook all corners of India and beyond, and resulted in the formation of India’s youngest religion, Sikhism. What is most inspiring about Nanak’s teaching is the timelessness of his philosophy that is as relevant today as it was more than five hundred years ago. This is because of its uncomplicated nature which disentangles the path to a fulfilled life. Nanak’s deep insights on life carry seeds of solution to many issues faced by humanity as a whole. This book is an earnest attempt to celebrate his thoughts. To make this introduction more valuable to its readers, an English rendition of the entire Japuji (the morning prayer of the Sikhs that presents Nanak’s vision of God and his cosmic ideas) along with its original Punjabi text and Devanagari transliteration, has also been added. Nanak with his two life-long companions, Bala Sandhu, the Hindu Jat and Mardana, the Muslim rebec player during all his Udasis that virtually amounted to his World Conquest of the known world of religion at that time. The above is a frieze form the Golden Temple.
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About the author

Purushottam Nijhaawan

Father, Purushottam Nijhaawan, (77) generally introduces himself as a maverick of love, life and literature. He got recognition as a Hindi poet rather quite early in life. At 26-27, some of his early poems found their way into the Panjab University anthologies. Careerwise, he rose to be the Chief Editor of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. As a Family Planning communication expert, he was the first UN Population Year fellow in 1972. The high watermark of his official career was reached when he contributed the keynote address to the 40-day UNESCO workshop - cum - seminar in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in 1973, before a cream of media experts, Indian and foreign. He also edited the JRD Tata's FP speeches and addresses to be distributed at the United Nations headquarters when Mr. Tata received the World Population Award in 1992. In 1975-76, he wrote "Hinduism Redefined." Three of its chapters were published in the Statesman Calcutta even before its publication. After its publication, the Illustrated Weekly of India reproduced its opeing chapter, the editor Kumud Khanna describing the book as "A seminal work on Hinduism." Others who lauded this work, Included: Nani A. Palkhiwala, Dr. P.N. Kirpal, Girilal Jain, Dr. Daya Krishna, Dr. Amrik Singh, to name a few. He has a deep and abiding interest in the civilizational issues of the age and finds Hinduism as uniquely answering the future needs of mankind.

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Title Nanak: An Introduction
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.06.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187111674
length 130p.