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Sikhism The Socially Involved Renunciate: Guru Nanak's Discourse to the Nath Yogis

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    The Socially Involved Renunciate (SUNY PRESS) is an in-depth analysis and an original English translation of the Siddh Gost, a fundamental philosophical text of the Sikh tradition. The work reflects the distinctive worldview of Sikhism, the only major Indian religion that does not regard asceticism as a legitimate path to liberation.

    Composed by Guru Nanak, a medieval, north Indian saint-poet and venerated founder of the Sikh tradition, the Siddh Gost is a dialogue between Guru Nanak and several Nath yogis who had been pursuing a rigorous path of hath-yoga as renunciates of the material world. Through their dialogue, Guru Nanak teaches the Nath yogis a spiritual path that also includes involvement in the social world and offers a practical way to achieve liberation. In The Socially Involved Renunciate, Kamala Elizabeth Nayar and Jaswinder Singh Sandhu provide background on Sikhism, highlight the ethical teachings expounded in the Siddh Gost, and demonstrate how Guru Nanak reconciles the polarities of the ascetic and householder ideals.

    “The authors venture to examine an interesting and hitherto unexplored area of Sikh study in the English language and deserve critical encouragement for writing an important work in this newly emerging field.” — Pashaura Singh, University of California at Riverside

    Kamala Elizabeth Nayar is Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Kwantlen University College, British Columbia, and author of The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver: Three Generations Amid Tradition, Modernity, and Multiculturalism. Jaswinder Singh Sandhu is a psychotherapist in British Columbia.
     
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    Re: Siddh Gost

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    I read this review a few days ago on Sikhnet. Amazing development! Do you plan to read the book? I would like to read it. If you do, please share your thoughts.
     
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    The Socially Involved Renunciate: Guru Nanak's Discourse to the Nath Yogis
    By Kamala Elizabeth Nayar, Jaswinder Singh Sandhu

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    The Socially Involved Renunciate is an in-depth analysis and an original English translation of the Siddh Gost, a fundamental philosophical text of the Sikh tradition. The work reflects the distinctive worldview of Sikhism, the only major Indian religion that does not regard asceticism as a legitimate path to liberation.

    Composed by Guru Nanak, a medieval, north Indian saint-poet and venerated founder of the Sikh tradition, the Siddh Gost is a dialogue between Guru Nanak and several Nath yogis who had been pursuing a rigorous path of hath-yoga as renunciates of the material world. Through their dialogue, Guru Nanak teaches the Nath yogis a spiritual path that also includes involvement in the social world and offers a practical way to achieve liberation. In The Socially Involved Renunciate, Kamala Elizabeth Nayar and Jaswinder Singh Sandhu provide background on Sikhism, highlight the ethical teachings expounded in the Siddh Gost, and demonstrate how Guru Nanak reconciles the polarities of the ascetic and householder ideals.

    "The authors venture to examine an interesting and hitherto unexplored area of Sikh study in the English language and deserve critical encouragement for writing an important work in this newly emerging field." -- Pashaura Singh, University of California at Riverside
    About the Author
    Kamala Elizabeth Nayar is Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Kwantlen University College, British Columbia, and author of The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver: Three Generations Amid Tradition, Modernity, and Multiculturalism. Jaswinder Singh Sandhu is a psychotherapist in British Columbia.
     
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    Sangat ji

    Two forum members, Admin Aman ji and Leader kds1980 ji, posted reviews of this book, starting two separate threads, on the same day, neither one knowing that other had done so. So the book is causing some excitement. Visit the SPN bookstore and take a look. The discount is amazing.

    The threads have been merged. If you have this book, let us know what you think.
     

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