General Bhai Nand Lal Ji's Rahitnama

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May 11, 2010
Ancient Greece
Rahitnama by Bhai Nand Lal Ji is a clear contrast from his other creations like Zindaginama or Ganjnama which are more metaphysical in character. It is also interesting because it is composed in the form of conversation between Guru Sahib and Bhai Nandlal, with Guru Sahib apparently instructing the Sikh on the conduction of his life.

As far as the query on Banis goes, I don't think Bhai Nand Lal intended on standardising the Rehat Maryada through this Rahitnama. I feel it is lays more emphasis on that the Sikhs should make Banis, Gurdwaras etc a part of their life rather than laying out the manner in which they do so. We do not know even if Bhai Nand Lal himself called this creation as the Rahitnama or this name was attributed later.

Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
Japji Sahib..the Premier Composition at the Beginning of SGGS..has been compulsory "reading" since the time of Guru Nanak Ji...Sikh History tells us that it was the recitation of Japji by Bibi Amro Ji, daughter of Bhai Lehnna Ji (Guru Angad Sahib Ji) that led her father-in-Law Bhai Amardass JI (Guru Amardass Ji) to Guru Jis DOOR...and later on become the THIRD GURU !!

(Btw in this Relationship - Bhai Amardass Ji was not only ELDER in age, he was also HIGHER in status as he was the Father of BibI Amro's husband while the GURU, Guru Angad Ji was Younger in age and "lower" in status as the father of the Bride !! BUT the two NEVER went into these highs/lows and nitty grittys and thus attained the same relationship Bhai lehhna Ji had with GURU NANAK JI !! This is a sign of TRUE Guru-Sikh Relationship as was between the first 3 Gurus rather than blood and social relationships which normal people pay much more attention to !!).

Anyway, the JAPJI being the PREMIER BANI has always ahd PRIME TIME importance in Sikhi/Gurmatt and REHRASS is also mentioned as a DAILY AFFAIR by Bhai Gurdass Ji about the Life of GURU NANAK JI and subsequnet it is CLEAR what NITNEM was followed and this NITNEM is CODIFIED by being inserted in the Beginning 13 Pages of SGGS - Selection of Shabads and TITLES - Jap and Rehrass given by GURU ARJUN JI.( This SELECTION is important because the SAME Shabads occur in their Rightful places in the various Raags later on in SGGS- so there is a METHOD to this and a REASON as to WHY the Selected Shabads are put in a Prime place and given titles. Its meant for us to concentrate on these 13 pages on a daily basis if this is the MINIMUM we can do. Thus its no surprise that even Bhai Nand Lal Ji in conversations with GURU GOBIND SINGH Ji stresses the PRIME IMPORTANCE Jap holds in a Sikhs Daily Life.
With such Clarity and method and reason given to us by the GURU in WRITING..we Sikhs still have a tendency to neglect this and go looking OUTSIDE for our own MANMATT.


May 9, 2006
How seriously does the sangat here take Bhai Nand Lal Ji's instructions from Guru Gobind Singh Ji? Why aren't more of what Bhai Ji has written, included in the SGPC Rehat Maryada?

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