2008- NANAKIAN PHILOSOPHY- Basics for Humanity


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Devinder Singh Chahal

Professor Dr Devinder Singh Chahal obtained his MSc from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India in 1955 and PhD (Microbiology) from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois, USA in 1966. On his return to India he established a new Department of Microbiology at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He left this institute in 1974 and worked as a Visiting Scientist at the prestigious institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts as a Fulbright Fellow, a prestigious award, for one year.

In 1975 Professor Chahal came to Canada as an immigrant. After serving at the University of Waterloo, Ontario and the Institut Armand-Frappier, Universite du Québec, Laval, Québec, he retired on October 1, 1996 from the position of Professor of Applied Microbiology. During his professional life he has written a couple of scientific books and many chapters in various scientific books and many research articles in scientific journals of the world. He has presented his research work in many international conferences held in various parts of the world. During his scientific professional life he has developed a few processes to produce valuable chemicals from waste biomass. He has five patents on these processes in Canada, USA and India.

During his professional life he has also been writing articles on scientific and logical interpretation of Gurbani and representation of Sikhism in various journals of the world and in many multi-authored books. He has also written a few critical analyses of some works on Sikhism and Gurbani. He is continuing this service through the Institute for Understanding Sikhism as President. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Understanding Sikhism: The Research Journal, which is published twice a year.

Professor Chahal has written the following chapters:

  1. Chahal, D S. 2004. Sikh Perspectives on Bioethics. In John F Peppin, Mark J Cherry, and Ana Iltis (Editors), Annals of Bioethics, Volume 2: Religious Perspectives. Taylor l> & Francis, The Netherlands, Leiden, London and New York ISBN 90 265-1967 2 (This is of its own kind, which has not been discussed before in Sikh literature)
  2. Chahal, D.S. 2005. Regler un disaccord par la discussion amicable. Page 148. Reported by Catherine Sagues. In: Hors serie no18: L’ethique et les affaires. Entreprendre. Magazine Entreprendre, 1600 boul.Saint-Martin Est, Tour A Bureau 660, Laval, Québec, Canada H7G 4R8.
  3. Chahal, D. S. 2002. Sikhism – A Philosophy without Myth. In: THE SEA OF FAITH, UK, Ed. Reverend Paul Overend.
  4. Chahal, D. S. 2001. Sikhism: Its Scientific & Logical Connotation. pp 66-93. In: Kapur, Prithipal Singh and Singh, Dharam (Eds.). Perspective on Sikhism. Eds. Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Patiala.

  1. JAP: The Essence of Nanakian Philosophy.
  2. SABD GURU TO GRANTH GURUE: An In-depth Study.
  3. Some Salient Principles of Sikhism (a Booklet)
  4. Nanakian Philosophy: Basics for Humanity.

All these books were published by the Institute for Understanding Sikhism and are distributed by Singh Brothers, Amritsar.

Besides 13 DVDs about 45 minutes each on ‘Discussion on Sikhism’ have been prepared in collaboration with Jafry Communications, Toronto and the Sikh Virsa TV Program at OMNI 2, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some major topics on Sikhism have been discussed in detail in this series of DVDs.