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2018

Table of Contents and Abstracts
January - December 2018, Vol. 20, No. 1

EDITORIAL

THE YEAR 2018 IS DEDICATED TO
GURU NANAK
ON THE EVE OF HIS 550TH BIRTHDAY

Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD

Guru Nanak (1469-1539) founded "SIKHI" which has been defined as "enlightening philosophy" in his bani. With the passing of time his Sikhi became a very well organized religion, Sikhism. In addition to that the word "SIKH" as defined by him in his bani means "the one who researches/discovers the enlightening philosophy and practices it." Steadily this "Sikh" of Guru Nanak was bound to perform and observe certain rituals by the Sikh Gurus, who succeeded to the "House of Nanak"...
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ARTICLES

WHERE DOES SIKHI STAND
550 YEARS AFTER GURU NANAK?

Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD

ABSTRACT
This article briefly discusses what Sikhi is, who is a Sikh, and how Sikhi became a ritualistic religion. It also discusses that "Sabd Guru" became "Granth Guru" with the passing of time. Interpolating and misconstruing the logo of the Khanda and some phrases of Guru Nanak are also discussed. It exposes that many Sikh and non-Sikh scholars have failed to understand Sikhi in its real perspective, indicating Sikhi has lost its originality. Thereafter, causes of misinterpretation of bani and misrepresentation of Sikhi are discussed. Some Sikhs have forgotten to give credit for preserving the Earth and Environment to Guru Nanak. Finally, there are some suggestions to Sikh scholars to present Sikhi in its real perspective during the celebration of the 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak in the year 2019. The Institute for Understanding Sikhism is also holding an International Conference to find out if the real Sikhi founded by Guru Nanak about 550 years ago could be re-discovered in its real perspective...
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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY
A Dedication to Guru Nanak
on his 550th Birthday

Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD

ABSTRACT
This paper discusses that "Earth Day" was proposed by John McConnell in 1969 to save the Earth and environment after exactly 500 years of Guru Nanak. Since 2009, Earth Day has been celebrated as "International Mother Earth Day" on April 22. It also discusses Guru Nanak’s (1469-1539) contributions about the importance of air, water and Mother Earth for sustaining life on this Earth...
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BOOK REVIEW

PUNJABI LANGUAGE IS 5,500 YEARS OLD
First Edition 2017
Dr Jaspal Singh Mayell
Publishers: Mayell Publishers, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Distributors: Singh Brothers, Amritsar
ISBN: 0-9777907-1-4

Reviewed by: Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD

Many International Punjabi Conferences have been held in Canada, India, Pakistan, UK, and USA which were attended by experts of Punjabi spoke about Punjabi and recited poems some were honored for writing books and novels in Punjabi, nevertheless, nothing have been talked about to discover the origin of Punjabi Language. I have not come across any systematic study and research on the origin of Punjabi language. It was Chahal [1, 2] in 2016 who did some preliminary research about the origin of Punjabi language and about the language of the Holy Scriptures (Aad Guru Granth Sahib) of the Sikhs...
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