Suraj Prakash lit. This, states Pashaura Singh, may have been the result of the traditional Sikh schools in Amritsar of 18th— and 19th—century which included Vedanta as a standard part of the Sikh learning. According to W. McLeod — a historian and Sikhism scholar, the Suraj Prakash contains "somewhat higher proportion" of Sikh history, but it is mostly ahistorical mythology and untrustworthy source of Sikh history.
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At the age of eleven his father sent him to Amritsar to be tutored by Giani Sant Singh, who was at the time in-charge of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Under the guidance of Giani Ji, Santokh Singh gained immense knowledge of the Sikh scriptures, history and spirituality. His diligence in studying prompted him to go to Benaras in At the time Kashi Benaras was the centre of education. His astute mind and immense knowledge had the Pundits of Kashi completely enchanted.
After gaining considerable knowledge in various subjects, he returned to Punjab. A very rare pose of Bhai Sahib — during his days at the State. Bhai Sahib engrossed in his meditation From , Kavi Ji started the mammoth task of writing. Simultaneously he was invited by Maharaja Karam Singh to come to Patiala, where Kavi Ji was given all the due honour and was allocated a home and a regular pay packet for the enhancement of his researches.
In , the Raja Saheb Bhai Uday Singh of Kaithal, summoned Kavi Ji over to him and proclaimed him as Royal Poet and conferred on him all the conveniences that were required for an accomplished writer. The writer later translated the Upanishads and the Vedant Shastras, which took nearly a year to complete. Gur Partap Suraj Granth. An interesting event occurred when he had finished writing about the nine Gurus. He was unable to proceed further regarding the tenth Guru. Even after considerable research some of the anecdotes and stories of the tenth Guru could not be confirmed.
Eventually Kavi Ji went into a deep meditation and prayed to the Guru for divine help. This divine help came in the form of a Sikh, who came to visit him and stayed at his residence. The next morning the Sikh was not found anywhere but a bag was left behind, which when opened contained all the material required by Kavi Ji for the completion of the Granth.
When he was told to look for another benefactor, Kavi Ji replied,. His belief in Satguru and his supplications again transformed into a vision of his Satguru and Guru Ji enlightened him — to keep on writing and God will be with him all the time.
Undoubtedly this tremendous task was finished with the grace of God in After this work he completed another five small books.
He took his life work of Suraj Parkash and Nanak Parkash, to the Akaal Takht and had an Ardassia do an ardaas, thanking the Guru for the divine assistance given to him for the completion of these Granths. That very year he died after presenting his extraordinary accomplishments to the Darbar Sahib and the entire Sikh panorama.
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Brief History of Bhai Santokh Singh Ji
Bhai Santokh Singh's monumental work in Braj verse portraying in comprehensive detail the lives of the Ten Gurus of the Sikh faith and the career of Banda Singh Bahadur. Its language is Braj Bhasa which was the literary Hindi of that time though its script is Gurmukhi. Notwithstanding certain drawbacks which scholars with training in modern historiography may point out, it remains the most valuable source book on Sikh history of the period of the Gurus and, indeed, on the very roots of the entire Sikh tradition. For the massive flow of its poetry, the vast range of its figures and images and for the abundance of detail, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, Suraj Prakash in shorter, popular form, is worthy to rank with the classics in this genre. The title of the main work carries a symbolic meaning summed up in the cosmic metaphor of suraj, i.
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