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Sikh History The Life and Times of Guru Amardas

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Published on Apr 19, 2013

First appeared on: http://sikhhistory.haraman.org/sikh-h...

Artwork: An aerial view of the Gurudwara Goindwal Sahib in Punjab, India

In this episode, we will talk about the third Sikh Guru, Guru Amardas and his role in consolidating the legacy of Guru Nanak and Guru Angad -- and in furthering institutions that gave the Sikh religion a firm and solid foundation.

Guru Amardas was able to take up a whole gamut of important issues and on each one defined the Sikh position with clarity and precision -- these issues included

1. Understanding life and death,

2. The importance of kirtan and sangat,

3. The promotion of equlity through langar,

4. Rejecting oppression against women,

and 5. The establishment of manjis or Sikh centers of learning to spread the word of Guru Nanak and Guru Angad.

Finally, an everlasting legacy of Guru Amardas that we cherish today is the getting together of Sikhs from all walks of life and all parts of the world on the occasion of Vaisakhi. He also accomplished the monumental task of compiling all the Sikh scriptures and composed hymns to enhance it. We can clearly say that Guru Amardas took the fullest possible advantage of his opportunities and made a rich and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Sikhism.

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