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date: 19 January 2021

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This article discusses the treatment of Bhai Gurdas’s life and works in Sikh Studies up to this point, and opens new lines of inquiry into these classic texts. In particular, some of his compositions reflect the difficulties faced by the Sikh community during the reign of Guru Hargobind in the early decades of the seventeenth century. By helping early Sikhs through these tumultuous times, Bhai Gurdas articulated the ideals of Sikh life for centuries to come.

Keywords: Bhai Gurdas, var, kabitt, Guru Hargobind, Mughals, Sikhi, minas, Gur-sikhs, Braj Bhasha

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