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date: 20 September 2020

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This article discusses the world view of Gurmat (‘Guru’s doctrine’), emerging from the teachings of the Gurus in the Sikh canonical literature. It focuses on certain key terms and concepts, keeping in mind their original sense and their later historical understanding. It explores the five stages of spiritual development, including the ethical virtues to be cultivated in the actual life of an individual seeker. The essay concludes with the evolution of the doctrine of miri-piri and the institution of the Khalsa.

Keywords: Gurmat, Gurdarsan, Sikh world view, Dharam Khand, Gian Khand, Saram Khand, Karam Khand, Sach Khand, miri-piri, Khalsa

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