Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

6. ‘Seeing’ my Beloved: Darśan and the Sikhi Perspective

Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

Opinderjit Kaur Takhar [+-]
University of Wolverhampton
Opinderjit Kaur Takhar is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Her work on Punjabi Dalits and identity formation has been published in a number of books. She is undertaking further research into the current activities towards distinct identity amongst the Ravidassia community and the implications of the installation of Amritbani Guru Ravidass in replace of the Guru Granth Sahib in Ravidassia places of worship. Her publication Sikh Identity: An exploration of Groups among Sikhs (Ashgate 2005) is used as a key text in many university courses on Sikhism. Takhar’s research is on-going in terms of caste issues and gender dynamics and religious identity amongst Punjabis, and Sikhs specifically.

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This chapter focuses on the concept of darśan from a Sikh perspective by analysing teachings from the Guru Granth Sahib on the subject of ‘seeing’ the Divine. Sikhi (Sikh teachings) emphasises the Ultimate Divine as formless and experienced through the senses. Indeed, Sikhi refers to this experience as blissful union with one’s Beloved.

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Takhar, Opinderjit. 6. ‘Seeing’ my Beloved: Darśan and the Sikhi Perspective. Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 131-146 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794159. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34243. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34243. Sep 2018

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