Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth

Translated by Nirmal Dass
Introduction by Nirmal Dass

Subjects: Asian Studies
Paperback : 9780791446843, 318 pages, October 2000
Hardcover : 9780791446836, 318 pages, October 2000

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Songs of the Saints From the Adi Granth


Ravi Dass









Sur Dass

Sheikh Bhikhan


Sheikh Farid

The Slokas of Sheikh Farid

Notes to the Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth



An accessible translation of the songs of the saints from the Adi Granth, the Sikh holy book.


This complete and accessible translation of the songs of the saints from the Sikh holy book, the Adi Granth, provides access to the hymns written by Hindu and Muslim devotional writers of north India, who flourished from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries.

The songs of the saints hold a unique position in Sikhism in that they provide the faith with a prehistory that reaches back to the dawn of north Indian Bhakti and Sant traditions. These works provided a ground upon which Sikh gurus laid the foundations of their faith.

The songs also mark the earliest beginnings of Hindi literature. Although the literary output of these saints comes down to us in various stages of corruption, the works which appeared in the Adi Granth are unchanged since their inclusion in that work in the early 1600s.

Nirmal Dass is an independent scholar and researcher. He is the author of The Avowing of King Arthur: A Modern Verse Translation, Rebuilding Babel: The Translations of W. H. Auden, and Songs of the Kabir from the Adi Granth, also published by SUNY Press.


"This book is important for many fields: It is not only vital for understanding Sikhism, but also crucial for the study of the saints (sants). It is thus significant for understanding the early development of Hindi literature, which began with the sants, and the study of north Indian religion, in which the sants figure prominently. " — Daniel Gold, Cornell University