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Bhagat Bāṇī
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Generally speaking, the term bāṇī (speech) designates the inspired utterances of the gurūs and bhagats recorded in the Sikh scripture, the Gurū Granth. Strictly speaking, the key word gurbāṇī (the word of the gurū) refers only to the gurūs’ works recorded in the Sikh scriptures. A distinctive feature of the Gurū Granth is that it contains the bhagat bāṇī, the utt…

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Pashaura Singh, “Bhagat Bāṇī”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170712

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