Sri Asht Guru Chamatkar Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 - Stories of Guru Angad, Guru Amar Das, and Guru Ram Das
By Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh; Translated by M.L. Mongia
Large book - 7 x10 with 355 pages
This is an English translation of a small portion of Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh's classic text, translated, retold, and interpreted by him from Kavi Santokh Singh's epic Sri Gur Partap Suraj Granth. Bhai Vir Singh Ji was a saint and an excellent writer. His writings are deeply soaked with love for Guru Sahib and he is honourably known as the 'Sixth river of Punjab.' His narration of history is so vivid, it takes the reader right back to the time of story and makes one feel like a real spectator of that event. Most of the Sikh panth knows that Bhai Vir Singh Ji wrote the 'Guru Nanak Chamatkar' and 'Kalgidhar Chamatkar' but it's lesser known that Bhai Vir Singh Ji also wrote beautiful accounts of life of other 8 Guru Sahibs in 3 volumes collectively called Ast Guru Chamatkar. This book contains the English translation of Vol.1 and 2 of the original.
The entire Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth was written in 1844 by Kavi Chooramani Bhai Santokh Singh. This extensive history of Sikhism covers the entire period of Guru Nanak through Banda Singh Bahadur in chronological order. This enormous work contains 51,829 couplets in 14 volumes. He wrote in the archaic text of Braj Bhasha, making it difficult for the common man to read. These retold stories of Bhai Bir Singh are a real treasure.
The writings of Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh are an amazing treasure. He not only portrays Sikh history faithfully, he infuses it with life and spirit as if he witnessed it first hand. Bhai Vir Singh Ji is one of the most revered authors of Sikh spiritual literature. Reading this incredible book, you'll quickly see why.