|"The Charitropakhyan compilation of Dasam Granth was completed on Sunday, the 8th day of the month of Bhadon, in 1753 Bikrami Sammat (August 24, A.D.1696), on the bank of the river Satluj." |
(Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji, Charitropakhyan 404)
(Hand written script of Sri Dasam Granth Sahib Ji, at Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.)
Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru, is credited with shaping Sikh dharam and turning timid and oppressed people into brave opponents of tyranny. Nevertheless, his writings have not been fully accepted by Sikhs, for they do not fit into a rigid interpretation of Sikh religion. From 1892 to 1897, eminent scholars assembled at Akal Takht, Amritsar, to study the various printed Dasam Granths and prepare the authoritative version. In this process, they determined that the Dasam Granth is entirely the work of Guru Gobind Singh. Again in 1931, the Darbar Sahib Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee proclaimed the same and published a book to this effect. Nevertheless, the controversy and reluctance to fully accept Dasam Granth lingered. Therefore, scholars appealed to His Holiness Baba Virsa Singh, a highly revered spiritual teacher of Sikh background, to gather scholars to clarify the doubts about Dasam Granth. A seminar was held on January 3rd and 4th, 1999, at the Gobind Sadan Institute in New Delhi, India.
On February 20th, 2000, at Gobind Sadan, His Holiness Baba Virsa Singh released the first complete Punjabi translation of the writings of Guru Gobind Singh, plus other scholarly works about the life and teachings of Guru Gobind Singh.
History of Shabad Murat (Dasam Granth)
(SGPC book by Randhir Singh ji)