QUESTION: I've read the following nine granths are studied at Taksals/Gurmat Schools in order to get a better understanding on GurbaNee.
I have never heard of these before, what are they overall about and do they come from Vedantas.
Chanaka Raajneeti, Sarkutavali, Bhavrasamrit, Vichar Mala, Vairag Shatak, Parbodh Chandar Natak, Adhiatam Parkash, Birti Parbhakar, Vichar Sagar
From my understanding, I thought to understand BaNee better first you must read and learn Bhai Gurdass jees Vaars/Kabits which hold the key to GurbaNee.Then other texts to understand Mythology in BaNee.
Bh Kulbir Singh, Bh Bilja Singh, Bh MB Singh any help?
ANSWER:1. As far as understanding Gurbani is concerned, the greatest aid is to do Paath of Gurbani, again and again. The more Paath we do, the better understanding we get. Gurbani has Paaras Kala. This Paaras Kala not only acts as a detergent that cleanes the self but also enables the reader to get Gurmat Gyaan. Gurbani is Guru and by this virtue, it gives the required understanding to its Sikh - the reader.
2. The Arth Vichaar of Gurbani is attained from the Sangat of Gurmukhs. Gurmukhs arrange for Gurbani Santhiya and at that time, Arth Vichaar too is done of Gurbani which provides the required Gurbani Gyaan to the seeker.
3. The Gurbani Vichaar presented in the books on Gurbani, written by Gurmukhs is indispensible. The foremost of these books or literature is the Baani of Bhai Gurdaas jee. After Bhai Gurdaas jee, many other books and literature written by Gurmukhs should be studied including the Rehitnaamas, books by Bhai Nandlal jee, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee Bhai Vir Singh jee etc.
4. The 9 books mentioned in this thread are good to read and understand but these books are not a pre-requisite to understand Gurbani. Most of these books e.g. Vairag Shatak, Saruktavali, Probodh Chandr etc. are definitely books of Advaita Vedanta. Others too are mostly related to Advaita. Chanakya's Rajneeti is more inclined towards Vaishnav matt as the author was a Vaishnav Bhagat. It's an interesting read but again to say that reading it would enhance one's Gurbani understanding, is fetching it too far.