After Macauliffe: the wondrous liberty of Puran Singh
ISASR in association with the Study of Religions, University College Cork
Belonging to the generation after Macauliffe, one of the first Sikhs who sought to spread the message of the Gurus in English was Professor Puran Singh (1881-1931). In his unusual life, he combined the practice of his profession with a passionate search for the expression of all-embracing spiritual realities. This drew him to the poetic interpretation of the message of the Sikh Gurus, in part inspired by his strong identification with the poetry of Walt Whitman, and resulting in a very different approach from Macauliffe's to translating the Sikh scriptures. The paper includes some discussion of the broad context of the complex interweaving of literary and religious trends across different parts of the British empire in the early twentieth century, paying particular attention to parallels between India and Ireland.
Puran Singh , Sikh , Macauliffe , Japan , Swami Rama , Bhai Vir Singh , Forestry
SHACKLE, C. 2017. After Macauliffe: the wondrous liberty of Puran Singh. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, 4(1), 74-89.
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