Cox, L and Robinson, C (2006) 'The living words of the living master: Sants, Sikhs, Sachkhand Nanak Dham and the academy.' Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21 (3). pp. 373-387. ISSN 1469-9419

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This article investigates a new religious movement, Sachkhand Nanak Dham, by comparing it with Sikhism. It argues that Sachkhand Nanak Dham has affinities with both Punjabi popular religiosity and Sikh sectarian movements. Further, it argues that Sachkhand Nanak Dham today is similar to an earlier stage in the development of Sikhism. It provides an account of the life and work of the founder of Sachkhand Nanak Dham, Mahraz Darshan Das Ji, and identifies significant continuities with the life and work of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, suggesting that these continuities may be explained by reference to the Sant tradition. Finally, the article speculates about the future development of Sachkhand Nanak Dham, specifically whether it can avoid the fate of becoming a ‘religion’, according to Mahraz Darshan Das Ji, an institutionalised orthodoxy antithetical to revelatory insight, and in so doing considers the possibility of a new lineage of living Masters.

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Robinson supervised Cox's undergraduate dissertation on Sachkhand Nanak Dham and discussed with her various theoretical frameworks as well as her literature search and other material. These discussions prompted Robinson to undertake further research into the movement, and to develop the analysis of the movement utilising the testimony of members. The final version written by Robinson, sent to Cox for approval, thus builds on the initial research conducted by Cox and supervisory discussions between Cox and Robinson but in its final form contains new material and reflections arising out of Robinson's research.

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