Am analysis of the Adi-granth of the Sikhs compiled in 1604 in no way suggests a lack of respect for the sacredness of the scripture. Human hands and memories were needed to give a form to the divine inspiration which started with Guru Nanak early in the 16th century. It was the genius of a human medium that put that inspiration in writings. It was not only an inspiration of a moment or of a few months but of several centuries as is testified to by the numerous hymns of Bhagats prior or contemporary to Guru Nanak.
Winand M. Callewaert Ph.d., D.Lit. (born 1943) is research director of Indian studies a the department of oriental studies, Leuven Belgium. He has been studying and working in India since 1965 holding degrees in Hindi, Sanskrit and philosophy from Ranchi, Benares (hindi) and Leuven (Belgium). He has published five books in Dutch and ten in english mainly on Bhakti literature (Rajab, DAdu, Namdev, Raidas).