December Book – Spirit Born People

17 Dec

spirit-born-people This month, we are reading the book, Spirit Born People, written by Prof. Puran Singh.

Here are links to some articles on the net that provide some information about the book and the author.

About the Book:

1) Book Review by Laurie Bolger (source:

2) Some notes about the book (put together by Sarbjeet from our 2nd meeting of the book club)

[For those who are planning to buy the book, you may want to check its availability and pricing at (they usually have this book and carry it at the lowest prices that I have come across. For example, this book is priced at $3.00 on sachasauda whereas it is around $18.00 on several other book-selling websites. No, I am not in any way associated with this organization.]


Also, Prof. Puran Singh seems to have led quite an interesting life: his encounter with Buddhism in Japan, with the American poet, Walt Whitman, with Swami Ram Tirth, with Bhai Vir Singh, his training as a scientist and his prolific writing on Sikhism. Wow! A lot going on there.

About the Author:

1) Puran Singh: A Complete Man (source: World Sikh News)

2) Prof. Puran Singh (source: SikhiWiki. Also has the historic letter that he wrote to Sir John Simon in 1928]

3) Life and Works of Prof. Puran Singh (paper written by H.S. Virk and published in Indian Journal of History of Science. For those interested to learn more about his endeavors in science.)

Some Other Works by Prof. Puran Singh:

1) The Ten Masters (Read online, source:

2) Sisters of the Spinning Wheel (Download in pdf format, source   Thanks, Arun)

3) Spirit of the Sikhs (part 1) (Download in pdf format, source:

4) The Sikh Nation (Download in pdf format, source: Sikh Religious Society)

5) Anecdotes from Sikh History (Download in pdf format, source   Thanks, Arun)

9 Responses to “December Book – Spirit Born People”

  1. Arun Kapania January 3, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    Here are online links to two of Prof Puran Singh’s books:
    1. The sisters of the spinning wheel, and other Sikh poems (1921)

    Click to access sistersofspinnin00singiala.pdf

    2. Anecodtes from Sikh History

    Click to access anecdotessikh00singuoft.pdf

  2. Sarbjeet January 3, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    Many thanks for providing the links to Puran Singh’s books. If I may ask, have you read any of these books? What do you think of them?

  3. Arun Kapania January 22, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    I have not yet read these two books. I am however currently reading another one by him – The Story of Swami Rama.
    This book primarily covers all his period of close association with Swami Rama Tirath.

  4. harbir kaur March 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    hi sarabjeet
    nice to know about ur inclination on prof. sahab.
    im doing my ph.d on prof puran singh ji’s “spirit of oriental poetry”.can u help me by providing sum links about his write ups in “thundering dawn”,if u can.

  5. Sarbjeet March 5, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Hi Harbir,
    Presently, I do not have the links you have asked for, but given our interest in Prof. Puran Singh’s writings, we may soon have more information with us. If you leave your email address with us (using the contact us form), we will keep in touch with you on this. Last week, while in India, I had been to Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and the bookshop by Jeevan Singh Chattar Singh. They had quite some books by Puran Singhji.

    PhD on Prof. Puran Singh’s “spirit of oriental poetry”. Wow! Thats awesome. Would you send us some links or list of readings that you found interesting?

    Gur Fateh

    Sarbjeet Singh

  6. Harkinder Singh May 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    The Spirit Born People is one book that pierced through my heart when I was 20 years old. I bought it from Patiala Bhasha Vibhag for Rupees 3 only in 1974. This book brings true spirit of the Sikh way of life closer to the reader. Reading this book is a spiritual experience in itself. If one reads Gurbani often then the book even affects the heart even more. I loved this book and gave it as a present to many people thereafter. It is my opinion that each Sikh should read this book at some tine after their teens. It is a blessing and grace of the Guru that such beautiful treasure exists for us to cherish. I think it is only in Hukam of Waheguruji that we could come across such a powerful treatise on soul and its relationship with mistery of life.

    Harkinder Singh, Canada

  7. Gagandeep Singh January 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    i have read “chup preet da shansah byopari” & “khulle aasmani rang” these two books are soul toching but sorry i dont have their pdf format or any digital print. i wana to find his book “abchali jot” if anybody knows the link where i can find this book then plz tell me. i will be very thankful…

  8. gurparkash singh April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    can anybody tell me about Prof. Puran Singh ebook Parkasna.
    basically i am interested in all ebooks of Prof. Puran Singh


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