Conclusion. All the aspects of the Pothee that came to the mind of the writer of these lines for consideration have been attempted for settlement. There are many other aspects also but as I have already submitted the main motive before me has been to find out the quantity of the contribution of the Pothee to the preparation of the Aad beed. So, I have thought of only those aspects which can be helpful in the settlement of the above problem in one way or the other. Therefore, for important aspects which have unconsciously escaped the range of my consideration, I beg pardon from my scholarly readers, on the promise that if the the death continues to allow me a new lease of life and I continue to receive suggestions regarding new aspects from my friends, I will try to settle those aspects also with full attention.
When my belief was confirmed from the Pothee that the versification by Gulaam/ Sada Sewak with the label of Naanik was as old as the Pothee itself, I felt sure that the Pothee could not be a contributor to the preparation of the Aad Beed. At that time the above proof alone seemed forceful enough to violate the deep-rooted faith in my Sikh mind that the Pothee was a source of the Aad Beed. But now when I have fully gone through the Pothee in the light of Sree Guru Granth Sahib the situation has changed. Now if some professional, specialized detective of interpolations in the old documents rejects my important proof regarding Gulaam/Sada Sewak calling the entries to be later interpolation, my faith in the conclusions derived so far, will not stagger. This is not on account of my illogical obstinacy but because denial of the acceptability of evidence in my favour by the differences of the text, authors, raag-titles etc. between Pothee and Sree Guru Granth Sahib can create a moral crisis for any specialist of comparison.
I am conscious that the deep study of the Pothee has made me openly reject the universally-accepted presumptions of numberless great historians and scholars. Out of these I am reminded of the whole band of Sarup Daas Bhalla, Bhai Santokh Singh, Bhai Kahan Singh. Bhai Veer Singh, Sardar G.B. Singh, Professor Teja Singh, Baba Prem Singh, Dr. Mohan Singh Deewana, Gyani Gyan Singh and Gyani Gurdit Singh who enjoy astounding prestige and universal acceptance of the entire Panth and who are unanimous in favour of the principle of evolution, from the Pothee to the Aad Beed from the Aad Beed to Sree Guru Granth Sahib. In comparison with this very respectable group, I am trying, with the Pothee in my hand, to strike a different note. I am saying, “ O you great ocean of scholarship! O you specialists of philosophy and history of the Gurus! O you scholars loving the Panth and blessed by it! Whatever you are saying must be correct verbatim, but kindly do take the trouble of listening, for a moment, to what the Pothee itself says. I consider myself fortunate in touching your feet; kindly do not listen, at all, to what I say. But kindly do spare some moments of your valuable time to listen to what the Pothee says.”
I have not tried to suppress, deform, twist or amend and misrepresent any fact in order to arrive at the conclusion which I have been able to reach. Nor have I used any force to drag those facts to give evidence in my favour. Before I started this work I had not at all made up my mind that Sree Guru Granth Sahib should be declared immune to the infections of the Pothee. But as my work progressed the Pothee went on dragging me forcibly towards the conclusion that “I have an independent existence which is different from the Aad Beed. I may be very humble because I am nothing as compared to Sree Guru Granth Sahib. But we are two different way-farers trudging two different paths. Why are you struggling to defile the sacredness of the Aad Beed as well as trampling my existence?”
After completing my task I can very humbly say that I have not deliberately used a single word to devalue the importance of the Pothee or to damage the sacredness and greatness of the Aad Beed. But at the same time I have made every effort to save the wholesomeness of the academic integrity. If I were to use the Sikh idiom to have my say I would state that whatever job I have been able to do has been got done in entirety by the Guru himself and that my name has been given so that I may take the responsibility of all errors and deficiencies of the book.
First Addendum: The figures
Indicating the pages.
Note: In the original Pothee, neither the figures at the top nor those given in the corners move continuously. Therefore, I have put from my own side new Roman figures below the lower margin of the pages of Pothee in the middle of the pages. In the Pothee, wherever I have felt the need. I have referred to these new figures and wherever I have found necessary to refer to old figures I have given a clear indication to that effect.
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