Giani Sant Singh's Ramcharitmanas Commentary

In the early 1820s, the head Granthi of Sri Harimandar Sahib, Amritsar, composed a commentary on the 17th century Ramcharitmanas [Lake of the Deeds of Rama] by Tulsidas, which was hailed to be "in a class by itself".
According Giani Sant Singh, Hanuman appeared to him in a dream and ordered him to write the commentary, he replied saying he was not capable. Hanuman insisted him to recite the Manas 108 times, and from this the knowledge and bhav [feeling] of the text would appear to him.
This is why the name of the text is called Bhav Prakash [The Splendor of Feeling]. He begins his commentary in praise of Ganesha, Saraswati and then the Ten Sikh Gurus.

Giani Sant Singh was in his 50s when he finished this commentary and would pass away at the age of 64.
In 'Manas Ke Prachin Tikakar' (Old Commentaries of the Ramcharitmanas), Sharan writes about the text saying, "In the presentation of interpretations and in the resolution of doubts, this commentary is in a class by itself; no one else's influence is to be found here." (page 917).
Giani Sant Singh was not only a scholar of Persian but Sanskrit, Braj, Avadhi and Punjabi - he taught the Great Poet Santokh Singh for close to ten years. I touched on Giani Sant Singh in my talk to @UKPHA earlier this summer (link below)

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