Pyare jio, Many of us come together to celebrate the occasion of vaisakhi, but what actually happened on this Glorious day. The message of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had been culminated by Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji to create the ideal human being, A Khalsa, The Legion of the Pure. A human […]
Pyare jio, Many of us come together to celebrate the occasion of vaisakhi, but what actually happened on this Glorious day. The message of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had been culminated by Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji to create the ideal human being, A Khalsa, The Legion of the Pure. A human who lives free from lust, anger, attachment, greed and ego. One who dedicates their existence to serving humanity, and spreading the message of God.
Many people have commented on the events of that day. However below is the version which “Abu-ul-Turani” has narrated in his book or memoirs presumed to be held in the archives of the Aligarh University. It is a record of accounts that are supposedly eye-witnessed by “Abu-ul-Turani”, who was under the employment of Emperor Aurangzeb. The Emperor had instructed him to keep a watchful eye on Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, and act as the Emperor’s informer to keep him informed of all the activities and movements of Guru Sahib.
“The day Guru Gobind Singh prepared the nectar at Anandpur, the congregation was estimated to around thirty five to forty thousand sikhs who had come from far and wide. I had seen the grandeur of the Mughal Darbars but this Guru’s Darbar had a charm of its own – simply majestic and beyond comparison.
The Guru came on the stage and after drawing his sword demanded a head from the Sangat present. This awesome call from the Guru sent a shiver to spines of the sikhs present in the congregation. Amidst all this a brave person emerged from the crowd and with his clasped hands humbly presented himself to the Guru. The Guru, with one stroke if his sword, beheaded the sikh in front of all the stunned ‘sangat’, and again asked for another ‘head’. Another person who came on the stage was similarly beheaded. The Gurumade the eerie call again and simultaneously three devout sikhs came on the stage and met the same fate under the merciless sword of the Guru. The stage was a ghastly sight with the torsos and heads of the five drenched in pools of blood. All the trace of blood diminished after the Guru cleaned it with water. The Guruthen medically joined each head on a different body and thereafter covered them with white sheets.
He then ordered a stone urn and on top of it he put an iron pot in which he added some water. He put his sword in it and started moving it, while chanting some words. He took some time and during this period some woman from the Guru’s household came and put something in the pot. The nectar (Abe-Hayat) was now ready. The Guru then removed the white sheets from one body and poured the nectar into the dead man’s mouth, on the hair and on the body. While he was performing this ritual he kept on pronouncing “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh” (The Khalsa belongs to the Almighty and to the Almighty is the victory ). To the amazement of the ‘sangat’, the person sat up and loudly chanted “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh”.
The whole congregation was aghast and taken aback by this miracle. The Guru did the same to the rest of the four bodies and they also like their counterpart rose up with shouts of “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh”. The Guru then took these five sikhs into a tent and after some time they emerged wearing new white clothes. TheGuru then kneeled down in front of them and asked them to give him the life giving nectar. Obligingly they obeyed and baptized the Guru .
The Guru named them Daya Singh, Dharam Singh, Himmat Singh, Mohkam Singh and Sahib Singh and consequently changed his name from Gobind Rai to Gobind Singh. What happened in front of my eyes completely entranced me, and my heart longed to be in theGuru’s eternal feet. With a lump in my throat, I approached the Guru and begged him to baptize me and take me in his abode. The Guru smiled and baptized me and named me ‘Ajmer Singh’. Thus with the Guru’s blessing I attained absolute bliss. This was the last report I sent to Aurangzeb in which I mentioned that the Guru was not an ordinary person but was ‘Allah’ Himself. Furthermore I warned the Emperor that his enmity towards the Guru will lead to the downfall and destruction of the Mughal Empire.”
There are many on this earth who feel the blessings of the beloved Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji. If one takes one step towards his Guru, the Guru takes thousands of steps towards him. In our lives, we wander aimlessly in materialism, and other worldly interests and desires. We tend to neglect our soul, which searches for a divine state of contentment and peace. Spirituality is an essential part of our existence, yet one which we often ignore it. We should never underestimate the value of what our beloved GuruShabaan have gifted us with in the form of the Sahib Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. When one reads and absorbs the message of the Sahib Sri Guru Granth Ji, does one truly understand its Magnificence. Take this Vaisakhi as a starting point to educating yourself on what your Guru is actually blessing you with. Take that one step, and start to read Gurbani, even if it is in English translation, or Romanised first. Shabad is the Guru, andGuru is the Shabad. It is in this that we discover ourselves, and then God, who exists in everything and everyone around us.