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Guru Gobind Singh - A Saga of Sacrifice and Heroism


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Guru Gobind Singh - A Saga of Sacrifice and Heroism

There are in this world, men who are endowed by nature with infinite capacity for attaining perfection. In peace time they work for the welfare of mankind and strive to smoothen the way to progress. In adversity they unite the people and lead them to glory and a better life. While executing the ideal into practice they remain brave, make sacrifices of family and friends. Such a man was Guru Gobind Singh. He was “a law giver in the pulpit, a champion in the fields, a king on his masnad (throne) and faqir in the assembly of Khalsaâ€. He possessed a rare combination of many excellent qualities — great humanity, marvellous intellect, superhuman willpower, stout heart and limitless energy. He examined life and sought its real meaning and true goal. He realised his deep bond to humanity.

Service to mankind— The aspect of universal love has been represented by the Sewa Panthis. The founder of the Seva Panthis was Bhai Khanhaiya. He belonged to Sodra, District Gujrawala and was a Dhaman Khatri by caste. He survived the wounded soldiers in war. One day, one Sikh complained to the Guru against him that he was supplying water to the wounded soldiers of the enemy. When asked to account for his conduct he explained that he could not discriminate against the enemy as all were the creation of the same God. Thus, Bhai Kanhaiya carried the duties of the Modern Red Cross and the Guru blessed his efforts.

Sacrifices— When Guru Gobind Singh was just nine, his father (Guru Teg Bahadur, the 9th Guru) sacrificed his life for religious freedom. His two sons, aged 18 and 14, sacrificed their life in the battlefield before the eyes of their father (Guru Gobind Singh). The younger sons of the Guru, aged eight and six respectively, were tortured by the Muslims to adopt Islam, but the children refused. Having failed to frighten the children, the Nawab ordered them do be bricked alive by a wall. Even then the children showed no signs of fear and gave their lives for their religion fearlessly and happily.

Nirmalas — Guru Gobind Singh knew that the Sikh religion could not be carried on by illiterate and irresponsible people. So he formed the ‘Nirmalas’ in order that they could teach the lower caste Sikhs and the people could take right decisions.

Tributes — Guru Gobind Singh was a paradigm for intellectuals, a colossus among warriors, a pinnacle among the glorious and most saintly among all saints.

Swami Vivekanand said, “Guru Gobind Singh by a flash of his sword filled the dying soul of India with life-giving light and truth. And lo! it shone in its glory again in the life of newborn Khalsa! The light of reality had kindled the spark of life again in the dying soul of Indiaâ€.

Tasleen Kaur,

Class VII, Nirmala Convent School, Hill Cart Road




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