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At the site sarloh.info(http://www.sarbloh.info/htmls/guru_akalinihang2.html) it states:

After the authorities killed the Guru’s three companions before his eyes, the Mullahs asked the Guru to perform a miracle to prove he was a true holy man. Orthodox Sanatan Sikh accounts suggest that the Guru wrote an inscription on a piece of paper and hung it around his neck. He said "strike a sword to my neck and you will see a miracle".

The credulous Mullahs believing the Guru would not be decapitated had an executioner strike the Guru’s neck with a sword. As the Guru was decapitated the piece of paper fell open. It read:

"I gave up my head but not my secret".

For sake of the great Hindu faith, Guru Tegh Bahadur, a Sikh, sacrificed himself. To this day many Sikhs and Hindus in India refer to Guru Tegh Bahadur as ‘Hind Ki Chadar’, the blanket (that protected the honour) of Hindu India.

Now from the same site I found this:

The Akali Nihang Khalsa, were the warriors par-excellence who stood to fight like their Akali Guru all forms of religious fundamentalism unleashed by bigots and fanatics like Aurangzeb. Seva Das Udasin (a historian), spoke of how Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh admonished the religiously fanatical Moghal emperor Aurangzeb thus:

‘And if you think I am firm in my religious code and because of this I will be forgiven this pride of yours is false. Like you, people of all other religions are also firm in their religious codes. All religious codes of different religions are similar. Out of ignorance one thinks one is superior to others. If only such codes could grant salvation then who would worship God. Without worship of the Master and without pleasing His devotees if you desire salvation then such a claim of yours is false.’

(‘Episodes From Lives Of The Gurus ‘, Parchian Sewadas, 1708, Pa.157-158) [/font:3cdef56645]

Now from the same book Episodes From Lives Of The Gurus ‘, Parchian Sewadas I will quote what it says about Guru tegh bahadur sahib ji's execution:

Once, on pretext of hunting, Guru Baba left Anandpur and reached as far as Agra, very far in the country and beyond. There were three other Sikhs with him, all four were riding horses. On reaching Agra they camped in a garden, where a Hindu shepherd was tending his goats. Guru Baba called him and said, "Take mymohar (gold coin) and shawl to the sweets-seller, and against this buy two rupees worth of sweets and bring it in the shawl. My Sikhs will look after your goats." Then the shepherd went to the sweets-seller with the moharand the shawl and conveyed what the Guru had said. A state employee of the arealived in his neighbourhood. The Judicial Inspector Naurang Shah Badshah happened to be camping there. The sweets-seller suspected that this man might be a thief, because themohar and shawl did not go with his status. He considered it prudent to inform the darogha to avoid any future trouble. So, the sweets-seller took the shepherd to the darogha for interrogation. The darogha aked, "What do you say?" The shepherd replied, "Four noble horsemen have arrived in the garden where I was tending my goats. They called me and asked me to take this mohar and shawl to buy sweets worth two ropees against the mohar, and bring it in the shawl. They have sent me here. They promised to look after my goats in my absence." The darogha decided to report the hQrsemen to the Emperor. Every night he used to report whatever activities he saw during the day. He wanted to know who they were. So he instructed the shepherd to take the sweets from the shopkeeper and also to take his men with him. He also directed that the four horsemen should come and talk to him, so that he could find out who they were. Thus, the shepherd left with the sweets, the message and the darogha's men. The message was delivered to the Guru. On hearing it he got up to accompany the men. The Sikhs followed, duly armed, on horseback. They reported to the darogha. "Who are you?" asked the darogha. "I am Tegh Bahadur," replied the Guru. The darogha immediately reported to the emperor,"Your Majesty, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the pir of the Hindus, whom the Hindus call the True Emperor, is now in our hands. There are three other horsemen with him. They have all been detained at the shop. I solicit further instructions." The emperor was very happy to hear this, and immediately ordered their arrest. The darogha put all four in jail, putting chains round their necks and waists. Their feet and hands were also chained. Two of the Sikhs grumbled, complain ing that the Guru had landed them in a difficult situation which would'lead nowhere."Even now, anyone who wants to go, can be released," said the Guru."Kind Master, who will release us now? All our limbs are locked in chains. The Imperial squads are constantly watching us. How is release possible?" asked the Sikhs."You are released!" said the Guru. Instantly, their chains got unfastened, and the Sikhs could leave. Nobody was able to see them. Then the Guru looked towards the third Sikh and asked him to go also. But the Sikh had full faith in the Guru, and said, "O True King, my head has already been surrendered to you. It is for you to keep or kill me. I have no life beyond you." The Guru blessed him and permitted him to stay with him to sacrifice his head for the cause of the Guru. The Guru stayed in the prison along with the Sikh. The ministers expressed their happiness to the emperor over the fact that the pir of the Hindus,

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Guru Tegh Bahadur, had fallen into their hands, and said, "If you can make him accept our religion, then thousands of Hindus will automatically convert to Islam." "God has thrown him into my hands. If he still does not accept our religion, he faces torture. That will make him relent," said the emperor. Then the Turks started torturing the Guru's body with cruelty that is beyond description. It was only the Guru who could bear it. Anybody else in his place would have yielded to their demand in no time. On the second or third day, the emperor came to the Guru and offered governorship of any province of the Guru's choice, adding, "You will not have to furnish any accounts. The heavens will be yours. I, along with my sons, shall become your follower and shall establish kinship with you. But you must accept our religion.""Stop this nonsense. You can do whatever you like. This will never happen. Who can undo what the Creator has ordained. Whatever has been ordained by Him, only that shall happen. Nothing else," replied the Guru. The Turks tried all kinds of tactics. But the Guru remained firm, like the Sumer Mountain braves the worst storms. At that time the Sikh prayed, "I cannot tolerate such unworthy behaviour towards you. Pray, permit me to destroy the Emperor along with his Empire.""Where did you get these powers from?" asked the Guru."O True King, it is from your service that such powers have corne to me, I have not seen any other door," replied the Sikh."Listen, O Sikh, do you think that he who gave you these powers, has none of these himself?" asked the Guru."Your powers have no limit," replied the Sikh. Then the Guru told him not to speak. "The Lord has caused the events." At this the Sikh became quiet. Later, another Sikh wrote a prayer addressed to the Tenth Lord, on behalf of the Ninth Mahal. The following dohaformed part of the prayer:'All strength is gone; thrown in bonds is this frame;No effort avails.Prayeth Nanak: Lord, you are my sole support.Succour me as you did the (mythological) elephant.'The reply of the Tenth Master was this couplet:'Lo, strength has arrived;The bonds are snapped asunder.Every thing is within your control,The strength is there,Saith Nanak, you alone are my helper.'Then the Guru caused this to happen. The Guru ordered one of the Sikhs with him in prison, "In the ambrosial hours of the morning, when I finish recitation of the Japu ji, and bow my head in obeisance, you shall sever my head from my body." "O True King, if you get this done through me, what will be my fate?" asked the Sikh. "You will be with me, wherever I am," replied the Guru. At this the Sikh bowed in obeisance. In the morning the

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Guru had his bath and completed recitation of the Japu ji, offered the Ardas, and bowed his head before the Lord. The Sikh was asked to carry out his assignment. At this the Sikh severed the Guru's head from the body.As this news reached the Emperor, the Sikh was also executed, and strict watch ordered, so that the Guru's body could not be taken away. The Tenth Master was at Anandpur then. He ordered the Ranghreta Sikhs to bring the Guru's body to Anandpur, and gave his blessings to them. The Ranghreta Sikhs bowed in obeisance. They loaded a bullock cart with hay, stole the body during the night, and presented it to the Guru at Anandpur. The Guru blessed them, honouring the Ranghretas as "Sons of the Guru." The body reached Anandpur and the head fell into the hands of the Delhi Sikhs. The body was cremated atAnandpur, and the head at Delhi. At both places sandal wood was used at the pyre. Flowers and petals were heaped on the Guru's biban. The whole atmosphere was filled with fragrance of incense, and sweetness of scents and perfumes. Saffron was sprinkled. Conch shells were blown, and celestial music sounded all round. There was a prolonged shout of victory. Angels from heaven came to witness the scenes of shouts of victory. The sidhas, the saints, all came to shower flowers on the Guru's biban, happy to hear the praise of the Guru. (12)

What i want to know is why did the sarbloh website quote from the Episodes From Lives Of The Gurus ‘, Parchian Sewadas book about the Zafarnamah but did not quote from the book about the incident about Guru tegh bahadur sahib ji's execution?

I see this a lot from many websites and books, people stating bits from books to further their point of view but leave the bits which do not accomadate their thinking.

I would like other members to send in conflicting views of articles or books so we can study them and sift out the wheat from the chaff.

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  • 5 months later...

Amazing...

Guru Ji could NEVER EVER EVER been beheaded by any man...

He said "strike a sword to my neck and you will see a miracle"

How true is that...

If ANYONE DARED to do so, they would've seen a MIRACLE, the miracle of the Gurus immortality...

As hard as it is to believe, this is what really happened, without a doubt...

Guru Ji left us physically - and in doing so, stopped INDIA from becoming an ISLAMIC state...

He laid down his physical at his own will... his physical presence was NEVER (and could never, and will NEVER) be in another persons hands... EVER!

Sikh Sangat, all those reading this... think about it...

Could someone hold a sword to GURU's neck???

THINK ABOUT IT...

I've heard people say that our GURUs face were soooo adorned with light that one couldn't stare for more than a few seconds...

Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Degh Bahadur Ji Tuhi Nirankar...

I hope i'm making sense...

But our GURUs would not perform MIRACLES for the sake of non-believers... they would perform MIRACLES for those who needed salvation...

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  • 1 year later...

well the sakhi told me by my gurudev is that .... noranga gave time to guru sahib to show karramat ... else that would be killed by putting skin of cow around them and get them seated in sun .... eventualy the skin of cow will get dry and will some how not let them breath dont know how to say it in english .... and guru sahib thought this way they will loss their dharma .... so they said they will show karramat and gave a thread that tie it around the sword and then the sword will not be able to cut their head .... and noranga said ok go ahead .... but in the end they gave their head .... this thread was nothing but just to made fool out of noranga and protect them self from that shahhedi using coes skin ... some even say sword didnt touched the neck .... thats what i know .....

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  • 4 months later...

The following extract from Louis E Fenech’s work on “Matyrdom in the Sikh Tradition†provides yet another viewpoint on the event:

“Although the origins and date of the Bachitar Natak provide scholarswith a puzzling conundrum there seems little doubt that this text isthe archetype of the gur-bilas style. To it, therefore, may be ascribed a late-seventeenth-or early-eighteenth-century date. What we findin the Bachitar Natak that concerns us specifically is a brief narrative recounting the execution of the ninth Sikh Master, Guru Tegh Bahadur. This event, like the execution of Guru Arian, is considered a martyrdom and marks a watershed in the history of the Sikh Panth. It is believed to have led to the creation of the Khalsa, the militant order founded by Guru Gobind Singh in April 1699 (or so tradition contends). Of course, the actual details of Guru Tegh Bahadur's execution are as shrouded in mystery as are those of Guru Arjan's death, hagiographic accounts filling in the few portions of the narrative we find in available contemporary and near-contemporary literature. We have, for example, competing Muslim and Sikh claims regarding the ninth Guru's activities and capture. Persian sources maintain that the Guru was a bandit (luss) who was justly executed for his role in rebellious activities, while Sikhs hold that Tegh Bahadur was attempting to secure the right of all people, particularly the brahmins of Kashmir, to practice their religion and don their religious symbols in good conscience.(59) One must at this point suspend judgment on these claims because of both the paucity of the available material and its questionable nature.â€

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