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Shaheedi Purb Guru Arjan Dev JI


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Yeh mera dohita

Bani ka bohita benega

The words of Guru Amar Das on the birth of his grandson - Guru Arjan Sahib

To mark the Shaheedi Purb of Guru Arjan Dev Ji , here is a Pahari portrait of Guru Sahib. The portrait shows an Udasi (described as "a grey yogi " by F S Aijazuddin - Pahari Paintings & Sikh Portraits - 1977) - Could this be a depiction of Baba Siri Chand - elder son of Guru Nanak Sahib ? Please post your thoughts please.


Circa AD 1800, Guler, Pahari - The portrait is from the Lahore Museum Collection. Inscribed on reverse - 'Panchvi Padshahi Guru Arjan'

Description: Guru Arjan dressed in an embroidered orange 'jama', reads from the Adi Granth (the holy scriptures of the Sikhs), complied during his reign from the teachings of Guru Nanak. A naked grey yogi sits on his left, listening. An orange curtain is rolled at the top of the picture. ( Ref: F S Aijazuddin 1977)

This next picture shows a leaf with ' Penti-Akhari' - the 35 letters of the Gurmukhi script - in the Handwriting of Guru Arjan. - It is in the Collection of Bhai Suchet Singh, Village Bhai Rupa, Moga,Punjab. The family claims this leaf is one of several relics given to Bhai Rupa by Guru Hargobind Sahib.


* both pictures taken from The Sikh Heritage - Dr Daljeet - 2004

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Here is a translation of the Shabad in the above "leaf"

aasaa mehalaa 5 ||

apunae saevak kee aapae raakhai aapae naam japaavai ||

jeh jeh kaaj kirath saevak kee thehaa thehaa out(h) dhhaavai ||1||

saevak ko nikattee hoe dhikhaavai ||

jo jo kehai t(h)aakur pehi saevak thathakaal hoe aavai ||1|| rehaao ||

this saevak kai ho balihaaree jo apanae prabh bhaavai ||

this kee soe sunee man hariaa this naanak parasan aavai ||2||7||129||

Aasaa, Fifth Mehl:

He Himself preserves His servants; He causes them to chant His Name.

Wherever the business and affairs of His servants are, there the Lord hurries to be. ||1||

The Lord appears near at hand to His servant.

Whatever the servant asks of his Lord and Master, immediately comes to pass. ||1||Pause||

I am a sacrifice to that servant, who is pleasing to his God.

Hearing of his glory, the mind is rejuvenated; Nanak comes to touch his feet. ||2||7||129||

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Aasaa on Pannaa 403


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