Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji In Amritsar

Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji spent some time at Bakala communicating divine instructions to his beloved Sikhs. In the month of Magh, Sambat 1722, Satguru Ji went to Amritsar to bathe in the sacred tank, and behold the paradisal temple of Satguru Sri Guru Ram Das Ji Maharaj, the king of kings and the saint of saints.

Maharaj bathed, but the ministrants of the sacred edifice closed the doors of Sri Darbar Sahib against him. The miistrants turned away the ninth Nanak from his own House. Satguru saluted it however from without, then went beyond the precincts, and rested on a spot where now a stone platform dedicated to him.
It was hear that Maharaj said it was they who were rotten within, who had through greed of offerings entered the temple. Guru Sahib then went and sat on a common near the spot where now is a cattle-market, and on which a damdama, or resting-place, has been built in his honour.

When the inhabitants of Amritsar heard what had occurred, they went in a body to him, and with great humility all bowed before their beloved Guru Sahib. They then in one voice begged Guru Sahib to return and revoke his prophetic curse, because it was his holy ancestors who had founded the edifice.

Maharaj smiled at his beloved sons and daughters and denied that his words bore the significance of a curse. He had merely stated the condition in which the ministrants then were, and in which they should remain.

Meanwhile a company of Sikhs came from the village of Walla, and with great humility begged their dear Guru Sahib to go and live with them and bless their village, a prayer to which the King of kings graciously acceded. When Guru Sahib's children come before his with complete faith and devotion, how can such a Guru how loves his children so much, say no to them?

On leaving Amritsar Guru Ji was escorted by the women of the city. On seeing their devotion he said, 'Waheguru's love and devotion shall ever abide among you.' In commemoration of Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji's visit a fair called the Kothe da Mela is held yearly at Walla on the day of the full moon in the month of Magh.

Having communicated religious instruction to the inhabitants of Walla, Guru Sahib then returned to his favourite Bakala. Here too he was not allowed to abide in peace, for the old jealousy and enmity of the Sodhis had revived.


Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji And The Sodhis Jealousy

Guru Sahib therefore decided not to remain there, but proceed in the direction of the river Bias. On arriving at its margin Guru Sahib saw some of his beloved Sikhs carrying the holy Granth Sahib. Maharaj saluted and then bowed down before the holy Granth Sahib. Guru Ji then looked at his sikhs and said to them 'Dear sons of mine, are you sure that you have not brought any of Dhir Mal's property with you?'

They replied that they had returned everything they had taken from him except the Granth Sahib which they had brought with them. Guru Sahib reminded his Sikhs that everything should be returned to Dhir Mal, included the holy Granth Sahib Ji of Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj. The Sikhs protested, but then finally agreed. Guru Sahib then crossed the river.

Meanwhile Guru Ji pursuing his journey arrived at the village of Hazara situated not far from Kartarpur, where a memorial Gurudwara Sahib was subsequently built in commemoration of his visit. The next day he reached Durga near Nawashahar where also an edifice was built in his honour.

Maharaj then proceeded by very easy stages to Kiratpur. There again he was plagued with the jealousy of the Sodhis, and sought rest on some land about six miles distant, which he subsequently purchased from the Kahlur Raja. He there laid the foundation of the city of Anandpur in the month of Har, Sanibat 1722 (A. D. 1665).

On hearing of the founding of the city, Dhir Mal and the Sodhis became still more envious of Guru Ji, and were determined to ruin him. Of this Guru Ji was duly warned by his beloved Sikhs. Guru Sahib in reply said that he himself entertained no envy or jealousy of any one. 'He who is angry with the Guru without cause shall obtain his deserts. I do not desire to annoy any one. The Guru's love and kindliness are at the disposal of all. I have received Guru Nanak's order to cause the true Name to be repeated throughout the world.'


Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji Leaves Anandpur Sahib

Guru Sahib at that time had another cause of disquietude. The Sikhs of Dihli sent a messenger to inform him that Dhir Mal had instigated Ram Rai to complain again to the emperor regarding his supersession. The Guru dismissed the messenger, and told him to put the minds of the Dihli Sikhs at ease. He at the same time wrote to them, 'What can a thousand enemies do to those on whose side God the great Guru is? Kings and emperors are all in His power. No one can be touched except by His will.'

Guru Sahib determined to change his abode, as well to give instructions to his Sikhs as to avoid annoyance from his relations. On hearing of his intention the people of Anandpur waited on him. They represented that they had all come here through reliance on him, and yet he was now going to leave them. They had left their homes for the twofold advantage of being able to see the Guru and derive material profit from their change of residence.

Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji Maharaj, smiled at his sikhs and said to them:

'O my beloved Sikhs, this world is transitory. You ought never to fix your hearts on it. Profit and loss, weal and woe, rejoicing and mourning, which come according to God's will, ought to be equally endured. Perform the duties of your religion, and repeat God's name. Meditation on God's name is the only means of sal¬vation in this world. Wherefore ponder on it, give alms and practise ablution, serve saints with your mind, body, and wealth ; speak civilly to every one, but keep your thoughts fixed on God. A great being shall be born who, shall come to abide here, and contribute to the extension and importance of this city. I have only sown the seed ; he shall shade this place like an overspreading tree.'


Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji: The Healer Of All

On the 15th of Maghar, Sambat 1722, Guru Sahib set out on his tour from Anandpur. His first long halt was at Mulowal in the Patiala State. On arriving there the people complained to him that they could only obtain drinking water from a great distance. There was a well near, but its water was brackish and unwholesome.

Guru Sahib told his sikhs, to repeat the name of Waheguru with complete love, faith and devotion over the well, and draw water therefrom, and they should find it pure and sweet. From that day the well has yielded sweet water. It is still known as the Guru's well.

Maharaj then proceeded to Handiaya, where there was a severe epidemic of fever and great con¬sequent mortality. All of the people saying in the village were very sick.

Many people had died and many were suffering. When the sick heard that the king of kings, the saint of saints, Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji Maharaj was near their village, they all gathered together and proceeded to where they were told he was.

Guru Sahib being antarjami knew his beloved Sikhs were coming. Even though all of these people were very Sick and had not eaten in days, just the thought that their beloved Guru Sahib, the saviour of the world was close, gave them the strength to run towards him.

Guru Ji himself started walking to his beloved Sikhs. The Sikhs saw their Guru in the distance, and those who could not walk, began running now with tears in their eyes, for their Guru Ji was more beautiful than they ever could have imagined.

All of Guru Ji's sikhs fell at his holy feet and they put themselves under his protection. They implored their great father to save them. Guru Ji
uttered the true Name, and threw a glance of favour on them and healed them of all their maladies.


Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji And Desu

Guru Sahib then proceeded slowly to Dhilwan. Guru Sahib then went to the villages of Khiwa and Bhikki. In the latter lived a man called Desu who was a disciple of Sakhi Sarwar, He, however, went to see Satguru Ji.

Guru Ji, on seeing a piece of bent iron hanging from his neck, asked him what it was. He said it was an article that satisfied all his necessities. It gave him corn, money, and clothing, and he worshipped it every day. ' I offer a breakfast of bread and sweets,' said he, ' to Sakhi Sarwar. The priest having read a blessing and set aside a portion thereof, he returnes to me the remainder, which I distribute among the people after satisfying myself.'

Guru Sahib on hearing this said that Desu, a Hindu, did what a true-born Musalman would never do, and he was ruining his prospects both in this world and the next. Guru Ji then gave him spiritual instruction and he became a Sikh. At parting Guru Sahib pre¬sented him with five arrows in memory of the occasion.

On arriving at home Desu fell ill. His wife said it was all the result of his having forsaken Sakhi Sarwar and taken the Guru's arrows with him. She pressed him to return the arrows and resume his religious allegiance to the Baloch Pir. At first Desu stoutly refused, but afterwards consented.

His wife then broke the arrows and threw the pieces away. After some days Desu died, leaving a son called Gainda. Gainda's brother-in-law committed a murder, and was killed by Gainda. The other brothers-in-law then joined and killed Gainda. And Gainda's son was poisoned by his relations for the sake of his property.

Desu's death and the tragic fate of his relations was attributed to his desertion of the true Guru, Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Sahib Ji Maharaj.




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