My dad had brought up the issue of the origin of thsi shabad during a vaisakhi related event we had gone to, but at that time i did not bother to do any further research on the matter. However, i have been reading more about it lately, particularly to do with what the shabad actually signifies and represents. After having gone thru the actual source from where this verse of Deh Shiva is taken (Chandi Charittar of Dasam Granth) one gets a completely different picture of the meaning of this shabad then the popular version we have all been taught since kids.
Anyways, i thought i would post that individuals comments regarding this matter as i found them very informative. I would encourage everyone to read this with an open mind, go thru the suggestions the writer makes, and then sit down and decide for themselves what the true meaning of this shabad really is and whether it is proper to market this shabad as the "Sikhs National Anthem". Again by no means am i forcing anyone to change their views about the shabad nor am i saying you should keep the same views. The object here is simply to share information in an open forum, have discussion on it, and then leave it up to each individual to take what they want as true and disregard the rest. Enjoy!
Deh Shiva. the Sikh National Anthem ???
Waheguru Jee Kaa Khalsa, Waheguru Jee Kee Fateh.
The poem Deh Shiva bar muhi is not the National Anthem of the Sikhs. However here is its translation;
O goddess Durga; Give me this boon,
that I may not deter from good deeds.
I may fear none, when I go fighting,
and with confidence in you, come out victorious.
May your glory be ingrained in my mind,
and singing your praises be my highest ambition.
When this mortal frame reaches its end,
I may die fighting fiercely in the battlefield.
Regarding the claim of the Brahamnical-Sikh cults, whose agenda is to promote this Bipar poem as the National Anthem of the Sikhs and advocate it as a writing of the Tenth Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh Jee; please refer to the ORIGINAL for answers; and for looking at the original, and its in-the-context meanings please click on this link here
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What you will find here is that, the poem Deh Shiva is stanza# 231 of Chandi Charittar Ukat Bilas from the so-called Dasam Granth. Next, to find, whether in this poem, the word Shiva means IK ONKAR (as most of the Brahamnical-Sikh cults would like you to believe) or DURGA (that it is); please just read stanza# 225 through 233 (a five minute job) to find the answers.
In this set of stanzas (225-233) from a Hindu epic, you will find mention of Hindu Lord Inder getting defeated from the demons & running from the battle field, and Chandi (Goddess Durga) coming to his help to put him back on the throne (#225), then all the gods anoint Chandi with Tilak of Chandan, Kesar & Rice, and the POET (supposedly Guru Gobind Singh Jee as per the cults, but no name is mentioned in the poem) enjoys the scene (#226), Next, gods praise Kalka (Durga) the Jagmata, and a Rajrikhi recites Jaap of Braham-Kawach (#227), Next, all goddesses praise Chandi (#228), and Chandi (Durga) feels happy from the praise and then disappears in the sky, and the POET (no name) experiences the unforgettable scene, and invokes the goddess (#229).
Next, as an object for prayer, comes the invocation of Chandi (Durga), the goddess of Boon;
a) as a DESTROYER of Madh, Kitab, Mehikhasar, Dharamlochan, Chand, Mund, Shumbh & Nishumbh, and
b) as a BLOOD SUCKING goddess sucking blood of Rakatbeej etc. (#230), then comes the prayer addressed to the above goddess, the prayer Deh Shiva bar mohi (#231).
Next, the POET (supposedly Guru Gobind Singh Jee as per the Brahamnical-Sikh cults, again no name mentioned) explains the nature and his intent of writing this poem. The poet writes; this poem is that of SATSATI (Durga), and is written with the intent that who so ever will read it and hear it, will definitely get the desired boon from the Devi. (i.e. not from God) (#232), and then he closes with the remark that The POET (no name) has created this Granth of SATSATI (Durga) , equal to which there is NO OTHER GRANTH (#233).
Meaning: That the writer of Deh Shiva bur mohi says that, Every Granth, including Sri Guru Granth Sahib is below, or far below the status of this SATSAI (Durga) Granth.
Could Guru Gobind Singh Jee, say that???!!!
With that said, if you still want to promote this Bipar poem as the National Anthem of the Sikhs and sing at the top of your voice praying loudly to goddess Durga for a boon; then choice is yours to make; All that this author can say is; May Waheguru help the Sikhs.
**** Singh, USA.