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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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In 1704 when the army of emperor Aurangzeb had laid siege to Anandpur fortress and two of its generals Zabardast Khan and Wajir Khan were playing chess under the shade of a tree while others watched the game, Guru Gobind Singh Ji stood on top of the fortress wall and watched this scene through a telescope. Guru Ji took an arrow from his quiver, strung it hard on his bow and shot it across the fields towards the assembly. Down came the whizzing arrow striking hard into the wooden leg of the manji (indian bed) where the generals sat.

The two generals who were engrossed in the game became panicky when they felt the arrow strike the wooden leg and began to wonder whose audacity and boldness it could be, they both agreed that they had narrowly missed death. Wajir Khan pulled the arrow out with a trembling hand. Raja Ajmerchand of the nearby hill states who had turned an ally of the mughals saw the arrow and recognised it. “This can only be an arrow of (Guru) Gobind Singh, look it has gold mounted on it. It belongs to no one except the Guru. But it is hard to tell from where the Guru has aimed the arrow from?”

The Raja of Mandi at this point interjected, “The Guru is very brave, he must have shot it from atop of the fortress.” Zabardast doubted this as the fortress was nearly two miles away. The Raja of Mandi replied “ Two miles is nothing Guru Ji’s arrows are known to go a lot further.” Upon this Wajir stretched out his hands offering his grateful thanks to heaven for sparing his life.

All the military generals the officers present there began to admire the speak highly of Guru Ji’s chivalry and valiant conduct. They had hardly recovered from the shock of the first arrow, when a second came hissing by and hit the same leg of the manji again. The very sight of the second arrow put all the officers to flight. After a few moments they came out from under their hiding places. A piece of paper was found tied to the second arrow. Zabardast Khan gingerly untied it and read the Persian script.

“It is no miracle. It is a single art of marksmanship. I am not in favour of performing miracles nor do I intend to take the lives of Zabardast and Wajid Khan. You are labouring under the false notion that the first arrow has shot to kill either of you.” Thus the all knowing Guru knew the thoughts of the mughal officers.

THE ABOVE EXTRACT IS PRECEEDED BY THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS...

Every arrow of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was mounted with half an ounce of gold. Its object was to alleviate the suffering of the victim.

Should the person aimed at be wounded then he could sell the gold for medicine.

Should the mark prove fatal, then the gold could be used to aid the deceased family. Two specimens of these arrows are preserved.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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4 hours ago, Guest _shhhhh_ said:

What is the source of this Sakhi Ji? One person mentions a version from Suraj Prakaash, is that where the tapoban sakhi has been translated from?

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I think the earliest source of the sakhi might be from Sewa Das's (who was a contemporary of dasmesh padshah) Parchian. 

Remember, Guru ji had been using bow since childhood. Recall the childhood sakhis about firing arrows into water pots in Bihar. So they would be very practiced by the time they grew up. 

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Thank you DallySingh101 - I understand the point about Guru Ji being proficient at Archery. 

I am going through a translated version of Parchian and cannot find the Chess Game sakhi within it....  I have found dozens of sites displaying this sakhi but none citing where the original gurmukhi/sakhi is sourced from... 

I would like to know the origins of the Chess sakhi shared here....


 

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16 hours ago, Guest _shhhhhh_ said:

Thank you DallySingh101 - I understand the point about Guru Ji being proficient at Archery. 

I am going through a translated version of Parchian and cannot find the Chess Game sakhi within it....  I have found dozens of sites displaying this sakhi but none citing where the original gurmukhi/sakhi is sourced from... 

I would like to know the origins of the Chess sakhi shared here....


 

I can't recall this chess sakhi? I'm wondering if I ever heard it?

BTW, if you manage to ever find the original Gurmukhi text of Sewa Das's Parchain, please do share them. I've been after it for years with no success. 

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Excuse my poor English, I meant the sakhi shared at the top of this thread... The Arrow of Guru Gobind Singh aka Chess Sakhi, this Sakhi is shared on many sites but no source... 

 

There is *a* version of the sakhi in Sooraj Parkash, so i guess my question is...

Is there only one version of this Sakhi via Sooraj Prakash and the Sakhi at the top of this thread is an attempted translation 

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is The Arrow of Guru Gobind SIngh Sakhi in multiple sources? and if the answer to this is yes, then i would appreciate if someone could share those sources. 

Have you tired PDL for the gurmukhi version of parchiaa? 

 

Thank you and apologies if my posts are not clear. 

 

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21 hours ago, Guest _shhhhh_ said:

Excuse my poor English, I meant the sakhi shared at the top of this thread... The Arrow of Guru Gobind Singh aka Chess Sakhi, this Sakhi is shared on many sites but no source... 

 

There is *a* version of the sakhi in Sooraj Parkash, so i guess my question is...

Is there only one version of this Sakhi via Sooraj Prakash and the Sakhi at the top of this thread is an attempted translation 

or

is The Arrow of Guru Gobind SIngh Sakhi in multiple sources? and if the answer to this is yes, then i would appreciate if someone could share those sources. 

Have you tired PDL for the gurmukhi version of parchiaa? 

 

Thank you and apologies if my posts are not clear. 

 

Sorry, it might have been me not reading the thread properly. 

You know I just flicked through Parchian now and couldn't find the shooting arrows in the table leg sakhi myself? Maybe need to read it more closely or maybe I got sources mixed up? 

I tried looking on PDL a few times in the past for the original Gurmukhi of parchian but never found it. 

You know I find it remarkable that at this point in time, Sikhs haven't done a serious, indepth study of the sources of many of the sakhis we grew up. They just seem to be 'out there' but we are overdue a closer look at our earliest written ithihaasic sources and a clear exposition of the sources of our sakhis. 

I know a few have been occluded too. Apparently Bhai Vir Singh didn't include any of the sakhis about Bidhia Chand in his edition of Bhangu's Panth Prakash. I think we'll find out so much that we don't know when such a serious study of early sources takes place. But it is no easy task as we have such a variety of language therein, like Khari Boli, Braj Bhasha, and mixtures involving the lexicon of various languages, plus the use of now archaic words. 

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