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Guru Gobind Singh Ji And The Enemity Of The Hill Rajas


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The Enemity of Raja Bhima Chand of Bilaspur state

Guru Gobind Singh Ji was merely nine years old when his father Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji was martyred at Chandni chowk Delhi. This was a very futile and testing time for the Sikh nation.But fortunate was the Sikh nation to have a righteous and diplomatic leader like Guru Gobnd Singh Ji.

As soon as Guru Gobind Rai Ji accepted gurudom, Guru Ji cremated his father's severed head. Bhai Jeta Ji smuggled Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji's severed head from Mughal custody and He was hugged by Guru Gobind Rai Ji and Guru Ji uttered “Rangreta Guru Ka Beta” which literally translates as Rangretta caste as son of the Guru.

Bhai Jeta had risked is own life to save sacrilege to Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji's severed head and indeed had committed a miraculous and brave deed.

After tcremating Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji's head, the young Guru Gobind Rai asked Bhai Jeta Ji about the after effects of the martyrdom on the sikhs of Delhi.Bhai Jeta Ji replied that the Sikhs of Delhi after Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji's martyrdom tried to hide their identity.

No one was prepared to declare himself a Sikh of the guru.A wave of fear struck the whole of Delhi.Guru Ji also heard of the bravery of those Sikhs who had helped to cremate the body of Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji at Rakabganj Sahib, Delhi.The young Guru Gobind Rai Ji declared ;” That I will give my Sikhs a distinct identity where by even one gursikh will not go undistinguished in thousands of people”.Guru Ji's declaration had an important bearing upon the psychology of his Sikhs.They were reminded to be fearless and enmityless just like the divine qualities of the almighty creator God.Guru Ji also stressed the need to mediatate upon thedivine name and hence conquer evil mindedness. This was the first hint Guru Gobind Singhji gave of the forth coming inaguration of the Khalsa brotherhood which was to ensue.

Guru Gobind Rai consoled the Sikh masses over the martyrdom of the ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadhur ji. Instead of weeping, Guru Gobind Rai ji tackled inner weaknesses amongst the Sikhs and gathered his strength and Guru jistressed that the blood shed of a great saintly man of god like Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji would not be wasted in vain.

The emperor Aurangzeb was convinced that the Sikhs were demoralised by the martyrdom of guru TeghBahadhur Ji and hence the advancement of the Sikh faith would be impossible.The surrounding Hill Rajas around Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji thought the same.

However, the young Guru Gobind Rai had made other preparations. Guru Ji uplifted the spiritis of the downtrodden and disheartened masses by encouraging millitary training amongst the sikhs to include horse riding, hunting, spearfighting.Guru Ji sent edicts for the Sikh sadhsangat to present beautiful horses and good grafted weapons before the Guru in order to evoke the Guru's blessings.

to be continued

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