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1699 Vaisakhi-eye-witness Account By A Mughal Spy!


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In Sooraj Parkash Granth by Mahakavi Santokh Singh wrote that Guru Sahib did jhatka of goats during the formation of Punj Pyaras on Vaisakhi 1699. Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Jee never believed it and he was RIGHT. Now we have an eye witness account of 1699 Vaisakhi by a Muslim spy who was so awe-stuck by the events of Vaisakhi 1699, he became a Sikh that day only.

(Taken from Facebook Page--Sri Sarbloh Granth Ji)




Eye witness account of Vaisakhi - 1699


The following account will dismiss the theorists who offer alternative explanations as to how the initial Khalsa initiation ceremony took place in 1699.


Contrary to some interpretations that assert the Great Guru, Gobind Singh Ji, carried out "jhatka" upon goats as opposed to the "Panj Piyare", this eye witness account of those events in 1699 will clarify the actual version of events.


It must be stressed that this personal account is not of one of the Gurus Sikhs or of any other such individual with a loyalty to the Guru. It is however, the account of a Muslim spy employed by the Emperor Aurangzeb. This account will leave the reader in awe and wonderment. Wah Guru ji !

This account is at The Aligarg Muslim University in India and is written by one of the spies of emperor Aurangzeb. This spy was called Abu -ul-Traifi. He is mentioned by the eminent scholar Bhai Vir Singh in his writings. Being a spy Abu-ul-Traifi kept a daily journal of the events that took place in Anandpur Sahib for the emperor, here is his eye witness account of that day.Extracted from the unpublished text of "History of Ramgarhias".


THE ACCOUNT:

"On the day Guru Gobind Singh Ji prepared Amrit in Anandpur, the attendance in the Diwan was about 50 to 70 thousands. The Mughals had four thrones (seats of Imperial Power), Delhi, Agra, Lahore and Kalanur, but the grandeur of Guru Ji's throne was in a class by itself. The grandeur of this throne was out of this world.


Guru Ji came to the Diwan and, unsheathing his sword, spoke in his thundering voice that he needed a head.


No questions or hesitation at all, Bhai Dya Ram came forward to Guru Ji. Guru Ji right in front of all, cut off his head from the body in one stroke. Every body present was stunned. Then Guru Ji again thundered and demanded one more head. Right on Guru's call, Dharam Chand got up, came to Guru Ji, bowed his head and said here is my offering of my head. Guru Ji, again, in one stroke cut off Dharam Chand's head from his body.


Now there was a big commotion in the Diwan. But Guru Ji in his thundering voice went on demanding heads, one after the other. Himmat Rai, Mohkam Chand and Sahib Ram got up and offered their heads.

Guru Ji cut off the heads of these three also.


Many from the congregation went to Guru Ji's mother, and narrated the whole happenings in the Diwan to Mata Ji.


Guru Ji cleaned up the blood from the five bodies and heads, and even washed the floor, Then the Guru of these infidels, stitched one head with other body, one by one. This process took about three hours. Then he covered these dead bodies with white sheets.


The Guru of the infidels then took a cauldron made of stone and put an iron wok without handles on top of it. Poured water into the wok and started preparing the "Amrit" (Aab-e-hyat - Elixir of life). The infidel Guru kept churning the water with his sword and kept on reciting his Kalma (Gurbani). This process went on for 1.5 to 2 hours. During this time, a lady from Guru's house came and put something in that water. Now the Amrit "Elixir" was ready.


From the corpses, he took the covering sheets off. First he sat on the head side of Dya Ram, and poured AMRIT "Elixir" in his mouth, then poured some on his head and sprinkled some on his body, and then he asked the dead body to say "Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh." As if on his Guru's Command, Dya Ram got up and repeated in his bold voice,"Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh."


It appeared that in the entire congregation every body was so stunned and as if stopped breathing. There was pin-drop silence. All those present were mesmerized with their Guru's miracle. In the same manner, one after the other, Guru made the other four alive too.


Then, he took all five of them inside a tent. After a while Guru Ji along with the five came out. The Five were now wearing new attire. Those five risen from the dead were standing in a line.

Then Guru came in front of them and took the "Bir Asan" (Posture of the brave - kneeling on one knee) and asked for the Amrit "Elixir."


At this point, these five asked, what are you offering to get this Amrit "Elixir." Then Guru said that I would sacrifice my parents and my sons for your sake. Then these five gave Amrit "Elixir" to Guru Ji, and his name was changed to "Gobind Singh." The word "Singh" was attached with other five's too - Dya Singh, Dharam Singh, Himmat Singh, Mohkam Singh and Sahib Singh.


I was very remorseful and cried like a baby. After that, thousands took the AMRIT "Elixir". Even, I was attracted by a magnetic force and with utmost regret fell on Guru's feet. I requested Guru to give me Amrit (Aaab-e-hyat) too.


Guru Ji already knew about my role as a spy and a traitor, put his hand on my back, gave me Amrit and changed my name to Ajmer Singh. Just with this act, my sins of numerous lives got washed away. I participated in many wars.


On that day, I sent my last report to Emperor Aurang Zeb. In this report I wrote my eyewitness account in details. I also warned Aurang Zeb in the strongest possible words not to dare challenge the incarnation of God, and desist from cruel policies and that if he did not listen to and act on my advise, then God forbid, he would lose all - his throne and family."


(Extracted from the unpublished text of "History of Ramgarhias").


Akaal Sahai jio.

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Bhai Sahib, this account seems very suspect.

That it doesn't occur in a single one of the books dealing with early Sikh history, and also the very convenient fact that it is only ever mentioned in a supposedly unpublished text, The History of Ramgharias, and is therefore immune to any actual scrutiny because of inaccessibility should immediately raise several red flags in the head of a student of history. Which writing of Bhai Vir Singh is this account said to be mentioned in? Attaching Bhai Sahib's name to this story seems to be an effort to lend it credibility more than anything - the only place I've ever seen this source is making rounds on the internet.

It's authorship was probably conferred upon a Muslim spy because it was believed this would make it seem more reliable, seeming to originate from the outside. But the account definitely gives the impression of being written by a Sikh, much later than 1699. A few sporadic insertions of 'Guru of the infidels' is a lazy attempt to cover this up, especially since Guru Sahib is spoken of in the most complementary terms throughout the rest of it.

Suraj Prakash Granth is one of the most reliable sources on Sikh history that exists. Bhai Santokh Singh Ji was a true scholar, not concerned with altering Sikh history in order to bring it into conformity with his own interpretation of Sikhi. He only sought to record Sikh history exactly as it was revealed to him in itihaasic accounts and through the oral traditions of Sikhs who can trace their history back to the times of our Gurus.

Veerji, have you not defended the oral history of Dal Panth on many other threads? The Nihang Dals are some of the most vocal defenders of the idea that Guru Sahib performed jhatka upon chatangas in 1699.

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Bhai Sahib, this account seems very suspect.

That it doesn't occur in a single one of the books dealing with early Sikh history, and also the very convenient fact that it is only ever mentioned in a supposedly unpublished text, The History of Ramgharias, and is therefore immune to any actual scrutiny because of inaccessibility should immediately raise several red flags in the head of a student of history. Which writing of Bhai Vir Singh is this account said to be mentioned in? Attaching Bhai Sahib's name to this story seems to be an effort to lend it credibility more than anything - the only place I've ever seen this source is making rounds on the internet.

It's authorship was probably conferred upon a Muslim spy because it was believed this would make it seem more reliable, seeming to originate from the outside. But the account definitely gives the impression of being written by a Sikh, much later than 1699. A few sporadic insertions of 'Guru of the infidels' is a lazy attempt to cover this up, especially since Guru Sahib is spoken of in the most complementary terms throughout the rest of it.

Suraj Prakash Granth is one of the most reliable sources on Sikh history that exists. Bhai Santokh Singh Ji was a true scholar, not concerned with altering Sikh history in order to bring it into conformity with his own interpretation of Sikhi. He only sought to record Sikh history exactly as it was revealed to him in itihaasic accounts and through the oral traditions of Sikhs who can trace their history back to the times of our Gurus.

Veerji, have you not defended the oral history of Dal Panth on many other threads? The Nihang Dals are some of the most vocal defenders of the idea that Guru Sahib performed jhatka upon chatangas in 1699.

Pyare Veer,

have a read at this thread:

http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/38445-siri-gur-katha-eye-witness-account-of-1699/

Sri Gur Katha Granth was written by Bhai Jaita Ji (Bhai Jeevan Singh Ji). It also mentions that Guru Sahib brought the 5 pyaras back to life.

Kavi Santokh Singh was a good sikh but he was of Nirmala order.

He also spoke against Ragmaala.

He had many hindus or hindu minded sikhs as his assistants.

In short, Suraj Parkash(just as Prachin Panth parkash by Bhangu) is VERY VERY VALUABLE.

But it has mistakes.

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Veerji, have you not defended the oral history of Dal Panth on many other threads? The Nihang Dals are some of the most vocal defenders of the idea that Guru Sahib performed jhatka upon chatangas in 1699.

Defended is not the right word.

Just as written history, oral tradition has an important place in Sikh Religion.

Just as we dont believe everything written in history books, we shud also not believe everything from Oral Tradition.

Recently I heard some sakhis from Oral Tradition of Dal Panth and I dont believe them to be true.

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I suppose common sense dictates that bhai mati das did not complete his paat of Japji Sahib because the brain was cut in half and his rasna, that the eyewitnesses there lied too when they heard the bani continue ... What about Baba Deep Singh ji ...or Baba Gurbachan Singh ji who emulated him ? There is human strength and then there is the power of Akal Purakh

I was referring to the OP. Don't get your 'gothe' in a twist just yet. LOL!

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Pyare Veer,

have a read at this thread:

http://www.sikhsangat.com/index.php?/topic/38445-siri-gur-katha-eye-witness-account-of-1699/

Sri Gur Katha Granth was written by Bhai Jaita Ji (Bhai Jeevan Singh Ji). It also mentions that Guru Sahib brought the 5 pyaras back to life.

Kavi Santokh Singh was a good sikh but he was of Nirmala order.

He also spoke against Ragmaala.

He had many hindus or hindu minded sikhs as his assistants.

In short, Suraj Parkash(just as Prachin Panth parkash by Bhangu) is VERY VERY VALUABLE.

But it has mistakes.

I haven't heard of this Granth before, but I ought to read it before I pass judgement. Do you know where I can find a full copy?

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