Dhan Dhan Guru De Pyarai Daughter of Sri Guru Gobind Sahib Ji Daughter of Mata Sahib Kaur Ji Fearless Warriors Courageous Mothers Determined Daughters They suffered great in-humane tortures Watch their children bleed to death Witnessed the brutal murder of their husbands Yet, they fought for freedom and faith Remembered Guru Ji in every breath And were an Inspiration to all Sikhs We are a Kaur Princess We are a Brave Lioness We are the Daughters of the Khalsa

The Guru Ji's Amazing Call:

The Beloved Five

Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had worked to create a casteless society, a society in which no one was considered high or low, simply on account of having been born in this or that caste. His successors had worked on the same lines. Hosts of low-caste people were taken in the fold of Sikhism, made members of the Brotherhood of Man founded by the Guru. The result was that jats, who were considered to be Sudras, enjoyed the greatest privilege along with the Khatris, and the Brahmins were no longer held in esteem.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh as well, decided to cut at the root of all such customs and practices as stood in the way of a complete unification of the nation. He wanted to create a united and strong body of community who would be pure enough to free themselves from the oppression of priests and rulers, and at the same time, be strong enough to maintain this freedom.

In 1699 A.D. Guru Ji invited all Sikhs to gather at his home for prayers and a special occasion. The Guru had set up a tent for all the Sikhs to see, many Sikhs whispered amongst themselves wondering why such a tent was set up. Once the Guru came out, His appearance was altogether different from what it had usually been. His eyes were shining like fire. His face was hardest and red. His naked sword shone in his uplifted hand. He looked like a warrior about to jump into a battle-field. In a voice as of thunder he said:

“My Dear Sikhs, my Beloved Sons, this sword of mine wants to taste the Blood of a Sikh. Is there any among you read to offer his neck for the purpose, to lay down His life at a call from Me?”

All present grew pale, on hearing such a strange demand. There was no response to this amazing, breath-taking call. The Guru repeated it. Still there was no reply. A third time he spoke in a louder, more thundering voice.

“Is there any true Sikhs of mine among you? If so let he come up and give me his head as an offering, as a proof of his faith in me.”

After some minutes, Bhai Daya Ram (Bhai Daya Singh Ji) a Khatri of Lahore stood up and said ‘O True King, my head is at your service, Cut it off from the trunk, and make it fall at your sacred feet.’

Guru Ji took Bhai Daya Ram into the tent, the sound of a sword-blow was heard, and then Guru Ji came out of his tent with a blood sword. Once Guru Ji showed the sword, the crowds realized that Guru Ji really meant what he said. They were convinced that Bhai Daya Ram was dead. Guru Ji asked again, if there were any other Sikhs willing to give up their heads. No one raised their head. After a few minutes, Bhai Dharam Das (Bhai Dharam Singh Ji), stood up, and offered his head.

The call for a Head continued three more times, however, the crowd of Sikhs grew thinner and thinner. Some Sikhs even went to the Guru Ji’s mother, Mata Gujjar Kaur Ji, and complained to her against t the Guru, ‘He seems to have gone mad,’ said they. ‘He is killing his Sikhs. Remove him fro Guru ship. Let a grandson of yours take his place as the Guru.’

Mata Gujjar Kaur Ji sent a messenger to her Son and see what was actually happening, but Guru was in no mood to receive, heed, or listen to anyone. On the third call, Bhai Mohkham Chand (Bhai Mohkham Singh Ji) stood up and offered his head. After a short time the Guru came out again. In the same manner as before, he called for another head. Finally Bhai Sahib Chand (Bhai Sahib Singh Ji) stood up and begged the Guru to accept his head. The Guru treated him in the manner as he had treated the other three. Lastly, Bhai Himmat Rai, (Bhai Himmat Singh Ji) stood up and offered his head. At this time the crowd outside of the tent assumed that five Sikhs had been killed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

At last, Guru Ji came out of the tent, his face was beaming with joy and statisifaction. He was followed by five Sikhs dressed exactly like him. who were they? Oh Wonder! They were the same who had given their heads to the Guru. They had been killed. Had they been brought back to life? Their faces, their dresses, and their whole appearance were all like the Guru Ji’s.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “When Baba Nanak Ji tested his Sikhs, only one Sikh, Baba Lahihna, stood the test successfully. Now I, on the other hand, have found five Sikhs totally devoted to the Guru. I am immensely pleased. It is a matter of joy for all of us. The Sikh Faith will grow and flourish well and ever. These five are my Punj Pyare, my beloved five. They are in my form, I am in theirs. They are one with me, I am in them. They in me.”

by FaujKaur @ Friday, January 05, 2007
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