Guru Sahib’s face lit up with happiness upon hearing news of sangata that had travelled all the way from Kashmir. “Let the Brahmins in ... they are already suffering and they have brought a letter from Shivji! Bring them in. We are to make them happy in this world.”
Guru Sahib invited the Brahmin pandits to sit down and asked the pandits ... “how are things in your country, Kashmir? Have you come for darshan or another reason?” Whilst Guru Sahib already knew about the letter from Shivji and exactly why the Brahmin pandits had come, this conversation was for the benefit of the sangat so that everyone around them would also understand what was happening.
Pandit Kirpa Raam shared with Guru Ji ... “Maharaj, Aurangzeb is making life a misery for the people of Kashmir. He steals our money to keep us poor. The sins he is committing at the moment though are far greater. He is forcefully making all Hindus into Muslims. Few have survived in Kashmir ... most have been converted or killed.”
“Now Aurangzeb says it is our turn to be converted. We have begged for 6 months time in order to find a solution. For 8 days we sat in Amar Naath without food or water praying to Shivji and then we received this letter telling us to make our way to you.”
Pandit Kirpa Raam took the letter out and put it at the feet of Guru Ji. The Brahmins placed their hands together and said ... "Maharaj our dharam (religion) is in grave danger ... please hear our pleas, be merciful and save us. There is no other to whom we can turn."
At Anandpur we can have darshan of the thara sahib (stage) where Guru Ji sat when the kashmiri pandits came to them. Even today people stand in front of this thara and do ardasa with love and faith and Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji continues to fulfil the ardasa of the sangata.
Whilst holding the letter in their hand, Maharaj was listening to Pandit Kirpa Ram with great focus. After some time they spoke. "If the Turks have a huge kingdom today, then it is due to the blessings given by Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji to Emperor Baber.”
Guru Nanak Dev Ji had said to Baber that for generations to come you will rule this land. However they also said, “when any king from your family hurts the ordinary poor man then this very Kingdom that we are blessing you with - we will reclaim it, even if it has to be reclaimed by giving our head!”
“The time has come now to end their reign" said Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji. After some time Maharaj spoke again ... "your dharam can only be saved if a mahapursh (a great soul) sacrifices themselves."
It was at this time that Gobind Rai (who by now had moved to Anandpur from Patna) responded by saying ... "Father, if their dharam can be saved by a great soul giving its kurbani (sacrifice)... then surely there is no mahapursh greater than you!"
Had it not been for Dhan Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s sacrifice of their own father no one would have had the right to worship the Lord in their own way ... all other religious texts would have been destroyed, great sins would have been committed, religious places would have been destroyed .... Great is our father, Guru Gobind Singh Ji who sent his own father to be sacrificed so that others could follow their faith freely.
Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji were very happy that their son had such great courage. Whilst Guru Gobind Singh Ji may not have enjoyed His father’s protection for long due to their kurbani, as a result of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji’s shaheedi (martyrdom) many other children were able to enjoy the protection of their fathers for a long time to come.
Maharaj told the brahmins, "you should get together and go to Delhi. Tell Aurangzeb that your Guru is shashter dhaari (carries weapons), and when Aurangzeb asks you who is the Guru that feeds you and that you learn from, and that you offer your money to? ... then tell him my name."
"Tell him - all Hindus believe in the Guru. If our Guru becomes a Muslim then we will all become Muslim but if you cannot convert Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji then we will not convert either. When you say this to Aurangzeb then he will call for me - and when he does, know that your faith will be saved instantly. Do not worry, know that when the Guru takes hold of your arm then He never lets you go."
The Brahmins put their hands together and repeated over and over “Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Jj, Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji”. Everyone present had complete faith in Guru Ji’s words.
Maharaj then offered langar to the pandits, who stayed on at Anandpur sahib for a couple of days before setting off towards Delhi.
Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji. In this world everyone is out to save themselves. No one goes out of their way to help anyone - but look at Maharaj’s merciful and compassionate nature that they chose to sacrifice themselves to uphold the right of others to freely practice their faith.
We should always keep in mind that this saakhi is not just relevant to the Brahmin pandits of kashmir... we should know and remember that Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj knows our every desire and intention at all times.
In the next post we will share the conversation that took place between Aurangzeb and the Brahmin Pandits
(Source: Gurpartap Suraj Granth Katha by Bhai Vishal Singh Ji)