Word spread and many Brahmins gathered in Delhi outside that palace where Aurangzeb resided. Aurangzeb, seated in the main court room at the Red Fort, gave the guard permission to allow the pandits to come and speak.
The Brahmins bowed before him, but again this is where Gursikhs differ... Never did Bhai Taru Singh ji, Bhai Subegh Singh or even the tiny sahibzade ever do salamaa or bow to the mughal emperors... And we should remember that too... As Gursikhs our heads only bow to Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj.
Aurangzeb felt empowered seeing them bow to him and asked “why do you come here?” Pandit Kirpa Raam spoke... "We are being forced to convert to Islam but we do not wish to forsake our religion. We are told this instruction has come directly from yourself... We are here to make a plea ... Please remain in your faith and allow us to remain in ours.”
Kirpa Raam manoeuvred the conversation so that he could inform Aurangzeb of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji’s message ... “we believe in and have faith in the house of Guru Nanak, they are our Guru. Day and night we sing Their praises and only do as They say. If you wish us to become Muslim then you must first bring Them into sharia... If you can convince Them we will all willingly follow!”
It is worth noting however that although Pandit Kirpa Raam told Aurangzeb that Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji were their Guru, the pandits only ever came into the sanctuary of Guru Sahib once. Before this they did not keep faith in the house of Guru Nanak, yet upon their first ever plea, it is amazing how Guru Sahib grabbed hold of their arm so tightly.
Aurangzeb was well aware that Guru Ji had huge powers, having previously witnessed numerous miracles performed by Baba Ram Rai Ji in his very own court - to the extent that 2 or 3 Qazi’s (Islamic priests) had spoken badly of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji and just by looking at them, Baba Ram Rai Ji had taken away their ability to ever speak again! Aurangzeb was keen to call Guru Ji to Delhi – “just imagine how this powerful Guru could aid us in our quest to make the whole world muslim” he said to his advisors.
Aurangzeb ordered 2 of his soldiers to leave for Anandpur sahib at once. He gave them a letter saying ... "Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji, please bless us with your darshan in Delhi. I have heard your praise from many people and would like to meet with you". Political people have always been very good at saying one thing from their mouths but having very different intentions in their hearts!
Upon receiving the letter Guru Sahib sent a written response with the soldiers. “I will make my own way to you Aurangzeb. However it will take me some time to travel from Anandpur Sahib to Delhi as I will stop many times on route especially during the days of chumasa (a time of changeable weather) when pathways are muddy and water logged.”
Guru Sahib made their preparations and touched the feet of their mother Mata Naanaki Ji for whom this separation was going to be very difficult. After a long time they had finally met with their son at Patna Sahib but they hadn’t been together for long. Now they had finally been reunited at Anandpur sahib, but again they have to bear the pains of separation.
Even in this day and age, many mothers send their sons to a foreign country to earn money. However they can speak to one another over the phone and nowadays we can even see each other’s faces while we talk. The mother knows her son is going to a better place and hopes that she will meet him again soon ...but even then, that separation is difficult for any mother. Imagine this situation where Mata Naanaki Ji sent her son to Delhi knowing that he would not return.
Maharaj knew they would not meet any of their family or sangata in their physical form again. Once they left Anandpur Sahib then only their sees (head) would return. We often associate Anandpur Sahib with Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj but we should remember it was Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji Maharaj who established the city of Anandpur Sahib. Guru Sahib gave huge blessings to all of the sangata as they departed.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj had taken 5 Sikhs with them to Lahore when they went to give their shaheedi: Bhai Jaita Ji, Bhai Langaha Ji, Bhai Bidhi Chand Ji , Bhai Prana Ji and Bhai Paita Ji. All 5 Sikhs returned home to tell Dhan Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji what had happened in Lahore.
Dhan Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji at this time also chose 5 warriors who would go with them to Delhi. Five would leave Anandpur Sahib with them... but not all 5 would return. They were Dhan Bhai Mati Das Ji and Dhan Bhai Sati Das Ji who were brothers, Dhan Bhai Dayala Ji a very sidhki (principled) Sikh of the Guru, Dhan Bhai Udey Ji and Dhan Bhai Gurditta Ji from Baba Budda Ji’s lineage.
If we do seva without simran it becomes a chore. But these 5 Sikhs had very pure hearts through continuously doing lots of seva and simran. They had great spiritual powers but did not show or use these - instead choosing to remain humble and live their lives according to the will of Vaheguru.
They did not consider anything as being theirs - not even their own heads. Compare that to ourselves, we have so much attachment even with a cheap material thing such as our flip flops! ... should anyone take our chapla we make sure we tell the world about it!
This is no ordinary scene when Guru ji would have departed from Anandpur sahib and left for Delhi... how much bairaag (the pain of separation) must their family and Sikhs have felt, knowing deep in their hearts that Guru sahib would sacrifice themselves for righteousness.
(Source: Gurpartap Suraj Granth Katha by Bhai Vishal Singh Ji)
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