'Only the brave die a worthy death, they are accepted by the Lord after death.'
(Guru I Vadhans Raag : Guru Granth Sahib Jee)


This is how Guru Gobind Singh jee described his father's sacrifice:

'The Lord (Guru Tegh Bahadur jee) saved the honour of the Hindus' frontal mark (tilak) and sacred thread (janyoo), and made a great sacrifice in this dark age. He did this for the sake of the righteous people: He gave His head but didn't utter a word of pain. He did this for the sake of Religion (Dharma): He gave His head but not His faith! Miracles are a cheap way of fooling people: Prophets of Waheguru (God) choose not to display occult powers.'

Satguru Tegh Bahadur jee was given three choices by the Moghul Emperor:

1. convert to Islam and hence let the Kashmir Hindus face more persecution, but 'He gave His head but not His faith!

2. display a miracle to prove He was a prophet, but 'Miracles are a cheap way of fooling people'

3. or He could choose death, so 'He gave His head but didn't utter a word of pain'.

Guru Gobind Singh jee then goes on to describe what happened :

'Satguru Tegh Bahadur jee broke His earthly vase over the head of the Emperor of Delhi, and made His journey to the abode of Waheguru. No one else has ever done such a noble deed of self-sacrifice as Guru Tegh Bahadur jee. When Guru Tegh Bahaduru jee left His body a great sadness welled up in the world. Alas! Alas! Alas! rose the cries from the world; Glory! Glory! Glory! resounded throughout the heavens!'

Guru Tegh Bahadur jee broke His earthly vase over the Emperor's head - not the other way around. It is wrong to say the Emperor beheaded Satguru jee because Satguru jee was in control. Everything happened as Satguru jee chose and the Emperor was playing a minor role.

A great Sikh once said that describing Guru Tegh Bahadur jee is more difficult than pouring the oceans into a matchbox. Satguru jee lived what He preached. Here are some of His Shabads - the words that inspire hundreds of thousands of Sikhs to make sacrifices for the sake of Truth:

'O saints, the Creator has made this World Drama: When one person falls to the ground (i.e. dies) another still believes he is here to stay. I cannot comprehend the mystery of this wonder! The mortal is gripped by lust, anger and attachment and forgets the Lord - the Supreme Being. The mortal deems as true the mortal body which is but a dream in the night. All that is seen passes away is like the shadow of the clouds. Servant Nanak knows the world to be false so seeks the refuge of the Lord.'

Guru Tegh Bahadur jee wrote it but signs it off as servant Nanak because all of the Guru's were just different bodies to hold the divine light of Guru Nanak jee(and Guru Granth Sahib jee is the Holy Book that eternally holds the Divine light of Guru Nanak).

Guru Tegh Bahadur jee has also described the highest state of mind that a human can reach - this was the state of mind that the Guru bestows on His saints. This was the state that the 3 Sikhs who were tortured to death infront of Satguru jee were in:

'One who is not disturbed by suffering;

Who is not swayed by pleasures, attachments or fear;

Who sees gold and dust as the same;

Who does not seek out praise, nor run from blame;

Who is beyond greed, attachment and ego;

Who rises above pleasure and pain;

Who reacts to neither praise nor slander;

Who renounces desires and sensuality:

Who remains detached from the world:

Who is free from lust and anger:

In such a person dwells Waheguru (God).

Only by the Guru's grace does a person come to understand this.

Guru Nanak says such a person merges into Waheguru,

just as water into water.'

Great, truly great Guru Tegh Bahadur jee.


Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Wears His turban beautifully,

Standing majestically,

He smiles lovingly.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Master Of Spirituality,

Distributor of charity,

Protector of humanity.

India had become an evil place

invaded by the Moghul race,

Aurangzeb was the Moghul King

and he only wanted this thing,

To make all people beg from him

to turn a Hindu into a Muslim.

The Indian's were a peaceful people

but their minds had become feeble:

Some of them prayed to stones

some of them prayed at graves,

But their gods never heard their groans

and let the people become Moghul slaves.

Some of them were young and tough

and said "We will fight and fight",

but they weren't tough enough

for the Moghul Empires might.

So the people being oppressed

began to give up all hope,

becoming totally depressed

they turned to drink and dope.

They then began to imagine

that things could get no worse,

but drought, disease and famine

struck them like a curse.

When a baby girl was born

her future was full of danger,

She would grow up to be kidnapped

and raped by a Moghul stranger.

So the parents to save themselves

from the heartache and the pain,

murdered their baby girls

so they suffered no future shame.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Loves all as His family,

And felt the suffering of humanity.

So He travelled as a missionary

teaching everyone Gurbanee

Just as Guru Nanak Dev jee.

The Guru returned to Anandpur

after completing his missionary tour,

One day Hindu saints from Kashmir

came desparately to His door:

'O Helper of the Weak,

O Destroyer of Tyrants,

O Honour of the Meek,

We beg You to protect us

from the merciless Moghuls

who having no fear of sin,

murder innocent Hindus

or convert them into Muslims'.

And even though He wasn't Hindu,

and even though He didn't believe

in the Tilak or Janjyoo,

These were all still the children

of Wonderful Waheguru.

And the young son Gobind Rai

said " Who better than the Perfect Master

to defend the rights of the innocent

and prevent certain disaster ".

The Protector of Humanity

and His loyal devotees,

Rode their horses and went to see

the Emperor at Delhi:

Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Wore His turban beautifully,

Standing majestically,

He commanded masterfully:

'O Emperor of Delhi

You may try to convert me,

but if you do not succeed

then you should set the Hindus free'.

First they tortured the Guru's devotees

but they had no fear of death,

And the Guru was extremely pleased

that they remembered Waheguru with every breath.

Then the Executioner

chopped off the Gurus head,

but the Guru's light lives on

even though the body is dead.

The Guru's light lives on

in Guru Gobind Singh,

From every drop of blood

arise the Khalsa Kings.

Each one excells in bravery

and is prepared to give his life,

inspired by Guru Tegh Bahadur jee

and His supreme sacrifice.

The Guru's light lives on

In the Guru Granth Sahib jee,

If you want to have His vision

meditate on Gurbanee,

But first of all take Amrit

and you too will live fearlessly.

The Moghuls have been swept away

like an autumn leaf,

Its thanks to Guru Tegh Bahadur jee

and His miracle beyond belief.

No one before in history

had fought like the Guru jee,

Even though he was a Sikh

he sacrificed to set the Hindu's free.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Wears His turban beautifully,

Standing majestically,

He smiles lovingly.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee,

Master Of Spirituality,

Distributor of charity,

Protector of humanity.

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