Today in Sikh History : 26th August
|1507||Guru Nanak returned from the house of God and issued first commandment at Sultanpur.|
Guru Nanak returned from the house of God. Three days earlier he went to river Bein to take a bath but didn’t return. As such he was persumed drawned. However, he returned from the same spot that he had disappeared three days earlier and stated the first commandment that God was one, the parent of us all. People need not quarrel over religion, for God is neither Hindu nor Muslim. He is one God of the whole universe and no one should forget Him even for a moment. He said that God was beyond time, beyond births and deaths, that God was without fear and enmity. He was the creator of all the worlds in this Universe.
Akal Murat Ajuni Sae Bhang Gur Parsaad
|1679||Janam Din Bhai Daya Singh, one of the first five Sikh initiated members of the Khalsa order.|
Bhai Daya Singh Ji was born in Lahore to father Sudo Khatri and mother Dayali. On the 1699 Baisakhi day, Bhai Daya Singh was the very first to answer Guru Gonbind Singh Ji’s call for Sis Baeta. He was one of the first five selected GurSikhs to be initiated into the Khalsa order established by Guru Gobind Singh on the Vaisakhi of 1699. He was 30 years of age at this time. He passed away in 1708 besides the banks of Godawari in Nanded. Bhai Daya Singh was the recognized leader among the Panj Payaras.
|1931||SGPC resolved to launch a morcha for liberating Gurdwara Daska.|
|1980||With the protection of Baba Nihal Singh, Krishan Kaur Khalsa was the first woman to perform kirtan, in recent time, within the confines of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Vikram Singh Khalsa was performing kirtan on the Gurupurab for the birthday for Guru Ram Das Ji. This kirtan was for a Bhog on the roof of the Harimandir Sahib — not in the main hall. When he finished, he motioned for Krishna Kaur Khalsa to play. As she began some SGPC sevadars moved to stop her but Baba Nihal Singh and some other Nihungs stood in their way and protected her right to perform kirtan within the confines of the Harimandir Sahib. Still no Sikh woman has performed kirtan in the main darbar.|
In 1979, Sikhs of American descent performed Kirtan in Darbar Sahib for the very first time while observing Guru Ram Das’s Prakash Utsav. Sardar Vikram Singh Khalsa, Ajeet Singh Khalsa, and Guru Sangat Singh Khalsa performed kirtan in the main darbar.