Today in Sikh History – 5th January
Prakash Utsav (birthday), Tenth Patshah, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
==> GURU GOBIND SINGH JI (1666-1708), tenth Patshah of the Sikh faith, was born on Saturday, Dec. 22, 1666 at Patna Sahib to father Guru Tegh Bahadhur Patshah and Matta Gujri. On, Nov. 11, 1675, he assumed Guruship at Anandpur Sahib.
Rahao Gur Gobind Salok Mahala 9
Since early childhood, Guru Sahib was keen on weapons and their use. It is for this reason, that Guru Sahib became a scholar on weapons and mastered their usage, at a very early age. Guru Sahib continually emphasized scholarly works throughout his life. As a results, scholars around the world traveled long distances to participate and receive honors in his courts. He was always surrounded by renowned scholars. One of Guru Sahib’s objective was to translate all scholarly works in Gurmukhi and commissioned several such translations. His vision of Sikh Kaum included a communion of scholars. In an attempt to turn Anandpur Sahib as the center of knowledge, Guru Sahib actively encouraged and sent Sikhs to study at various renowned institutions in the world.
To uplift the suppressed people, Guru Sahib instituted the tradition of Amrit during Vaisakhi diwan of sunmat 1756 at KeshGadh Sahib. Further he established a communion of Amritdharis (who received Amrit) and called it Khalsa. Guru Sahib, himself was the sixth member of the Khalsa order. Witnessing the false practices and prevalent injustices, Guru Sahib propagated the message of Guru Nanak so vigorously that the neighboring hill rulers felt threatened. Without understanding either his message or appreciating his objectives, these rulers suddenly turned enemies and attacked on several occasions. Each time Guru Sahib had to fight for his defense.
In sunmat 1761, the Turk forces sought Guru Sahib to leave Anandpur Sahib under promises that were proven false through subsequent events. Once Guru Sahib was out of Anandpur Sahib, he was attacked and suffered heavy losses. The hard work of 52 poets, accumulated over the years, along with several commissioned translations was burned by the enemies of knowledge. However, Guru Sahib patiently but bravely faced the enemy and escaped into the neighboring forest. Here with his influence, Guru Sahib turned this ghost land into Saint land and the forest into civilized Malwa. With his message of patience and valor, Guru Sahib preached the importance of sacrifice and true knowledge.
He had four sons from Mata Jeeto and Sundari, namely, Baba Ajit Singh, Baba Zujar Singh, Baba Zorawar Singh, and Baba Fateh Singh Ji. All four sacrificed their lives to protect and further the growth of the institutional plant sown by Guru Sahib.
After bestowing Guruship to Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Sahib left this earth on Oct. 7, 1708, near the banks of Godawari river in Nanded, Guru Gobind Singh bravely fulfilled the responsibilities of Guruship and guided the Sikh Panth for 32 years, 10 months, and 26 days. He spent a total of 41 years, 9 months, and 15 days during his visit to this earth.
-Ref. Mahan Kosh
Karam Singh of Jhingar and Dalip Singh of Gossal were arrested.
Morcha launched for the possession of lands belonging to Gurudwara Pheru, Lahore.
==> BHAI PHERU was born in Anbmadhi village to khatri father Bhinane. His parents named him Pheru. In sunmat 1713, he became a Sikh of Guru Har Rai Sahib. Apparently, he came to Guru’s darbar while traveling on business. After some time Guru Sahib established him as the Masand of Naka. When Guru Gobind Singh warned against the abuses by Masands and ordered that they be brought in his presence dragged by their beards, Bhai Pheru presented himself dragging his own beard. Guru Sahib impressed by this deed, honored him with the title of Sachi Dahdhi (true beard) and Sangat Sahib. Bhai Pheru never started his own discipleship. He did nirol prachaar of the Guru’s baani. Yet some people claim to be his disciples and refer to themselves as sangat sahib kae.
Bhai Pheru’s gurudwara is in village Mia kae Modh, tehsil Chuhniya, district Lahore, which is 9 miles from the railway station of Shagha Magha and 10 miles from Court Radhakrishan. This gurudwara owns extensive land (110 murabhae) and receives an annual jagir of Rs. 5000/-.
Bhai Pheru was a successful businessman, who dedicated himself, concurrently, to the seva of the Panth – is a chaanaan munaaraa (light-house/role-model) for many a Sikh nowadays.
In Punjab, an organization named, Sangat Sahib Bhai Pheru Sikh Educational Society has been trying to emulate his virtues, in their endeavors for the past 45+ years. They now run various schools and colleges. The exemplary facet is that they chose to name their organization with his name, while having no familial or regional relationship with Sangat Sahib.
-Ref. Mahan Kosh
Congress Committee passed false assurances for Sikhs.
Congress committee passed the following statement
The rights of the Sikhs in Punjab should not be jeopardised.