Guru Tegh Bahadur ji

Guru Tegh Bahadur ji was born in the Punjab town of Amritsar around 1621. He was Guru Hargobind Sahib ji’s youngest son. Tyag Mal was his given name at birth. His father dubbed him Tegh Bahadur (the sword knight) after observing his valour and fearlessness during one of the battles conducted by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan.

Teg Bahadur travelled with his father to numerous historic and noteworthy locations. Tegh Bahadur got inspirational and spiritual insights from these excursions.

He later developed into a spiritual scholar and poet. Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji incorporated his work and rendition. Our living guru contains a total of 115 hymns. Bhai Makhan Shah discovered Teg Bahadur in the village of Bakala.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s Shaheedi

Guru Tegh Bahadur ji’s shaheedi was a watershed moment in Sikh history. It had a tremendous effect on Sikhism’s future course.

Guru Tegh Bahadur ji was a stalwart defender and upholder of not only Sikhism, but also of the essential human rights, namely the right to live freely and the freedom of religion without violation.

His exemplary and admirable advocacy for Hindu pundits exemplifies the attributes of leadership that have become a goal in today’s world. His confrontation with Aurangzeb to defend millions of people denied basic religious liberties resulted in a watershed point in Sikh history.

In his dialogue with Aurangzeb, who advised him to convert to Islam, Guruji stated unequivocally that he would rather die than abandon his faith. Aurangzeb, as maleficent as he could be, imprisoned Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and his friends at the Chandni Chowk police station, where they were tortured in the most brutal manner possible on Aurangzeb’s orders.

The malignant techniques used to coerce acquiescence in broad daylight in a public square include the following:

Bhai Mati Das sawn alive
Bhai Dyal Das boiled in a cauldron 
Bhai Sati Das roasted alive 
Guru Tegh Bahadur ji beheaded alive 

Gurdwara Sis Ganj in Delhi marks the precise place of these series of events. His martyrdom adds another layer of difficulty to the Sikh conscience.

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It also sent a strong message to the protected Hindus and many others, by their silent silence, about the importance of self-respect and sacrifice.

This laid the groundwork for the upcoming Sikh historical adventure headed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji.

A Poem on The Great Guru Teg Bahadur ji 1#

Oh! The Great Guru Teg Bahadur ji ,

A scholar who wrote spiritually,

Donned his turban majestically ,

And had a heart as big as the sea ,

Deep down what a fearless warrior was he ,

And once even considered the protector of Humanity.

He helped the lost by showing them the way,

And helped them fight greed and ego away .

Some used to pray ,

While others made statues of Clay ,

But no matter what ,

He used to be worshipped everyday .

Some argue it was what he used to say ,

While others say it was his charity that paved the way ,

But I’ll tell you what ,

His greatness was due to the charisma he gave away.

Protector of Humanity #2

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,

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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

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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. Dhan, Dhan, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji.

(24th November)

tyrant Aurangzeb
none more cruel to Hindus
In the World Wide Web!
all their misery, to him, was due
no wonder, him, we still boo

conversion was forced
or else death, a certainty;
there was no remorse.
the distressed deserved pity
as they prayed to all deities

a beacon of light
Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur
heard of Hindus plight.
the answer he was quite sure
‘ tolerance ‘, simple and pure

‘ Faith is one’s own choice
to convert by force is crime
listen to people’s voice;
you have no reason or rhyme
‌to kill; let bells of love chime ‘

the pious Guru
met and gave piece of his mind
but the king didn’t rue;
‘ one Hindu to behead, you find;
if you do, then you are kind! ‘

the Guru unmoved
offered: ‘ behead me if you want;
let Hindus be loved ‘
Aurangzeb, with respect, scant
beheaded the Guru, in an instant

Guru Tegh Bahadur
stood up for Hindus, rock like
like none else before;
on this day, a lamp we shall light
let tolerance, always, shine bright!

Narayana Aghalaya

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