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Japiyo Jin Arjan Dev Guru

Japiyo Jin Arjan Dev Guru

Today 12th June is the Shaheedi Gurpurab of Shaheeda de Sirtaj Dhan Dhan Shiri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj!!

Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the 5th Guru of the Sikhs, was given the death sentence in 1606 by the tyrant government of the time. History tells us of many factors which led to Guru Arjan Dev ji’s Martyrdom, the main being that Maharaj helped the emperor’s relative Khusrau during a rebellion.

The other reasons noted are from Sikh AND non-Sikh sources. They paint the following picture. Whilst Guru ji was compiling the Siri Adi Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Scriptures), the Moughal authorities ordered that Guru Arjan Dev put a verse of the Quran into the Siri Adi Granth Sahib. Maharaj declined the order thus was asked to pay a fine of nearly 2 lakh (200,000 rupees)

A Sikh offered to pay the fine, but Maharaj declined that also. During this time, Maharaj was arrested and brought to Lahore. There they were imprisoned.
They were asked to convert to Islam, they refused. The order was then given that Guru Arjan Dev Ji be tortured and executed. Guru Sahib was tied to a tree which had all its branches cut off so there was no shade. They then had sand poured over their feet and were kept in a open courtyard in the blistering heat all day long without any food or water to drink. This went on for a few days.

During this time Guru ji did not ask for mercy, plead, cry or break down. They remained focused on Waheguru (The Supreme Lord).

The order was then given that Guru Arjan Dev ji were to be seated on a hot iron plate whilst boiling sand would be poured over them. During this barbaric torture, the 5th Master of the Sikhs recited Prayers. They recited the following lines…

Tera Kiya Meetha Lage,
Har Naam Padarath Nanak Mange

Your actions seem so sweet to me, O Lord,
Nanak begs for the treasure of the Naam, the Name of the Lord!!

Maharaj after this torture, were allowed to bathe in the River Raavi which flowed on the outskirts of the city of Lahore. Here Guru Arjan Dev ji immersed into the cool waves of the river and journeyed to their heavenly abode…

Bhai Gurdas ji, a contemporary of Guru Arjan Dev Ji and the pioneering scribe of Guru Granth Sahib, summed up:

“Like a rain-bird, thirsting only for a drop of rain and no other water, Guru Arjan Dev Ji abandoned all worldly opportunities offered to him and desired but an abiding repose in the love and will of God. So deeply was he absorbed in the undisturbed and unbroken vision of the Lord, that his enlightened and elevated spirit conquered all sorrow and pain and his soul rested peacefully in the eternal embrace of God’s love. I am a sacrifice unto Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the Perfect one.”


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by | June 12, 2013 · 6:58 pm

Dharmi Fauji’s

29 years ago today, a few days after Operation Bluestar which saw the Indian Army attack the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, the then ex-Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and Ex-Union Minister Surjit Singh Barnala were arrested in Chandigarh just a few hours before they were to be interviewed by the BBC.

Just 2 days before, Badal & Barnala had appeared before the press in Chandigarh despite the media blackout to announce that the holiest shrine of the Sikhs Shri Akaal Takhat Sahib had been demolished by the Indian Armed forces and that thousands of innocent pilgrims had been killed. Badal went on to further say that “it was now time for the Sikhs in the armed forces to mutiny and desert their barracks, march towards Punjab and help save the lives of the innocent.”

Emotionally charged and angered at the news, thousands of Sikhs serving in the Army overnight mutineered and deserted their barracks. Sikh soldiers based in Maharastra, Gujarat and Bihar started to march towards Punjab only to be ambushed by the Police and other regiments of the Indian Army. It is estimated that hundreds of Sikh Soldiers died that night. Those who survived the ambush were court martialed and imprisoned. When released they were denied their Military pensions and forced to live in abject poverty. These Sikh Soldiers who rebelled to help defend their place of worship are now called “Dharmi Faujis” (Soldiers of Faith). Not once did Badal or Barnala, who asked these Soldiers to mutiny in the first place, visit them in jail or after they had been released.

In 2010 and 2011 I visited Punjab to meet some of the Dharmi Fauji’s. One of these was Major Dalbir Singh who was imprisoned for 13 years after deserting his barracks on the night of 9th June 1984. Until a few years ago he lived with his wife in a makeshift house with no income or pension. Another Dharmi Fauji who was at the rank of Sergeant at the time of mutiny now fails to pay for his children’s education as he has little or no income.

Whilst we remember those who 29 years ago gave up their lives for their faith, please remember those who have been living the nightmare everyday since then.

Dharmi Faujis

– Kirat Raj Singh

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