LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM THE LIFE OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR JI
Today is the 400th PRAKASH DIVAS OF GURU TEG BAHADUR JI
If we peep and delve into the life Guru Ji, we can evidently learn how to live for others and even do not hesitate to give supreme sacrifice for others causes.
In essence, in life, when we delve deeper into the lives of renowned religious philosophers and Gurus of repute, we get valuable awareness from their teachings. These teachings help remove our ignorance from our midst thus bestowing us needed enlightenment both for refined living along with teaching us humans ethical, moralistic and spiritual orientation. All these help us in our course correction whenever we distract ourselves from the righteous path.
THE LIFE OF GURU JI
The life and level of sacrifice in case of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji becomes all the more encompassing since it was for protecting the religious sentiments of all other religion. I shall call it a sacrifice unknown in the annals of history. This sacrifice for others’ causes makes it amply clear that even the thinking of ‘self sacrifice’ is not a normal one. It is unpatrolled and unprecedented. Self-sacrifice for a virtuous cause becomes immortalized.
As a matter of fact, I am sanguine, the rare supreme sacrifice of this nature with the grace from our WAHE GURU JI. This thought is emancipation of consciousness to a level which catapults a person to a holistic growth besides taking the religious homogeneity percepts to new heights. Knowing one’s own faith is not enough, awareness about the common bond between different faiths makes all the difference including self-awareness.
To give supreme sacrifice for others’ causes is creation of new standards in understanding the meaning of any religion! Guruji’s ideals are based on the precept: : “I believe in the right of others to practice their faith peacefully” Indeed a lesson of immense importance which everyone of us should try emulating.
The Kashmiri Pandits had a highest regards for all Sikh Gurus. Their community members came to Anandpur on 25 May 1675 and begged Guru Tegh Bahadur to save them from the tyranny of Aurangzeb who had given them the option; either convert to Islam or face a certain death.
The Guru Ji was in deep thought with concern writ large on his face. Meanwhile, his nine years old son Govind (Guru) came. Sensing concern, he too felt anxious. He came to know that a sacrifice by a holy man could avert conversion or deaths. Thereupon, he plainly asked Guru Ji; who could be holier than you? Then the Guru Ji told the Kashmiris to go and inform State Governor that they were ready to covert to Islam if he was able to convert Tegh Bahadur. The Sadh Sanghat felt dismayed after listening this. The same message was conveyed to Emperor Aurangzeb who knew the strong beliefs of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. It was not only the Guru Ji who showed his broad-heartedness but also his son which I consider as the unique one.
Guru Ji believed in the principle: All religions are pure and only noble deeds count ultimately. The emperor ordered that the Guru be brought to Delhi. Then afterwards the Guru bade his farewell to his wisdom filled son, his wife Mata Nanaki and Sangat after recitation of holy Kirtan on 11 July, 1675. We should keep in mind that all religions are pure and only good deeds remain.
Guru Ji was brought to Delhi wherein he was asked to convert which he refused as he loved his religious beliefs. Subsequently, his followers were killed mercilessly. Guru Ji remained serene. He was immersed in prayers while in the cage. It shows the steadfastness of Guru ji – persuasion and persecution did not impact him. Finally, the cruel emperor ordered our Guru Ji to be executed at Chandni Chowk – he attained martyrdom to safeguard other’s religion. An example we rarely get in any annals of history. Braves offer supreme sacrifices without demur and that is why they immortalize themselves.
LESSONS I LEARNT
Remaining balnced both in happy and sad times, remaining detatched from fear and praise and blame-game too should not affect our demeanour.
We should keep away from ego, lust, greed and should seek liberation. Though difficult but a Gumukh (Pious person) can attain this.
Thru suffering, we can attain self-realization by following a righteous path. The world of ours is transactory, impermanent and illusory.
Our faith should be dear to us and should be maintained at all costs.
For seeking God, we should delve deep into our heart rather than going to forests to seek of God.
We should believe in the Omnipotence and Omniscience of God. The symbol of AUM prevaids everywhere.