Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur Jee Sahib and Three Gursikhs

A depiction showing Bhai Jaita Ji holding ‘sees’ (head) of Guru Teg Bahadar Ji

November 24th marks the martydom day of the Ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Jee and the three Great Gursikhs: Bhai Mati Daas jee, Bhai Dyaal Daas Jee, and Bhai Sati Daas jee. Guru Sahib’s sacrifice is unmatched and unparallelled in world history. Many people have given their lives for their own family, their own country, or their religion, but no other early example can be found in history of someone who sacrificed themselves for the sake of another’s religion and for the sake another’s freedom to live in peace. May Guru jee inspire and bless us all to live selflessly and make our lives of benefit to others and the world. Dhan Guru, Dhan Guru Ke Pyaare.

ਤਿਲਕ ਜੰਵੂ ਰਾਖਾ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਤਾ ਕਾ ॥ ਕੀਨੋ ਬਡੋ ਕਲੂ ਮਹਿ ਸਾਕਾ ॥
He protected the ‘Tilak’ (forehead mark) and ‘Janeoo’ (sacred thread of the Hindus) which marked a great event in the Iron age.

ਸਾਧਨ ਹੇਤਿ ਇਤੀ ਜਿਨਿ ਕਰੀ ॥ ਸੀਸੁ ਦੀਆ ਪਰ ਸੀ ਨ ਉਚਰੀ ॥੧੩॥

For the sake of the innocent, he laid down his head without expressing a sign (of pain).13.

ਧਰਮ ਹੇਤਿ ਸਾਕਾ ਜਿਨਿ ਕੀਆ ॥ ਸੀਸੁ ਦੀਆ ਪਰ ਸਿਰਰੁ ਨ ਦੀਆ ॥

For the sake of Dharma (righteousness), he sacrificed himself. He laid down his head but not his faith.

ਨਾਟਕ ਚੇਟਕ ਕੀਏ ਕੁਕਾਜਾ ॥ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਲੋਗਨ ਕਹ ਆਵਤ ਲਾਜਾ ॥੧੪॥

They asked him for the performance of miracles, but he refused, deeming them unworthy. 14.

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥


ਠੀਕਰਿ ਫੋਰਿ ਦਿਲੀਸਿ ਸਿਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਪੁਰਿ ਕੀਯਾ ਪਯਾਨ ॥
Defying the king of Delhi (Aurangzeb) he broke the potsherd of his body and left to be with God.

ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਸੀ ਕ੍ਰਿਆ ਕਰੀ ਨ ਕਿਨਹੂੰ ਆਨ ॥੧੫॥

None could perform such an unmatched great act as that of (Guru) Teg Bahadur.15.

ਤੇਗ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਕੇ ਚਲਤ ਭਯੋ ਜਗਤ ਕੋ ਸੋਕ ॥

The whole world mourned on the departure of (Guru) Teg Bahadur.

ਹੈ ਹੈ ਹੈ ਸਭ ਜਗ ਭਯੋ ਜੈ ਜੈ ਜੈ ਸੁਰ ਲੋਕਿ ॥੧੬॥

The world weaped but the heavens resounded in joyous celebration.16.

(Bachitar Naatak, Guru Gobind Singh Ji)


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