Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! As many of the Sangat reading this know, Bandi Chor Diwas is soon; so as part of a special post we, will be talking about Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Hargobind Ji, (6th Guru), freeing the 52 kings of the jail known as Gwailor Fort, as well as himself being considered free, (the Guru is the only true free being; however, we are referring to a worldly level), and why he was in the jail in the first place?
To begin we have to understand why Guru Sahib was sent to prison by Jahangir, the same king whom Guru Sahib saved from death against a lion; the reason for him first being sent was that Jahangir was ill, and was told the only cure would be to send the holiest person who he knew into Gwailor Fort, (which was a prison known to have a very small survival rate for the inmates), and since the holiest person that has ever came in all of history was the Jot of the Guru, he decided to put Guru Sahib in jail. Throughout this, the man known as Chandu Shah, (the one who caused Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji to become Shaheed), had decided to get plans to kill the 6th form of Guru as well; however, Gursikhs had easily found out and had brought him to justice, (he was brought to justice from the very person who was one of the executioners of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji). The next important thing was the importance of the 52 kings.
Eventually Jahangir was cured from his disease and forgot that Guru Sahib was in jail; (Guru Sahib stayed in Gwailor Fort for years before Jahangir had realized what he was doing), and eventually some Sufi mystics, including Mian Mir and others told Jahangir that he should realize Guru Sahib especially for the fact that his problem was fixed and that he was previously protected by Guru Sahib. Jahangir decided to free the Guru; however, Guru Sahib would not leave because of Daya, (compassion), and eventually told Jahangir he would only leave if all the 52 kings of Gwailor Fort were to be freed as well. Eventually this led to Jahangir telling Guru Sahib that he would allow the kings to leave, if they could hold on to Guru Sahib's cloak, so in response Guru Sahib had a cloak with 52 corners made special for this. Eventually all 52 kings were freed and Sikhs were allowed to see Guru Sahib freed, after many years, (Baba Buddha was the main person who had contact with Guru Sahib during this period and he with a group of Sikhs would go to Gwailor every month to see Guru Sahib). Finally Guru Sahib was able to do more great works, and was able to travel to do prachar and fight in some battles against Shah Jahan.
Vaheguru, Vaheguru, Vaheguru, let us all be grateful for the blessings Guru Sahib constantly gives us, in the same way Guru Sahib can free physical kings from physical suffering, he can free us from our spiritual brokenness, and lead us to Vaheguru. He is not subject to any laws of Karma and reincarnation, which is why we can be free. Bhul Chuk Maaf Karni, (Forgive any Mistakes from Daas), Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Something Daas has seen a lot of pakhand of is the idea of Manmat, (those without desire for Guru Sahib), love has brought down the idea of Gurmat of what it means to truly love anything, (from Vaheguru to the near person). The great thing is once you love Vaheguru, you will be able to love all things, instead of the idea of being obsessed in the infatuation of certain individuals; while not being controlled by the 5 evils. Gurbani says this, "ਜਬ ਲਗੁ ਰਸੁ ਤਬ ਲਗੁ ਨਹੀ ਨੇਹੁ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ जब लगु रसु तब लगु नही नेहु ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ Jab lag ras ṯab lag nahī nehu. ||1|| rahā▫o. As long as there is attachment to pleasure, there can be no spiritual love. ||1||Pause||" (Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Ang 328) (The Gurmukhi script has been restored.) So the key is that Moh, (attachment), and Prem, (love), are not the same concept. An example from Sikh history is that Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji had Prem, (love), for his Sahibzadey;(Ajit, Jujhar, Zorawar, and Fateh); however, he was not attached, and that was true love according to Gurmat.
Some other Pakhand going around is that the idea of Kaam, (lust), being love; however, this is also not true either, as Kaam is an obsessive desire towards some want; (usually in sexual aspects), this takes us away from actually growing with whoever. Today many people have been controlled by many main aspects such as Pornography and other Lustful things; as those trying to follow Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji; we must be strong and use the power given to us by Guru Sahib to combat lust. Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji once said in his own bani not to even in dreams sleep with another person of the opposite gender; other than once's own spouse; so how would it be better by any other scenario?
Vaheguru, hopefully we understand the difference between Prem and the 2 evils; Moh and Kaam, and realize which side is the side of Gurmat. Vaheguru, Bhul Chuk Maaf Karni, (Forgive Any Mistakes From Daas), Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! A new unique program called Virsa Box has been made by some Gursikhs in Canada, and it's a monthly program for kids aged 4-12 with availability in U.S, Canada, and the U.K. Basically people can learn about the program on their website and Facebook page and contact the team involved, (Daas is NOT involved in the team, so it's best to contact them). Kids can learn about Gurmukhi, Bani, Ithiaas, and situations for daily problems. The program costs about $40 in Canadian Dollars per month, ($30.37 in USD), so for less than 2 dollars a day you can provide this for your kids or other relatives/friends.
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Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Something Daas wanted to talk about was how some people have somehow made a different term for the words Gursikh, and Sikh; and why this negatively effects everyone. Something we should know is the actual name of the following of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is called Gursikhi, especially in the times Bhai Gurdas names the religion, "gur sikhee dhee eaehu neesaanee |13| These are the virtuous marks of the Sikh culture.(13)" (Bhai Gurdas Vaaran 28 Pauri 13). *(The website for some reason prevented the Gurmukhi version, and as Daas doesn't have a Gurmukhi keyboard it was left out). So when we realize that Gurmat is from the Gursikhi rather than just the term Sikh we can go onto the next thing, respect for the two terms; this will be our topic for today.
Ultimately Daas would prefer this being a non-issue; but many people on both sides; have disrespected the terms so much that it has lost it's meaning for Sikhs on Earth, (but still retains it's meaning in Sach Khand). Let's took at the definition of Gursikh, which means Sikh, (student) of the Guru, and the term Sikh by itself means student; with that we can guess that they are working towards following Gurmat, right? This is where the difference on Earth comes, those who say they are Sikh, but not Gursikh; have made the entire word a form of cultural birth, rather than actual practice; while those who are Gursikh still practice. (On our home-page, our line is "Gursikh Meet Chalo Gur Chali"). We actually won't go into depth for this topic, this is mostly just something we should reflect on, (so if anyone reading was expecting a long story, Daas asks for your forgiveness, but we should think about these topics without going in depth).
Bhul Chuk Maaf Karni, (forgive any mistakes from Daas), Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!