Monday, December 26, 2005

Young Brave Souls - The Chhote Sahibzaadey

Today is the Shaheedi Diwas (martyrdom day) of the Chhote Sahibzaadey (the young two princes of Guru Gobind Singh jee), aged 5 and 7, and also the shaheedi diwas of Mata Gujri Kaur jee, Guru Gobind Singh jee's elderly mother. Today let's remember these great souls and reflect on where they got strength, faith and conviction from and pray to Waheguru that may He do Kirpaa on us (Grace us) with the gift of taking Amrit, keepin Rehat (Sikh discipline), and being imbued with the colour of Naam. Dhan Guru, Dhan Guru Pyaare.

Having left the Fort of Anandpur Sahib and getting separated from Guru Sahib, the family and the rest of the Sikhs, Mata Gujri jee (whose name after taking Amrit was Mata Gujri Kaur jee) and the two young Sahibzadey (sons of Guru Gobind Singh jee) walked through the forest alone. They met Gangu, a Brahman who served as a chef in the Guru’s Kitchen.

Gangu promised to look after Mata Gujri jee, Guru jee’s mother, and the young princes aged 5, and 7. “Let me take you to my village”, said Gangu. “You will be safe there.” Having trust for Gangu, Mata jee agreed that she and the Sahibzadey would go to Gangu’s village. Arriving in the village, Gangu took them home and gave them beds to sleep on.

At night time when everyone had gone to sleep, Gangu sneaked into the room where Mata Gujri jee and the Sahibzadey were sleeping. He searched through Mata jee’s bag of gold coins and stole her money. In the morning Mata Gujri jee asked Gangu, ‘O Gangu, where have the gold coins gone?’ Mata jee knew in heart that Gangu had stolen the money. Angered by Mata jee’s discovery of him stealing her money and lured by the greed of a reward, Gangu hurried outside of his house and shouted that he had captured the Guru’s children and mother in his home.

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