Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Aasa Kee Vaar...


Author: Bhai Sanjovan Singh (UK)

History is witness to two very famous Sri Asa Ki Var Kirtans. The first, performed on the banks of the River Sirsa. The 10th Master, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Parivar and Fauj singing in high pitch voices the lines: "ਹਰਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਿੰਨੇ ਲੋਇਣਾ ਮਨੁ ਪ੍ਰੇਮਿ ਰਤੰਨਾ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਜੇ". Hundreds of Singhs are giving Shaheedi holding back the relentless blood hungry Mughals so that the Sangat can uphold the Maryada of the Guru's Darbar. The delay ultimately led to the Vichhora of Guru Sahib's Parivar and Shaheedi of Chhotte Sahibzade with Mata Gujjar Kaur Ji.

The second, performed within Chamkaur di Garrhi. Guru Sahib and forty Singhs, exhausted after days of travelling and fighting. Holed up in a mud house on top of a hill, being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of tyrants. Guru Sahib gives Bhai Sangat Singh an order to get the Saaj out and start Sri Asa Ki Var Kirtan. Surely it is this bani that gave the Singhs inspiration to fight such huge numbers. Who could be afraid after singing the following line: "ਹਰਿ ਜੁਗੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਭਗਤ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਪੈਜ ਰਖਦਾ ਆਇਆ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਜੇ"

A pyara veer once told us to cherish this Bani. A Bani that so many Singhs have given Shaheedi over. Through this Bani, Guru Sahib has given supreme examples of how Gursikhs should sideline worldly concerns and uphold their duty to their Guru.

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