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"ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਕੁਫ਼ਰ ਤੋਲਣ ਵਾਲੇ, ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਬੋਲਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਨੂੰ ਸੋਧਣਾ ਹਰ ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖ ਦਾ ਫ਼ਰਜ਼ ਹੈ। ਇਹੋ ਜਿਹੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਨੂੰ ਜੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਅਤਿਵਾਦੀ ਕਹਿੰਦੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਮੈਂ ਅਤਿਵਾਦੀ ਹਾਂ।"
- Bhai Ranjit Singh (Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib)

KES - Sikhs' Link with Baba Nanak

Source: Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba

INSPIRATION

Sikh Raj lost - courtesy internecine fratricide, treachery by Dogra courtiers. After annexation of the Sikh Raj, Governor General Lord Dalhousie took Maharaja Duleep Singh who was just nine years old under his tutelage. Thereafter, it was ensured that all the Sikh attendants and Granthis were removed from his service. Young Duleep Singh with one Muslim Mian Khema was brought from Lahore to Calcutta. After some time Mian Khema was also replaced by Pundit Bhajan Lal of Farukhabad. Bhajan Lal was a product of American Mission School and he used to recite Bible to young Duleep Singh.

As planned, on 8th March, 1853 in a special function held at Calcutta under the stewardship of Bishop Dr. Wilson and W. Jay Jay this last flame of independence of Sikh Raj was converted to Christianity. It is interesting to note that even despite the conversion of Duleep Singh to Christianity his hair were not shorn for full one year and he continued to adore beautiful turban.

Then after one year to delink young Duleep Singh from Baba Nanak his hair were also removed. How candid is E. Dalhousie Login when she writes in Lady Login's recollections,

"He (Duleep Singh) had been long anxious to show that he was no longer a follower of Nanuk, the Sikh Prophet, by cutting off the long tress of hair which he, in common with all Sikhs, wore twisted up into a knob above the forehead and covered with the bright-coloured under-turban. "

The most important point to note in this episode is that even the firanghees accepted that by cutting his hair a Sikh breaks his relationship from Guru Nanak Dev ji.

During this period Maharani Jind Kaur, mother of Duleep Singh was imprisoned at Chinar fort. She managed to escape from there and wading through jungles and facing physical, mental agony and conspiracies this Punjabi Queen managed to reach Nepal. In the process she had lost her eye sight. With the help of King of Nepal she was able to meet Duleep Singh, no longer a Sikh. Although she could not see her son she just put her hand on the head of Duleep. Instead of the royal turban when her hands touched the naked and barren head she screamed and wailed. The loss of her husband Sher-i-Panjab Ranjeet Singh, the kingdom, the conspiracies or the arduous pauper like situations, insinuations could not shake her courage and boldness. But now having touched the shorn head of her son she totally broke down. Young Duleep was totally shaken. He told his mother that he could not restore back her husband, kingdom or riches but he would definitely like Bhai Mahan Singh would get the declaration of desertion to Guru's dictate removed.

"In this background on 9th March, 1886 Duleep Singh wrote from England to one of his close relative in Punjab, I need not tell you how pleased I shall be (if the Government permits) for you to be present at my receiving "Powhl" which I trust my cousin Thakar Singh Sindanwalia will administer to me…..I put my faith entirely in Sutgooroo who now that I turn to him for forgiveness I know will not forsake me."

Despite having decided to remove his apostasy Duleep Singh in a rare gesture addressed a letter to the Sat Sri Akal Purak ka Khalsaji seeking forgiveness. The repentance letter is as follows:


My beloved Countrymen,

It was not my intention ever to return to reside in India, but Sutgooroo, who governs all destinies, and is more powerful than I, his erring creature, has caused circumstances to be so brought about that, against my will, I am compelled to quit England, in order to occupy a humble sphere in India. I submit to His Will; being persuaded that whatever is for the best will happen.

I now, therefore, beg forgiveness of you, Khalsa Jee, or the Pure, for having forsaken the faith of my ancestors for a foreign religion; but I was very young when I embraced Christianity.
It is my fond desire on reaching Bombay to take the Pahul again, and I sincerely hope for your prayers to the Sutgooroo on that solemn occasion.

I am compelled to write this to you because I am not permitted to visit you in the Punjab, as I had much hoped to do.
Truly a noble reward for my unwavering loyalty to the Empress of India! But Sut Gooroo’s will be done.

With Wah Gooroo jee ke Futteh,

I remain,
My beloved Countrymen,
Your own flesh and blood,

[London, 25 March, 1886.] DULEEP SINGH.



It is pertinent to note that young Duleep Singh was not blessed with the protection, love and care of his parents on his head and he was literally in the imprisonment of aliens but realized his glorious past and the heritage of the Gurus and came back to the right path. But those parents who themselves take their innocent children to the saloons for cutting their hair, are they not guilty of unpardonable act of ecclesiastical murder of their own kith and kin.
About this situation Bhai Gurdas ji writes at Vaar 35, Pauri 22, "If the mother poisons her son, who can save him. If the security does the pillage who can save?"

ਜੇ ਮਾਉ ਪੁਤੈ ਵਿਸੁ ਦੇ ਤਿਸ ਤੇ ਕਿਸੁ ਪਿਆਰਾ।
ਜੇ ਘਰ ਭੰਨੇ ਪਾਹਰੂ ਕਉਣ ਰਖਹਾਰਾ।


4 Comments

  1. Kavneet Singh Pune May 7, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Excellent !!!!

    Awesome article!!!!!

    No words to describe it

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  2. A_Singh May 9, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Must be a true connection with Kes and Guru Nanak. Is it possible to get a source of E. Dalhousie Login's statements? Which work or book it is in? Would be appreciated.

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  3. A_Singh May 9, 2012, 11:05 pm

    I found the book Lady Logins Recollections online and it is on page 103

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  4. tejbir singh usa June 5, 2012, 2:06 pm

    To understand what Duleep Singh is saying then one must understand the phrase of Guru Nanak Dev ji "that everything that happens in this world and beyond is done under Waheguru ji's command. There is also a verse in Guru Granth Sahib ji "that it would be better for a women to become barren than give birth to a child who does not recite the name of the lord". But here in Duleep singh's case he was not at all at fault.

    As one can read from the letter and one should also know that Waheguru ji does everything and this was also his doing and furthermore Duleep Singh should be credited with the fact that he realised that and so should we.

    Waheguruji ka khalsa Waheguruji ki fateh.

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