To spread Dharma , protect saints and root out tyrants - Guru Gobind Singh
Guru came to spread Dharma, protect saints and root out tyrants and evil-minded persons.
This historic painting depicts Guru Gobind Singh coming into this world to spread the message of love, truthfulness, courage, bravery and willpower to live and die for the noble ideals.
All the religions are the ways to reach out to the Lord Almighty. They are different roads leading to same destination. Sikhism is a way of life. Throughout their lives, the Gurus practised what they preached. They led householder’s life and remained detached from worldly attractions.
The Guru, himself has written in the Bachitar Natak that he had been ordered and sent by the supreme God to witness the drama of life. He came into this world to accomplish the task started by the first Guru , Guru Nanak Dev. The social moral and religious values were at the lowest ebb when Guru Nanak came into this world. He laid the foundation of new kind of religion which would enable the people to stand erect and united against the oppressors. And will also lead a householder’s life. They will live in this world still remain detached from the worldly attractions. As a lotus grows in muddy water and remains unaffected by the dirt around it. All the Gurus carried forward these ideals of Guru Nanak. When Guru Gobind Singh came into this world, the Mughul Empire was at its zenith, so were the atrocities of the Mughul rulers. Guru Gobind Singh created Khalsa an army of saint soldiers. They were always ready to lay down their lives for a good cause. The Guru always prayed to God Almighty that he would always die in the battle-field fighting for a good cause.
Guru Gobind has a string of beads (Mala) in one hand and the sword in the other hand indicating that one must lead a spiritual life as well as be prepared to defend himself and weaker sections of the society.
‘fਜਸੁ ਮਰਨੇ ਤੇ ਜਗੁ ਡਰੈ ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਆਨੰਦੁ ॥ਮਰਨੇ ਹੀ ਤੇ ਪਾਈਐ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਪਰਮਾਨੰਦੁ ॥੨੨॥‘
‘The world is afraid of death - that death fills my mind with bliss. It is only by death that perfect, supreme bliss is obtained.’
Death fills my mind with bliss
Supreme bliss is achieved through death. Here the Guru is not referring to the physical death of the person but the death of five vices present in the human beings. Sex, Anger, Greed, Love and Ego are worldly vices that lead the person away from the spiritual path. All the Gurus stressed that a person should control these vices and win over the vices. They should live the life of a householder still remain detached from these worldly attractions. As a lotus grows in muddy water and still keeps the dirt away, similarly a person has to live in this world and control the vices. When he has killed these vices only then he can have the feeling of supreme bliss.
The artist has shown the globe and a learned old man. At the fag end of his life. He is afraid to face death. Hammer of death is about to strike him. He has closed his eyes as he does not have the courage to face death. This is the reality. Everyone, rich or poor, religious or non believers are afraid of death.
In the painting, a ship has been shown sailing in turbulent waters. A shark is making its journey difficult. Some people are about to drown and are crying for help. The rough sea is symbolic of the difficulties of life. A man has to face many ups and downs in his life. He is also afraid to take challenges. Only God’s name can alleviate the sufferings and can help to cross to ocean of worldly attractions.
Death has always been believed to have an ugly looking face. The Artist in light emanating from Guru Gobind singh’s sword has shown death queen ( w"s okBh ) is not an ugly looking one but a very beautiful lady and the brave men are going to meet it smilingly. One should not be afraid of death but should be ready to face it courageously.
Guru Gobind Singh created Khalsa, an army of saint soldiers who will lead an ideal life, will work for the upliftment of the down trodden masses and help them to lead a truthful and righteous life. Fear not and frighten not will be their motto. And ready to fight for noble cause and achieve victory with determination.
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