This historical painting depicts Guru Gobind Singh’s views on living a worthy life. He always believed in working hard and earning one’s livelihood honestly. Service and merit were important to him than the birth or caste of the person. He always instilled in his disciples the importance of hard work. It is not the Sikh but his life and conduct that is dear to Guru. ‘ofjDh oj? ;'Jh f;Zy w/ok T[j ;kfjp w?A T[;ek u/ok '
Hands and feet that are not put to the service of others are worthless in the eyes of the Guru. ‘ftD[ ;/tk fXqr jZE g?o, j'o fBjcb eoDh ’
There are many anecdotes illustrating this view.
The artist has depicted one such anecdote in this painting. One day, the Guru asked for water. A rich Khatri boy sitting nearby brought a glass of water and offered it to the Guru. The Guru noticed that his hands were very delicate and soft. He asked the boy, had he ever employed his hands in some sort of work. The boy replied that this is the first time that he had used them in any kind of work. Then the Guru refused to accept the water from such hands. He believed in the dignity of labor. The body which is not used in the service of others is worthless. It is not the Sikh but his life and conduct that are dear to the Guru. ‘ofjs fgnkoh w[Me e' f;Zy fgnkok BkfjA’ From then on, the boy vowed to lead his life according to the teaching of the Guru. The Guru’s room has also been shown in the painting. His bow and arrow, lots of books are lying nearby. His famous falcon (Baaz) is also perched there.