Friday, January 2, 2009

The foundation

The first phase of the Khalsa was the foundation that was laid by the nine Guru's prior to Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

In real terms the work to create khalsa began in 1469 with the birth of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh religion.

Bhai Gurdas Ji writes.

" Blessing the world, Guru Nanak started a pure religion.

Guru Gobind Singh has also credited Guru Nanak for creating the Khalsa.

'This new Panth (brotherhood) was started in the world with Nanak's grace.'

Guru Nanak laid the stone of the foundation and the nine Gurus made it stronger and stronger enough so that the soul and the body of those who were to wear the dress of Khalsa that was to be given by the tenth Guru could handle the power of amrit, the power of purity.

Guru Nanak Ji distributed food among the holy men when he found they were hungry. Sharing the food with all and giving it to the needy is the first principle of a Khalsa.

All sikhs were required to keep their hair, support mustache and beard. We know this from the incident of Guru Ram Das Ji and Baba Shri Chand Ji.

According to JanamSakhi a group of Sikhs were sitting with the Guru and asked Him for His blessings. The Guru then told them that they should never cut their hair. One of the verse of Nanak says 'The hair is the gift of the God, who ever keeps it on his head, in this world and the next world, he will receive respect.

The khalsa can go to the extent of giving his own life for the truth. This was taught by the Fifth Nanak, Shri Guru Arjun Dev ji. He went through great sacrifices to teach us this lesson.

Khalsa is an army, the God's army, the foundation was laid by Sixth Nanak, Shri Guru Hargobind Ji. He put two swords on his waist. He laid the foundation of the saint soldier philosophy.

Khalsa needs to have a cool mind, Guru Ram Das ji and Guru Arjun Dev ji left no scope to teach this. They kept on teaching this for their whole life.

Khalsa should give up his life not only for himself but for the just , for every needy he should finght and world's biggest example of this was given by Ninth Nanak, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, who agreed to be beheaded to save the hindu religion, to save the country hindustan.

Khalsa should do whatever it takes to follow the order of his Guru. Bhai Mati Das, Sati Das and Daayal Ji showed this to the world.

All this was before tenth Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared Khalsa as established.

So the principles were formulated and put into practice by all the Nanaks and Guru Gobind Singh did the final thing, by putting them together and setting up a proper way and declaring it openly to the world.

This is how Khalsa was established by the ten Sikh Gurus.

Now the question is Who the Khalsa is?

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