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The Apostle of Obedience

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Guru Angad Dev The Apostle of Obedience The atrocities, committed by the Muslim invaders, had, no doubt, put the indigenous population of India into great suffering. But the impact of the Brahmanical malpractices was much greater. Through the convention of rituals and caste discrimination the Hindu priesthood was plundering the innocent people. Under such circumstances Bhai Lehna was born on March 31, 1504, AD, at village Mate-dee-Saran in the present District of Ferzpore in Punjab. His father, Baba Pheru Mal, ran a successful business of rope making. His mother, Mai Daya Kaur was a very pious lady. He was married to Bibi Kheevi, the daughter of Devi Chand in the year 1519 AD. Although Bhai Lehna was an ardent devotee of the Goddess Vaishnu Devi and used to go to her Temple in the Hills every year on pilgrimage, he was disillusioned with the Brahmanical liturgy. While passing through the vicinity of Kartarpur, on his way to the Temple, he had often heard about the Unversal mission of Guru Nanak, his Gurbani (the celestial revelations) and non-sectarian teachings. It was in the year 1532 AD when he decided to go and see Baba Nanak. Once he was there the divine light transcended and the man, who was born in luxuries of an affluent Khatri family, became the humble and most obedient disciple of Guru Nanak. ...read more.


To keep a cultural heritage alive, the preservation of its language is most important. Specific `characters' are developed in hundreds of years to maintain the originality of a tongue. Apart from his own Gurbani, Guru Nanak had collected the celestial hymns of a number of Saints. He endowed Guru Angad with this treasure. To safeguard the authenticity of this great paragon, Guru Angad reformed and standardised the Punjabi alphabetical form and endowed the present Gurmukhi script to the Gurbani. Equality prevails when people sit on the same level and eat the same type of food coming from same source. This eliminates the distinction of high and low. Pondering upon this concept Guru Nanak had launched the tradition of Langar, the community kitchen. Not only the equality, it also provided an opportunity of having full meals by the needy, handicapped and downtrodden. Sound mind needs a sound body. Realising the importance of this notion, the Guru Angad had introduced wrestling and other forms of physical fitness. Much more sustaining food was required for the maintenance of a healthy body. Keeping this in mind, Guru Angad went a few steps further and introduced the serving of nourishing and dainty dishes such as Kheer--the rice pudding and ghee--the clarified-butter, etc., in the Langar. ...read more.


Hamayun's ego considered this as in insult, and he took out his sword to hit the Guru. The Guru very calmly said, "Hamayun where had this sword vanished when you faced Sher Shah. Now you are brandishing it to subdue the Faquirs." Apart from the spread of Gurbani and prevalence of human values Guru Angad accumulated and safeguarded the Gurbani from false infiltration. He also arranged to collect the hagiographical sketches of the life of Guru Nanak and sustained them prudently. Guru Angad's pontification lasted a period of 13 years. His two sons did not attain the level of piety required to carry the load of Guruship. Amar Das, father-in-law of Guru's daughter, Amro, once a devotee of Goddesses, rendered untiring and inexhaustible service to the Guru, Guru's Sikhs and the in the Guru's Community Kitchen. Above all, Guru Angad was overwhelmed by his spiritual retention. On March 29, 1552, he installed Guru Amar Das as the Third Supreme Master of the Sikh Religion and resolved himself to merge with the Absolute. * Only those do the real service, who being contented, meditate on God, the trust of the true. They place not their foot in sin, do good deeds and practise piety. They burn (break) the worldly bonds and live (in humility) on paltry corn and water. (Rag Asa Guru Angad Dev, G.G.S.P.467) ...read more.

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