Guru Arjan Dev, A Great Sikh Martyr

Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606)

Today (16 June, 2011 - Thursday) is the day of Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom. Guru Arjan Dev was the 5th of the ten great Sikh Gurus. I understand that a few days ago, many Sikh pilgrims from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, left for Lahore—the place of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev—in Pakistan to participate in the 405th martyrdom anniversary of the fifth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev.

Guru Arjan Dev was born in 1563 at Goindval, and was the youngest of the sons of Guru Ram Das and Bibi Bhani, the daughter of Guru Amar Das. Before his death, Guru Ramdas nominated his son Har Gobind (who became Guru Arjan Dev) as the next Guru. Thus Guru Arjan Dev became the 5th Sikh Guru on 1 September 1581 in the footsteps of his father Guru Ram Das. Guru Arjan Dev was the founder-builder of the golden temple at Amritsar.

Till 2010, SGPC in Amritsar was celebrating the martyrdom anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev on 16 June every year. However, I understand that this year the SGPC has made amendments in the Nanakshahi calendar and issued its new revised version in 2011 according to which the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev is listed for observance and celebrations on June 5 2011. This departure from inherited tradition and convention seems to have generated considerable heat, introspection and controversy within the Sikh Community and Fraternity all over the world. The place of Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev is in Pakistan. It is understood that the Government of Pakistan have rejected Visa Applications from pilgrims for June 5, 2011 and issued applications giving its approval only for June 16th 2011.

The American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (AGPC) and other Sikh bodies have accepted the stand taken by Pakistan Government for granting VISA to Sikh devotees to celebrate the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev ji on June 16 2011 and rejecting VISA applications for June 5 2011. The SGPC however is celebrating the Martyrdom Day on June 5 2011, while Sikh organisations including Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee are observing the Martyrdom Day only on June 16.

The personal relations between the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1542-1605 AD) and Guru Arjan Dev were quite cordial. But things changed for the worse after the accession of Jahangir (1605-1627 AD) as Mughal Emperor in 1605. It was Jahangir who inaugurated the era of inhuman and brutal suppression of Sikhism and extermination of the Sikhs and Hindus.

According to the traditional accounts of the Sikhs, Jahangir ordered the inhuman torture and execution of Guru Arjan Dev in Lahore in 1606. Jahangir was annoyed with Guru Arjan Dev because he had given an amount of Rs.5000/- to Prince Khushru, the rebel son of Jahangir, when he needed it. When Jahangir questioned Guru Arjan Dev, the Guru justified it on the grounds of his Dharma and gratitude for past kindness received from Emperor Akbar, and not because of his opposition to Jahangir. Still Jahangir fined him Rs. 2 lakhs and also ordered Guru Arjan Dev to expunge from the Granth Sahib (then known as the Adi Granth) certain passages opposed to the Mussalmans. Guru stated that his money was meant for the welfare of the poor and so he could not pay even a pie towards the fine imposed in a dictatorial manner by Jahangir. Further Guru Arjan Dev also made it clear that it was not possible to expunge the passages from the Granth Sahib, as the passages he had included in it were not offensive to the sentiments of the Mussalmans. In spite of this reasonable explanation, Jahangir sentenced Guru Arjan Dev to death.
Guru Arjan Dev was made to sit on a hot iron plate and hot sand was showered over his body, and he was boiled in a cauldron. Dabistan-i-Mazhaid, a contemporary Persian Work, mentions of Guru Arjan Dev being deprived of food and water and put into the hot blazing sand and stoned in a savage manner, which caused blood to ooze out of his head. He was thus tortured for five days. With wounds blistering on his body, tied hand and foot, he was thrown into the River Ravi on May 30, 1606. Guru Arjan Dev was barely 43 years old at the time of his martyrdom.
This is what Emperor Jahangir himself wrote in his diary called the Tuzk-e-Jahangiri (‘Memoirs of Jahangir’): ‘In Goindval, which is on the river Biyãh (Beas), there was a Hindu named Arjan Dev, in the garments of sainthood and sanctity, so much so that he had captured many of the simple-hearted of the Hindus, and even of the ignorant and foolish followers of Islam, by his ways and manners, and they had loudly sounded the drum of his holiness. They called him Guru, and from all sides stupid people crowded to worship and manifest complete faith in him. Many times it occurred to me to put a stop to this vain affair or to bring him into the assembly of the people of Islam. At last when Prince Khusrau passed along this road this insignificant fellow proposed to wait upon him. Khusrau happened to halt at the place where he was, and he came out and did homage to him. Arjan Dev behaved to Khusrau in certain special ways, and made on his forehead a finger-mark in saffron, which the Indians (Hinduwän) call qashqa, (Tilak) and is considered propitious. When this came to my ears and I clearly understood his folly, I ordered them to produce him and handed over his houses, dwelling-places, and children to Murtaza Khan, and having confiscated his property commanded that he should be put to death.’
Guru Arjan Dev served as the supreme head of Sikhism for a quarter of a century and accomplished great and heroic things for Sikhism during his time. He expanded the city of Amritsar and completed the construction of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. He also founded cities such as Taran Taran and Kartarpur. He constructed a Baoli at Lahore.

The most important work of Guru Arjan Dev was the compilation of Adi Granth. The Adi Granth is regarded as the greatest work of sacred Punjabi literature. He brought together the writings of the first four Gurus and those of the Hindu Saints from different parts of India. 

Adi Granth was composed by Guru Arjan Dev in the form of sacred, soulful verses in 1604. It is, perhaps, the only book of a scriptural nature which still exists in the form first published (a hand-written manuscript) by Guru Arjan Dev. He said that the Book is the abode of God: ‘Pothi Parameswar ka sthan’. His hymns were set to divine music. We find in Adi Granth a wide range of mystical emotion, intimate expressions of the personal realization of the rapturous hymns of divine love. Guru Arjan Dev’s successors made a few additions and the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, said that there would be no more Gurus and the Granth should be regarded as the living voice of all the prophets: Guru-Vani Sukhmani, one the most popular banis (sacred hymns) revered by all the Sikhs, was composed by Guru Arjan Dev.

In order to promote the feelings of universal brotherhood among the Sikhs and others, Guru Arjan Dev organized the Masand system, a group of representatives who taught and propagated the teachings of the Sikh Gurus and also collected the Dasvand, one-tenth of a Sikh’s income (in money, goods or service) that Sikhs paid to support the building of Gurdwaras, the all important Guru Ka Langars (free communal kitchens) which were designed and intended to share with all a sense of love, respect and equality—still the most important and vital element in any Gurdwara even today.

All the known and accepted historic facts about the glorious martyrdom of the 5th Guru Arjan Dev during Jahangir’s rule in 1606 and the equally glorious martyrdom of the 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) during Aurangazeb’s rule in 1675 have been deliberately suppressed in NCERT ‘Medieval India’ Text Book for Class 11 written by Professor Satish Chandra. He has acted as the full time political agent of the fundamentally anti-Sikh Sonia Congress party. All the basic facts relating to the disgraceful and barbarous drama of petty pseudo-secular Congress politics allied with deadly and poisonous anti-national ideology of Marxist Indian historians, enacted by the UPA HRD Minister Arjun Singh with dictatorial authority after 2004—— which provided a safe haven to men like Professor Satish Chandra— in the vital matter of deliberate manipulation and distortion of NCERT Text Books have been graphically brought out by Professor Makhan Lal and Professor Rajendra Dixit in their brilliant  Book titled ‘Educating to Confuse and Disrupt, Defiling History and Education System of India’ published by India First Foundation in New Delhi.

Professor Makhan Lal and Professor Rajendra Dikshit have revealed these shocking facts in the above book: ‘Professor Satish Chandra took great pains with white washing Aurangazeb’s tyranny and persecution of non-Muslims in general and of Hindus and Sikhs in particular. The facts about Guru Tegh Bahadur’s valiant struggle against the Mughals have been suppressed. The Guru suffered horrible torture and eventual execution for leading a glorious and pious struggle for justice and religious freedom against the Mughals. But Satish Chandra decided, compelled by his ideological leanings and not as per the evidence and facts, to portray Guru Tegh Bahadur in bad light and Aurangazeb as a real hero—a tolerant, pious and, indeed, very secular ruler…..Satish Chandra not only slighted the supreme sacrifice made by Guru Tegh Bahadur, but also did not mention the 5th Guru Arjan Dev, who was put to death by Jahangir in the most cruel manner’. Trecherous Sonia Gandhi and her anti-natiojal Congress party are persecuting and prosecuting women hindu saints like Sadhvi Pragya and Hindu Swamijis like Assemananda in the same cruel and brutal manner as Mughal Emperor Jehangir tortured Guru Arjan Dev at Lahore in 1606 and Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb tortured uru Tej Bahadur in Delhi in 1675. 

Qualities preached and promoted by Sri Guru Granth Sahib

All people of the world are equal

The Guru Granth Sahib promotes the message of equality of all beings and at the same time state that Sikh believers "obtain the supreme status" (SSGS, Page 446). Discrimination of all types is strictly forbidden based on the Sikh tenet Fatherhood of God which states that no one should be reckoned low or high, stating that instead believers should –“reckon the entire mankind as One” (Akal Ustat, 15.85).

Sri Guru Granth Sahib promotes the concept of equality by highlighting the fact that we are made of the same flesh, blood and bone and we have the same light of God with us – Soul . Our building bricks are the same:
SGGS Page 272 Full Shabad

The God-conscious being is always unstained,
like the sun,
which gives its comfort and warmth to all.
The God-conscious being looks upon all alike,
like the wind,
which blows equally upon the king and the poor beggar.

The Gurus also encourage believers to promote social equality by sharing earnings with those in need.

Women's Status

Sikhism also preaches that equal respect should be given to women.

Guru Nank Dev Ji said "Sikhi does not teach you to raise your hand on a woman it teaches you to respect them"

"In the earth and in the sky,
I do not see any second.
Among all the women and the men,
His Light is shining
- Guru Granth Sahib Page 223 Shabad 706 

One God for All

Sikhism is strictly monotheistic in its belief. This means that God is believed to be the one and sole Reality in the cosmos, meaning that no other being have extra-human power. Sikh Gurus state that God alone is worthy of worship, and the highest end of existence, that is mukti or liberation can come through Devotion to God alone.

Besides its monotheism, Sikhism also emphasizes another philosophical idea, which is known as monism. Monism is the belief the world is only a "vision" or illusion (Maya) and that God is the sole "Continuing Reality" so that selfishness, egoism and hate are meaningless.
SGGS Page 710 Full Shabad

God is merciful and infinite.
The One and Only is all-pervading.
He Himself is all-in-all.
Who else can we speak of?
God Himself grants His gifts,
and He Himself receives them.
Coming and going are all
by the Hukam of Your Will;
Your place is steady and unchanging. 

Speak and Live Truthfully

Sikhs believe in the importance of truthful living, which can only be created by purity of mind and not through religious purification rites. They believe that impurity of mind leads to many other vices such as anger, lust, attachment, ego, and greed.

"So how can you become truthful?
And how can the veil of illusion be torn away?
O Nanak, it is written that you shall obey
the Hukam of His Command,
and walk in the Way of His Will."
- Guru Granth Sahib Page 1 Shabad

Control the Five Vices

Devotees of Guru Sahib believe they must control the animal instincts of Pride/Ego, Anger/Temper, Greed/Urges, Attachment/Dependency and Lust/Addiction.

"All virtues are obtained,
all fruits and rewards,
and the desires of the mind;
my hopes have been totally fulfilled.
The Medicine, the Mantra, the Magic Charm,
will cure all illnesses and totally take away all pain.
Lust, anger, egotism, jealousy and desire are eliminated
by chanting the Name of the Lord."
-Guru Granth Sahib Page 1388 Shabad 5352

Live in God's Hukam

A Sikh believes they should live and accept the command of God easily and without too much emotional distress. They attempt to live in contentment and in Chardikala (positive attitude).

He wanders around in the four quarters
and in the ten directions,
according to the dictates of his karma.
Pleasure and pain,
liberation and reincarnation,
O Nanak,
come according to one's pre-ordained destiny.”

- Guru Granth Sahib Page 253 Shabad 792 


The Sikh religion emphasizes several other virtues: Truth (Sat), contentment (santokh), Love (Ishq), Compassion/Mercy (daya), Service (seva), Charity (dana), forgiveness (khsama), humility (namrata), patience (dheerjh), non-attachment (vairagya) and renunciation (tyaga).

These believers attempt to avoid anger (krodh), egoism (ahankara), avarice (lobh), lust (kama), infatuation (moha), sinful acts (papa), pride (maan), doubt (duvidha), ownership (mamata), hatred (vair), and hostility (virodh). In the Sikh religion, freedom from these vices, or Sahaj, is attained through tension-free, ethical living, grounded in spirituality avoiding self-mortification and other religious rites of cleansing.
SGGS Page 1084 Full Shabad

First, is the Lord's Praise;
second, contentment;
third, humility, and fourth,
giving to charities.
Fifth is to hold one's desires in restraint.
These are the five most sublime daily prayers.
SGGS Page 1384 Full Shabad

Humility is the word,
forgiveness is the virtue, a
nd sweet speech is the magic mantra.
Wear these three robes,
O sister,
and you will captivate your Husband Lord.

Michael MacAuliffe, also known as Max Arthur Macauliffe (10 September 1841 - 15 March 1913), was a senior British administrator, prolific scholar and author. Macauliffe is renowned for his translation of Sikh scriptures and traditional works in Gurmukhi on Sikh history into English. MacAuliffe entered the Indian Civil Service in 1862, and arrived in the Punjab in February 1864. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Punjab in 1882, and a Divisional Judge in 1884. He retired from the Indian Civil Service in 1893.

MacAuliffe also wrote a rendition, English translation of the Sacred scriptures of the Sikh religion, the Guru Granth Sahib. He also wrote The Sikh Religion: its Gurus, Sacred Writings and Authors (six volumes, Oxford University Press, 1909). He was assisted in his works by Pratap Singh Giani, a Sikh scholar.

Macauliffe converted to Sikhism in the 1860s and was derided by the British Government for having "turned a Sikh". His personal assistant remarked in his memoirs that on his death bed, Macauliffe could be heard reciting the Sikh morning prayer, Japji, ten minutes before he died. 

Macauliffe is held in high esteem amongst Sikh communion, for his pioneering work of translation of the Sikh Scripture the Guru Granth Sahib into English. At a lecture at the Annual Session of the Lahore Singh Sabha in 1909, Macauliffe proclaimed that the Guru Granth was matchless and unsurpassed as a Book of Holy Teachings

Max Arthur Macauliffe wrote thus about the authenticity of the Sikh Scriptures:

The Sikh religion differs as regards the authenticity of its dogmas from most other theological systems. Many of the great teachers the world has known, have not left a line of their own composition and we only know what they taught through tradition or second-hand information. If Pythagoras wrote of his tenets, his writings have not descended to us. We know the teachings of Socrates only through the writings of Plato and Xenophon. Buddha has left no written memorial of his teaching. Kungfu-tze, known to Europeans as Confucius, left no documents in which he detailed the principles of his moral and social system. The founder of Christianity did not reduce his doctrines to writing and for them we are obliged to trust to the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Muhammad did not himself reduce to writing the chapters of the Quran. They were written or compiled by his adherents and followers. But the compositions of Sikh Gurus are preserved and we know at first hand what they taught. “

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), a Nobel laureate, gave the following comment on receiving the First English translation of the Guru Granth Sahib:

“I have studied the scriptures of the great religions, but I do not find elsewhere the same power of appeal to the heart and mind as I find here in these volumes. They are compact in spite of their length, and are a revelation of the vast reach of the human heart, varying from the most noble concept of God, to the recognition and indeed the insistence upon the practical needs of the human body. There is something strangely modern about these scriptures and this puzzles me until I learned that they are in fact comparatively modern, compiled as late as the 16th century, when explorers were beginning to discover that the globe upon which we all live is a single entity divided only by arbitrary lines of our own making. Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes. They speak to a person of any religion or of none. They speak for the human heart and the searching mind.”

All patriotic Indians—and more particularly the Sikhs, the Hindus, the Jains and, the other non-Muslims and non-Christians—besieged by the lethal forces of Global Christianity, Global Islam, Malignant Marxism and Sonia Congress brand of pseudo-secularism today—should clearly understand that the study of Sikh history is not a luxury. It is a patriotic necessity for all the citizens of India. According to Arthur Marwick, individuals, communities, societies could scarcely exist if all knowledge of the past is wiped out from collective memory. As memory is to the individual, so history is to the community or the society. Without memory, individuals will have great difficulty in relating to others, in finding their bearings, in taking intelligent decisions—they will lose their sense of identity. A society without knowledge of its past would be like an individual without memory. Without knowledge of the past, all of us as individuals or communities would find ourselves impotently adrift and rudderless on the endless and featureless ocean of time.   
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Comment Comparison of paragraphs from article and Wikipedia.

above article
Guru Arjan Dev served as the supreme head of Sikhism for a quarter of a century and accomplished great and heroic things for Sikhism during his time. He expanded the city of Amritsar and completed the construction of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. He also founded cities such as Taran Taran and Kartarpur. He constructed a Baoli at Lahore.
The most important work of Guru Arjan Dev was the compilation of Adi Granth.

Guru Arjan was head of Sikhism for a quarter of a century and accomplished a lot during his regime. He completed the construction of Amritsar and founded other cities such as Taran Taran and Kartarpur. He constructed a Baoli at Lahore. The most important work of Guru Arjan was the compilation of Adi Granth.

above article
It is, perhaps, the only book of a scriptural nature which still exists in the form first published (a hand-written manuscript) by Guru Arjan Dev.

It is, perhaps, the only script which still exists in the form first published (a hand-written manuscript) by the Guru. It and the Guru Granth Sahib which includes the writing of the later Gurus have managed to avoid the embellishments, additions and alterations that have plagued the original writing of other more ancient religious texts.[2]

above article
Guru Arjan Dev organized the Masand system, a group of representatives who taught and propagated the teachings of the Sikh Gurus and also collected the Dasvand, one-tenth of a Sikh’s income (in money, goods or service) that Sikhs paid to support the building of Gurdwaras, the all important Guru Ka Langars (free communal kitchens) which were designed and intended to share with all a sense of love, respect and equality—still the most important and vital element in any Gurdwara even today.

Guru Arjan organised the Masand system, a group of representatives who taught and spread the teachings of the Gurus and also collected the Dasvand, one-tenth of a Sikh's income (in money, goods or service) that Sikhs paid to support the building of Gurdwara Sahib, the all important Guru ka Langars (free communal kitchens) originally intended to share with sense of love, respect and equality, still an important element today in any Gurdwara."

There is nothing wrong in quoting but it needs to be acknowledged. Since the mode of death of Guru Arjan Dev is a matter of some controversy it is only fair that I attach below the direct quote from Wikipedia and the controversy as well. Please note that Arjun Dev was not named Har Gobind. Har Gobind was Arjun Dev's son and became guru after the execution of Arjun Dev. Arjun Dev was the son of Ramdas. Jehangir had no permanent enmity against the Sikhs and it is proved by the fact that he did nothing to Har Gobind and when he quarreled with Har Gobind for non-religious reasons, he released the imprisoned Guru Har Gobind. He even went to Kashmir with Jehangir. Aurangzeb murdered Guru Tegh Bahadur but the guru's bypassed and dethroned eldest son Ram Rai plotted against his own father and betrayed him to Aurangzeb. The Sikh Gurus became the enemies of the ruling Moghuls because they lived like "padshahs" and interfered in the political succession of the Moghul emperors who were forbidden by custom and precedence (Mohammed) to name one of their sons as a designated successor or follow primogeniture custom like the British. That is why the first four Caliphs after Mohammed were all murdered and rebellions between sons and fathers and between brothers were routine in Moghuls and to some extent in the Ottoman Turk Sultans and the Safavid Shahenshahs of Iran. The Sikh Gurus named one of their sons as the next guru and only when Guru Gobind Singh lost all his four sons to wars and Aurangzeb's burying them alive, he decided to make the Granth as the next and permanent Guru, as he had no heirs. Even then he corresponded with Aurangzeb who had killed his sons and was on his way to meet Aurangzeb but he died before the meeting somewhere near Aurangabad.


Jahangir’s memoirs state that Arjan was handed over to Murtaza Khan in Lahore, so that the official could execute him. Jahangir did so because of Arjan’s support for Khusrau, and does not describe ordering any torture of the Guru.[5] This suggests none was ordered, since Jahangir earlier describes the torture and execution of two other rebels in detail.[6] Nor does it fit with Jahangir’s general policy of religious tolerance, with one contemporary English observer remarking that “here every man has liberty to profess his own religion freely”,[7] and which saw state funding of other religions and numerous non-Muslims favoured by Jahangir.[8]

Set against this was Jehangir’s stated desire to convert Arjan to Islam,[9] though given that he later warned other Muslims about trying to force Islam on people,[10] probably thought in terms of the Guru converting voluntarily. Jahangir was angered by the number of Muslims who converted to Sikhism. Professor J. F. Richard’s view that Jahangir was “persistently hostile to popularly venerated religious figures”[11] is instructive, though it appears that Jahangir only took action against religious figures he saw as threats to the state. This included the Naqshbandi Muslim Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi, who Jahangir viewed as an extremist (and who was a noted enemy of Guru Arjan), and so had him imprisoned in Gwalior fort.[12] Nor was Jahangir likely to be personally familiar with the Adi Granth, since he labelled the Guru as a Hindu.

If Jahangir’s memoir was the only contemporary source, the picture would still be relatively clear. We would know why Guru Arjan died and who ordered his death, if not the exact manner of it. However, other contemporary and near-contemporary sources, especially the Sikh accounts, do not support Jahangir’s version of events.

Professor J.S. Grewal notes that Sikh sources from the seventeenth and eighteenth century contain contradictory reports of Guru Arjan’s death.[13] Guru Gobind Singh’s memoir, the Bichitra Natak, mentions Guru Arjan only once, to record that “when Arjan departed this life for the divine abode, [the Guru] assumed the form of Hargobind.”[14] In contrast he and other Sikh sources extensively discussed Guru Tegh Bahadur's martyrdom. Bhai Gurdas, a contemporary of Arjan and noted Sikh chronicler, recorded his death, but whether or not his account shows the Guru was tortured rests on the translation of ‘bhir’ (and whether it is translated as ‘distress/hardship’ or ‘torture’).[15] In the 1740s, Chaupa Singh, who was close to Guru Gobind Singh, placed the blame on Chandu Shah, a Hindu official in Lahore, who Chaupa Singh accused of having the Guru arrested and executed after he turned down Chandu Shah’s offer of marriage between Chandu’s daughter and Hargobind.[16]

A contemporary Jesuit account, written in 1606 by Father Jerome Xavier, who was in Lahore at the time, adds weight to aspects to all these accounts.[17] Xavier records that the Sikhs managed to get Jahangir to commute the death sentence to a heavy fine, for which a rich individual, possibly a Sikh, stood as guarantor. When the Guru failed to produce the money for the guarantor, the latter tortured Arjan in the hopes of extracting the money, but the Guru refused to give in and so died. The other near-contemporary non-Sikh source, a 1640s chronicle probably written by a Parsi, supports this view.[18]

[edit] External links

* The Sikh History Web Site
* Eternal Glory of Sri Guru Arjan Ji
* Video on 400th Martyrdom Anniversary of Sri Guru Arjan Ji
* Video as a Tribute to Guru Arjan Partakh Har
* Learn more about Sri Guru Arjan Ji
* Guru Arjan, the Apostle of Peace eBook, Chapter 3

[edit] Notes

1. ^ Mcleod, Hew (1997). Sikhism. London: Penguin Books. p. 28. ISBN 0-14-025260-6.
2. ^ Mahajan, Vidya Dhar. "Ch. 10". Muslim Rule In India (fifth ed.). p. 232.
3. ^ a b c Cunningham, J.D. (1853). "Gooroo Arjoon". A History of the Sikhs. John Murray.
4. ^ Singh, Pashaura. “Sikhism and Music.” In Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions, edited by Guy L. Beck, 141-167. Waterloo, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. (page 150)
5. ^ Jahangir. The Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri, or, Memoirs of Jahangir. Trans. Alexander Rogers. Ed. Henry Beveridge. 2 Volumes. Delhi, Low Price Publications, 2001, 1, pp. 72-73.
6. ^ Jahangir, Tuzuk, 1, pp. 68-69.
7. ^ Purchas, Samuel. Hakluytus Posthumus, or, Purchas his pilgrims. 4 Volumes. London, W. Stansby for H. Fetherstone, 1625, 2, ix, p. 1473.
8. ^ Sharma, Sri Ram. The Religious policy of the Mughal Emperors. Panco Press: Lahore, 1975, p. 73.
9. ^ Jahangir, Tuzuk, 1, p. 72.
10. ^ Jahangir, Tuzuk, 1, p. 206.
11. ^ Richards, John F. The Mughal Empire, in The New Cambridge History of India. 1, 5. Gen eds. Chris Bayly, Gordon Johnson, John F. Richards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, p. 97.
12. ^ Jahangir, Tuzuk, 2, pp. 91-93.
13. ^ J.S. Grewal, The Sikhs of the Punjab, in The New Cambridge History of India. 2, 3. Gen eds. Chris Bayly, Gordon Johnson, John F. Richards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 63-64.
14. ^ Bachiatr Natak, 5:11Bachiatr Natak, 5:11
15. ^ Vir Singh, ed. Varam Bahi Gurdas Satki, 9th edition. New Delhi: Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, 1997), p. 386.
16. ^ W. H. McLeod, ed. and trans. The Chaupa Singh Rahit-nama. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 1987), p. 107.
17. ^ Father Jerome to Father Gasper Fernandes, (BM add MS 9854, ff. 38-52), 1617, in Sicques, Tigers or Thieves: Eyewitness Accounts of the Sikhs (1606-1809). Eds. Amandeep Singh Madra and Parmjit Singh. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, p. 7.
18. ^ Mobad’, Dabistan-i Mazahib, 1645-46, in Sikh history from Persian sources. Eds. J.S. Grewal and Irfan Habib. Indian History Congress: Tulika, 2001. p. 67.

[edit] References

1. Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri or Memoirs of Jahangir, Translated by Alexander Rogers. Edited by Henry Beveridge Published by Low Price Publication. ISBN 978-81-7536-148-5
2. History of the Panjab, Syad Muhammad Latif, Published by: Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. ISBN 978-81-7096-245-8"

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"Neutral POV & Original Research

As with many articles on Wikipedia about Sikhism, this badly needs to be rewritten with a NPOV, including more diverse and less obviously biased sources. The original research flag is added for authorial commentary that falls under NPOV issues as well. IronSheep (talk) 04:47, 10 February 2011 (UTC)

As a scholar of 17th century Indian religious history, I was sad to see that my section on Martyrdom had been deleted, despite citing numerous Sikhs including the foremost Sikh historian (J.S. Grewal), Bhai Gurdas, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself. The fact is that we don't know for sure how or why Guru Arjan died, and anyone with definite evidence is welcome to present it on this page.Duc de Montmorency (talk) 10:35, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Seen that my contribution has been deleted yet again by jssaggu. This user seems content to ignore any historical evidence and instead present religious writing as definitive historical fact.Duc de Montmorency (talk) 21:41, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
[edit] Role of Chandu Shah obliterated

The role of Chandu Shah in stirring up the controversy against Guru Arjan that he has written blasphemous writtings against Hindus and Muslims has been surprisingly obliterated. It was Chandu Shah, who persuaded Jahangir to take action against the Guru. His role in the martyrdom of Guru Arjan cannot be ignored. Princhest 11:40 PM, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

The support for historical revisionism by suppressing the historical facts of martyrdom of Guru Arjan is deplorable. User:Utcursch is guilty of having abusive admin powers. User:Goingoveredge is stalking my edits and vandalizing Sikh historical facts all this going unwarned by the admin Utcursch. This is clearly biased against Sikhs and against their history. I specifically wanted to discuss the role of Chandu Shah, the Hindu revenue collector of Lahore and other high level Mughal officials in the martyrdom of Guru Arjan. I have provided acceptable historical referances for those. Please tap down on the trouble rouser not the historical facts.Princhest 17:05 PM, 30 August 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Princhest (talk 17:40 PM, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Please stop raising the bogey of Sikhs being discriminated against. I've made more contributions to Sikhism-related article than all of your contributions combined together. In fact, I've been called a "Sikh Extremist and Racist towards Hindus" by a user (now banned), and have been awarded a Special barnstar for Sikhism-related articles[1].

The article has been protected because of childish edit warring -- all the editors involved (not just you) in the revert war were blocked by User:J.smith.

The changes made by you (later restored by Roadahead) involved removal of four cite book templates, and constituted copyright violation. The content was copied from Sikh Spectrum, with a few words changed here and there. This can be confirmed by Googling random phrases that have been lifted from another site:

* "political necessity was forced to uphold Islamic Puritanism of Naqashbandi revivalists"
* "and Akbar’s forgiving his errant son and proclaiming him heir-apparent"
* "the Hindu position was listless except that they would hobnob"
* "Khusrau’s indiscreet revolt against his father on April 6, 1606 and his hurrying"

I find it amusing how you selectively copied the content that suited your point-of-view, and conveniently omitted concluding paras of the article: "Guru Arjun's martyrdom, the first of its kind in the history of Hindustan, the sub-continent, caused great resentment and indignation among the general body of Hindus and Muslims, apart from the Sikhs. One tends to agree with Ganda Singh that: 'Much of the Chandu-story was given currency, in those very days to shift the responsibility of tortures inflicted on the Guru from the Mughal Officials to the Kafirs. Chandu was only a minor official at Lahore, and hostile to the Sikh Panth (nation).'"

The article has not been protected for ever -- please utilize the time to read Wikipedia policies and guidelines. utcursch | talk 17:56, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Utcursch, the concluding part of article was author's own opinion and he doesn't provide any historical reference for that. Nevertheless, no body denies Chandu Shah's role in approaching the Emperor Jahangir and complaining against Guru Arjan. Nowhere, my edits included that was solely responsible but My point was to raise the issue of obliteration of his role in the article irrespective of his act being minor or major in Guru Arjan's martyrdom. And, I will keep myself more up to date with the guidelines. Cheers ! Princhest | talk 10:59, 14 August 2008 (UTC) "

As any reader of mine will vouch that I am no admirer of Islam and not a religious believer, though born a Hindu Brahmin, and definitely not a follower or friend of the Congress, BJP, Nehru family or Sonia Gandhi. Every ruling faction tries to falsify history and India with its slave mentality does it by becoming paid or unpaid brainwashed stooge of the dominant nation. Why else would any sensible non-retarded human being vote for Congress, BJP and such parties or elect as many brainless presidents, senators and congress persons as Americans regularly and consistently do. China and America falsify it to paint themselves as exceptional and wonderful superiors The Sikh religion was a rebellion against Brahmin religious power and a misdirected gratitude of Nanak. It avoided rituals but succumbed to it like every religion in the subcontinent (like washing the floor of Harmandir, Amritsar, with milk, and burning a ton of ghee in Ahmedabad Hindu Yagna, while half the children of India are malnourished and some individual constantly fanning the Granth Sahib. There is caste discrimination amongst Sikhs in India as amongst Christians and Hindus there, and even amongst Muslims and Jats in Pakistan. So the equality in Sikhism is like in the Indian Constitution and American Declaration of Independence, only on paper like the democracy of US and India.

I have Satish Chandra's book "History of Medieval India" and he says in the book that Arjan Dev and Tegh Bahadur's murder by Aurangzeb is clearly noted there and stated to be unjustified though the reason for it is not clear and many versions from different sources are mentioned as well as a definitive statement about Aurangzeb's fanaticism and love of Sharia, though no mention is made of the defensive psychological Islamic reaction of returning to its womb days of nostalgic glory like the British and French Empires attacking the madcap Qaddafi.

Gaurang Bhatt

gaurang bhatt
16-Jun-2011 18:17 PM

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