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Life of Guru Gobind Singh (A Biography)

Life of Guru Gobind Singh (A Biography)
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Item Code: NAO691
Author: Prof. Kartar Singh
Publisher: Lahore Book Shop, Ludhiana
Language: English
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 8176470074
Pages: 292
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 440 gms
Preface

The main object in writing this book has been to present a picture of Guru Gobind Singh, consistent with his views and teachings. An attempt has been made to examine critically and eradicate the prejudices that, through malice or ignorance, have come to be associated with the name of the Guru. It has been found that the histories written by the Guru's overzealous and unscrupulous admirers are marred by lavish attempts to prove him an equal of the Hindu Avtars. In consequence, they have attributed to the Guru's acts and habits, which he condemned in others. On the other hand, the accounts written by the contemporary and later Muhammadan scribes and historians are mostly disfigured by a marked display of bigotry and prejudice. The European writers who relied on these latter, have been let into the same pitfall, and have given currency to wrong facts and views about the Guru. Hence, no single book written by an author belonging to any of these groups can, in itself, be regarded as reliable history. In order to find out the truth, we must compare these books with one another and with the writings of the Guru and his close associates. This is what I have attempted to do in these pages. How far I have succeeded in this difficult undertaking is for the readers to judge.

Guru Gobind Singh's personality is a wonderfully harmonious combination of so many good and manly qualities, as have seldom been found blended together in one person. Consequently, many writer who have attempted to measure him with their narrow scales, have been baffled and dazzled. Not finding his parallel anywhere, they have come to self-consoling conclusion that the stories told of the Guru's many-sided talents and accomplishments are but myths. They have, therefore, presented a very incomplete and highly distorted picture of the Guru.

To the great men of subsequent times he has been a great challenge. Unable to hold him within the narrower compass of their hearts, they grow nervous, and lose even the capacity to understand him. The result is that whenever they have taken up pen to write about the Guru, this nervous irritation has swayed their minds and they have taken shelter behind hard epithets. Hence it is, that Guru Gobind Singh has been always misunderstood. Indeed, he may be called the "Great Misunderstood."

It is with the hope of removing at least a part of this ignorance and misunderstanding, and under the conviction that Guru Gobind Singh, rightly understood, can be a great elevating force in the private, social, and political life of today, that I sent forth this little book into the great world. If it succeeds in its mission, the glory will be the Guru's; if it fails, the faults will lie with my powers of expression and exposition.

My thanks are due to Prof. Niranjan Singh, M.Sc. without whose constant encouragement this work would not have been undertaken; to Prof. Teja Singh, M.A., S.Partap Singh Kairon, M.A. (U.S.A), and S. Darbara Singh Sodhi, M.A. (U.S.A), who very kindly went through the manuscript and gave very valuable suggestion; to S.B. Bishan Singh, Principal, for his kindly giving me facilities to use books on Sikh History, collected at the College; to all authors whose works I have consulted; and to all friends who helped me in the preparation of the book in various ways.

Contents

Chapter   Page
1 His Heritage : Guru Nanak to Guru Ram Das 1
2 His Heritage : Guru Arjun to Guru Tegh Bahadur 8
3 Birth and Early Childhood 16
4 One the way to Anandpur 22
5 The First Offering 25
6 Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom 31
7 The Great Resolve-I 36
8 The Great Resolve-II 42
9 Preparation For the Great Undertaking 47
10 Religion Bids Me Fight The Tyrants' 52
11 Hill Chiefs Find A Pretext For War 56
12 At Nahan and Paunta Sahib 61
13 Battle of Bhangani 67
14 At the Master's Feet 75
15 Battle of Nadaun and Guler 80
16 The Master's Darbar in Peace 84
17 The Guru's Household-I 91
18 The Guru's Household-II 95
19 The Bubble of Durga Worship 97
20 The Bubble Pricked-I 102
21 The Bubble Pricked-II 110
22 The Lowly Lifted Unto Eminence 115
23 An Amazing Call 121
24 Birth of the Khalsa 126
25 Insignia and Code of Conduct 132
26 The Hill-Chief's Jealousy 138
27 Peaceful Organization and Rejoicings 143
28 Combined Armies Repulsed 147
29 The Master's Glory Increases 152
30 Victories of War and Peace 158

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