The historic Khanda assiciated with the amrit ceremony on Vaisakhi 1699
Karpa Barsha. In the year 1673 when Guru Sahib Ji was engaged to Mata Jito Ji, Guru ji's father-in -law wanted the marriage party to go to Lahore. However, instead of going to Lahore Guru Ji established a new township near Anandpur Sahib and named it Guru Ka Lahore. When the residents complained of water shortage, Guru Ji struck the ground with this very barsha and water came gushing out.
Dhal (shield) made of hippoptamus skin used by Guru ji
After the martydom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji, Guru Gobind Singh Ji issued a hukamnama (written order) to his Sikhs that whenever they visited Anandpur Sahib they should bring horses and weapons as offerings. As a result many weapons, including this bandook (rifle) from a Sikh from Lahore were presented to Guru Ji.
Shamsheer-e-Tegha, scimitar of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
When I see these pictures, it makes me so happy and yet so unbelievably sad.
Happy because it reinforces what our Guru's stood for, being humble yet powerful enough to take on armies, out numbered many times...
However there is also a strong feeling of sadness because when I see artefacts of the Guru's it means that they actually existed on this earth....
Why this makes me sad is as follows;
our Guru's walked this earth less than 300 years ago and look at the state of our religion and the world. People cutting hair, eating meat, fornicating and committing many sins like I do daily.
And our father WALKED THIS EARTH..... When people hear about Jesus they think "Old wives tales blah blah", after all who can prove something that happened over 2000 years ago?
Yet we have artefacts, paintings, clothes even the turban of Guru Gobind Singh Ji yet we have no faith.
Our scriptures (not trying to big up Sikhism, just stating the facts) are the only religious scriptures that were transcribed while the prophets were still alive. The bible and Koran for example were written after the death of their respective prophets, so it is possible there could be transgressions in the writings. However, our scriptures (Dhan Dhan Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji) were actually composed by the Guru's themselves.
What does this mean? If you want to know what Sikhism is, ask your Guru.
Read and understand Guru Ji. Don't take another persons translation as gospel, meditate on the word and see what Guru Ji tells YOU.
I feel like such a fraud saying these things, but when I type them - they make sense to me. I in no way follow what I write, but it sure does sound good at the time.
Please forgive me for any mistakes and feel free to share any comments.