33. Creation of the
Guru sent Hukamnamas to his followers all over the country to visit Anandpur
at the Baisakhi festival to be held in Sambat 1756 (1699 A.D.). It seemed as
if the whole of Punjab was on the move; and they came from all parts of the
small tent was pitched on a small hill now called Kesgarh Sahib at Anandpur
and an open air dewan(assembly) was held. The Guru drew his sword and in a
thundering voice said," I want one head, is there any one who can offer me?"
This most unusual call caused some terror in the gathering and the people
were stunned. There was dead silence.
Guru made a second call. Nobody came forward. There was still more silence.
On the third call there rose Daya Ram, a khatri of Lahore who said," O true
king, my head is at thy service." The Guru took Daya Ram by the arm and led
him inside the tent. A blow and thud were heard. Then the Guru, with his
sword dripping with blood, came out and said," I want another head, is there
anyone who can offer?"
Most of the writers including many Sikh writers, state that the Guru had
concealed five goats inside the tent on the previous night without letting
anybody know. Therefore, when he took Daya Ram inside the tent, he cut off
goat's head instead of Daya Ram's. It is difficult for these writers to
perceive Guru's supernatural acts. They cannot comprehend that the Guru
could behead Daya Ram, and then bring him back alive from the tent. They
need to understand that the Guru was a Divine Jot, sitting on the Divine
throne of Guru Nanak. They are showing complete disrespect to the Guru by
implying that he was incapable of performing supernatural acts. With these
types of thoughts, these writers are committing sacrilege upon the Guruship.
The Guru had the power to raise the dead. The Divine Word confirms :
"Satgur mera mar jiwalei."
Mohalla 5, Page-1142)
'My lord can raise
the dead to life.'
(Translation of the
was not an ordinary feat, this was the most unparallel and supernatural act
which was performed through the direct Will of God. The Guru himself
authenticates this act:
"Khalsa is the army of God
Khalsa is created with the Will of God."
Singh Sarbloh Granth)
on third call Dharam Das, a Jat from Delhi came forward and said," O true
king! My head is at thy disposal." The Guru took Dharam Das inside the tent,
again a blow and thud were heard, and he came out with his sword dripping
with blood and repeated," I want another head, is there any beloved Sikh who
can offer it?"
this some people in the assembly remarked that the Guru had lost all reason
and went to his mother to complain. Mohkam Chand, a washerman of Dwarka
(west coast of India) offered himself as a sacrifice. The Guru took him
inside the tent and went through the same process. When he came out, he made
a call for the fourth head.
Sikhs began to think that he was going to kill all of them. Some of them ran
away and the others hung their heads down. Himmat Chand, a cook of Jagan
Nath Puri, offered himself as a fourth sacrifice. Then the Guru made a fifth
and the last call for a fifth head. Sahib Chand, a barber of Bidar (in
central India), came forward and the Guru took him inside the tent. A blow
and thud were heard.
last time he stayed longer in the tent. People began to breath with relief.
The Guru clad them in splendid garments. They offered their heads to the
Guru, and the Guru had now given them himself and his glory. When they were
brought outside, they were in the most radiant form. There were exclamations
of wonder and the sighs of regret on all sides. Now people were sorry for
not offering their heads.
the time of Guru Nanak, Charanpauhal had been customary form of initiation.
People were to drink the holy water which had been touched or washed by the
Guru's toe or feet. The Guru proceeded to initiate them to his new order by
asking five faithful Sikhs to stand up.
put pure water into an iron vessel or Bowl (Batta of Sarbloh) and stirred it
with a Khanda (two edged small sword). While stirring the water with Khanda,
he recited Gurbani or Divine Word ( Five Banis- Japji, Jap Sahib, Anand
Sahib, Swayas, and Chaupai). Sugar crystals called 'Patasas' which
incidently the Guru's wife, Mata Sahib Kaur, had brought at that moment,
were mixed in the water.
Guru then stood up with the sacred Amrit ( nectar) prepared in the steel
bowl. Each of the five Faithfuls, by turn, each kneeling upon his left knee,
looked up to the Master to receive his Eternal Light. Hegave five palmfuls
of Amrit to each of them to drink and sprinkled it five times in the eyes,
asking them to repeat aloud with each sprinkle, "Waheguru ji ka Khalsa,
Waheguru ji ki Fateh." (This meant: Khalsa belongs to God and all triumph be
to His Name) Then he anointed with five sprinkles in the hair.
this way Amrit was administered to the five faithful from the same bowl.
After that he asked them to sip Amrit from the same bowl to signify their
initiation into the casteless fraternity of the Khalsa. All the five
faithfuls were baptized in this way by the Guru who then called them 'PANJ
PYARE' or Five Beloved Ones.
gave them the appellation of SINGHS or lions and they were named from Daya
Ram to Daya Singh, Dharam Das to Dharam Singh, Mohkam Chand to Mohkam Singh,
Himmat Chand to Himmat Singh, and Sahib Chand to Sahib Singh. The Guru then
addressed them as the supreme, the liberated ones, pure ones and he called
them THE KHALSA.
then ordained them to do the following :
they must wear the following articles whose names begin with 'K':
1. Kesh- unshorn hair. This represents the
natural appearance of saintlihood. This is the first token of Sikh faith.
2. Kanga- A comb to clean the hair.
3. Kachha- An underwear to denote chastity.
4. Kara- A steel bracelet on the wrist, a
symbol of dedication to the Divine Bridegroom.
5. Kirpan- A sword for self-defence and a
symbol of dignity, power and unconquerable spirit.
must observe the following guidelines:
1. Not to remove hair from the body.
2. Not to use Tobacco or other intoxicants.
3. Not to eat meat.
4. Not to commit adultery- 'Par nari ki sej,
bhul supne hun na jayo' (never enjoy, even in dream, the bed of a woman an
other than your own wife) (A supplementary ordinance was issued that any one
who did not observe any of the four directives, must be re- baptized, pay a
fine, and promise not to offend any more; or he must be excommunicated from
must rise at dawn, bathe, meditate on Gurmantar- 'Waheguru', Moolmantar- the
preamble of Japji, and recite five banis- Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Aanand
Sahib, Chopai Sahib and Swayas in the morning; Rehras in the evening; and
Kirtan Sohela at bed time at night.
must not have matrimonial relations with smokers, with persons who killed
their daughters, with the descendants or followers of Prithi Chand, Dhir
Mal, Ram Rai, or masands who had strayed away from the tenets and principles
of Guru Nanak.
must not worship idols, cemeteries, or cremation grounds, and must believe
only in One Immortal God. The Guru further spelled out that they should
practise arms, and never show their backs to the foe in the battle field.
They should always be ready to help the poor and protect those who sought
They were to consider their previous castes
erased, and deem themselves all brothers of one family. Sikhs were to
intermarry among themselves.