16. Family of Guru Angad dev Ji (Part-3)

Baba Dasu

Baba Dasu (born 1524) was the eldest son of second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad and Mata Khivi, was born on 9 Bhadon 1581, 7 August 1524 at Khadur Sahib in presentday Amritsar district of the Punjab. He was ambitious to succeed his father in the spiritual line, but the latter, as records Kesar Singh Chhibbar, Bansavalinama, spokeó

"He [Amar Das] is my brother and to him I am entrusting the responsibility  Him I have reckoned as capable of bearing the burden."

Dasu kept quiet at the time, but, after the passing away of Guru Angad, as his duly anointed successor, Guru Amar Das shifted to Goindval, he proclaimed himself Guru at Khadur even against the remonstrance of his mother. Later he recanted and apologized to his mother who took him to Goindval. He made obeisance to Guru Amar Das and then became a true disciple of the Guru. He then remained at Goindwal thereafter. He was one of two sons of the second Sikh Guru. The name of his brother was Baba Dattu and his sisters were Bibi Amro and Bibi Anokhi.

Baba Dattu

Baba Dattu (1537 - 1628) was the younger son of second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad and Mata Khivi. He was born in 1537 at Khadur Sahib in present-day Amritsar district of the Punjab, India. Like his elder brother, Dasu, he too was not reconciled to Guru Amar Das succeeding his father as Guru. But whereas Dasu had soon realized his error and acknowledged Guru Amar Das as true inheritor of Guru Nanak's spiritual legacy, Datu remained hostile. He took to yogic practices to attain supernatural powers and thereby to create a following of his own. One day he went to Goindval and, as says Bhai Santokh Singh in his "Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth", he gave vent to his malice by administering Guru Amar Das a kick as he sat amid his disciples after the evening service. The sangat was stunned, but Guru Amar Das turned round, grasped Datu's foot and caressing it said, "Pardon me, my Master's son ! Let me massage your tender foot as it may have been hurt by my hard aged bones." Instead of being put to shame by the Guru's humility, Datu flew into a rage, called him a usurper and told him to quit Goindval.
Guru Amar Das quietly left for his native Basarke. Next morning, Datu and his men collected whatever they could lay their hands on. He had his eyes especially on Guru Amar Das's mare, but it would not let him mount it. In his effort to control it, he injured his leg. As he was returning to Khadur, he was waylaid by robbers and deprived of the booty he was carrying. Datu limped back to Khadur empty handed. Yet he was unrepentant and it was not until Guru Arjan's time that he realized his error and made amends. Baba Datu lived up to a ripe old age of 91. In September 1628, he visited Amritsar to condole with Guru Hargobind on the passing away of his son, Atal Rai, but died soon after his return to Khadur.






























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