Sakhi Bhai Kanhaiya Singh ji
"Na Ko Bairi Nahin Bigana, Sagal Sang Ham Ko Ban Aiyee''
was Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji who planted the seed for sewa in the heart of
Bhai Kanhaiya Ji. Later in life this virtue would earn him the blessings of
Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and it is here that our story begins.
1705, when Bhai Kanhaiya Singh ji was on a visit to Anandpur Sahib, Anandpur
was invested by a combination of hill troops and the imperial army. During
the frequent sallies and skirmishes, Bhal Kanhaiya was often seen carrying a
mashak (a sort of pouch that was used to carry water from one place to
another), to serve water to anyone who was thirsty He did this sewa with
love and affection without any distinction of friend and foe.
act of compassion stirred up stern criticism amongst some of his fellow
Sikhs, who did not understand his actions and went ahead and complained to
Guru Gobind Singh Ji, pointing out that Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji was serving
water to the wounded soldier's from the enemy camp. They were especially
annoyed because the Mughals had surrounded the city and stopped all their
food supplies, and here was Bhai Kanhaiya sharing with them what little
water they had.
confronted by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Bhai Kanhaiya Ji simply replied, "I only
see you; I see you in the Sikhs, I see you in the enemy, so then how can I
not serve Thyself My Lord ?" (Bhai Kanhaiya Ji saw God manifested in the
Guru, and saw the Guru's reflection in every living being).
divine light is shining in everyone.
you are that divine jot. You are that divine light.
brightness of that divine light is shining through all.
Through all that divine light is shining.
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji Page 663)
Guru, pleased with the reply, blessed him and told the Sikhs that Bhai
Kanhaiya had understood the teaching of Gurbani correctly. Guru Gobind Singh
Ji, went on to give Bhai Kanhaiya Ji ointment and bandages, so that he could
complete his role in delivering medical aid to all the wounded, friends and
foes alike. Thus Bhai Kanhaiya Ji became the initiator of delivering first
aid and therefore truly the initiator of the present Red Cross movement
totally forgotten my jealousy of others, since
I found the Saadh Sangat (the holy congregation). ((1))Pause No one
is my enemy, and no one is a stranger. I get
along with everyone. ((1))
Whatever God does, I accept that as good. This
is the sublime wisdom I have obtained from the Holy. ((2)) The
One God is pervading in all. Gazing
upon Him, beholding Him, Nanak blossoms forth in happiness. ((3)(8))
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji Page 1299
have respect for every person is a fundamental pillar of Sikhism and a
strong message advanced by the Tenth Guru.