Stories Of Sikh Gurus

Short testimonials of the teachings of the ten Sikh Gurus

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Welcome to the world of Punjabi Saakhis- Stories In Punjabi. Saakhis in a literal sense means stories. And this podcast is all about bringing the teaching of the ten Sikh Gurus to our lives today. Be it Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, or any of the other 8 Sikh Gurus,  these short testimonies of their lives, as narrated from one generation to another, teaches us to follow the paths of honesty and righteousness. These Guru Saakhis, narrated by Ms. Jasmeen Kaur and distributed by Chimes Radio, will help kids of all religions to imbibe these important moral values in their day-to-day lives. So join us as we revisit these great moral stories in Punjabi language for kids.

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11. Guru Hargobind Ji Te Sher

Emperor Jahangir had heard many things about Guru Hargobind Ji, the sixth Guru, who was a soldier/saint. Enemies of the Guru had told the emperor that the Guru is raising an army. They told him that the Guru doesn’t respect the worldly authority of the King, and calls himself “The True King”. Jahangir decided to go and visit the Guru to see his character for himself.

When he visited the Guru, he found the Sikhs to be very kind people, the Guru was very wise, strong, and friendly. He began to doubt the slander he heard, in fact, the emperor even began to admire the Guru. The Guru told him of the teachings of Guru Nanak and the way of life of the Sikhs. As they were becoming friends the Guru and the Emperor went hunting. On the hunting trip a fierce tiger, that was lurking in the jungles, leaped out at the Emperor. Jahangir himself and all his royal soldiers were too afraid and didn’t know what to do when this vicious tiger came at them.

Guru Hargobind Ji, who was very brave and strong, got off his own horse and stood between the tiger and the emperor. When the tiger attacked Guru ji quickly moved; he blocked himself from the sharp claws and teeth of the tiger and at the same time dealt a mightily blow with his sword. The Guru was so skilled and strong that he saved the emperor from the tiger. Emperor Jahangir was even more impressed now that the Guru had saved his life. The emperor was now convinced that Guru Hargobindji wished him no ill will and the rumors he heard were totally false. Guruji said “In the house of Guru Nanak there is all love and justice. My Dharma teaches me to be friendly with everyone and it teaches me to do good to all. May God be with you O king.”

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10. Bhai Gopalji (Guru Arjan Dev Ji)

Bhai Gopal was a simple man. He was a very loving devoted Sikh of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the 5th Guru. He worked honestly at his job. He kept a storage area. Everyone trusted him with their stuff, and he would store it for them. One time a man named Jamaal Khan came to his storage place to leave 500 gold coins for storage. But being busy that day, he forgot to write it down and to store the coins.

Later, Jamaal Khan came back and asked for his stuff to be returned. Bhai Gopal looked around for Jamaal Khan’s coins but didn’t find them. He asked Jamaal Khan if he was sure that he asked Bhai Gopal to store his coins. Jamaal Khan got angry and said “You stood right there and told me that you would take care of my stuff. What kind of a fool do you think I am?!” So Bhai Gopal went and checked again but he still didn’t find the coins,

Jamaal Khan brought Bhai Gopal to the Emperor. The Emperor knew that Bhai Gopal was a Sikh of the Guru and that he would not lie. He also knew that Jamaal Khan wouldn’t lie either. So he had an idea. He asked for a big bowl to be filled with hot oil and a coin. He then said that both of you will have to try to pick out the coin from inside the bowl of boiling oil. Both men were shocked. So Bhai Gopal folded his hands in prayer and said “Guru Ji, you are my protector, you always take care of me when I am in need. I know you will save me now.” Saying this he reached his hand out and began to put it in the burning hot oil and he got the coin out. His hand was not hurt or burned at all!

Jamaal Khan folded his hands in prayer to all saints for help, protection, and safety. After his prayers to several saints, he reached his hand in the pot to try and get the coin at the bottom. He barely touched the oil and yelled, “Ouch My fingers It hurts” He immediately got burned.

Sometime later Bhai Gopal found Jamaal Khan’s coins in a corner of his storage building. He rushed over to tell him, but Jamaal Khan refused to take the coins saying that Bhai Gopal got him embarrassed in front of the Emperor and asked Bhai Gopal to keep the coins. Bhai Gopal said, “I’m a Sikh of the Guru, I can’t take what’s not mine.” Jamaal Khan agreed to take the coins on one condition that Bhai Gopal will take him to meet his Guru.

So Bhai Gopal took Jamaal Khan to meet the Guru. Jamaal asked Guruji that both of us were being honest. I got burned and he didn’t. Why is that?” Guruji told him, “When Bhai Gopal did his ardas, he did it with total faith. When you prayed, you called several saints but you didn’t have total faith in just one.” Jamaal Khan was amazed the Guru knew his thoughts. Both men felt very high being in the presence of the Guru.

Moral – The universe answers our prayers to the same amount we know that it will. A person who prays with a pure heart, with their whole being, and with a deep focus of their mind, truly that person’s prayers will come to be.

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9. Amrit Sarovar Di Sthapana (Guru Ram Das Ji)

The City of Amritsar (literally “pool of nectar”) was originally called Ramdaspur (Guru Ram Das’s city) and Chakk Ramdas, or Chakk Guru, or simply Guru Ka Chakk. The habitation was started by Bhai Jetha (the future Guru Ram Das) when Guru Amar Das asked him to establish a new colony of Sikhs.

Dukh Bhanjani Beri is a historic Beri tree in the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex associated with Bibi Rajni Ji. Bibi Rajni was the daughter Duni Chand Khatri who was a rich landlord of the town of Patti. Duni Chand had five daughters. All were beautiful and talented.

He had a big ego and one day he asked his daughters, “Tell me who provides you food and shelter?” The elder four daughters readily said that their father was providing them with everything. But the youngest daughter, Bibi Rajni replied, “It is God that provides for everyone”. Hearing this, Duni Chand was enraged, he married Rajni to a leper. But Bibi Rajni did not mind, she accepted the leper as her husband and served him with great love.

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8. Guru Amar Das Ji and Badshah Akbar

Akbar was a famous king of India. He was a kind and good king and respected the Sikh Gurus for their fair and just teachings. In the year 1569, Akbar came to Punjab and wanted to see Guruji. So he sent a message to Guru Amar Das Ji that he was coming to visit him.

The Sikhs were very happy at the news. Some Sikhs thought that special arrangements should be made to welcome the king. But Guruji said, “Akbar is as much a human being as others are. The Guru’s place is open to all. So Akbar will be welcomed like all other visitors to the Guru’s place and special arrangements need not be made.”

The king, along with the soldiers, arrived in Goindwal where Guruji lived. Guruji and a few Sikhs received them warmly and showed him the place. Akbar had heard of Guruji’s order that “anyone coming to visit his place must have their food in the Langar”. King Akbar was interested to know how the Guru’s Langar was run. Simple food was served to all in the Guru’s Langar. It remained open day and night and anyone no matter what caste or religion they belonged to had Langar by sitting sat in rows (Pangat) as equals. The king and his subjects, the Hindus and the Muslims, the rich and the poor are all equal here

After meeting Guruji, Akbar said “I want to make a grant of land for running the Langar. Would you mind it!”.

Guruji replied, “Dear Akbar, I am grateful to you for your offer of a grant of land for the Langar, but I am sorry I cannot accept it because the Guru likes all to work hard to earn (Kirt Karni) and to share their honest earnings (Wand Chakna) with others, by giving something to the Langar from their honest earnings to help others. As such, the Guru’s langar is the people’s (Sangat’s) Langar and it must be run on people’s free gifts and not on a royal grant. That is why all share equally in the Guru’s Langar and no one is looked upon as an outsider. In the Guru’s Langar, each gives as much as we can spare and takes as much as he/she needs. Here, there is no difference between kings and beggars. All sit together, and eat simple food served with loving care.” Akbar liked the Guru’s idea very much.

Akbar had made up his mind to do something for the house of Nanak and presented the land to Bibi Bhani the daughter of Guru Amar Das. Baba Budhaji was responsible for the upkeep of the land and any income generated was used for good deeds. 

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7. Bhai Mana (Guru Angad Dev Ji)

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Mana, a hard-working and devout Sikh of Guru Angad, served in the langar of the Guru’s kitchen. But due to Mana’s hard work, he became conceited and thought there was no other hardworking sewak in the Darbar of the Guru. Though Mana did his duty well, he became very rude and didn’t hesitate to abuse other Sikhs.

Sikhs complained to Guru Angad about the behavior of Mana. Guru Angad spoke with Mana and asked him to treat all Sikhs alike and to improve his behavior and attitude.Hearing such words from the Guru, Mana became even more rash and cursed and abused the Sikhs that had complained about him.

The Sikhs told Guru Angad that Mana’s behavior was becoming worse. This time the Guru called a congregation and summoned Mana. Guru Angad asked why Mana had not been serving everyone as instructed. Mana said, that he is Guru’s Sikh and will only do what Guru orders him to and that he was no one else’s servant. Upon hearing, Guru Angad decided to test Mana and asked him to leave the duties of Langar, gather some firewood, go to the forest and cremate himself.

Accordingly, Mana collected wood, went to the forest, and made a pyre. But on setting fire and seeing the flames Mana got scared and did not relish the idea of death. Meanwhile, a thief arrived and asked the reason the great fire had been lit. Mana related his whole story. The thief on hearing of the Guru Angad’s greatness began to repent and concluded that, at last, he had an opportunity of wiping out the sins of his past life. He handed over the casket of gems to Mana and in exchange sat on the pyre. The fire left the thief unharmed who thereafter became a Sikh and joined the Sangat at Khadoor Sahib. Meanwhile, Mana went to the bazaar to sell the gems and was arrested on suspicion of having stolen them and was hanged following a trial.

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6. Sacha Sauda

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At the age of eighteen, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s father Mehta Kalu Ji was disappointed that Guru ji’s was neither interested in farming nor other worldly work. He thought that perhaps by engaging Guruji in trade would not only be a good profitable profession but will also make him happy. Father Kalu Ji gave Twenty Rupees to Guru ji and said, “Buy some genuine goods which can make us a profit when sold.”

Guru Nanak Dev ji along with Bhai Mardana Ji started from Talwandi towards Choohar-khaana to purchase some merchandise. They had hardly gone ten miles when they came across a village, where the saints and other people were thirsty, hungry and sick due to lack of water and an outbreak of disease. Guru Nanak Sahib Ji said that no bargain can be more truly profitable than to feed and help the needy and spent all the money on buying food and clothes for the saints and other people.

Upon reaching back to Talwandi, Bhai Mardana Ji went to the village and narrated the whole story to Mehta Kalu Ji. Mehta Kalu was very angry that they had wasted money on feeding, clothing, and taking care of needy people and didn’t make any profit. Guru Nanak Dev asked his father not to get angry on him and tried to convince his father that he had not done anything wrong with the money but has done a ‘Sacha Sauda’ (True bargain) in the true sense.

At the place where the true bargain took place, stands Gurdwara Sacha Sauda Sahib. In current times, Gurdwara Sacha Sauda is in Pakistan in the city of Farooqabad.

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5. Tera Hi Tera

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When Guru Nanak Dev Ji was young, he managed to find a job on the reference of his sister’s husband with Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi in Sultanpur. His job was to weigh the food from godown to sell to the customers. But while counting, whenever Guru Ji reached No. 13 (Tera) he would completely lean in the god’s name and will give more to the customer than asked for while reciting “Tera Hi Tera” meaning “Everything belongs to you”. 

But when Nawab Daulat Khan heard about this, he went to the godown to check things himself. Everyone was then surprised to see that all the things were in order and all the wheat and money is well accounted for.

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4.Sajjan Thug

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Once there lived a man named Sajjan in Tolumba, now part of Pakistan. He was considered to be a good person in his region since he had established a place, Dharamshala, for people to stay. But he had a bad habit that if anyone forgets their belongings, he used to take them as his own and keep it. Over time, this habit took a bad turn and he started to loot any visitor who happened to come to his place. And over time, people started to call him Sajjan Thug. 

Then once, Guru Nanak Ji and Bhai Mardana stayed at his place and when Sajjan Thug listened to Guru Ji’s recitals in the evening, he had a complete transformation. He donated all the wealth he had acquired by wrongdoings to the poor and started living a moral life and helping others.

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3. Bhai Lalo Te Malik Bhago

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When Guru Nanak Dev Ji was traveling with Bhai Mardana, he reached Ahmedabad. There, Guru Ji saw Bhai Lalo who was working diligently and honestly and Guru Ji enjoyed the ‘Kodre Di Roti’ in a meal at Bhai Lalo’s place. But even that simple meal was very delicious and Guru Ji explained that this meal was flavored with honesty and truth. But in the same city, a rich guy Malik Bhago used to live who had arranged a massive feast and invited Guru Nanak Dev Ji. But Guru Ji declined to join but when Malik Bhago insisted, Guru Ji went to meet him. There Guru Ji held poor Bhai Lalo’s “Kodre di roti” in one hand and when pressed, pure milk started to flow out of it. Similarly, when Guru Ji pressed Malik Bhago’s malpuras, poor people’s blood started to drop out of it.

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2. Vali Kandhari

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Once when Guru Nanak Dev Ji was traveling, he reached a mountainous region with Bhai Mardana. When Bhai Mardana started to feel thirsty, Guru Ji asked him to go to a spring at the top of the mountain and seek help from Peer Vali Kandhari who lived there. When Bhai Mardana went there to seek help, Vali Kandhari declined to help them out. Then Guru Nanak Dev Ji made water appear from the barren mountainous land. Frustrated to see this, Vali Kandhari rolled down a big rock towards them but Guru Ji stopped this huge rock with his bare hand. This is where the Gurudwara Panja Sahib was built later on. Seeing this, Vali Kandhari realized the divine power of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and accepted his defeat.

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1. Bhoomi Daku De Vaade

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This is the story from the lives of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Once a dacoit Bhumi Daku used to live in a village. When he invited Guru Nanak Dev Ji to come and have food at his place, Guru Nanak Dev Ji asked him to make four promises.

  1. He will not steal from the poor.
  2. He will always speak the truth.
  3. If he eats somewhere, then he can’t steal from that house.
  4. He will not let anyone else take the blame for his bad deeds.

When Bhumi Daku once again thinks about going back to his old ways, he remembered the promises he made to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. While he managed to get his hands on the enormous riches of the King, but his promises to Guru Ji save him from committing the crime and act as a guiding light for him and for the rest of the villagers.

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