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Young Heros: The Sons of the Guru Never Gave Up!
Guru Gobind Singh is a great light in the world. People who live in darkness do not like the light. Even though Guru ji never threatened or attacked anyone, many people had decided to become enemies of the Guru.
They came across another traveller in the jungle, "You must be lost, come with me, you will be safe with me! You remember me right!? I used to serve you in the Guru's house. You recognise me.. Yes of coarse you do... You can trust me, come" They trusted him and stayed at his house, but very soon found out he lied and betrayed them for money.The young boys and Mata Gujri were captured and taken away. The situation was awful but Mata Gujri ji held a very sacred prayer. "Bless you my dear boys. Never forget the sacred tradition of the Gurus. May God bless you. May you be in high spirits!" The boys were fearless and kept having fun. The boys were fearless and kept having fun, "We will! haha" "We will never give up our faith! Haha!"
The two young boys were brought to the Governors court. A soldier told the boys, "You can not go through the normal door. You will have to go through this.... special tiny.... door here." You see he was trying to trick the Guru's sons. But the boys saw through the trap! "They are trying to get us to bow to the governor!" "Haha, than let's go in feet first!"
Everyone in the court was surprised at their bold spirit! They thought, "It will be great to have them with us.... once they embrace our religion, of course." One of them said, "You should have some respect for your ruler. Bow to him like a proper subject." The boys boldly responded, "We are Sikhs of Guru Nanak." "We do not bow to any man, we bow only to the Guru."
Governor Wazir Khan saw how fearless and bright these small ones were. He thought that history would see him as a great man if he could change them to be in his religion, "How sweet and brave they are. They will be great men one day! They will make excellent Muslims!... Ahem, my dear boys, our religion will be proud to have you. Recite our religious prayers and you will be welcomed as one of us. Land, wealth, wives, happiness, I will give you anything you ask for."
The Sahibzade talked to each other for a moment, Zoravar said,“Little brother, the time has come to sacrifice our lives like our grand-father Guru Teg Bahadur. What do you think?" Fateh said, “Our grandfather gave his head but not his faith. We must follow his example. We have taken Amrit. We are blessed by spirit and by sword. Why should we worry about death? Let’s give our lives, Sikh Dharma will grow and these tyrants will fall!”
The Sahibzade spoke to the wicked Wazir Khan, “We come from a virtuous family. Our father is Guru Gobind Singh, our grand-father is Guru Teg Bahadur and our great-grand-father is Guru Hargobind. We will follow their example!” "Our faith is more important than life. We don't care for your wealth! You can not bribe us, you fool!! We will never give up the Sikh Dharma! When you killed our grand-father, you started a fire... and when you kill us that fire will explode! You will be destroyed and we will not lose our faith!!" "We won't give up the Sikh Dharma no matter what. Death has no meaning for us."
That night they all slept in a freezing cold tower and in the morning they were taken to the court again. The boys listened to what their grandmother said and the whole day they didn't give an inch. That night they again slept in the freezing tower with their gramma. On the third day they were given another chance to convert or die. They stood firm, "Until the end of our lives, we will stand up to those who manipulate and control others!!"
Wazir Khan asked them, "Boys... what will you do if I allow you to live?" They boldly responded, “We will dedicate our lives to ending tyrants like you!”
Wazir Khan told his priest that he would have to punish the children for all the crimes they would commit in the future, "They will definitely be rebels against us when they grow up. You heard what they said! Priest! Tell me what is the punishment for being a rebel according to our religious laws?" The priest obeyed, "Yes sir.... crimes in the future... well... the most reasonable punishment for being rebels is... they should be... bricked alive inside a wall."
Mata Gujri ji couldn't see what was happening to her precious and heroic grandchildren. Up in the cold tower she was praying for them constantly, "My precious children, may God and Guru continue to bless you with the sweetness of the holy Naam. May you live forever in deathlessness. May you continue with fearless hearts. Bless your precious souls......" Her prayer continued to hold them.
Later Guru Gobind Singh heard what happened. He was not sad but he knew what needed to happen. He took his arrow and pulled a plant from the ground with it.
We always remember that as Khalsa, we are here to chase away the darkness and bring light to this world. We remember Mata Gujri for her sacred prayer... for her grace... her strength... and her love.
WAHIGURU JI KA KHALSA, WAHIGURU JI KI FATEH!!!