Swami Vivekananda Ji on Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Guru Gobind Singh Ji

The Swami's Guru

According to Sri Kali Charan Bannerjee, Swami Vivekananda, while strolling with some of his disciples on the roof of the late Balaram Basu's house in Calcutta in 1882 recalled the life and message of Guru Gobind Singh ji.

He extolled the Tenth Guru and said:
"His self-sacrifice, austerity, self-discipline and his heroism resulted in the regeneration of the Sikhs as a nation."
He recited a passage which was current among the Sikhs:
"Savaa lakh se ek ladda-on, tabh Gobind Singh naam kahaa-on!"

As he spoke about Guru Gobind Singh, Swami's eyes flashed with a strange light, which fascinated his disciples, who gazed spellbound at his countenance and listened to him with rapt attention.

The Swami further said:
"Guru Gobind Singh gave them (the common people) that both the Hindus and Muslims of the time were living under the regime of intense oppression and injustice."

"Guru Gobind Singh not only created a common interest but also gave them the courage to realize it. So Hindus and Muslims alike followed him. He was a great devotee of God's just power (sakti sadak). His type is rare in India's history."

The following excerpt from the lecture delivered by Swami Vivekananda at a meeting of students of Foreman Christian College, Lahore - arranged by Prof. Tirath Ram, later famous as Swami Ram Tirath - in 1897, was brought to our attention by the late S. Kartar Singh of Dagshai (Himachal Pradesh, India).

"This is the land [United Punjab] which is held to be the highest in the whole of Aryavarta. This is the Brahmavarta of which our Manu speaks. This is the land of Punjab from whence arose that mighty aspiration after the spirit, aye, which, in times to come, as history shows, is to deluge the world."

"This is the land where. like its mighty rivers, spiritual aspirations have arisen and joined their strength, till they travelled over the lebgth and breadth of the world, and declared themselves with a voice of thunder. This is the land which, after all its sufferings, has not yet entirely lost its glory and its strength."

"Here it was that, in later times, the gentle Nanak, preached his marvelous love for mankind. Here it was that his broad heart was opened, and his arms outstreched to embrace the whole world. Here it was that one of the last - and one of the most glorious heroes of our race - Guru Gobind Singh arose.

"The great Guru after shedding his blood, and that of his dearest and nearest, for the cause of religion, for the sake of the down-trodden, the victimized, even when deserted by those for whom this blood was shed, retired into the South, without a word of complaint against his country or his men, without a single word of murmur."

"For India's re-glorification, you must, each one of you, become Guru Gobind Singh - his true follower."

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