Guru Arjun Dev ji (archive)

“The Lord Himself sits on the throne as Guru Arjun. The canopy of Guru’s greatness glows bright and illuminates all directions.”

– Rai Balwand ji and Satta Doom ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 968)

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Artist’s Notes

In Repose

Guru Arjun Dev ji was son of Guru Ramdas ji and the grandson of Guru Amardas ji. He was devoted to the faith of Guru Ramdas ji and wrote beautiful poems that touched the souls of those who listened. He was later selected by Guru Ramdas ji as the fifth Guru, in the line of successors after Guru Nanak Dev ji.

Weeping Gursikh


Mughal King Jahangir felt threatened by the level of influence that Guru Sahib had on Hindus and Muslims. In his memoir Jahangir describes this event. He said that Muslims were being swayed by Guru Sahib’s personality and teachings, and thought that they were foolish doing this, for believing in the holiness of the Guru. He did not believe in the divinity of Guru Arjun Dev ji himself and sought to put an end to the charade. Then when he heard that his own rival brother was blessed by Guru Sahib in a tilak ceremony, he became very angry and arrested Guru Sahib and tortured him to death.

Awe-Struck Executioner

This painting shows Guru Arjan Dev ji peacefully meditating while being tortured. Guru Sahib was made to sit on a hot plate and had hot sand poured over his head and body. Even though he was put through immense pain, he was in profound peace with the moment, with the situation he found himself in. One day while meditating on Guru Sahib’s poetry and the scene of his martyrdom, I had such a profound experience of Guru Sahib, an experience so emotionally moving and so overwhelmingly blissful that I knew I had to paint this scene I was awe-struck much like the executioner who folds his hands witnessing the Guru’s divinity.

Guru Arjun Dev ji is known for compiling the Guru Granth Sahib and for having constructed Shri Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple.

2 Responses to “Guru Arjun Dev ji (archive)”

  1. Amit April 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm Permalink

    I saw this painting flash during a Basics of Sikhi video and spent the next few hours trying to find it. It is the most beautiful painting you’ve done so far. While your other works seem tailored to the tastes of young men, this piece has a more serious “high art” feel to it and I plan to purchase it within the next year and put it up in my home.

    • Bhagat Bedi April 12, 2016 at 7:14 am Permalink

      That’s what I was going for. This painting is inspired by the works of Italian Renaissance artists Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

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