Meditations on the Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev ji – 2

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We have no idea what strength it takes to be able to play the game of life at such a high level, where you are organizing free kitchens, holding congregations, and generating such influence by your ability to speak the Truth, that the Emperor of the whole of India, finds you threatening and decides to shut you down and torture you.

We have no idea of what practice it takes to constantly access high states of being, where you able to write such beautiful hymns that resonate in the hearts of the Indian people, not just during your time but 500 years after that.

Guru Arjun Dev ji – Martyrdom

My painting shows Guru Arjun Dev ji peacefully meditating while being tortured.

The Mughal executioners lit a fire and created hell under Guru Arjun Dev ji and yet he remained present with it.

Gurudev was forced 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 it, with the pain he was experiencing.

Guru ji did not pull back from what was happening to him. He did not recoil and shrivel up. He felt the pain to his core, and hugged his suffering to death.

It is the highest act of bravery to able to face the worst pain imaginable, and look it in the eyes and shake hands with it, until your body crumbles to dust.

Guru Sahib voluntarily accepted his pain.

That’s what we can learn from Guru ji’s example – to voluntarily accept the pain in our lives as a gift.

When we do that correctly, we get a new perspective on life and paradoxically, we become strong enough to face harder challenges and play the game of life at a higher level.

Guru Arjun Dev ji – Meditating

Guru Arjun Dev ji’s heavenly poetry in Guru Granth Sahib, his efforts to write down and compile the hymns of Vaishnav saints from all over India to preserve their legacy, the building of Harimandir Sahib, his influence all over northern India, which led to his martyrdom, and then his martyrdom itself. All his efforts during his life till the very end, fill me up with inspiration and appreciation to this day.

Guru Sahib’s spirit lives on in his hymns in Guru Granth Sahib and he continues to inspire millions who recite his hymns and meditate on him.

As I sit here writing this, I, once again, feel rejuvenated by his spirit.

ਜਪ੍ਯਉ ਜਿਨ੍ ਅਰਜੁਨ ਦੇਵ ਗੁਰੂ ਫਿਰਿ ਸੰਕਟ ਜੋਨਿ ਗਰਭ ਨ ਆਯਉ ॥੬॥
Those who meditate on Guru Arjun Dev ji will never have to suffer again.

– Kavi Mathura ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 1409)

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“Whatever speaketh the animals, the fish and the birds, other than Hari they speak of no one else.”

– Guru Arjun Dev ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 262)

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Guru Arjun Dev ji – Spiritual Blossoming

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This painting developed over time as the result of reading Guru Arjun Dev ji’s bani and feeling the emotions expressed therein. I was moved to tears by the love Guru Maharaj expressed for Akal Purakh Sahib so I just had to create this portrait of my Gurudev.

ਹਉ ਨਾ ਛੋਡਉ ਕੰਤ ਪਾਸਰਾ ॥ ਸਦਾ ਰੰਗੀਲਾ ਲਾਲੁ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਏਹੁ ਮਹਿੰਜਾ ਆਸਰਾ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
I will never leave the intimacy of my Husband God. My Beloved Lover is always and forever colourful. He is my vital support. ||1||Pause||

– Guru Arjun Dev Ji, 761

ਨੈਣ ਅਲੋਇਆ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਸੋਇਆ ਅਤਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਪ੍ਰਿਅ ਗੂੜਾ ॥
With my eyes I have seen him, resting within each and every heart; my Beloved is the sweetest ambrosia.

– Guru Arjun Dev Ji, 924

ਹਮਰੀ ਗਣਤ ਨ ਗਣੀਆ ਕਾਈ ਅਪਣਾ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਪਛਾਣਿ ॥
He did not count any accounts of my past actions, after seeing my current nature.

ਹਾਥ ਦੇਇ ਰਾਖੇ ਕਰਿ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਸਦਾ ਸਦਾ ਰੰਗੁ ਮਾਣਿ ॥੧॥
He gave me his hand, saved me, and made me his own; forever and ever, I am enjoying happiness.
– Guru Arjun Dev ji, 619

I found myself listening to these shabads over and over as I painted. They filled me up with joy, peace and inspiration.

ਸਭ ਦਿਨਸੁ ਰੈਣਿ ਗੁਣ ਉਚਰੈ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਉਰਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਗੁ ॥
All day and night I chant the qualities of Hari, and in my heart, I become focused on the name of Hari, Hari, Hari.

ਸਭੁ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਹਰਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਮਨੁ ਖਿੜਿਆ ਹਰਿਆ ਬਾਗੁ ॥
Meditating on Hari, my body and mind are totally rejuvenated, and the garden of my mind has blossoms forth in lush abundance.
– Guru Ramdas ji, 849

Inspired by Guru Ram Das ji’s hymn, I painted a lush, flowering, garden, with free-flowing birds, as a metaphor for the state of Guru Arjun Dev ji’s mind.

Each element of the garden and each article that Guru Arjun Dev ji is wearing, has spiritual significance and is a symbol of spiritual ideas and of hymns from Guru Granth Sahib.

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“Wherever the Sadhus and Saints gather, they sing praises of Hari with music and poems. In their gathering there is peace and bliss. Only those obtain the company of Saints, who have good actions and habits.”

– Guru Arjun Dev ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 676)

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Sikh art of Bhai Vir Singh ji is so rare that artist Bhagat Singh Bedi wanted to promote Bhai Sahib, through Sikhi Art™.

Bhai Vir Singh ji was a giant in Punjabi literature. His works have rejuvenated Punjabi writing and have heavily influenced the Sikh psyche many generations after him.

Born in Amritsar in 1872, Bhai Vir Singh ji grew up training and learning Sikh scriptures in gurudwaras. He became fluent in multiple Indian languages, Punjabi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.

Bhai Vir Singh ji’s father, Sardar Charan Singh ji was also a poet, musician and writer. Following in his father’s footsteps, he used his novels and poems to teach the core dogmas of Sikhism.

Amidst the foreign and native pressures of politics and proselytizing, Bhai Sahib revitalized the Sikh and Punjabi culture through his literary art.

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