Why Guru Gobind Singh Ji keeps Baaz and created Singh (Khalsa)?
We grow up listening stories of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s and the Baaz (White Falcon) that he carries perched on his right hand. Also many times we have listened about how Guru Gobind Ji created “Singh” (Khalsa).
Have you ever thought why Guru Gobind Singh Ji keeps “Baaz” with him? And Why Guru Gobind Singh Ji created “Singh”? Is there any logic, history or similarities among these two? Certainly Yes. At the time of creating Panj pyare, when Guru Gobind Singh Ji was making Amrit (holy nectar) than few drops of Amrit were fallen from the cauldron, were consumed by a small group of sparrows. Suddenly sparrows turned on and attacked the Baaz to such an extent that Baaz had to take a flight, followed strenuously by the sparrows. This incident shows the Sikhs that Amrit has immense power, after drinking few drops even sparrow gets the courage to take on Baaz. Also we heart this phrase many times:
Chidian De Naal Baaz Larava, Tabhe Gobind Singh Naam Kahava.
Only when I make birds fight hawks, will I call myself Gobind Singh.
Savah Laakh Say Aik Laraoun, Tabai Gobind Singh Naam Kahaoun
I will make 1 fight 125000, then my name shall be Gobind Singh.
There are 4 similar traits between Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Baaz and Singh.
1. One cannot keep Baaz in a Cage; either Baaz will break it or Die.
Similarly, Singh cannot accept Slavery and repression. He shall always struggle for his freedom and honor.
2. Baaz’s are courageous, strong and extremely agile birds provided with dreadful weapons.
Similarly, Singh’s are respectful, courageous, hardworking, and enterprising. Weapons, especially the sword have a deep spiritual meaning within Sikhism. The Kirpan is one of the articles of faith that every baptized Sikh Khalsa is required to carry at all times. It shows the force of Good that shall ever strive to protect truth and weak and the destroyer of evil and tyrant.
3. Baaz has very good eye sight ~ they can spot a meal up to a mile away. They always fly high and keep a close eye on their meal in the bottom.
Similarly, in daily Ardaas, Singh seeks “Man neeva Mat uchi” which means Singh must discard his or her ego, arrogance and haughtiness and always keep high moral values and high spirituals principles.
4. Baaz is the swiftest birds of prey and is very muscular. They catch their prey in mid-air. It has been observed that if their meal falls to the ground, they won’t go get it. In fact, they don’t usually fly lower than the level of their nest. And also it is believed that Baaz catch prey on their own; and never eats other’s food.
Similarly, Singh always take stand on their rights, belief and truth and never indulge in taking other person’s rights.
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