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Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur And Dhir Mal

Dhir Mal, the eldest son of Gurditta, seeing the offerings made to Satguru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Maharaj and the honours he received, became very jealous.

One day while he was talking to Sihan, his masand, he told him about how much he hated Satguru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Maharaj. Sihan listening to Dhir Mal, came up with a plan to kill Satguru Ji, by shooting Satguru Ji. Sihan the masand, then left Dhir Mal and went in search of men who would help him kill Satguru Ji. In due time, he got together a large number of men and together they set of to where Satguru Ji lived in order to kill Guru Ji.

Sihan, loaded his gun and fired at Satguru Ji, the bullet hit Satguru Ji but it did not prove fatal. The Masand thought he had killed Satguru Ji and he along with his men started to take all of Satguru Jis property. Guru Ji in his affliction retained his composure and evenness of mind. He felt no pleasure at access of wealth, nor grief at its departure, or at the bodily harm caused him, but was happy in the contemplation of God's goodness.

When Makkhan Shah heard of this occurrence from Satguru Ji's mother, he with the Sikhs pro­ceeded in a body to the Guru to condole with him. They found Satguru Ji absorbed in contemplation. Then with loud cries they went off to Dhir Mal's residence. He closed his door against them, but they burst it open, seized him and his accomplices, and tying his masand's hands behind his back, took him off to the Guru.

They also recovered and restored to the Satguru Ji all the property which Dhir Mal and his men had taken away. Not only that, but they took Dhir Mal's own private property also, including the Granth Sahib, and placed all at the Satguru's disposal. The masand professed great contrition, and with much show of humility bent his head on the Guru's feet. He said he had erred.and asked pardon for his offence. ' I am under your protection; have mercy on me ; O cherisher of the poor, hear the prayer of a sinner. Though I am a bad son, it is incumbent on you, who is a father to me, to pre­serve my honour.'

Satguru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Maharaj on seeing the masand so humbled and distressed ordered him to be released. Makkhan Shah remonstrated, and said that the man had only met his deserts. Satguru Ji however was firm, and ordered all the property taken from Dhir Mal to be restored to him. He preached to Makkhan Shah and his Sikhs that the holy Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the king of kings and the saint of all saints gave them the wealth of the Name which was sufficient for all their wants.

Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji Maharaj, the king of kings, the saint of saints, and the blanket of the world

This Shabad is by Guru Tegh Bahaadur Ji in Raag Sorath on Ang 633 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

soriT mhlw 9 ]
jo nru duK mY duKu nhI mwnY ]
suK snyhu Aru BY nhI jw kY kMcn mwtI mwnY ]1] rhwau ]
nh inMidAw nh ausqiq jw kY loBu mohu AiBmwnw ]
hrK sog qy rhY inAwrau nwih mwn Apmwnw ]1]
Awsw mnsw sgl iqAwgY jg qy rhY inrwsw ]
kwmu k®oDu ijh prsY nwhin iqh Git bRhmu invwsw ]2]
gur ikrpw ijh nr kau kInI iqh ieh jugiq pCwnI ]
nwnk lIn BieE goibMd isau ijau pwnI sMig pwnI ]3]11]

sorat(h) mehalaa 9 ||
jo nar dhukh mai dhukh nehee maanai ||
sukh sanaehu ar bhai nehee jaa kai ka(n)chan maattee maanai ||1|| rehaao ||
neh ni(n)dhiaa neh ousathath jaa kai lobh mohu abhimaanaa ||
harakh sog thae rehai niaaro naahi maan apamaanaa ||1||
aasaa manasaa sagal thiaagai jag thae rehai niraasaa ||
kaam krodhh jih parasai naahan thih ghatt breham nivaasaa ||2||
gur kirapaa jih nar ko keenee thih eih jugath pashhaanee ||
naanak leen bhaeiou gobi(n)dh sio jio paanee sa(n)g paanee ||3||11||

Sorat'h, Ninth Mehl:
That man, who in the midst of pain, does not feel pain,
who is not affected by pleasure, affection or fear, and who looks alike upon gold and dust;||1||Pause||
Who is not swayed by either slander or praise, nor affected by greed, attachment or pride;
who remains unaffected by joy and sorrow, honor and dishonor;||1||
who renounces all hopes and desires and remains desireless in the world;
who is not touched by sexual desire or anger - within his heart, God dwells. ||2||
That man, blessed by Guru's Grace, understands this way.
O Nanak, he merges with the Lord of the Universe, like water with water. ||3||11||