December ...The month where the Great gave up so

December ...The Month Where The Great Gave Up So

By: Nirmolak Heera

 Every year we remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made, but to me this Christmas is little different, because I never knew that on Boxing Day, is when Sahibzada Fateh Singh (Age 6) & Sahibzada Zorawar Singh, (Age 8) took Sheedi (Martyrdom) They were the two youngest sons, of Guru Gobind Singh.

Their short life story is one that shakes the soul....

As the battle of Chumkor, was is full heat, blood & bones broken, family's separated the two younger sons, fled with their Grandmother Mata Gujari (Mother of Guru Gobind Singh and Wife of Guru Tegh Bahadur the 9th Guru) as they fled through the thick forests full of wild animals the young souls walked on fearlessly reciting the psalms of the Guru's whilst Mata Gujari told them the great story's from Sikh history!

The two older brothers Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh, continued in battle with their father.

After a grueling journey, the young reached the hut of Kuma a Muslim water carrier, who took in the family in for rest and comfort. The Next morning the Guru's old servant Gangu arrived and asked Mata ji to go with
him to his village and promised her that their whereabouts would Not be known and they would be safe.

After trekking all day they reached Gangu's home and lay to rest, after reciting the evening prayers, during the night Gangu crept into their room and reached into Mataji's bag and stole her gold coins, as he left Mata ji heard his footsteps but continued to rest, in the morning she asked Gangu "Our things are lying scattered about, I hope the door was closed. Where are the-gold coins?" Without a word he ran out shouting to trace the thief. Mata ji said not to make a fuss but he was determined that the "thief" should be found. She said to him he could keep the coins if he so wished as she knew that he had taken them, Gangu flipped into Rage "So you are suspecting me. How ungrateful of you. I have given you refuge and this is the reward I get."

Gangu in anger went straight to the police station and told the officers of the Mughal court that "I have the sons of the Guru at my house " come and arrest them straight away. As the officers arrested the family the
villagers cursed Gangu for his betrayal. Both brothers listened to the tales of bravery of the followers of Guru Nanak, story of the unique martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Tegh Bahadur from their dear and
affectionate grand mother.

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