“Listen O King, go and survey the scene of destruction that has been caused by your army. Take a warning from those who have defeated others. He who is victorious today may suffer defeat tomorrow. Where are those kings who ruled here yesterday ? Where are those games, those stables, those horses ? Where are those bugles, those clarions ? Where are those who buckled on their swords and were mighty in battle ? Where are those scarlet uniforms ? Where are those mirrors that reflected fair faces ? Where are those houses, those mansions, those palaces ? We see them no longer here. O Lord, this world is Thine. In one moment, Thou create, in another moment, Thou destroy Thy Creation.”
On hearing the words of the Guru, Babur remained in deep thought for a long time and then asked Guru Ji humbly “What can I do for you ?”
“Nothing,” said the Guru “The soul supreme Being has Himself commissioned me to spread His message of Naam, and I enjoy His grace and gifts. Those who forsake Him and attach themselves to others lose all. He makes emperors and kings, and He turns them into dust.”
Babur bowed before Guru Ji and begged for counsel for a better life.
“Be just to all, and never do injustice to anyone,” said Guru Ji. “ Never depart from the path of truth. Be merciful and forgive others as you would wish to be forgiven. Do not covert that which belongs to others. Do not sow the seeds of cruelty. He who is cruel, suffers.”
These words Babur took to heart and from then on endeavored to be a just ruler.
Since the time of Emperor Babur, the imperial dynasty had great respect for the House of Guru Nanak, the belief being that many a calamity could be averted by the blessing of those spiritually enlightened.