Letter by Bhai Mani Singh Ji.

 

 

Aadh Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the supreme authority of the Sikhs, but the Dasam Granth also holds a special place in Sikhism, as these are the compositions of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. In the eighteenth century Sikhs had no qualms about Dasam Granth being placed along side Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Bhai Mani Sahib Ji, a scholar and true Sikh of Guru Gobind Singh Ji wrote down the bani's as dictated by Guru Sahib Ji, accomplished the compilation of the Dasam Granth in a mere 5 years after the ascension of Guru Sahib Ji in times that were very turbulent and fraught with danger and treachery. This should be recognized as a phenomenal achievement.

Bhai Mani Singh Ji was a playmate, classmate and devoted disciple of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and an extraordinary scholar of his time who was martyred at Lahore, wrote this historical letter to Mata Sundari Ji (the wife of Guru Gobind Singh Ji) at Delhi 1716. This note clears up many controversies and points to the authenticity of Dasam Granth Sahib Ji.

This historical document gives a valuable glimpse of the turbulent times after the ascension of Guru Sahib Ji.

 

Translation:

   
  Letter of Bhai Mani Singh to Mata Sundari Ji.
  May the Almighty help us.
 
Mani Singh makes his humble prostration at the feet of the holy venerable mother. Further news is that the climate of this place has aggravated my rheumatism and my health deteriorates fast. I will have to listen to the healing parable of the tertian fever. But my illness has caused no slackness in the performance of the holy service of the Hari Mandir. The Khalsa no more hods away over the country and its power has waned. The Sikhs have migrated to the mountain retreats. The Malacchas reign supreme in the country. There is no security for the (Sikh) children and women in any habitation. They are hunted out and killed. The opposing states have also joined hands with them. The Hindalis spy on the Sikhs. All (the Sikhs) have deserted the Chak (the earliest name of Amritsar). The Mutsaddis (priests) have also fled. So far the Immortal Lord protects me. Tomorrow is uncertain. What is ordained by the Lord shall prevail. The adopted son of Binod Singh has passed away. Among the books I send per Jhanda Singh, there is one entitled "303 Chritra Upakhyans" by the Lord (Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Give this to Sihan Singh in the Mahal (Matia Mahal in the interior of Delhi city). So far there is no trace of the book "Naam Mala." I found the first part of Krishan Avatar but not the second. I shall send it when available. There is a rumour in the country that Bundha (Singh Bahadur) has made his good escape from the Emperor's jail. May the Guru protect him. The Guru's family (the descendents of the Guru) at Khandur have sent five tolas of gold as a gift for your son's bride (an adopted son of Mata Ji, as all four Sahibzadhay had been martyred). Recover seventeen rupees from Jhanda Singh. I gave him five rupees to meet the expenses of the journey. These expenses will be incurred by him. The Mutsaddis have not yet settled accounts, otherwise I would have sent a draft from the city (presumably Lahore). If my health improves I shall come in the month of Kartik.
  Baisakh 22
  Signed Mani Singh
  Guruchak, Bunga
  P.S. Reply in bamboo stick (it being confidential)
 
Dr C.S Chan acquired a manuscript of the translation of Aadh Guru Granth Sahib Ji (by Dr Ernest Trumpp) and found this original letter amongst the pages, some fifty years ago.
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