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    The Perfect Human Being

    There are events in the histories of different people which at the time they occurred may not have appeared to be of great significance, but with the passage of time became memorable moments. There are two such incidents in the history of the Sikhs which made them change from pacific followers of their founder Guru Nanak to the militant Khalsa of the last Guru Gobind Singh.

    The first was the persecution of their Fifth Guru Arjan Dev, who compiled the Adi Granth and installed it in Harmandar Sahib built by his father, and made Amritsar the emotional capital of the community. His only "crime" in the eyes of the rulers was that he had acquired a large following and threatened to become a rival power base in the north.

    He was taken to Lahore, cruelly tortured and he died as martyr. His son Guru Hargobind decided to take up arms. The Ninth Guru Tegh Bahadar, a saintly man, composed some of the most soulful hymns — later incorporated into the Adi Granth by his son. These became widely known and have been beautifully rendered by Mohammed Rafi.

    Guru Tegh Bahadar was arrested on fabricated charges and executed in Delhi on November 24, 1675.

    His body was stolen by one of his Dalit disciples, who burnt down his own thatched hut to cremate it. Gurdwara Sis Gunj in Chandni Chowk marks the site of his execution. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, next to Parliament, is the site of his cremation.

    It was this wholly gratuitous act of criminality that made his son come to the conclusion that when all other methods have failed, it is righteous to draw
    the sword.

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    To mark the martyrdom anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadar, I reproduce my translation of one of his hymns — entitled Jo nar dukh mein dukh nahi manai — devoted to describing an ideal human being:

    He who in adversity grieves not;

    He who is without fear;

    He who falls not in the snare of sensuality;

    Who has no greed for gold, knowing it is like dust;

    He who does not slander people when their backs are turned;

    Nor flatters them to their faces;

    He who has neither gluttony in his heart;

    Nor vanity, nor attachment to

    worldly things;

    He whom nothing moves;

    Neither good fortune nor ill;

    Who cares not for worldly applause;

    Nor its censure;

    Who ignores every wishful fantasy;

    And accepts what comes his way at it comes;

    He whom lust cannot lure;

    Nor anger command;

    In such a one lives God himself;

    On such a one God's Grace descends;

    For he knows the righteous path;

    O Nanak, his soul mingles with the Lord;

    As water mingles with water.

    Romantic lines

    Entries to a Washington Post competition asking for a two-line rhyme with the most romantic first line, and the least romantic second line:

    My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife;

    Marrying you has screwed up my life;

    I see your face when I am dreaming;

    That's why I always wake up screaming;

    Kind, intelligent, loving and hot;

    This describes everything you are not;

    Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss;

    But I only slept with you cause I was pissed;

    I thought that I could love no other;

    That is until I met your brother.
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