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"Collect your tax...on the edge of my Kharag" Guru Gobind Singh Ji - Suraj Prakash

When Bheemchand and other Hill Rajas first initiated the Battle of Anandpur 1700 they sent a letter asking Guru Gobind Singh to either pay them a tax or to leave Anandpur Sahib. The Great Poet Santokh Singh describes how the Guru responded after reading this and the response to Bheemchand.

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਕਲਗੀਧਰ ਗਰਜਿ ਕੈ ਮੇਘ ਮਾਨਿੰਦ ਬਲਿੰਦ । ਉੱਤਰ ਦਯੋ ਲਿਖਾਇ ਕਰਿ ਸ਼ੋਕ ਦੇਨਿ ਰਿਪੁ ਬ੍ਰਿੰਦ ।੧।

The Highest Plume-Wearing [Guru Gobind Singh], like thunder from giant clouds roared! The scribe began writing His response, which would strike pain in the hearts of the Hill Rajas.

ਚੌਪਈ ।

ਸੁਨੀਅਹਿ ਭੀਮਚੰਦ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੀ । ਸਭਿ ਰਾਜਨਿ ਸਨ ਦੇਹੁ ਬਖਾਨੀ । .

"Listen you cocky Bheemchand, convey this message to all of the other Kings as well.

ਹਮ ਤੇ ਦਾਮ ਚਹਹਿ ਜੇ ਲੈਬੋ । ਖੜਗ ਧਾਰ ਸੋਂ ਕਰਿ ਹੈਂ ਦੈਬੋ ।੨।

If you want to collect your tax I will give it you on the edge of my Kharag [sword].

ਤੋਮਰ ਤੀਰਨਿ ਸਾਂਗਨਿ ਅਨੀ । ਇਨ ਤੈ ਦੈ ਹੌ ਭੇਦੋ ਅਨੀ ।

On the tip of our spears and arrows we will give you your tax as we chop you into pieces.

ਸ਼ਲਖ ਤੁਫੰਗਨਿ ਬਰਖਾ ਗੁਲਕਨਿ । ਇਨ ਤੇ ਪਰਖਨ ਕਰਿ ਧਨ ਅਨਗਨ ।੩।

We will rain down your money with our bullets, come test the large amount of money we have set for you.

ਮੂਢ ਅਜਾਨ ਨ ਤੁਮ ਸਮ ਕੋਈ । ਚਹੈਂ ਦਰਬ ਲਿਹੁ ਸਨਮੁਖ ਹੋਈ ।

No one is as much an idiot and fool as you, if you want your money come face to face with me.

ਬਜੈ ਲੋਹ ਸੋਂ ਲੋਹ ਜੁਝਾਰੇ । ਲੇਹੁ ਪਰਖ ਤਬਿ ਦਾਮ ਕਰਾਰੇ ।੪।

Our warriors will ferociously clash iron with your iron, come then and test this money.

Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth, author: the Great Poet Santokh Singh

Rut 4, Chapter 12

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