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Guru Gobind Singh on Alcohol - Krishnavtar


The following passage is from the Krishnavatar, wherein Guru Gobind Singh is describing Krishna attending a gathering of warriors, who are celebrating Krishna's defeat over Jarasandh. Balrama, Krishna's brother, pleases Krishna greatly by presenting him with wine during the celebration and then Guru Gobind Singh writes that Balrama says:

ਦੀਬੋ ਕਛੂ ਮਯ ਪੀਬੋ ਘਨੋ ਕਹਿ ਸੂਰਨ ਸੋ ਇਹ ਬੈਨ ਸੁਨਾਯੋ ॥

[Balrama speaking], "Warriors! Pass a little along, and drink even more wine!" , This is what Balrama told the gathering near Krishna. ਜੂਝਬੋ ਜੂਝ ਕੈ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਤਜੈ ਜੁਝਾਇਬੋ ਛਤ੍ਰਨ ਕੋ ਬਨ ਆਯੋ ॥ "To lose your life fighting in the hard of battle! This is what befits warriors!" ਬਾਰਨੀ ਕੰਉ ਕਬਿ ਸ੍ਯਾਮ ਭਨੈ ਕਚੁ ਕੇ ਹਿਤ ਤੋ ਭ੍ਰਿਗ ਨਿੰਦ ਕਰਾਯੋ ॥ The Poet Shyaam [Guru Gobind Singh] speaks of this wine; which Bhrigu Rishi has spoken ill against due to the story of Kacha

ਰਾਮ ਕਹੈ ਚਤੁਰਾਨਨਿ ਸੋ ਸੁ ਇਹੀ ਰਸ ਕਉ ਰਸ ਦੇਵਨ ਪਾਯੋ ॥1894॥ But the Poet Raam [Guru Gobind Singh] says, it is from Brahma that this nectar [that is wine] was obtained to the Gods [after the churning of the World-Ocean] Dasam Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 494 . Guru Gobind Singh makes reference to the story within the Mahabharata of the Rishi Bhirgu, who has spoken ill about the use of alcohol because it was used in a tale of deception against Shukrachrya [his son], who under the guise of drinking alcohol also happened to consume the ground remains of Kacha. Guru Gobind Singh then, in opposition to this position held by Rishi Bhigru, postulates his own position regarding wine, citing the story of the Ocean-Churning, where from the world's ocean the Devtey [Gods] produced 14 Jewels, from which one was wine, which Brahma gave to the Devtey [Gods].