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Protection of Cows - Guru Hargobind and Guru Gobind Singh



During a hunting expedition outside of the village of Ramdas, Guru Hargobind Sahib was approached by a local Hindu who was requesting help to stop a group of Muslims butchering cows: ⁣ ⁣ ਪੁਨ ਕਰ ਜੋਰਿ ਬਤਾਇਸਿ ਬਾਤਿ । "ਨਿਕਟ ਦੁਸ਼ਟ ਗੋ ਕਰਤੇ ਘਾਤਿ । ਤਿਨ ਕੇ ਬਸ ਨਹਿ ਆਵਤਿ ਸੋਈ । ਕਤਰਿ ਓਜ ਕੋ ਮੈਂ ਤਹਿ ਜੋਈ" ।੩।⁣ After [saluting Guru Hargobind] he clasped his hands and began to say, "There are vile people close to here butchering cows and they are trying to get hold of more cows with great effort.⁣ ⁣ ਸੁਨਿ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸੋ ਆਗੇ ਕਰ੍ਯੋ । ਹਯ ਧਵਾਇ ਚਾਲੇ ਰਿਸਿ ਧਰ੍ਯੋ । ਹੁਤੇ ਨਿਕਟ ਹੀ ਜਾਇ ਨਿਹਾਰੇ । ਖੜਗ ਨਿਕਾਸ੍ਯੋ ਤਤਛਿਨ ਮਾਰੇ ।੪।⁣ Listening to this Satiguru Hargobind mounted his horse and proceeded ahead with great anger, seeing where they were they closed the distance, taking out his sword he quickly slaughtered them. ⁣ ⁣ ਭਾਜ ਚਲੇ ਕੁਛ ਘੇਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਹਾਰੇ । ਖੰਡ ਖੰਡ ਕਰਿ ਧਰ ਪਰ ਡਾਰੈ ।⁣ Some of them ran away, but they were flanked, surrounded and attacked, they were chopped down and then into pieces. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth (1843), Raas 6, Chapter 55 ⁣ Author: the Great Poet [Mahakavi] Santokh Singh ⁣ ⁣ Guru Gobind Singh Ji carried the tradition laid out by his grandfather for the protection of cows. He writes in Ugardanthi, asking Devi to bless Him with the strength to:⁣ ⁣ ਗਊ ਘਾਤ ਕਾ ਦੋਖ ਜਗ ਸਿਉਂ ਮਿਟਾਊ ।⁣ [May I] eliminate the great sin of cow butchering in this world. ⁣ ⁣ Ugardanthi, Chakka 5

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