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The Caste and Clan of Singhs is 'Rebellion': Navin Panth Prakash

Giani Gian Singh [1822-1921] in his Navin Panth Prakash [1880] provides a vivid description of the mindset of the Singhs, in a passage relating to the capture and execution of Singhs by Turks.

ਮਰਨ ਕਰ੍ਯੋ ਸਿੰਘਨ ਪਰਵਾਨੈ ॥ ਨਹਿ ਛੋਡੈਂ ਦੰਗੈ ਕੀ ਬਾਨੈ ॥ ਜਾਤਿ ਗੋਤ ਸਿੰਘਨ ਕੀ ਦੰਗਾ ॥ ਦੰਗਾ ਹੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਤੈ ਇਨ ਮੰਗਾ ॥52॥

The Singhs accepted death and did not renounce their propensity for warfare. The caste and clan of Singhs is 'Rebellion' - and this rebellious attitude is what the Singhs asked for from the Guru.

ਅੰਨ ਨ ਪਚੈ ਕਰੇ ਬਿਨ ਦੰਗਾ ॥ ਦੰਗੇ ਬਿਨ ਇਨ ਰਹੈ ਨ ਅੰਗਾ ॥ ਕੁਹੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਬ੍ਰਿਕ ਬਹਿਰੀ ਬਾਜੈਂ ॥ ਬਿਨ ਦੰਗੇ ਕ੍ਯੋਂ ਹੁਇ ਇਨ ਕਾਜੈਂ ॥53॥

For Singhs, food does not even get digested without fighting, and they cannot live separated from this rebellious attitude. Just like the birds of prey, the Kuhi and Bahiri [both falcon like birds], tigers and wolves; all of these cannot live without their need for hunting [killing].

ਕ੍ਰਿਤ: ਗਯਾਨੀ ਗਯਾਨਸਿੰਘ, ਨਵੀਨ ਪੰਥ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼