Idag den 16 juni firas Guru Arjans Martyrdag (sikhisk högtid)
Guru Arjan (1563-1606), den femte gurun, torterades till döds för sin tros skull. Fär att minnas hans ledande och hans budskap om toöerans bjuds alla människor, oberoende av tro eller hudfärg, på svalkande dryck.
I Indien görs det vid små stånd ute på gatorna, i Sverige står sikherna utanför gurdwarorna. templen. Många sikhiska läkare utför gratis hälsoundersökningar den här dagen.
(Källa: Sensus Multireligiösa almanacka 2012)
Guru Arjan, 1563-1606
Guru Arjan was the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr: he gave up his life for the Sikh people.
The Guru laid the foundation of the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar. He also designed the four doors in a Gurdwara, proclaiming that ”My faith is for the people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come and to whichever direction they bow.”
Guru Arjan laid the foundations of the Golden Temple
He also declared that all Sikhs should donate a tenth of their earnings to charity.
The greatest contribution he made to the Sikh faith was to compile all of the past Gurus’ writings into one book, now the holy scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib. It was this holy book that made him a martyr.
In 1606, the Muslim Emperor Jahangir ordered that he be tortured and sentenced to death after he refused to remove all Islamic and Hindu references from the Holy book.
He was made to sit on a burning hot sheet while boiling hot sand was poured over his burnt body. After enduring five days of unrelenting torture Guru Arjan Dev was taken for a bath in the river. As thousands watched he entered the river never to be seen again.
The way in which he died changed the course of Sikhism forever.