14th Doharaa: "Chhuree Kalam Rip Karadh Bhan[i]..."

Dhan Dhan Kalgidhar Maharaj, Chittey Baja Wale Paatshah, Neela-Ghorh Asvaar, Sarbans Daani, Dasmesh Pita Ji Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji Maharaj

ਛੁਰੀ ਕਲਮ ਰਿਪ ਕਰਦ ਭਨਿ ਖੰਜਰ ਬੁਗਦਾ ਨਾਇ॥
Chhuree Kalam Rip Karadh Bhan[i] Kha[n]jaar Bugdhaa naae[i]
ਅਰਧ ਰਿਜਕ ਸਭ ਜਗਤ ਕੋ ਮੁਹਿ ਤੁਮ ਲੇਹੁ ਬਚਾਇ॥੧੪॥
Ardhh Rijak Sabh Jagath Ko Muh[i] Thum Laeh[u] Bachaae[i]
Those who begin to dive deeper into their spiritual life, they notice that the ocean is not just the surface. There is not a human life long enough to be able to explore it all. It is unfortunate that majority of the world sees spirituality as just some time to become calm or become religious. In the same way, these 27 Dohara's seem like there are maybe 100 or so names of Shastars provided. However, when we start to surrender our minds, we begin to learn more about how much depth exists when it comes to Shastars. This Profoundness is a Quality of Akaal Purakh Vaheguru and found within their Creation as well. Here, Maharaj Ji are remembering pen-knives or in other words: pocket knives. There is something called an EDC (Everyday Carry) which is used in everyday life.

Why carry a knife all the time? From a Tyar-Ber-Tyar perspective...

The Khalsa keep shastars as they are our saints but also for protection of the defenseless and needy. Due to the political environments of the world, if someone were to use their Kakkar Kirpan (the one which is never removed from the body) in a protection situation in the western world then it would be highly likely that police would confiscate the shastar & there would be unnecessary political tension towards Sikhs as well as potential for Kakkar bans. There was a local Gursikh who shared a practice: never use the Kakkar Kirpan in these situations while in the west but always keep an EDC as a multipurpose tool.
Daas also remembers a time when Bhai Paneet Singh recalled a scenario that Bhai Charnjeet Singh (Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara) tested him with. If someone were to rob you, would you use your Sri Sahib against them. Bhai Paneet Singh initially said yes as a young child replying to this test. Bhai Charnjeet Singh asked that if someone is stealing, does it mean you end their life? No, that is not the correct way of thinking. This is why we keep non-lethal shastars such as daangs (wooden staff). That same wood which protects is sharpened in the pencil. There is nothing away from Vaheguru's Shakti.

Foldable knives originally used to sharpen pencils, kept in the pocket but can be used for multiple purposes (WW2 reenactment)


ਛੁਰੀ ਕਲਮ/Chhuree Kalam

Mehron Steek (similar definition in Giani Bishan Singh Steek, Pandit Narayan Singh Steek, Dr. Rattan Singh Jaggi)

A knife used to sharpen a fountain pen/pencil (pen-knife ie pocket knife)

Giani Bishan Singh Steek

You are the Churree = Knife
You are the Kalam = Pen

Mahaan Kosh

ਛੁਰੀ Chhurree = small knife
ਕਲਮ Kalam = used to write with, pen, fountain pen, pencil, etc.

Karadh usually refers to smaller knives. Even our smaller kirpans can be referred to as Karadh/Kardh's. Pictured here is Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Angeetha Sahib Shastar - the Karadh which was found in the cremation pyre of Guru Sahib.


ਰਿਪ ਕਰਦ/Rip Karadh

Mehron Steek 

Rip = Enemy
Karadh = Cutter
Enemy Cutter

Giani Bishan Singh Steek, Dr. Rattan Singh Jaggi Steek, Pandit Narayan Singh Steek

Continuing from the last section as words joined: Kalam-Rip
The Knife is the enemy of the pen as it sharpens the pen

Mahaan Kosh 

ਰਿਪ = enemy, that which causes loss
ਕਰਦ = that which gives support to hand, Kaaradh = Knife

The Sword of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb... Political Enemy of Guru Sahib & the Khalsa

Vaheguru resides even within the enemy's sword. Vaheguru's nondual nature applies to the enemies as well. We stand up for righteousness and protection of the defenseless but even the tyrannical have Vaheguru within them. Those who reflect upon this will be walking towards liberation.



Mehron Steek (Similar definition as 

Dr. Rattan Singh Ji Steek, Giani Bishan Singh Steek, Pandit Narayan Singh Steek)

Talwar = Sword
[not specified but definition of dagger and sword merge depending on length]

Mahaan Kosh

ਖੰਜਰ = small knife 

The Signature Omani Khanjar, a symbol of Oman



Mehron Steek (Similar definition as 

Dr. Rattan Singh Ji Steek, Giani Bishan Singh Steek,)

Name of Mudhgar, refers to a type of mace/club

Pandit Narayan Singh Steek

Chhurraa: Big Knife
Toka: Large Knife used to cut vegetation
Like a machete or cutlass...
That which can behead the enemy

Mahaan Kosh

ਬੁਗਦਾ = Chhurraa, Tokaa, a type of bent edged peshkabz

Not one majorly accepted definition of this shastar. Some see it as a type of mace. Some see it as a large cutting knife (like that used in the bushes or in farming). While some see it as a bent-edged peshkabz. See it as whatever suits you best but don't forget to see Vaheguru's Shakti within it.

We don't realize that there are so many obstacles to us even surviving right now. Realize that Vich Karthaa Purakh Khaloa - Vaheguru resides within us, there is nothing that can move even a hair of our True Form


ਅਰਧ ਰਿਜਕ ਸਭ ਜਗਤ ਕੋ ਮੁਹਿ ਤੁਮ ਲੇਹੁ ਬਚਾਇ/
Ardhh Rijak Sabh Jagath Ko Muh[i] Thum Laeh[u] Bachaae[i]

Mehron Steek

Even though all of these weapons become the support of everyone’s daily sustenance, I only ask that You - Vaheguru protect me! 

Giani Bishan Singh (similar to Pandit Narain Singh Steek, Dr. Rattan Singh Jaggi Steek)

You provide sustenance to the Heavenly realms and the nether regions but also in between: Ardhh.

Mahaan Kosh

ਅਰਧ Ardhh = Half, bottom-half
ਰਿਜਕ Rijak = Daily Meals, Sustenance

Guru Gobind Singh Ji shows us a way to remember Their Protective Quality in Tua Prasaadh Savaiyae (Deenan Kae)

The womb is burning hot and so is the womb of Maya in which we live but Vaheguru protects through both. So why should we ever forget Vaheguru?

Giani Sher Singh Ji narrate a story from Panth Prakaash. In India, there was a really bad tradition of killing daughters upon their birth. This practice was banned by Guru Sahib. There was a daughter born to a Sikh family during the Misl period. The midwives had stuffed the baby into the earth in order to kill her. Sant Baba Gudharr Singh Ji knew that this happened through some spiritual powers. He told them to dig up the daughter. She was still sucking on her thumb. Baba Gudharr Singh Ji held her and said that you are trying to kill her? She will be the mother of the Sher-e-Punjab. She ended up being the mother of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Vaheguru's Hukam is out of your control. It is better for you to surrender your foolish thinking and accept Guru Sahib's way of seeing.

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