Author: Anant Pai
Illustrator: Ram Krishna Sudhakar / Rajana
Publisher: India Book House
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817508300X
This colorfully illustrated book narrates in pictures the life story and works of three esteemed Gurus of Sikhism - Guru Nanak, Guru Tegh Bhadur, and Guru Gobind Singh..
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born at a significant period of Indian history. On one had, people were divided into castes, sects and factions; on the other, Muslim rulers perpetrated atrocities against Hindus and the weaker sections of society. The masses in their hardships and miseries, cried for a saviour. Nanak came as God’s messenger in the common man’s hour of need.
His followers, called Sikhs, formed a group of god-fearing men and women devoted to the service of the people. His life is an inspiring example of truth, love and humility.
At a time of great religious intolerance and persecution all over the world, Guru Tegh Bahadur carried the conviction that every individual should have the freedom to follow the faith of his or her choice. When king Aurangzeb persecuted the Hindus ruthlessly, the Guru reminded him that the Holy Quran did not sanction forcible conversion. He, along with his closest disciples, survived many cruel attacks of torture employed by the king, and did not allow their spirit to be crushed. To this day, he is remembered as Hind-di-chadar, protector of India’s honour.
Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the ten Sikh gurus. He converted a pacifist, passive and fatalistic community of Punjabi Sikhs into a militant, aggressive and determined brotherhood of the Khalsa. It was he who gave Sikhism its five sacred symbols, including the unshorn hair and beard, and introduced the concept of a single casteless family-the Singhs.
Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Gobind Singh