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The Three Gurus (Amar Chitra Katha) (3 in 1 comics)

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Bound set of 3 comics includes the following titles:
  • Guru Nanak (590)
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur (694)
  • Guru Gobind Singh (588)
Guru Nanak: Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born in a critical period of Indian history. On the one hand, the people were divided into castes, sects and factions; on the other, the Muslim rulers perpetrated atrocities on the 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. It was a period of transition from medievalism to modernism. Men of action and men of thought explored the world of matter and spirit. Guru Nanak revealed the secret of man's spiritual potential. At the same time, he accepted the struggles and hardships of life and pioneered a movement of reform in social and religious conduct. The means by which he reformed the dregs of society were argument, conviction and personal example. His followers, called 'Sikhs', formed a group of God-fearing men and women devoted to the service of the people. He laid down simple rules of conduct through which man could lead a humane and meaningful life and find his own fulfilment. He was revered alike by Hindus and Muslims. His life is an inspiring example of the practice of truth, love and humility.
 
Guru Tegh Bahadur: Tegh Bahadur became the Guru of the Sikhs at a time when the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb's policy of religious intolerance and persecution had antagonized a vast section of his subjects. The Jat peasantry took up arms in the district of Mathura. The Satnamis rebelled in the Punjab but these rebellions were mercilessly crushed. In the Deccan however, Shivaji's powers continued to be on the rise and in 1674, he proclaimed himself king. This made Aurangzeb even more ruthless in his religious persecution. Denied the freedom to follow their faith, the Hindus of Kashmir approached Guru Tegh Bahadur for help and guidance. The Guru carried the conviction - more than four hundred years ago, when religious intolerance and persecution were common all over the world - that every individual must have the freedom to worship the faith of his or her choice. He wrote to the Emperor, reminding him that the Holy Koran does not sanction forcible conversion. He expressed his willingness to hold discussions on the subject with the Emperor and his advisers on matters of religion and added, "If they succeed in converting me to their opinion, I will embrace your Islam and all the Hindus too might do the same. If on the contrary, they do not succeed in converting me to their opinion, then I request that henceforth all religious persecution should be stopped." Great ingenuity was used in devising new kinds of torture for the Guru and his closest disciples, but Aurangzeb failed to crush their spirit. Thus for a great principle which today is cherished by people in most parts of the world, the Guru laid down his life. Even to this day, he is remembered as Hindi-di-chadar (literally, the coverlet of India), protector of India's honor.
 
Guru Gobind Singh: The Sikhs ('disciples') were a religious community in Punjab; their faith followed a blend of the best concepts of the religions of the region. They had a Guru ('master') as the head of the community. In the late 17th century, Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor of Delhi, launched a campaign of persecution against the Sikhs. The ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur was put to death on his orders. Gobinda his nine-year old son was made Guru. He achieved proficiency in Sanskrit and Persian as also in the martial arts. He transformed the Sikhs into disciplined volunteers prepared to fight for the faith. Five emblems including the sword were prescribed for them and they were called Singh's ('lions'). The execution of his own sons did not deflect him from his cause. Guru Gobind Singh wrote poetry, which was included in the Granth, the Holy Book of Sikhs. He enjoined loyalty to the Granth rather than the Guru in person. His death at the hands of treacherous killers made him immortal in the hearts of generations of Sikhs.
 
96 pages
 
ISBN: 9788189999872

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