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So he invited offerings of arms and horses to train his men as soldiers. At the time of his installation as Guru he girded not one but two swords as defender both of the Faith and temporal interests of his people. The new element that thus moulded the growth of Sikhism reached its culmination when Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru, created the Khalsa Brotherhood, making the sword and unshorn hair essential equipment of the Khalsa by including them in the five kakas (Sikh symbols) that he prescribed at the baptism of his Panj-Piaras (the Five Beloved) who first responded to the call of the Guru and offered to lay down their heads for him and the Panth.

He remained throughout a sincere believer and follower of Old Testament teaching as accepted by Christianity. His views expressed, when he was well over eighty, are worth repeating. He said the equipment the critic brings is as yet very crude. Nonetheless God has given us intellect and asks us to use it whatever the cost and as far as it will go. It may be the individual’s tragedy in the process that he loses his faith. He must be humble and remember the limitations of the human mind, respect the common beliefs and loyally remain under the discipline of his religious body even if that discipline turns against him personally.

In his autobiographical composition Bachitar Natak he asserted that the Lord sent him into this world charged with the duty to uphold the good and uproot sin and evil. It was after deep and long contemplation and considerable planning that he created the missionary force, Khalsa, to accomplish his mission. When he created a new Order of Saintsoldiers, armed but devout and committed to the good of humanity, he could not have omitted to lay down a strict code of discipline and insisted on its observance.

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