Bhai Jetha

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Bhai Jetha

Main article: Guru Ram Das

Very little is known about the early years of Bhai Jetha who later became the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das. Jetha ji was born at Chuna Mandi Bazaar, Lahore at the site of the present shrine on 24 September 1534 where he spent the first seven years of his life. Soon after birth, he was given the name Jetha, meaning the first born. Jetha's simple and God-fearing parents, Hari Das and Anup Devi of Lahore were delighted at this precious gift from Waheguru. As he was growing up and in his teens, he could always be found in the company of religious men. When he was of 7 Years his father died so her maternal grandmother took him to Basarke, near Amritsar. Jetha continued to become a handsome young man.


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Bhai Jetha, a Sikh of Guru Arjan

JETHA BHAI (d. 1634), a devoted Sikh who successively attended upon Guru Arjan and Guru Hargobind. He took part in seva for the excavation of the sacred pool at Amritsar and the construction of the Harimandar. He was one of the five Sikhs who accompanied Guru Arjan on his last journey to Lahore where he met a martyr's death in 1606. His other four companions were Bhai Bidhi Chand, Bhai Langah, Bhai Paira and Bhai Pirana. These Sikhs were witness to the events leading to the Guru's martyrdom. They cremated his body and returned to Amritsar to relate to Guru Hargobind and the Sikhs what had happened. Bhai Jetha and the other four received training in the fighting skills and were appointed by Guru Hargobind to lead a troop of one hundred horsemen each. Heaccompanied the Guru to Delhi and was in attendance upon him during his detention in the Fort of Gwalior. He took part in battles against the imperial troops, and fell fighting at Mehraj on 16 December 1634. In Bhai Santokh Singh, Sri Gur Pratdp Suraj Granth, Bhai Jetha is described fighting his last battle as an old man with a grey beard.


References

1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhdn di Bhagai Mdld. Amritsar, 1955

2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratdp Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33

3. Macaulific, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909


Bhai Jetha, a Sikh of Guru Ram Das

JETHA, BHAI, a Sikh of the time of Guru Ram Das. He received initiations and instruction at the hands of the Guru himself.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Gurdas, Bhai, Varan, XI. 17.

2. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhdn di Bhagat Maid. Amritsar,1955

3. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 192733


Bhai Jetha, another Sikh of Guru Arjan

JETHA, BHAI, a Sethi Khatri, and Bhai Paira Chandalia once visited Guru Arjan and complained that Brahmans ridiculed them for not observing the traditional rituals during the preparation and eating of meals, without which, according to the Brahmans, the food remained impure. The Guru, as says Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhdn di Bhagat Maid, told them that the only rituals worth observing were "feeding the hungry and the poor and reciting grace or thanksgiving prayer and uttering the name Vahiguru before one starts eating."

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Gurdas, Bhai, Varan, XI. 24.

2. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhdn di Bhngat Maid. Amritsar, 1955

3. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Cur Pratdp Suraj Cranl.h. Amritsar, 192733


Bhai Jetha, another Sikh of Guru Arjan

JETHA, BHAI, Bhai Phirna and Bhai Changa, all Bahil Khanis, once came to Guru Arjan to seek instruction. They said, "Some repeat the name of Rama, others of Krsna; some repeat Om, others Soharn. We have been taught to meditate on Vahiguru. Tell us, Master, which name is the most efficacious?" The Guru, says Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhdn di Bhagat Maid, replied, "Any boat would take one across a river, but one should stick to the boat one has boarded. All names of God lead to liberation. For Sikhs the name revealed by Guru Nanak is Vahiguru." Bhai Jetha and his companions, thus enlightened, concentrated on Vahiguru themselves and told others to do so.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhfin di Bhagat Mdld. Amritsar, 1955

2. Saniokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Cur Pratdp Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 192733


Bhai Jetha, a Sikh at the time of Gobind Rai

JETHA, BHAI, was the masand, or parish preacher, at Lakhnaur at the time of the visit, in 1670, of child Gobind Rai (later Guru Gobind Singh), who arrived there travelling with his mother, Mata Gujari, and grandmother, Mata Nanaki, from Patna to Anandpur.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kahn Singh, Bhai, Gumshabad Ratndkar Mahdn Kosh. Paiiala, 1981


References

1. Gurdas, Bhai, Varan, XI. 17.

2. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhdn di Bhagat Maid. Amritsar, 1955

3. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33