Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Eha

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This is a one of the most celebrated and widely quoted hymn by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. He shows in the following Shabad the qualities that makes one fit to become part of his world mission called the Khalsa Panth - To live with courage and bravery to the highest levels of righteousness


One must never shirk from conducting oneself in the most upright and considerate possible manner. The Khalsa has to be prepared at all times to willingly and consistently behave in the most impartial and just manner and to always undertake to carry out righteous and Gurmat acts; to never have any fear or show even the slightest hesitation when taking such actions; to never flinch from stepping in front of the enemy to protect the poor, weak and needy of the world - to never have any apprehension or anxiety from the righteous fight ahead.


To give no consideration or thought as to the size, strength or magnitude of the enemy in front of you - It may be 1 opponent or 125,000 opponents – the Khalsa's faith and trust is only with Waheguru and no one else. And to always know and be certain that Waheguru will always be their support and that victory in the end will without doubt be theirs:


Gurmukhi Devanagari Translation
ਦੇਹ ਸ਼ਿਵਾ ਬਰ ਮੋਹੇ ਈਹੇ
ਸ਼੝ਭ ਕਰ੝ਮਨ ਸੇ ਕਭ੝ਂ ਨ ਟਰੂਂ
ਨ ਡਰੌਂ ਅਰਿ ਸੌਂ ਜਬ ਜਾਯ ਲੜੌਂ
ਨਿਸ਼੝ਚਯ ਕਰ ਅਪਨੀ ਜੀਤ ਕਰੌਂ
देह शिवा बर मोहे ईहे
शढ़भ करढ़मन से कभढ़ं न टरूं
न डरौं अरि सौं जब जाय लड़ौं
निशढ़चय कर अपनी जीत करौं
O Lord, give me this boon
May I never ever shirk from doing good deeds
Never may I fear when I go to fight the enemy
With surety, victory will be mine



The hymn is a part of Chandi Charitar Ukti Bilas, a section of the Dasam Granth. Here the word "Shiva" may be taken to mean Lord Shiva but this is incorrect. In Sikh tradition uses the terms Shiva, Hari, Rama etc. in a nirguna sense to mean the one Lord Almighty.


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