Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Eha

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Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Eha(ਦੇਹ ਸ਼ਿਵਾ ਬਰ ਮੋਹੇ ਈਹੇ) is a most celebrated and widely quoted hymn by Guru Gobind Singh, taken from Chandi Charitar Ukati Bilas composition of Dasam Granth. The composition describes the glory of Shakti (power or Hukam).

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:

What is Shiva?

Like many mythical words used in Gurbani like Damodar, Beethula, Ram, Krishna, Jagannath which are attributed to Hindu gods by Hindu people and sanctified in Guru Granth Sahib, Shiva is another word used by Hindus but interpretations of Shiva are defined in limits of Gurmat by Guru Gobind Singh in Dasam Granth.

Unlike Shaiv Hindus, Guru Gobind Singh did not believe Mahadev or his wife as Shiv-Shakti. In Chopai Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh said cleared it by saying ਮਹਾਂਦੇਵ ਕੌ ਕਹਤ ਸਦਾ ਸ਼ਿਵ ॥ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰ ਕਾ ਚੀਨਤ ਨਹਿ ਭਿਵ ॥੩੯੨॥ (Chopai, Dasam Granth), which signifies that Guru Gobind Singh does not believe Mahadev as Sada Shiv then how could he call his wife Shiva? Now from here the meanings of Shiva does not goes with meanings of Shaiv Hindus. There are many other clues in Dasam Granth which demotes the theory of calling Mahadev's wife as Shiva.

In Gurmat, Shiva is power or Hukam of Akaal Purakh, to which Gurbani States ਸਿਵ ਸਕਤਿ ਆਪਿ ਉਪਾਇ ਕੈ ਕਰਤਾ ਆਪੇ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਵਰਤਾਏ ॥(920, M3).

Gurmukhi Devanagari Translation
ਦੇਹ ਸਿਵਾ ਬਰੁ ਮੋਹਿ ਇਹੈ ਸੁਭ ਕਰਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੂੰ ਨ ਟਰੋਂ ॥

ਨ ਡਰੋਂ ਅਰਿ ਸੋ ਜਬ ਜਾਇ ਲਰੋਂ ਨਿਸਚੈ ਕਰਿ ਅਪੁਨੀ ਜੀਤ ਕਰੋਂ ॥
ਅਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਹੋਂ ਆਪਨੇ ਹੀ ਮਨ ਕੌ ਇਹ ਲਾਲਚ ਹਉ ਗੁਨ ਤਉ ਉਚਰੋਂ ॥
ਜਬ ਆਵ ਕੀ ਅਉਧ ਨਿਦਾਨ ਬਨੈ ਅਤਿ ਹੀ ਰਨ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਜੂਝ ਮਰੋਂ ॥੨੩੧॥ [

देह शिवा बर मोहे ईहे, शुभ कर्मन ते कभुं न टरूं

न डरौं अरि सौं जब जाय लड़ौं, निश्चय कर अपनी जीत करौं,
अरु सिख हों आपने ही मन कौ इह लालच हउ गुन तउ उचरों,
जब आव की अउध निदान बनै अति ही रन मै तब जूझ मरों ॥२३१॥

O Power of Akaal, give me this boon
May I never ever shirk from doing good deeds
That I shall not fear when I go into combat. And with determination I will be victorious.

That I may teach myself this creed alone, to speak only of Thy (allmighty lord Waheguru) praises.
And when the last days of my life come, I may die in the might of the battlefield.||231||

Here the word "Shiva" may be taken to mean Lord Shiva by Hindus and Anti Dasam Sikhs 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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