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About Compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib
Praise of Baba Mohan
Prior to the narration of the above said story, these two Poet historians wrote that when Guru Arjan went to Goindwal, he first took bath in the Baoli (Open Well) and at that time Guru Amar Das appeared and he advised him to utter praises of Mohan, and even if Mohan were to speak harsh words, those should be borne calmly, as in the end he would repent on his mistake and would hand over the books.
We have, after thorough examination of the whole situation by applying Reason, Historical Evidence and Comparison of Compositions of the Gurus with each other, reached the conclusion that Guru Arjan Dev had with him all the Compositions of the Gurus. In the circumstances, the Guru felt no necessity of obtaining the two books of Baba Mohan for compilation of Guru Granth Sahib. The whole story of Guru Arjan Dev’s visit to Goindwal, appearance of Guru Amar Das and praising of Baba Mohan, appears to be totally baseless.
The Composition of Guru Arjan Dev, which is being construed to be in the praise of Baba Mohan, has already been given in chapter 1. A little care is needed to examine this Shabad. In this Shabad no mortal has been praised at any place; it is entirely in the Praise of the Infinite Creator, the Enticer (Mohan). The Guru mentions the “Lofty Mansions of Infinite Glory - Sant Dharamsala” of God, not a small room of Baba Mohan in the upper storey of the house. The Guru says “wherever the Saints gather together, they dwell on You” Do the Saints gather together and dwell on Baba Mohan!! Could his room be called a ‘Dharmsal’? In this Shabad, the Guru praised God of BIG FAMILY - He is present in all His creation - Is this not His BIG FAMILY? Does He not create, sustain and look after His children? He (Mohan) is the Savior of the Universe (Not Baba Mohan). Who is “Adi Purkh Banvaria - the Primeval Being”? Who is “Sat Gur Purkh Murary - The True Enlightener”?
The Gurus have used word “Mohan” at a number of places in their Compositions. Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Amar Das also addressed God as “Mohan” (The Enticer - because He is Most Handsome and Wondrous - He attracts us). A few examples are given below, where the Gurus addressed God as “Mohan” -
Guru Nanak Dev
kaman har ras baidhi jio, har kai sehaj subhai. mun mohan mohe lia jio, dubdha sehaj smai. 1.3Guru Arjan Dev
(Rag Gauri - Chhant)
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