I think for an encore he asked the entire congregated sangat to return to the entrance and check in their brains before entering.
You know, the single thing that has always attracted me to Sikhi above all other religions is that it made no demands that I believe really ridiculous things that I know cannot possibly be true. This thread is beginning to make me wonder if maybe I have been mistaken all these years.
Inderjeet Kaur Ji,
Indians have always had a taste for the dramatic. Everything should be so exaggerated and dietified that mostly it loses its real meaning. That is precisely the reason there aren't any historians to be found even till the British Raj, there are just hagiographers.
When Valmiki authors the Valmiki Ramayan, Rama is just a hero with human fallacies, but that was not be. Tulasidas authors the Ramcharitmanas and lo, Rama is a God.
When Gyani Santokh Singh Ji sits down to describe the birth of Guru Nanak Sahib, he feels compelled to show the 33 Crore Hindu Gods and Saints venerating the Guru, as if he had himself seen them showering flowers from the heavens.
Sadly, same is the case here. Guru Gobind Singh Sahib administering the Amrit to the Panj Piaras and giving them a new spiritual life would be so tasteless; the fables of cutting the heads and gluing them again, Guru Sahib standing on the platform holding a sword smeared with human blood, and what not, had to be compulsively added.
The chaff is perhaps so mixed up with the grains it is hard to sort them out. This is precisely the reason why life stories of even the Gurus were not included in the Canon of Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj, it is the theology we venerate, not the Sakhis. One can change, redefine, contaminate a story; not so with an idea. The wisdom of Guru Granth Sahib is far beyond these fables and hagiographies.