Confrontation with Datu : Guru Amar DasJi

Guru Amardas had now firmly established himself in Goindwal, as his beloved Guru had wished. He devoted all his time and energy in doing the work entrusted to him, by Guru Angad. He had succeeded in bringing the Sikhs together as a unified whole. Under his leadership, they were stronger and more powerful as a group than ever before. He passed on Guru Angad’s teachings, and guided his people along the right path.

Soon Sikhs from all over were drawn to him. His popularity began to grow day by day, with everyone singing his praises. People admired and respected his devotion and humility. All this made Guru Angad’s elder son, Datu, very angry. He felt that he had been deprived of his birthright by Guru Amardas, and was very jealous of the Guru’s glory and popularity which he believed was rightfully his.

One day, in a fit of rage, Datu decided to confront Guru Amardas. He reached

Goindwal and walked straight into Guru Amardas’s chamber. The Guru was at that time listening to divine hymns when

suddenly, a raging Datu stood before him. He began yelling and abusing Guru Amardas, saying that a man who was till yesterday a mere servant of the house, could not become the Guru, and take what was rightfully his.

He even told Guru Amardas that since he was his father’s servant, he would henceforth become his servant. He then kicked the chair that the Guru was sitting on. The Guru lost his balance and fell on the ground. Datu then immediately pulled the chair up and seated himself on it, claiming that from then onwards he was to be the Guru of the Sikhs.

Guru Amardas who had been hurt by the fall, got up and instead of getting angry, he went over to Datu.He caressed his foot softly.

Then he apologised for the hurt that his stiff old bones must have caused his foot. Then saying goodbye to Data, he left Goindwal and went away to the small village of Basarke, which was also his ancestral village. There, he locked himself in the house and placed a sign outside with a warning that whoever opened this door would not be his Sikh anymore, nor he his Guru. In this manner, the Guru shut himself away from the world completely.