There was a visible change in the living style of the Guru. The number of his followers was increasing rapidly. A large number of youngmen placed their services at his disposal. As for their wages, they required nothing, but food from the common kitchen, which was free to all; and a dress once after six months. They were ever ready to lay down their lives for the Guru’s cause. Those Sikhs were given arms and horses. They were enlisted as the Guru’s soldiers. They became the standing army of the Guru. The Guru had his own armed body guards always accompanying him. The Guru was fond of hunting. He wore crest on his head and kept the hawk. On his hunting games, he was invariably followed by his armed retinue. The fine horses, the crest, the hawk, the armed
bodyguards and his encouragement to heroic feats, were all the symbols of royalty. Thus the change from saint to saint-soldier was obvious.
The bigot Mullhas, especially the Muslim religious leaders from Sirhind and Lahore complained against the Guru to Jahangir. Diwan Chandu Mai also put into his ears that the young Guru was making preparations to avenge the death of his father. The bigot Mullhas were burning with anger because the Muslims were also accepting the Guru as their true king.
They wanted to stop his influence not only on the Muslims but the Hindus also. They wanted to see the Hindus of Punjab joining their faith, but the converse was happening. They complained to Jahangir that the Guru was bent upon staging a revolt against his rule.
Consequently, the Guru was summoned to the King’s court at Delhi. Mata Ganga, Bhai Gurdas and Baba Budda Ji advised the Guru to honour the summons and see the Emperor, Jahangir.
The Guru set out for Delhi along with some of his armed Sikhs. He reached the bank of the river Yamuna. He put up his camp at Majnu’s hillock.
The following day, he went to see Jahagir.
Jahangir received the Guru with due regards.
He was impressed by his charming manners, manly bearing and sporstman’s physique. He discussed certain religious matters with the Guru.
The Guru made clear the King’s doubts by reciting hymns from the Granth Sahib. He was totally satisfied that the principles and teachings of the Guru were worthy of praise. He admired the Guru for his noble qualities. He found that the complaints against the Guru were baseless. He tried to make friends with the Guru.
Jahangir liked the company of the Guru. They had been meeting daily in the court. One day, he said to the Guru, “I have come to know that you love the game of hunting. You are an expert in swords-man-ship. Let us go out for the game of hunting.” The Guru agreed to accompany the Emperor on his hunting tour.
They went to the forest for the game. The King was on the back of his horse. The Guru was also riding on a fine horse. All of sudden a ferocious tiger came out of a bush. It was about to spring upon the King. Jahangir, the King, was terror stricken. Guru HarGobind, at once, alighted from his horse. He came in between the Emperor and the tiger. With the single stroke of his sword, he made the tiger fell down on the ground. Within minutes it was lifeless.
Jahangir was stunned at the bold feat of the Guru. He thanked the Guru for saving his life. He said to the Guru, “But for you, I would have been torn to pieces by the tiger. Today you saved me from sure death. I thankyou.” He made friends with the Guru. He liked his company. He took him to Agra with him. When, he set out for the valley of Kashmir for summer respite, he said to the Guru, “It will be a matter of pleasure for me, if you join my company.” The Guru agreed and he went to Kashmir along with the Emperor, Jahangir. The relations between the Guru and Emperor Jahangir, remained cordial for sometime.