Guru called his two sons-in-law and asked each of them to build a platform for his morning and evening assembly. Rama and Jetha set to work and finished it. The Guru told Rama, the elder one, that his platform was not well built, and that he must break it down and build a new one. Rama built it a second and a third time with no better results.
The Guru continued to give the same orders to him till in disgust he refused to rebuilt it any more.
Jetha was treated by the Guru in exactly the same manner. He built and rebuilt the platform seven times and each time witlan increased joy and greater fervour, always falling on the Guru’s feet imploring forgiveness and pleading ignorance of the Guru’s exact requirements. When the platform was made ready for the seventh time the Guru blessed him. Jetha had passed the test.
Successor to the Spiritual Throne
When Guru Amardas was ninety-five years old he felt his end was drawing near. He sent for Bhai Budha and his two sons, Mohan and Mohri, and announced, “According to the tradition established by Guru Nanak the leadership of the Sikhs must go the most deserving. I, therefore, bestow this honour on Ram Das known as Jetha.”
In presence of all the disciples Amardas got down from his seat and placed Jetha there Bhai Budha applied the tilak on his forehead. The spiritual sovereignty was passed on to the forth Guru in 1574. There was rejoicing everywhere, but Mohan resented it as he felt he was denied his rightful place.
Amardas and His People
One day, Bhai Budha felt bad seeing the Guru eat coarse bread, while the people were always feasting on the langar. The Guru replied, “Bhai Budha there is no difference between me and my people. 1 eat with their mouth whatever you give them. That is my sustenance and not this coarse bread only.”
Amardas loved his people and tried very hard to look after them.
Spreading of Fragrance
Guru Amardas had given authority and power to one hundred and forty-six of his apostles to go to various parts of the country, and spread the message of the Gurus. Out of the which ninety-four were men and fifty-two were women. The women acted as mothers to the orphans and protectors of many poor girls deserted by cruel husbands. Everyone in need and distress called upon them.
Bibi Bhani was the youngest daughter of Guru Amardas. From her early childhood she used to recite the Guru’s hymns and sit alone in meditation. Later on she helped in the Guru’s kitchen. Even after marriage she looked after the comforts of her father.
One day, Guru Amardas was seated on a rickety wooden platform, and was praying to God. Bibi Bhani noticed the loosened peg of one of the legs of the seat. She immediately thrust her toe and balanced the stool. After a while the toe began to bleed. Suddenly the Guru saw blood. He soon realised that it was oozing out of Bibi Bhani’s toe. When Bibi Bhani explained the matter to her father, he was so touched that he immediately asked her all over India, but had not found peace anywhere. They had at last, received this life of peace at the feet of Guru Amardas.
Songs for the Lord
Guru Amardas contributed nine hundred and seven hymns to the Guru Granth Sahib — all of which were written between the age of seventy-three and ninty-five.
Guru Amardas’s achievements during his tenure are considerable. By this time the Sikhs had emerged as a distinctive community. The Guru’s teachings were as simple as his way of life. The community was delighted to see Guru Nanak’s umbrella over Amardas’s head.