American writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Miss Pearl S. Buck in 1935 stated that the creation of the Khalsa was one of the greatest things to have occurred on earth.
“The creation of the Khalsa was the greatest work of the Guru. He created a type of superman, a universal man of God, casteless and country less. The Guru regarded himself as the servant of the Khalsa. He said, “To serve them pleases me the most; no other service is so dear to my soul.” The Khalsa was the spearhead of resistance against tyranny.” (Miss Pearl, S. Buck)
The creation of the Khalsa created a sense of unity among the Sikhs and their supporters. This unity and the resulting perceived strength in the Sikhs did not go well with the local rulers.
The continuous gatherings at Anandpur sahib and the presence of many thousands of the congregation, some armed with fierce weapons caused anguish with the surrounding hill Rajas. These developments most alarmed the caste ridden Rajput chiefs of the Sivalik hills.
They perceived the Sikhs as lower caste beings who had posed no danger to their authority. However, the creation of the Khalsa changed that. Firstly, it disturbed their system of discrimination and division; secondly, they could see that the forces of the Guru were becoming dangerous in number and in armaments.
Guru Gobind Singh was the first one to take Amrit from the Khalsa, the Five Beloved Ones. About 80,000 men and women were baptized within a few days at Anandpur.
In 1699, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj created the Khalsa Panth. He created the ideal person to battle against injustices and persecution. Guru Ji created a Saint, A Soldier, and a Scholar all in 1 person.
“He who keeps alight the unquenchable torch of truth, and never swerves from the thought of One God; He who has complete love for and confidence in God, and does not put his faith, even by mistake, in fasting, or the graves of Muslim saints , or Jogis’ places of sepulcher; He who recognises the One God and no pilgrimages, or almsgiving, non-violence, penances, or austerities; And in whose heart the light of the Perfect One shines – He is to be recognised as the: Pure Member of The Khalsa”
Who was Miss Pearl S. Buck:
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973; was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.