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Guru Amar Das Returns

While the Guru was away, Datu ceased the opportunity and began to publicise to all that he was their Guru. He even demanded that all Sikhs pay their respects and offer their gifts to him, as they did to Guru Amar Das before. But the Sikhs were not to be misled. They had respected and loved their Guru for too long and knew that he was their real Guru. Someone like Datu could come nowhere close to him.

The people began to miss Guru Amar Das, and as the days passed they grew restless. Seeing Datu seated on the throne of Guru Angad, they began to hold him in contempt, no one bothered showing him any respect. They were determined, to get their beloved Guru back. They searched far and wide and prayed for him, but they no idea where he was. In utter desperation they decided to go to Baba Budha and seek his help.

Baba Budha Offers His Help

Baba Budha understood the feelings of the Sikhs for Guru Amar Das, and decided to help them find him. He sat down in deep meditation and concentrated hard to find out the whereabouts of the Guru, while all the Sikhs waited hopefully before him. When he finally opened his eyes, he suggested that the mare, which was one of Guru Amar Das's favourite possessions, be released, Baba Budha asked the Sikhs to follow the horse. He said that only she could lead them to their Guru.

The Sikhs bowed to him and thanked him for his help. They then begged him to accompany them, since they knew they would need his help getting the Guru back after such a long time. Seeing their determination and their impatience, Baba Budha agreed to go with them.

On The Trail Of Guru Amar Das

The Sikhs let the mare loose and began following her for days. Finally, the mare stopped before a small hut in the village of Basarke Gillan. When the Sikhs read the instruction on the door, they were glad that they had found the Guru, but were also hesitant to enter.

The Sikhs asked Baba Budha for advice. Baba Budha suggested that they break in from the back of the hut since that way they would not be disobeying the instruction in any way. The Sikhs did as they were told and entered from the back. And before the Guru could say anything, Baba Budha came forward and, on behalf of their Sikhs, reasoned with the Guru. He told Guru Amar Das that Guru Angad had left the Sikh community to his care and the Sikhs needed Guru Amar Das to lead them. Baba Budha asked for the Sikhs not to be punished for Datu's misbehaviour.

The Sikhs begged Guru Amar Das to return to Goindwal and take over as the Guru of the Sikhs. Baba Budha also described how Datu was ill-treating the Sikhs and setting a bad example. Datu was undoing all that Guru Nanak and Guru Angad had so laboriously done for the Sikhs. Guru Amar Das had been testing the Sikhs and decided to return to Goindwal. Today, a Historic Gurdwara stands at the site of the house at in Basarke Gillan where Guru Amar Das stayed.

Datu Leaves In A Hurry

Meanwhile, Datu who was being ignored by the whole Sikh community had heard of the return of Guru Amar Das. Datu knew that the Guru's return meant that there was no future for him at Goindwal. So Datu decided to quit Goindwal and return to Khadoor. However, Datu was not one to accept defeat graciously, he looted all the valuables that belonged to the Guru. Datu and a few of his men loaded the valuables onto a mule and left for Khadoor.

Datu had barely left Goindwal, when he was attacked by a band of robbers. The robbers plundered Datu's stolen loot and assaulted him. One of the robbers hit his leg so hard that his foot was badly injured. It was the same foot with which he had kicked Guru Amar Das. Datu's foot was so swollen that Datu could not walk without feeling pain. It is believed that Datu had to put up with the pain for the rest of his life.

Guru Amar Das Returns To Goindwal

Back in Goindwal, the news of Guru's return had spread and people crammed the streets to welcome him back. Guru Amar Das was indeed glad to be back and realised how much he had missed his Sikhs. Within no time he resumed his duties by attending to the various needs of the Sikhs. Guru Amar Das looked after their emotional, spiritual and social needs helped them integrate, once more, as a community under his spiritual leadership.

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