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Emperor Humayun Visits Guru Angad

Humayun was the only son of Babur, who was the Emperor of Delhi. When Babur died, Humayun became the Emperor. He was lazy and weak. So one of his officers, named Sher Shah, rose against him. There was a huge battle in which Humayun was defeated and Sher Shah became the Emperor of Delhi. Humayun had to run away to save his life. On his way to Lahore, he had to pass by Khadur, where Guru Angad Sahib Ji lived. He wanted to become Emperor once again, so he went to Khadur to see the Guru and ask for his blessing.

When Humayun reached the Guru's house, Guru Angad Sahib Ji was busy teaching students and praying. Therefore, he did not notice the Emperor. The Emperor was upset. He did not like waiting. He thought "How dare the Guru not show any respect to the King!" This feeling made him very angry and, in a fit of anger, he decided to kill the Guru. Humayun gripped the hilt of his sword but was unable to draw it from his scabbard.

In the meantime, the Guru had finished his prayers and was ready to listen to the Emperor. Seeing what Humayun was about to do, he smiled and said, "You are brave enough to try and draw your sword to frighten or kill peace-loving people. Why didn't you use it against Sher Shah? You chose to run like a coward. Your sword didn't work in the battlefield, but now suddenly you seem to have become a brave fighter." Humayun felt ashamed. He begged the Guru's pardon.

"I am very sorry," he said, "I know that Guru Nanak was kind enough to bless my father, who became the Emperor of Delhi. I've lost the throne to Sher Shah. Only your blessing can make me the Emperor once again. Please have mercy on me and bless me."

The Guru kept quiet for some time and then looked deep into the eyes of the defeated Emperor. "Learn something today. Had you simply been patient and sat with us and enjoyed our company, you waould have quickly regained your kingdom. Now, however, by placing your hand on the hilt of your sword intending to do harm to those who are engaged in prayer you have cut off that flow. You must retreat to Persia and fight your way back. You will regain your throne but remember to be an Emperor means to be kind, just and helpful to the people. If you promise to do that, you will be a Emperor with God's grace. Be patient and always remember God, who grants all wishes." Humayun hurried away to Persia determined to act upon the Guru's Advice.

After a few years, he gathered his soldiers and also received help from the Emperor of Persia. He came back to India with a very large army and this time, he and his soldiers fought very bravely. Humayun won the battle and became the Emperor of Delhi once again. Humayun was full of gratitude towards the Guru and he wanted to do him a favour, but by that time Guru Angad Sahib Ji had left the human body. Guru Amar Das Ji had become the third Guru of the Sikhs. The Guru sent a message reminding the king to be kind and good to his people and to respect holy men. Sometime later, Akbar, the son of Humayun, visited Guru Amar Das Ji and offered help for the Guru's Langar.

"The Lord can make the blind see clearly; God treats Man as God knows him, no matter what one may say. Where the truth is not seen, know that pride is strong there. Nanak, how shall a man buy anything if he likes it not." - (Guru Angad)

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