Who actually saved Hinduism?

Did Guru Tegh Bahadur Really Save the Hindu Religion?

According to the Chronicle, Teg Bahadur expects Kashmiri experts to convert to Sikh in order to reject all philosophies such as idolatry and other aspects and to believe and accept the Sikh way of life.

I haven't read this anywhere in 30 years of my life except in propaganda materials.

Guru Teg Bahadur gave his life to defend the right of the Kashmiri Pandits to practice their religion in a Muslim empire. If it had been Muslims who were persecuted in a Hindu rashtra, he would have done the same. That is the thesis of Sikhism.

His death led to a Sikh rebellion under Guru Gobind Singh, which posed a difficult challenge and thus slowed the mass conversions that Aurangzeb was hell-bent on.

None of the guru expected others to change religion. In fact, it is an anti-thesis to the foundation of Sikhism. If this were the case, the Bhakats including Namdev and Kabir and Sufis like Baba Farid, whose writings are part of Guru Granth Sahib, would have been asked to convert before accepting their writings.

Sikhism neither advocates nor fears conversion. To this day, Darbar Sahib, Amritsar's four doors mean that they are open to people from four corners of the world without judging what they believe in.

However, discourse and discussion have always been part of Sikhi from the very first guru who refused to practice Hinduism, wearing janeo, but did not force others to do so.

Vineet Menon

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