As the winter season comes upon us, we used this time to remember the shaheedi of the youngest sons of Guru Gobind Singh. Most of the Gurus had children - Guru Nanak had Sri Chand and Lakhmi Chand; Guru Angad had Baba Dasu, Baba Dattu, Bibi Amro, and Bibi Anokhi; Guru Amardas had Bhai Mohan, Bhai Mohri, Bibi Dani, and Bibi Bhani; Guru Ramdas had Prithi Chand, Baba Mahan Dev, and Guru Arjan; Guru Arjan had Guru Hargobind; Guru Hargobind had Ram Rai and Guru Harkrishan; and Guru Tegh Bahadur had Guru Gobind Singh.
However the children of Guru Gobind Singh are distinct as we remember them as 'Sahibzadehs,' a term of praise not usually associated with the children of other Gurus. The reason is that while some of the Gurus' children followed in the path of the Gurus, others were led by their own ego (Bhai Gurdas has a complete vaar naming the sons that did not follow the Guru's path, and though near the sandalwood, did not become fragrant). Guru Gobind Singh's sons were unique in that they all gave their lives for the Khalsa. The memory of the two choteh Sahibzadehs has inspired Sikh communities for generations. When your own great-grandfather felt pain, he could remember their sacrifice. When your own grandmother faced her own challenges, she could be inspired by their sacrifice. When your parents sought to connect you to the Sikh tradition, they shared with you their sacrifice. We hope you keep this oral knowledge living and continuing - share the story with your friends, children, cousins, and beyond.