Mukh kamal Prabhu nahin likh saka
(but couldn’t draw his face)
Dekh Dial kalam hath lina
(On seeing this, Guru took brush in his own hand)
Nij hath sudhar sampuran kina
(Guru completed the picture with nij hath, his own hand)
Tab mai ko murat Prabh dina".
(Then Guru gave his murat, picture, to mai, old lady)
Gur Partap Surya:
This anecdote has also been mentioned in another old book,
Gur Partap Surya Granth,
which was completed by Bhai Santokh Singh Ji in 1842.
Gur Partap Surya Granth
is a tremendous effort by the writer to note down the whole historyof 10 Gurus. It has 6,412 pages. Bhai Santokh Singh spent 20 years of his life incollecting the ancient books of Sikh history and then writing it in his own verse. Hedivided his book into
which is similar to chapters and sub-chaptersof modern books. The writer has written the narrative of this Dhaka picture in Raas 12,Ansu 5 on page 4,243 of the 10
volume (re-published by Bhasha Vibhag, Punjab in1993). The narrative of this picture is written like this:
“Ham karne aab kaaj ghnere, tav aais te jai agere.
(I have many jobs to do, that’s why I must embark on my next mission)
Leo likhae meri tasveer, hai aab jatha sacheer shareer (38)
(You can make my picture, exactly like how my body is)
Sun ur harkhi turat sidhai, jai chitere ko le aai (40)
(The old lady went out immediately after listening to this and brought a painter with her)
Bahu dhan de kar kehat sunai, jatha jog pikh likho banai.
(She gave money to the painter and asked him to paint the picture exactly like Guru Ji)
Chatur chitera kar chit chaoo, baith nikat bandat dhar bhaoo (41)
(Wise painter, who had a lot of passion, bowed before GuruJi and sat very close to him)
Ang so basat saje hai jaise, dhare prem ko likh kar taise.
(The painter drew all the clothes, which GuruJi was wearing on his body)
Badan parphulat kamal samana, ruchir bilochan kirpa nidhana (42)
(GuruJi’s face was like flower, and his eyes were full of grace)
na likh sakio rahio pachhtai, tab so kalam gahi gat dai
(The painter couldn’t draw his face and eyes and he repented, then GuruJi got hold brushin his own hand)
Aapan hath te mukh ko likhio, ur bismai jin jin pikhio (43)
(GuruJi drew his own face with “aapan hath” his own hand, whosever saw it gotsanctified)
Nij kar te birdha ko dai, bhari anand so sunder lai.”
(Guruji gave this picture to the old lady with his own hands, It was a stunning portrait withlot of bliss)