Though Prithi Chand had to lick the dust on one front, he was not the man to acknowledge defeat. He opened another front to embarrass Guru Arjan Dev ji . Prithi Chand and his son Meharban were Composing their own hymns.
Meharban also compiled a granth in which he included hymns of four Gurus and poetry of Pir Faqirs. He mixed hymns of Sikh Gurus and his own in such a way that it became a difficult task to sort out the true and false hymns.
When Guru Arjan dev ji heard about it he decided to take immediate steps to stop the confusion. He called a meeting of Bhai Gurdas, Baba Buddha ji and other Prominent sikhs. In the meeting they adjudged that hymns of sikh gurus and Bhagats (Saints) should be compiled in one volume. Guru Arjan Dev ji deputed Baba Buddha ji as incharge of Darbar Sahib. In order to complete this arduous task he himself camped at the bank of Ramsar tank. He took the services of Bhai Gurdas to Write the hymns.
Guru Nanak Dev ji had Handed over his works to Guru Angad dev ji, that was called pothi. Guru Nanak Dev ji had also collected the works of Bhagats (Saints) and with his own comments had kept them along with his own hymns. Guru Angad dev ji himself wrote some hymns and adding those in the pothi gave it to Guru Amar Dass ,Guru Amar Dass ji also Wrote hymns and long compositions. He also added his hymns in that pothi and passed to Guru Ram dass. the fourth Guru also wrote hymns and adding all his works in that pothi gave to Guru Arjan Dev ji. So all the works of the Guru’s and Bhagats were lying safe with Guru Arjan dev ji. Now the major job for the Guru was to edit the holy hymns. Guru Arjan dev ji also included the Spiritual verses of other indian Saints, both hindus and muslims. All the hymns were arranged in order of the specific musical measure or Raga. The Compositions of saints were arranged after hymns of the Gurus.
Bhai Gurdas ji with his own hands wrote the master copy of the compiled holy granth Sahib. The Guru also asked him to contribute his own writing for inclusion in the Holy Granth Sahib, But Bhai Gurdas Said, ” I can’t equate my writings with the Gurus.”
Note: Late Bhai Gurdas ji wrote waran which is also called as Bhai gurudas ji diyan waran Which Guru ji Himself said that it is the key to the path of the Guru.
The Holy Granth was compiled in the three years. After the monumental work had been completed in 1604 A.D , Bhai Bano was deputed for the beautiful binding of the Granth. He was sent to Lahore with five sikhs. When the Binding work was in progress, Bhai bano prepared one copy of the holy Granth. But the Guru did not approve it and afflicted it as ‘khari-beer’. When Bhai Bano brought back the Holy Granth at Amritsar, the Guru sent messages far and wide that the holy Granth would be manifested inside the Harmandir Sahib on Bhadon Shudi Ekam Samwat 1661 Bikrami. A Large number of devotees reached Harimandir Sahib. The Guru addressed the congregation and said,” THis Granth is assembled as a spiritual ship to cross the worldly ocean. The man who reads, listens and contemplates, would peacefully achieve salvation. ” Baba Buddha ji was appointed the first Granth. at that the Holy Granth Contained 974 Pages. In Harimandir Sahib the Holy Granth was manifested on a beautiful throne. Baba Buddha ji was asked to read the hymn. Baba Budha Ji recited a hymn in his sweet voice. After the evening prayer Baba Buddha ji asked the Guru,” Where should we keep the holy Granth at night for rest ?”
The Guru Said,” I have got constructed a new sleeping couch. Place the couch in my sleeping room and decorate it with new bed sheets. Place the Holy Granth on that Couch and then cover it with new silken covers.” Accordingly the holy Granth was placed on the new couch and Guru Arjan Dev ji Slept on the floor near the Couch.
From that fact it becomes apparent that up to what extent Guru Arjan Dev ji respected the Holy Granth and Same told us lesson on how to respect Guru Granth sahib ji.
” Dhur Ki Bani aayi ||
Tin Sagli chint Mitayi ||”