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T h e i d e a s a n d i d e a l s o f t h e s a i n t s r e m a i n e d confined t o t h e r e a l m o f e x p e r i e n c e a n d i m a g i n a t i v e vision, a n d did n o t o p e r a t e u p o n t h e h a r d m a t e r i a l o f c o r p o r a t e life, s o a s t o m o u l d it a n d to forge it i n t o a w e a p o n to force c h a n g e s in t h e fabric of society. S u c h o p e r a t i n g , h o w e v e r , w a s , o u t of all s a i n t l y RELIGION VIEWED A S UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD 66 T H E IMPACT OF GURU GOBIND SINGH ON INDIAN SOCIETY societies a n d o r d e r s of medieval India, given to t h e S i k h m o v e m e n t t o effect; s o t h a t it, o f a d t h e s p i r i t u a l m o v e m e n t s , r e s u l t e d i n giving rise to a society or order w i t h v a s t revolutionary p o t e n t i a d t i e s .

The Durga-legend w a s stdl a living faith with v a s t m a s s e s o f t h e I n d i a n people, w h o believed literally i n t h i s goddess h a v i n g d e s t r o y e d t h e D e m o n s , e m b o d i m e n t s o f evd, a t s o m e t i m e in the hoary past. And this faith postulated the reappearance of the goddess as representative of t h e Divine Might (Shakti) to a p p e a r once a g a i n t o destroy evd. I t w a s prophesied a n d believed t h a t a t a time w h e n the e a r t h would be oppressed with evd, t h e last I n c a r n a t i o n o f t h e Lord, caUed K a l k i w o u l d a p p e a r o n e a r t h , a n d clear i t o f u n g o d l y e v d - d o e r s .

S u c h f a i t h i s i n accord also w i t h t h e oft-quoted f a m o u s w o r d s i n t h e Gita, i n w h i c h t h e L o r d h a s h e l d o u t t h e a s s u r a n c e o f i n t e r v e n i n g i n t h e affairs o f t h e u n i v e r s e i n t h e a g e s w h e n r i g h t e o u s n e s s h a s t e n d e d t o suffer a s e t b a c k . A s a m p l y s h o w n e l s e w h e r e from q u o t a t i o n s from t h e c o m p o s i t i o n s o f G u r u N a n a k , G u r u A r j a n j a n d G u r u Gobind S i n g h , t h i s f a i t h i s p i v o t a l i n t h e cosmology a n d p h i l o s o p h y o f S i k h i s m , w i t h o n l y t h i s difference t h a t d i v i n e intervention w a s looked u p o n as t h e a s s u r a n c e of t h e u l t i m a t e t r i u m p h o f Right despite its a p p a r e n t tribulations, a n d n o t t h r o u g h t h e easy, m i r a c u l o u s i n t e r v e n t i o n of t h e gods, w h i c h a superficial view o f m y t h o l o g y w o u l d t e n d t o e n c o u r a g e .

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