glyph 110: "The World is burning, O Lord, Save it, O Save it, by whichever door it pleases thee." ... sikh religion, india, guru nanak ... war . world wars , wwii ... indus valley, punjab, burma, battle of kohima, Gian Singh, Victoria Cross . england british empire anglosphere . british indian army, history
From an article by Vicky Singh on a page no longer available:
'Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, preached oneness of God and brotherhood of man. At that time Hinduism and Islam were the predominant religions in India; and relations between the two communities were not good. Guru Nanak preached dignity of man and tolerance for the viewpoint of others: "The World is burning, O Lord, Save it, O Save it, by whichever door it pleases thee." (Guru Granth: The holy book).' ...
'By 1944, Sikh soldiers were well entrenched in the sweltering swamps of Burmese jungles. The Japanese, better suited and well motivated were strongly pushing westward to the plains of India. At the battle of Kohima, Burma, 15th Sikh regiment headed by Naik Gian Singh was facing defeat. As the merciless machine gun shots from the Japanese foxholes burst from the bush, Gian Singh pushed forward with his men behind him, he ordered his men to cover him as he single handedly cleared foxhole after foxhole. Despite being severely wounded, he continued to push through the intense fire and clearing a strategically vital road. The Japanese were forced to retreat.
'Gian Singh received the Victoria Cross, the highest order of gallantry in the British Army, at the end of the war. Today in the Kohima cemetery, among the 1,378 grave markers, is the famous Kohima memorial with its historic inscription:
'"When you go home tell them of us, and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today."'
entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015