(25th December 1704)
A Clever Change of Clothes Saves the Day Guruji's presence at Gulaba's house has been noticed by his neighbours. Gulaba is scared lest the Mughal forces come to know about it. He has refused shelter to Guruji and asks him to leave. There is no resentment or sorrow at Gulaba's lack of heart. Before leaving Guruji wants to meet Gurdevi, the lady, who has been yearning to meet the Master for whom she has been weaving cloth for some time. The Master brings joy to Gurdevi by visiting her and accepting the cloth. At the suggestion of the two Muslim followers, who have also joined him, the cloth is dyed in blue, made into robes and all six (including Guruji) dress up as Muslim faqirs.
Four of them carry him in a litter with one Sikh waving a Chauri over him. For all, the Master is now the 'Uch Da Pir' or Spiritual Chief of the Saints of Uch. (Thus disguised as a Muslim Sant they travel in safety towards Hehar in Ludhiana District, Raikot, Jatpura, and finally to Dina where Guruji stayed for quite some time wroting his Zafarnama. (was this was a lesson that Bhagat Singh learned well?)
Back at Sirhind
The young Sahibzadas have been summoned before Wazir Khan, the Governor of Sirhind. Before leaving the fort of the confinement, their grand mother exhorts them to be true to the ideals of their grandfather and father. On reaching the court of the Governor, the young souls refuse to bow before him when asked to do so. Both brothers are cajoled in an attempt to have them take up Islam, the offer of conversion is refused, with a firm no. They are offered the best of life if they change their religion. Their reply that they will prefer to die rather than live as apostates, infuriates the Governor who thunders that he will give them one more day to think; they are warned if they don't change their views they will be tortured. The Sahibzadas are taken back to the fort.