Without answering, he
motioned me to accompany him. We went to another castle. It looked very similar to the first one, yet something was very different
here. The five dark creatures were present but they didn't look strong, rather they looked weak and exhausted. Their faces
were washed with fear. In fact, three of them were lying on the ground in
There was a mighty battle
going on! It looked as if an army of thousand had descended upon the creatures. But to my great surprise, there was only one
man who was fighting all of these creatures. The man wore a yellow turban and a blue robe. His face was shining with determination.
He wore two swords. He had chakkars on his turban. He was a warrior in the true sense of the word - as agile as a deer yet
as powerful as a lion.
In his hands, he held
a rather strange looking sword. This sword was sharp on both sides and it shone with a brightness that I had not witnessed
before. He was using the double-edged sword to strike the dark creatures. With each strike they fell down but then would stagger
up again to fight him. But his sword was a magic sword. With each strike, the creature grew weaker while the sword became
more powerful and bright. It was as if the sword was seeping the strength of the creatures into itself.
With a loud cry of pain,
another dark creature fell into submission. The last creature left was the most powerful and the most cunning one. He would
hide and come back in many forms - sometimes a hissing snake, sometimes a hellish devil, sometimes an alluring maiden, sometimes
a feeble old man and sometimes a wailing old woman.
But the warrior was no
fool! It looked as though the most adept teacher had trained him. He would let the creature get close to him and then would
strike him down again and again. It was no secret that before long the last creature would surrender. And the castle would
belong to the warrior.
I was fascinated with
the warrior's power and asked, “What gives him so much strength?”
My guide laughed as if
he had been waiting for this one particular question. He pointed to the double-edged magic sword in the warrior's hand and
said, "The Khanda of Naam."
Soon the last creature
surrendered and lay on the ground. The warrior quickly turned around and headed into the castle.
My guide called out to
the warrior, “Sir, a moment please.” To my surprise, the warrior turned around to look at us. He gave us a slight
bow of his head and said, “I must hurry.”
My guide quickly said,
“Please Sir, could you please tell us about yourself?"
The warrior laughed as
if this was the most impossible request. Turning around, he dreamily said, “Not now, it is time for me to meet my love.”
My guide said, “Please ... in the name of your Guru.”
Immediately the warrior
turned around and knelt on one of his knees. Bowing his head in humility, he said, “I am a servant of the one who utters
my Guru's name. What do you wish from me?”