Soon after this, the widow of Taigh Behader, having been left with child, was delivered of a son, to whom they gave the name of Gobind Sing, who growing up, and being about twenty years A H. 1116.
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of age, conceived an ardent desire to revenge the death of his father; but either finding his party too weak, or wanting resolu­tion in his own mind to attempt so dangerous an enterprize, he, * by the advice of the Bramins, performed a number of super­stitious rites, in expectation, that some manifestation of the Divine pleasure would appear in his favour; at length a voice was said to have been heard from heaven, declaring the revenge he sought for, should not be attained by him, but by his dis­ciples after his death; and that his sect should at last arrive at the highest point of strength and dominion.

The mind of Gooroo Gobind Sing, seems to have become dis­ordered by the influence of these superstitious reveries, and to have remained for some time in that state; but at length having recovered his reason, he put on a dress of dark blue, let his hair and beard grow to their full length, and instructed his sect to follow his example in these points.—He also directed them to arm themselves in expectation of the hour, when the prophecy should be fulfilled.