Sikh history is replete with tales of valor, sacrifice, devotion, help of the meek and downtrodden and fight against injustice and tyranny, along with a strong belief in the Guru’s teachings.
This concept of Miri-Piri given by the Sixth Master, Guru Hargobind Ji, connote the close relationship between the temporal and the spiritual. The blending of Miri-Piri was consumated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the creation of the Khalsa Panth, a republican setup, both religiously and politically. The popular slogan, “The Khalsa shall (ultimately) rule and none shall defy,” is attributed to the Tenth Master.
This was evident by the Khalsa rule in practice, by the Sikh Generals, first briefly under Baba Banda Singh Bahadar, and later under the Sikh Misls and Maharaja Ranjit Singh, as the form of government established was religiously neutral. The brave Sikh chiefs who organized and led the Kh`ls` in those turbulent times, and propagated Sikh religion as well, were in real sense Sant-Sipahis (saint-soldiers).
Religion representing Piri did provide moral guidance to the State representing Miri, and the State provided protection and support equally to the followers of different faiths.