Updated: Mar 12, 2020
We have seen this people [Sikh], at two different periods, combating the force of the Moghul empire, and so severely depressed by its superior strength, that the existence of their sect was brought to the edge of annihilation. The Afghan war involved them in a series of still more grievous calamity; as they had then laid the foundation of a growing power, and more sensibly felt the ravages of a formidable foe. They were driven from the sanctuary of their religion, and perfected with a rage which seemed to keep pace with the [increasing] strength and inveteracy of their enemy; yet we have seen, that in the lowest ebb of fortune, they retained the spirit of resource; that they boldly seized on every hold which offered support and, by an invincible perseverance, that they ultimately rose superior in a contest with the most potent prince [Taimur] of his age. Grand auxiliary causes operated also in the formation and final establishment of the Sicques’ dominion.
Forster, A Journey from Bengal to England
ਲੜਤੇ ਮਰਤੇ ਵਧਤੇ ਜਾਂਹਿ । ਮੂਲੋਂ ਕਿਸ ਤੇ ਨਾਂਹਿ ਖਪਾਹਿ ।
ਜਿਮ ਕਾਟੇ ਤੇ ਫਲੇ ਗੁਲਾਬ । ਤਿਮ ਇਹ ਵਾਧੈ ਪਾਇ ਅਜ਼ਾਬ । ੧੪ ।
The more the Singh’s fight and get killed, the more they multiply, No power on earth could uproot them and make them extinct.
As the more one prunes a rose bush, the more it buds and flowers, The more the Khalsa is persecuted, the more it expands. (14) - Panth Parkash