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Blue is inifnity, expanses appear blue, the sky and ocean.

ਕੱਛ ਸ਼ਸਤਰ ਬੰਧਵਾਇ ਸਿੰਘ ਨਾਮ ਧਰਨੇ ਮਹਾਂ ਕਾਲ ਦਾ ਬਾਣਾ ਨੀਲਾ ਪਹਿਰਾਵਣਾ I ( Bansavalee Naama )

ਸੀਸ ਕੇਸ ਨੀਲਅੰਬਰੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੰਗਿਆ ਤੇਜ ਨਿਵਾਸ I ( Mehma Prakash )

ਜਗੇ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੋਧੇ ਧਰੇ ਨੀਲ ਭੇਸਾ I ( Ugradhanthee )

ਯੋਂ ਉਪਜੇ ਸਿੰਘ ਭੁਜੰਗੀਏ ਨੀਲੰਬਰ ਧਾਰਾ । ( Bhai Gurdas Singh Jee )

The following is from the 'Sketch of the Sikhs' written by Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm published in 1812 :

The disciples of Govind were required to devote themselves to arms always to have steel(sarbloh) about them in some shape or other to wear a blue dress to allow their hair to grow to exclaim when they met each other Wa! Guruji Ka Khalsah! Wa Guruji Ki Futteh! which means Success to the state of the Guru! Victory attend the Guru. The intention of some of these institutions is obvious such as that principle of devotion to steel(sarbloh) by which all were made soldiers and that exclamation which made the success of their priest and that of the commonwealth the object of their hourly prayer It became in fact the watchword which was continually to revive in the minds of the Sikh disciple the obligations he owed to that community (pg48)

The mode is as follows. The convert told that he must allow his hair to grow. He must clothe himself from head to foot in blue clothes. He is then presented the five weapons a sword, a firelock, bow and arrow and a pike. One who initiate him then says The Guru is thy holy teacher and thou art his Sikh or disciple. Some sugar and water is put into a cup and stirred round with a steel(sarbloh) knife or dagger and some of the first chapters of the Adi Granth and the first chapters of the Dasama Padshah ka Granth are read and those who perform the initiation exclaim Wa! Guruji ka Khalsa! Wa! Guruji Ki Fateh!(Success to the state of the Guru! Victory attend the Guru)
(pg182-183)

Below is a passage from Gurbilas Patshai 10 written by Koer Singh in 1751. I have not seen historians quote this so it will be new to most readers. Its describes Guru Sahib wearing a Blue Chola :

ਜੂਝਤ ਭਯੋ ਡਰ ਡਾਰ ਤਬੈ, ਜਬ ਯਾ ਬਿਧਿ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਨੈਨ ਨਿਹਾਰੇ I

ਨੀਲਨਿ ਚੋਲ ਬਿਰਾਜਤ ਹੈ, ਅਰੁ ਬਾਜ ਸੁਹੇਲ ਜਿਗਾ ਕਲ ਧਾਰੇ I

ਨੀਲ ਜਿਗਾ ਮਨਿ ਨੀਲ ਲਸੈ ਪਟ, ਨੀਲ ਮਨੀ ਮਨ ਭੂਖਨ ਭਾਰੇ I

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Re: Blue - The Colour Of Khalsa Faujan Posted by: ਖਾਲਸਾ (IP Logged)
Date: June 01, 2010 06:23AM

Below is a quote from Singh Sagar Granth written by Vir Singh Bal in 1827 mentioning the Blue Bana of the Khalsa :

ਆਲਸੁ ਨਾ ਜਾਂਨੈ ਕਹਿਯੋ ਔਰ ਕਾਨਿ ਮਾਂਨੈ ਐਸੋ I

ਖਾਲਸਾ ਮਹਾਂਨੈ ਰਚਿਯੋ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਅਪਾਰ ਜੂ I

ਨੀਲ ਪਟ ਧਾਰ ਸਭ ਆਯੁਸ ਸੰਭਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ,

ਉਠੈ ਭਬਕਾਰ ਕਾਂਪੈ ਕਾਬਲੁ ਘੰਧਾਰ ਜੂ I