The Great Poet *Mahakavi* Santokh Singh describes a discussion where Guru Gobind Singh responds to Bahadur Shah's loaded questions which insinuate that Islam is better than Hindu Dharma, responding that the Khalsa will be the [[Third]], a path beyond the binaries of Hindu and Muslim. ਹਮ ਦੋਨਹੁ ਕੋ ਜਾਨਿ ਸਮਾਨਾ ।੧੫। I see both *Hindu and Islam* as the same. ਤ੍ਯਾਗਨ ਕਰੇ ਭਾਉ ਲਖਿ ਬੀਜਾ । ਉਤਪਤਿ ਕਰ੍ਯੋ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਤੀਜਾ । I have forsaken any attachment to either - I have created the Third, the Khalsa. ਝੂਠੇ ਲਖਿ ਦੋਨਹੁ ਹਮ ਛੋਰੇ । ਪੰਥ ਅਕਾਲ ਪੁਰਖ ਕੋ ਲੋਰੇ ।੧੬। Leaving behind the falsehoods of both *Hindu and Islam* this Panth only strives *in devotion* for the Deathless Being *Akal Purakh* ਬਾਦ ਪੱਖ ਕੋ ਸਕਲ ਬਿਨਾਸ਼ਾ । ਧਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਪੁਰਖ ਕੀ ਆਸਾ । All our hopes and desires only rest in the Deathless Being *Akal Purakh*, in doing so I've destroyed all these partisan debates and controversies between these two paths. ਜਨਮਯੋ ਅਬੈ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਨਯੋ । ਬਾਲਕ ਕੇ ਮਾਨਿੰਦ ਜਗ ਥਿਯੋ ।੧੭। The Khalsa has only taken birth for a few years - right now it is in the world just like a child.  ਜੁਵਾ ਹੋਇ ਜਬਿ ਜੋਰ ਸਭਾਰੇ । ਕਬਰ ਮੜੀ ਕੌ ਫੋੜਿ ਉਖਾਰੇ । But when it grows up its power will expand greatly. All the gravestones *to which people pray to* will be broken apart. ਦੇਵਲ ਬੁਤ ਪ੍ਰਸਤੀ ਨਹਿ ਜਾਨੈ । ਏਕ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕਾਲ ਬਖਾਣੈ ।੧੮। They will not recognize any idols or idol worshipers; they will chant of the One -Deathless ! Akaal Akaal ! Gurpratap [[Suraj]] Prakash Granth, Ayan 2, Chapter 16 *1843* Author: the Great Poet *Mahakavi* Santokh Singh