Should Khalsa attack a retreating enemy?
Guru teaches Khalsa the ettiquette of war (and life). Source: Parchian Pathshahi 10
The Khalsa had another encounter with the rajahs, in which the rajahs fled like cowards. Many of them were slain by the Khalsa. The news reached the Guru that the Khalsa had killed the rajahs, and that the others that remained, would also be slain, since the Khalsa was pursuing them and was in no mood to spare them.
The Guru gave his dagger to some musaddi, his head cloth to another, his long scarf to still another, his ring to still another, and an arrow to another one, by way of authentication, with the instructions that the Khalsa should stop the pursuit as soon as they see memorabilia.
"O True Emperor, today we were in a position to liquidate them, such that they could never have faced us again. But we have returned on your orders," complained the Khalsa as they returned. "O Khalsa, this is our sport. We do not want to finish it all in one day. We shall continue to play this game by and by," said the Guru.
Lessons: So what do we learn?
Guru teaches us to be compassionate. Daya is the foremost principle of the Khalsa.
Guru teaches us not to attack those who have lost, who are in fear, who are trying to save their own lives, who are no longer a danger to the Khalsa.
Guru teaches us to not worry about the outcome (they may regroup and return to fight another day). Life is a 'game'. A drama. We must learn this and learn to play in it. The creator has not put the change of yug (age) in our hands. The battle of dharm and adharam will continue tomorrow. Better we accept that and prepare for tomorrow, and play with grace.
These same rules can be applied to your day to day life and people you deal with in any capacity. Your actions are ultimately judged, not your self calculated success. Be graceful and compassionate whilst battling others in all capacities. 🙏🏼