The Dilruba, which translates to ‘The Heart Stealer’ is a smaller, modified version of the Taus. The reason for its creation was predominantly due to the practicality of being able to travel with it, which was important for the warriors who served in the army of the Tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, as all warriors kept their instruments with them at all times.
This begs the question: why would Sikhs from 200 years ago want to carry their instruments everywhere? Why would they not put their instruments down even during battle?
The Sikh Gurus introduced these instruments as tools to balance our lives. With the ability to carry their Dilrubas with them everywhere, Sikhs were given constant access to the Guru’s Bani (Hymns), and its prescribed emotions, to guide and support them. Even today, the Dilruba and the other tools our Gurus gave us are not outdated in their ability to positively impact our lives.