HAPPY PRAKASH PURAV OF SHRI GURU HARKKRISHAN JI SAHIBAN
Our AKALPURAKH is the most benevolent one
He sends the most venerable messengers to this planet
Who makes a huge difference by spreading the message of wisdom
And render selfless succor to the masses without even caring about their own.
This messenger of Omnipotent God was born on 23rd July 1656
To Sri Guru Har Rai & mother Sulakni ji
He was chosen Eighth of Ten Sikh Gurus Jis’
Succeeding his illustrious father Sri Guru Rai Ji
Surprisingly when he was merely of five years of age!
The youngest amongst all the Guru Sahibans
Being most gracious and most benevolent one at heart
After leaving his elder brother Baba Ram Rai
Due to his collision with Mughal empire.
There was an incredible incident in Gurudwara
Near Ambala at Panjokhra
A Sanskrit learned person named Pandit Lal Chand challenged the Guruji
To explicitly explain the Sanstrit verses from Bhagwad Gita
Lo & behold, Guruji just pointed a stick at Gangu Jheevar
An illiterate with no literary knowledge to bank on – a total blank one
Surprised everyone present
He spoke sermons of Bhagwad Gita to the perfection.
Thence Guruji came to Delhi at Gurudwara Balaji
Where a large number of people came to see respected Guruji
But as ill luck would have it
There was, in and around Delhi, there was spread of smallpox epidemics
Guruji with his soft emotional feelings
Brimming with soft emotions for the sufferings
Took upon himself the task of curing ailment bereft of any bias!
In the process became too weak to move
Refused taking any treatment for curing himself!
Called for five coins and a coconut for the purpose
Waved his hand three times in the air
And told that his successor be found in Bakala in Punjab
Thence he left his body at the age of seven!
He lived for others and left his mortal body so that others could live
He advised his disciples/sangat
To respect the will of Almighty God
And praise Him and do not feel disappointed
At his untimely end was due to service (Seva) of hapless ones
Examples of which we find rare in the annals of history.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is built
At the place which was gifted by Raja of Rajesthan
After Sri Guruji, with his mystic power
Fulfilled Raja’s litmus test of recognizing
His queen amongst several ladies lining
Surprise of all surprises, Guruji did this without even a moment losing.
Whereas Guruji provided succor to epidemic stricken
And left for his ultimate journey
Though less in age as year count
Yet mature in wisdom which are reckoned prime
These traits are bestowed by our Wahe Guru Ji
May Guruji’s legacy remain inspiring us humans
Generations after generations.
HAPPY GURU PURV TO ALL
It is significant to mention that Shri Guru Harkrishan Singh Sahib Ji is also most respectfully called as the Bal Guruji since he succeeded his father Shri Guru Rai Ji, the Seventh Guru, at a very tender age of five years. He was born on 23rd July 1656 (in very pious month of Shravan as per traditional calendar) in Kiratpur to mother Sulakhni and Guu Har Rai, as per traditional calendar he was born in Shravan month and became Guru on 7th October 1661.
His period as Guru remained only for two year, 5 months and 24 days since he passed away on 8th April 1664 owing to smallpox which he contracted due to his services (Seva) to those people who suffered from smallpox and cholera. He is also very reverently known as Baba Bakale too.
It is also relevant to mention that Baba Ram Rai (aged 13 years), the elder son of Guru Har Rai was sent to Delhi to explain one verse of Adi Ganth, which Emperor Aurangzeb considered as against the Muslims.
In order to please Aurangzeb, he changed the verse which made Guu Har Rai angry and he excommunicated his elder son and thus nominated his younger son Harkishan to succeed as the next Guru of Sikhs (as 8th Guru). Thereupon, Aurangzeb called Guru Harkrishan to Delhi to meet him. However, the meeting was cancelled since while serving people suffering from smallpox and cholera he himself contracted smallpox disease. He died on 8th April 1664. Afterwards, Guru Tegh Bahadur was identified as 9th Guru of Sikhs.
While going to Delhi to meet Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, he stayed at Panjokhra Sahib Gurdwara in Ambala (Haryana). He also stayed at Ropar, Banur and Raipura where he spread the message of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. At Delhi, he stayed in a bungalow of Raja Jai Singh which is presently known as Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
During his stay in Delhi, he served the people suffering from epidemic of smallpox and cholera. Besides he offered them water from a well at his house which had a magical effect on those suffering from the dread disease. While taking care of the patients suffering from smallpox and cholera, he himself contracted the symptoms of smallpox, had high fever due to which he died but not before curing the people suffering from dreaded disease. It is also relevant to mention that he bestowed cure to the suffering people without any bias.
The devotees visit Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in order to seek the blessings of the Shri Guru Harkrishnan Sahib Ji (Also called as Bal Guru). The devouts get their wishes fulfilled after their visit to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
GURU is a Sanskrit word meaning master, teacher or a preacher for whom we have huge respect. Guru is the one who removes our ignorance from the knowledge (Gyan) from Guru Ji thus we get enlightemen from his teachings. Guru Ji is the One who is knower of religious gyan or the one who transmits wisdom to the disciples.In fact Guru is a saintly person who enlightens the disciples with knowledge absolute and changes our lives with the enlightenment.
The following are the Ten Gurus of Sikhs:-
Guru Nanak Devji (1469-1539).
Guru Angadji (1504-52).
Guru Amardasji (1552-74).
Guru Ramdasji ( 1574-81).
Guru Arjan Devji (1581-1606).
Guru Har Gobindji (1606-45)
Guru Har Raiji (1630-61).
Guru Harkrishanji (1661-64).
Guru Teg Bahadurji (1675-1708).
Guru Gobind Singhji (1675-1708).
Shri Guru Harkrishan ji followed the principles dear to his father Shri Guru Har Raiji. On the other hand, his elder brother named Baba Ram Rai, was disinherited due to his anti-Guru Ghar activities.Guru Harkrishan was of tender age of only FIVE years when he attained Guruship which is obviously an achievement in spirituality which very few attained taking into consideration the human history.
In order to test the knowledge of Guru Harkrishan, Pandit Lal Chand challenged Guruji for his knowledge of Bhagwad Gita’s philosophy. With Guruji’s blessings, an illiterate person named Chhaju Ram expounded the philosophy of Gita with ease. Due to this miracle, Pandit Lal Chand got influenced and became a true Sikh after knowing about the knowledge and mystic power of the Guru.
The decision of Guru Har Rai made his elder son infuriated so much so that he complained this matter to Emperor Aurangzeb about this decision. A message was consequently conveyed to the young Guru to meet him. In the first instant, Guruji was reluctant to meet the emperor but finally decided to meet him in Delhi. Emperor wanted to test the acumen and wisdom of Guruji. He had two large trays; in one some precious ornaments, clothes and toys were kept and in other holy man’s cloak and other things were kept. These two trays were presented to Guru Harkrishan ji for choosing one of these. He chose the second one, thus proving his holiness.
While Guru Harkrishanji was staying in Delhi, (A Gurdwara named Bangla Sahib was built where he stayed serving common masses without any discrimination). At that time, unfortunately, there was smallpox and cholera epidemic consequently there were many deaths. Guruji attended these epidemic stricken people thus exposing himself to these dreaded diseases. In this way, he served the mankind without any bias; of caste and creed, without caring for his own life – that is rarest of rare selfless service found in the annals of history.
Guru Har Rai ji passed away on 20th October 1661, thereupon, despondency engulfed amongst the disciples. But Guru Harkrishan consoled his disciples and advised them to abide by the wishes of the Almighty God. He also told his disciples to sing the praises of God and not to weep or feel disappointed.
Guru Harkrishan exhorted his disciples to have virtue of patience in life. He had an extraordinary ability to explain from the passages of Granth Sahib. In this way, Guru Harkrishan kept the legacy of Gurus intact. So much so he was immersed in humanitarian task that he himself was seized with high fever which turned into an attack of smallpox which resulted in his confinement to bed for many days.
While serving the suffering people from the epidemic day and night, suddenly one day Guru Harkrishan, due to incessant assistance of the people suffering from epidemics of smallpox and cholera. He developed symptoms of fiver. The fever turned to the beginning of an attack of smallpox symptoms, due to which he was perforce confined to bed for several days. The Guru’s tender body deteriorated by the disease and thereafter, Akalpurakh called him for fulfilling some other mission at His abode.
The teachings of SHRI HARKISHAN are:
• Render seva (service) to the people suffering without any expectation while rendering assistance.
• Spread the message as enshrined in holy Gurbani and follow the holy scriptures while rendering seva to remove their sufferings.
• While rendering seva to remove the sufferings, we should not care for our own life as was done by Guruji in Delhi. He tried to alleviate the sufferings of the hapless people suffering from smallpox and cholera, he himself contracted smallpox. He developed feverish too due to which he breathed his last thus immortalized himself.
• One of the stellar lessons from the life of Guru Hakrishnaji is that age is not the consideration for getting knowledge, it is the grace of Gurus’ and the inner potential you possess which counts.
• Enlightenment is attained when we focus on the knowledge contained in the scriptures while following the value system imparted by our parents.
Finally, we should have the traits of patience, tolerance, compassion and a spirit of sacrifice, even if it is ultimate sacrifice.