The Legacy of Guruji
Guru Hargobind Sahib spread the message of love for humanity
DR. KIRAT SINGH INQALABI
Sikhism, founded by Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539) is the youngest and living faith. It enables humanity at large to acquire divine wisdom, develop inner strength and alignment in order that we can hopefully walk on the righteous path to achieve union with God in our life time. This is precisely what Sri Guru Granth Sahib has professed all his life. His message is about love, truth, peace justice and equality.
Guru Hargobind (1595- 644), Sixth in spiritual descent from Guru Nanak, was born the only son of Guru Arjan and Mata Ganga Ji on 19 June 1595 at Vadali, now called Guru Ki Vadali, a Village near Amritsar. As a child, he escaped being poisoned by his jealous uncle and being bitten by a cobra in his way. He also survived a virulent attack of small pox and grew up into a tall and handsome youth. He received his early education in and Martial Art at the hands of two revered Sikhs of that time - Bhai Gurdas & Baba Buddha.
He was 11 when his father Guru Arjan who compiled Shri Guru Granth Sahib, was martyred in Lahore on 25 May 1606. He set on the seat; he had erected Shri Akal Takhat Sahib in front of the Holi Hari Mandar popularly known as Golden Temple. He wore two swords on his person, declaring one the symbol of spiritual and the other of his temporal in vesture. This was innovative gesture as per the Sikh tradition.
Guri Ji transformed pacifist into soldiers. He always fought for self defense. He had no enemies. He fought four battles with the imperial forces and emerged as a Victorian.
The popularity of Guru Hargobind, Miri piri wale Guru, was not tolerated by the master of that times. King Jahangir saw Guru Hargobind, he was completely won over by his youthful charm, and spiritual aura. King was highly impressed the king invites Guru Ji for hunting adventure. Guruji accepted the invitation smilingly. It happened that during the chase, the king was attacked by a ferocious tiger. The sportsman accompanying the king lost their nerves. The arrow shot at the tiger missed the target and for a moment it appeared that the beast was going to pounce upon the king. Within a twinkling of an eye, Guru Hargobind rushed in with the horse, pulled out his sword and faced the tiger single handedly. The next instant the tiger lay slain on the ground. The king Jahangir was full of gratitude. He admired both the heroic deed and the way he risked his life to save him.
Guru Hargobind had a great respect for Islam. The king continued his cordial relations with Guru Ji. Guruj, built Mosques at Hargobindpur, Kastarpur and Amritsar. Some of Guru ji personal friend were Shri Shikh Shah Qurashi, Shri Mian Mir & Pir Fazal Irani. Guru Hargobind was loved and admired by the Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Sikh Faith stands for sharing solidarity with other faiths.
Kashmir had a special attraction for spiritual souls. Guru Hargobind Ji came to Kashmir in 1620 AD from Sailkote, Wazirabad and reached Mirpur. It is confirmed authentically, that the king Jahangir was also in Kashmir during that time. In Mirpur a large number of people and submitted to him. Then Guruji left for Kashmir via old Mughal Road, touching Nowshera, Rajouri, Thanamandi and entered in heavenly valley of Kashmir and stopped at Shahji Marg (District Pulwama) for 5 days and preached humanitarian teachings. He then along the side of river Jehlum reached Sher-i-Khas (Srinagar) and stayed at the house of Bhai Sevadas, of Kathi Darwaza at the foot of Fort Hariparbat. The Mother of Bhai Savadas, Mai Bhag Bhari presented a special designed and crafted Kashmiri Chola (Garment) to Gurji with reverence. Guru Ji was highly impressed to see the world famous Kashmiri art and design. Guruji stayed in Shalimar garden for more than a month and daily discourses were going on with the recitation of Gurbani and preached the massage of Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of man then Guruji along the River Jehlum route, went to Baramulla, Kalampura, Parampillan. At Parampillan many Muslims came to see the Guri Ji and had discourses and had his blessings. All these places Guruji visited are known as Gurudawara Chhavian Patshahi and many placed in Punjab and outside honour the memorary of Guru Hargobind. He passed away on 3rd March 1644 in Kiratpur. Today we are celebrating 418 birthday all over the world. Gurujis teachings are very much relevant. His mission is:
"None is over enemy, stranger none we are at peace with everyone"
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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