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Sree Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee
Posted by: admin (IP Logged)
Date: July 05, 2009 05:20AM

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9153/gurudwarasrigurukiwadal.jpgGurdwara Prakash Asthan, Patshahee Chevee, Guru Kee Wadalee.






Toady is the Aagman Purab of Sree Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee. It is said that when Mata Ganga Jee was seeking the gift of a child, Guru Arjan Dev Jee asked that she should go and request Baba Budha Jee to give blessings for a child. When Mata Ganga Jee met Baba Budha Jee he gave his blessings joyfully and in his elated mood he said in your house will emerge a very brave and strong son

“ਤੁਮਰੇ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਪ੍ਰਗਟੇ ਕਾ ਜੋਧਾ I ਜਾਕੋ ਬਲ ਗੁਨ ਕਿਨਹੂ ਸੋਧਾ I ”( Guru Bilas Patshai chevee )

As soon as he said these words the earth shook with the sound of thunder and then lighting was seen. It was as if the skies were in agreement with Baba Budha Jee’s statement and Kudrat gave a glimpse of the power and strength that was to come with the new child.

Gianee Gian Singh has described Guru Hargobind Sahib as being tall, handsome, wide chested, long armed, Strong and brave in actions and words but having truth and sweetness in his voice.

Bhai Gurdas Jee has mentioned that there have been many brave warriors that have come on this world but none have been both brave and parupkaree at the same time ਦਲਿਭੰਜਨ ਗੁਰੁ ਸੂਰਮਾ ਵਡ ਜੋਧਾ ਬਹੁ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰੀ ।

It is always difficult to pay compliments to Guru Sahib because you could go on forever and even then it will not give justice to Guru Jee. So apologies for anything that I have said which does not meet the standard Guru Jee Deserves.


Below is another reminder of the character of Guru Sahib and of his Bachans through his first sermon on becoming Guru Jee.



Vangaar: The First Sermon of Guru Hargobind Sahib
Taken from Gur Bhari by Pr. Satbir Singh
Translated by Admin www.tapoban.org




Guru Hargobind Sahib’s first sermon must be heard again today and applies just as much now as it did when he first gave it.

Guru Arjan Dev had been brutally tortured and embraced martyrdom, becoming an example for the Panth. The Sikhs were grief-struck and felt a sense of despair. The small Panth of Guru Nanak had been targeted by the mighty power of the Mughals.

Guru Hargobind Sahib, became the next Guru as per the orders of his father. In front of all the gathered Sikhs, Baba Buddha jee put the two swords of meeri and peeri on Guru Hargobind Sahib. Guru Sahib was dressed like an emperor and there was a kalgi (aigrette) on his dastaar.

The Dhadis, Bhai Abdullah and Bhai Nath Mal, at the hukam of Guru Hargobind Sahib sang a vaar filled with bir ras.


Then, Guru Hargobind Sahib rose and gave his first sermon to the Sikhs:


Today the offerings that are beloved to me are good weapons and good youth. If you want my happiness, then exercise your bodies, wrestle, play gatka, go into the jungles to hunt and learn to ride horses. Weakness is now a crime to the Nation that cannot be forgiven for anyone. You will take up the sword and I now wear the sword so that the swords of tyranny and oppression will stop forever.

You have all come from far and wide today. The cool tranquillity has been stolen from not just your heart and my heart, but from the entire world. Our swords will not rest until we bring this oppression to an end.

Make day and night one. Go into the villages and light the inferno of revolution. Tell the people that we need their youth. Only that is a good youth that sacrifices itself for the cause of the Nation. We need sacred hearts and pure minds. Enshrine ਪਹਿਲਾ ਮਰਣੁ ਕਬੂਲਿ ਜੀਵਣ ਕੀ ਛਡਿ ਆਸ ॥  in your hearts. We fear death because we have not experienced true life. We feel worry because we have not enjoyed a taste of life. We feel fear because our destination and goal seems so far off. But if you challenge death, death will flee from you. If you learn to walk with your heads held high then worry will depart. If you are determined to walk, the destination will not be so far away. Have faith in Vahiguru and all fears will vanish. If fear has left you then even death will seem like bliss.


Guru jee continued,


Do not think that you are too few. You are all like springs. Oceans flow out of these very springs. There are hundreds of thousands of springs like you in our Nation. When you come together and flow forward, you will create a flood.

A small and insignificant piece of wood, when made into a match, can light the entire jungle on fire. But you are humans! And furthermore, those humans whose heart has just now been scorched on hot iron plates [reference to shahidi of Guru Arjan Dev jee].


Addressing the poets in the Sangat, Guru Sahib said,


See, God has given you the gift of poetry. When nations are built, you are the foundations. Stop all these other untimely songs and work to bring the Nation out of this deep dark pit. Tell those stories which will make the people willing to lose their skin like they would be willing to change their clothes. Fill the people of our Nation with the spirit and fervour to be like moths so they will sacrifice themselves in the flames of our cause.

Our blood has become cold. Tell us stories of Shahidi and become the furnaces that will boil our blood. Give us the passion to make the trampled Punjab and our crushed Nation rise to its feet once again.


Speaking to the Dhadis, Guru Sahib said,


Now is the time that your instruments should call out a challenge. Your notes should stir the Nation. The beat of your dhads should awaken the people and the bells on your bows should make hearts fill with the zeal of sacrifice.

 



Re: Sree Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee
Posted by: Sukhdev Singh (IP Logged)
Date: July 05, 2009 02:15PM

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee’s Gurpurab I wanted to share again the Sakhee of Bhai Palla Jee. He was a devout Sikh of Guru Hargobind Sahib from the village of Butala.

My wife’s Nanke are from the pind Butala and they say they are distant descendants of Bhai Palla Jee. Although the original Pind is near Baba Bakala some of the inhabitants moved and settled across the river Beas just some short distant from the original Pind and they named the new pind Butala as well.

The whole area around that vicinity has a mark left by Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee, there is historical Gurdwara in the small town of Nadala which is next to Butala.

Villagers from this Pind always remember Bhai Palla Jee when ever they do langar dee Seva and annually have a mela celebrating the visit of Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee in the Pind.

Daas also wishes to seek the Sharan of Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee and ask him to keep laaj of papees like us when ever we get the opportunity to do Seva of GurSikhs. We have nothing else to offer but Ardas. Guru Sahib Tharas Karan.

Below is the sakhee translated by a Gursikh from Tapoban a few years ago.





Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib & The Limitless Langar
Taken from “Nau Visheshtaiyaan Sri Sukhmani Sahib jee” by Bhai GurIkbaal Singh



Bibi Santi


During the time of Guru Hargobind Sahib, there was a Sikh woman, Bibi Santi, who was married into a family in the village of Butala. Bibi Santi’s parents were Sikhs but due to circumstances, found herself married into a family that believed in Sakhi Sarvar (a Muslim Pir). Bibi Santi read Gurbani daily and had a deep love for the Guru. Her mother-in-law however, could not tolerate this faith in Sikhi. Eventually, Bibi Santi was asked to leave the family’s house and was made to live in a hut outside.

Bibi Santi was happy that now she would be able to read Gurbani without anyone objecting. Slowly she was able to influence her husband through stories of the Guru and he too became a Sikh.

After some time, a son was born to Bibi Santi who was named Palla. The happiness in the small family was short lived however as Bibi Santi’s husband died quite suddenly.


Faith in Satguru Jee


Bibi Santi did not lose her faith and kept walking on the path of Gurmat. She taught her son stories of the Guru and also Gurbani. Bhai Palla too developed a love for the Guru and had a deep desire to one day have Guru Sahib’s darshan. He would ask his mother when Guru Sahib would come to them and Bibi Santi would reply, “Satguru jee is antarjami (all-knowing). Wherever his Sikhs remember him, he will certainly come to meet them.”

Young Bhai Palla now had a non-stop longing to cast his eyes on his Satguru. Bhai Palla was convinced that Guru Sahib would come to him and so he wanted to be ready for the moment. Though he and his mother were very poor, he decided the best offering he could give to Guru Sahib was GuR (sugar-jaggery). Wherever he went, Bhai Palla carried the guR with him, tied in a cloth, not knowing when Guru Sahib would hear his ardaas and give his darshan.


Darshan


Bhai Palla’s ardaas day and night bore fruit one day. Guru Sahib arrived in village Butala with some Sikhs. All the villagers were followers of Sakhi Sarvar and so no one paid Guru Sahib any respect. Guru Hargobind Sahib and his Sikhs however went directly to where Bhai Palla was sitting and stopped their horse in front of him. Bhai Palla recognized that his Satguru had finally come and was overjoyed. He remembered the guR he had tied in the cloth and began to fumble with the knot so he could offer it to Guru jee. Bhai Palla tried, but could not open the long-tied knot. Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib cast his loving eye on his Sikh and said, “Palla! Here, let me open your knots…”

What a blessing Guru Sahib gave to Bhai Palla. What more could Bhai Palla ask?

Guru Sahib opened the knot and Bhai Palla humbly placed the guR before Guru Sahib and bowed. Satguru jee then said, “Palla! My Sikhs and I are hungry. Take us to your home and give us langar.”

Bhai Palla could not contain his happiness and quickly lead Guru jee and the Sikhs to his small home. Mata Santi upon seeing Sri Guru jee’s darshan, lost all awareness. Bhai Palla shook his mother and said, “Guru Sahib wants to have langar. Prepare langar for him.”


Villagers and the Langar


The villagers of Butala were bitter and went on to their rooftops to see what was happening. They saw that Guru Sahib and his Sikhs were waiting for langar and began to laugh that Bibi Santi and Bhai Palla who sometimes could not even manage one meal a day for themselves were now being asked to cook for so many. The villagers decided amongst themselves that no one would help the two Sikhs nor give them any loan to help buy rations for the langar. They would see the humiliating scene when Bibi Santi and Bhai Palla would tell Guru Sahib that they could not make the langar and have the opportunity to laugh at them.

Satguru Hargobind Sahib knew all and saw the crowds on their rooftops looking at them. Guru Sahib said to Bhai Palla, “Palla! Go invite all the villagers to have langar here as well today.” Bhai Palla obeyed the hukam and went to all the villagers and asked them to come to their home for langar. The villagers laughed and said that today the humiliation would be double what they expected. The mother and son could hardly feed themselves let alone all the Sikhs and now all the villagers.


The Miracle


Guru Hargobind Sahib called Bhai Palla and gave him two kerchiefs and told him to put one on the flour and one on the daal. Mata Santi should not look underneath them after that.

Bibi Santi had prepared all the flour in the house for parshadas but it was still very little. There was also a little daal she had prepared. The two kerchiefs were placed on each and Bibi Santi began to prepare the parshadas while Bhai Palla did the seva of distributing them. To their amazement, all the Sikhs and all the villagers had their fill of langar and still the parshadas and daal under Guru Sahib's kerchiefs were not finishing.

The villagers were awe-struck and fell at Guru Hargobind Sahib’s feet. They had wanted to see the humiliation of the two poor Sikhs but Guru Sahib had shown that he would never let his Sikhs be humiliated in such a way. The faith of the villagers in Sikhi was born that day and Bibi Santi and Bhai Palla’s faith was rewarded.

 



Re: Sree Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee
Posted by: tapoban (IP Logged)
Date: July 06, 2009 08:59AM

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/4517/akal.jpgTrue Emperor Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee's Throne - Akal Takht Sahib





Duty, Love and Faith: The Sikhs & Guru Hargobind Sahib
Translated from Pr. Satbir Singh's "Gur Bhaaree"



“True Emperor”


Guru Hargobind Sahib was in Delhi meeting with the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. A poor peasant who cut grass to feed horses heard about this and worked all day to earn a single coin. The peasant had heard about the Guru and his greatness and now when he heard that the Guru was in the city he became excited that he too might meet him and become a Sikh. During the day, the peasant also gathered the best grass he could find and cleaned it blade by blade so he could offer it to Guru Sahib’s horses.

At the end of the day, the poor grass-cutter approached the place where Guru Sahib and the Emperor were meeting. There were two tents and he accidentally entered the one in which Jahangir was sitting. The guard initially stopped the peasant but thinking that perhaps he had some request to make of the Emperor, he let him in.

Upon entering, the grass-cutter placed the single coin he had earned in front of the Emperor and bowed. He asked that his offering of grass also be accepted. He begged, “ True Emperor (Sachay Patshah) please help me both here and in the hereafter.” Jahangir was taken aback and replied that he could give the grass-cutter an award of land ( a Jagir). The poor man’s eyes opened wide and he realized he was in the wrong place. Jahangir then said, “I am the Emperor of Hindustan. Your “Sachay Patshah” is in the other tent.” The poor man picked up his coin and his bundle of grass and ran to the other tent in which Guru Sahib was sitting.

Upon seeing the Guru, he grabbed his feet and began to weep and beg for forgiveness. He said, “Sachay Patshah I went to the wrong door.” He repeated his earlier request and begged to become a Sikh and the Guru blessed him with naam.

It was after this incident that Jahangir realized how much love Sikhs had for their Guru.


Bhai Javanda & the Gate


One day Guru Hargobind Sahib was going hunting and as he was leaving the city gates of Kartarpur, he asked Bhai Javanda to stand by the gate and wait for his return. Satguru jee returned from hunting but entered the city from another gate and went back to his place of residence. Three days and three nights passed but Bhai Javanda did not move from the place Guru Sahib told him to wait. When Guru Sahib found out about this, he himself went to Bhai Javanda, still waiting by the gate and embraced him and showered his blessings.


“Tell the Sikhs”


Bhai Choohar was a Jathedar in Guru Hargobind Sahib’s army and had 100 horsemen in his command. Guru Hargobind Sahib summoned Bhai Choohar and said, “Tell the Sikhs to drag some big stones and make walls for the langar.

Bhai Choohar didn’t want to impose on any other Sikh and so he began to drag the large stones himself. He worked so hard that his hands and feet began to bleed but even then he would not stop or slow down. When the Guru went to see the work being done, he saw Bhai Choohar working alone, his hands, feet and clothes covered in blood. Guru Sahib said, “Bhai Choohar, I told you to get the Sikhs to do this seva…”

Bhai Choohar put his hands together and replied, “Maharaj, you ordered the Sikhs to do it and so I thought what greater honour could I achieve than to do this seva myself and count myself as your Sikh…”



Mata Sulakhani



Guru Hargobind Sahib was traveling in the villages of Majha and came to village Chabba. In that village lived a woman named Sulakhani. Sulakhani had been married for many years but was yet without any child. She asked many learned people how she might have a child and they all replied, “there has been no child written in your destiny.”

Mata Sulakhani heard about the greatness of Guru Hargobind and was convinced he would help her. Guru Hargobind was passing near her village and Mata Sulakhani went to wait for him on the path holding a pen and ink. When Guru Sahib approached, she called out in a rhyme which translated is, “Oh one with a beautiful beard and white dastaar, I make a request before Guru Hargobind! My name is Sulakhani and my village is Chabba, I am without any offspring and want to bear children.”

Guru Hargobind Sahib smiled and said, “Maiee, it is not written in your destiny.” With great faith, Mata Sulakhani replied, “You are the one who is the writer here and you were the writer before, so if you have not written already, then write it now!”

Guru Sahib took the pen and while still on his horse began to write a ੧ (1) . Guru Sahib’s horse kicked his hoof and the ੧ became a ੭ (7).

Mata Sulakhani did indeed go one to become the mother of 7 sons and they became Sikhs and fought in Guru Sahib’s battles.

 



Re: Sree Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee
Posted by: tapoban (IP Logged)
Date: July 08, 2009 05:00AM

The following is another sakhee related to one of Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee's Sikhs




Bir Ras and Shahidi of Baba Paroz Jee
Taken from “Poorab Janam Kay Milay Sanjogi” by Prof. Thakur Singh



Introduction

Baba Paroz was a Sikh during the time of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib jee. Baba jee’s village, Sarli, was in the Amritsar area. Guru Hargobind Sahib had come to the villages in this area to do parchaar and had left Baba Gurditta jee to head the sangat. Baba Gurditta jee not only did Sikhi parchaar but also taught shastar vidiya and the Sikhs in this area became warriors. Baba Paroz jee was one of the leaders of the Sikh sangat.

Problems With the Ranghars

One day the Sikhs had gathered and were talking amongst each other when the issue arose that the Muslim Ranghars of the area considered themselves the Masters of the land and whenever they would have a wedding, they would order all the local farmers to bring them milk. The Sikhs decided that this was an affront to their honour and a sign of slavery. They decided to throw off this slavery even if it cost them their lives. The Sikhs decided to ask Baba Paroz to lead them in this effort.

The Muslim Ranghars of village Bhorchhi used to allot land to the local farmers and used to put a tax on them as well. The next time the Ranghars demanded milk for a wedding, the Sikhs were ready. Baba jee took two clay pots and filled them with dung and poured a little bit of milk over top of them. Baba jee had the two pots sent to the Ranghars and told the Sikhs of the area to be ready.

The Battle

When the Ranghars received the pots and saw the contents, they were enraged. They were furious that someone had tried to resist them and dishonour them in this way. They completed their marriage ceremony but after, the gathered all their wedding guests and the Muslims of the area and began to march towards Baba Paroz’s dera with shouts of “Ali! Ali!”

Baba jee and the Sikhs of the area had gathered and were awaiting the attack. When they heard the Ranghar mob approach, they charged out shouting jaikaray and the battle began. The warriors on both sides took their positions and began to exchange blows. The Ranghars had brought all the Muslims of the area with them and the Sikhs were much less in number but they were all prepared to sacrifice their lives. They had begun the battle with no hope of living and were just waiting for the moment of Shahidi. This spirit of sacrifice in the Sikhs was making their attacks exceedingly fearless and deadly before which the Ranghars were having trouble holding their ground.

The battle continued for three to four hours and the Ranghars slowly began to move back. The Sikhs were encouraged even more now and doubled the vigor of their attack. The Sikh attack pushed the Ranghars back half way to their home village of Bhorchhi.

Shahidi

Though the Sikhs were close to victory, Baba Paroz became surrounded by the Ranghars and was mortally wounded. Rivers of blood began to gush from his wounds. Baba jee roared a jaikara and began to swing his Sri Sahib. He shouted challenges at the Ranghar army and charged forward. Seeing Baba jee’s terrifying figure, drenched in blood and running forward while swinging his kirpan, the Ranghars were horrified. How could a man so badly injured still be alive let alone charging after them? They were so afraid that they turned their backs and began to run towards their village.

Satguru jee’s power was coursing through Baba jee's body now and he ran after the fleeing Ranghars. Baba jee pursued them to the edge of Bhorchhi. The women of the village were standing on top of their houses and seeing this scene, shouted desperately, “Baba! Please forgive them now!”

Baba jee heard this and stopped there. His body collapsed to the ground and he became a Shahid. The other Sikhs also reached the spot and picked up Baba jee’s body to bring it back to the village. The entire area heard of Baba jee’s bravery and the miracle that had taken place and came to his saskaar.

The Ranghars had heard that Guru Hargobind Sahib had turned the Sikhs into warriors but now they knew first hand. After some days, they sent a message to the Sikhs that from now on they would treat them not as servants but as brothers and would never try to battle them again.

Today there is still a small puraatan platform at village Bhorchhi where Baba jee was Shahid and a Gurdwara at village Sarli where he was cremated.

Baba jee was an ancestor of Bau Mal Singh jee.

 





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