Guru Harkrishan Sahib ji’s biography and life lessons

Introduction: Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji, the eighth Guru of Sikhism, holds a unique place in Sikh history as the youngest Guru to assume Guruship. Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji’s life was brief yet impactful. Despite his tender age, he exhibited extraordinary spiritual wisdom, compassion, and healing abilities. His life serves as an inspiration for devotees, emphasizing the power of faith and selfless service.

Early Life and gurgaddi: Guru Harkrishan Sahib ji Born on July 7, 1656, in Kiratpur Sahib, Punjab to the house of Guru Har Rai Sahib ji and Mata Krishan Kaur ji. he had an elder brother  whose name was baba ram rai he was 9 years older than him and elder sister whose name was Roop Kaur , she was 4 years older than him.  . From an early age, he displayed exceptional spiritual qualities and an innate understanding of divine wisdom. Once upon a time Baba Ram Rai ji and child Harkrishna ji were engrossed in Lord Simran. Then Guru Pita Har Rai ji wanted to test both the Sahibzads that which of the two is doing the Simran deeply!! He sent one of his Sikhs with a needle and asked both Sahibzadas to prick the needle alternately and see whose attention is distracted by the choice of that needle. When that Sikh pricked the needle to Ram Rai, he felt pain and because of the pain, A sound of Ooi came from the door and he opened his eyes by diverting his attention from the Simran, but when the same needle was pricked to the boy Har Krishna, he remained sitting still, Guru Pita Har Rai ji also used to see that the child Har Krishna ji used to take care of the Sikh sangat as much as the child Har Krishna ji. Yes, they don’t keep that much Ram Rai. When Guru ji used to give sermons to the Sangats, you always used to sit with Guru father and listen carefully to his thoughts and remember him!! And the child har Krishan Ji  along with the Guru father would have engaged in the service of the patients. And child har Krishan ji used to help Guru father in every work. t that time when Guru Har Rai Ji had gone to Joti Jot Sma, then Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji. He promised that no one should mourn for the famine, but Gurbani lessons and Shabd Kirtan should be done. At the age of five, Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji was anointed as the eighth Guru of Sikhism. Despite his youth, he shouldered the responsibility of guiding the Sikh community and serving as the spiritual leader. This unique circumstance allowed him to demonstrate his divine wisdom and exemplify the teachings of Sikhism.

dispensary: The dispensary established by Guru Har Rai ji, was later managed by Guru Har Krishan ji, along with medicine, Guru Har Krishan Sahib’s touch and sight had such a grace that the patient who took the medicine for the first time would be cured of his disease forever.

Jealousy of ram rai , invitation from aurangjeb: Guru Harkrishna’s time was full of serious challenges to Sikh history, as Aap’s elder brother Ram Rai was very angry with Aap ji for getting Gurgaddi. Somehow he kept on fighting to get the throne. Arrogant and selfish Vasand, who runs in his Agia, was not happy with Gur Har Rai ji’s decision. They only By making Baba Ram Rai ji the Guru, Guru Ram Rai ji was bent on looting and ruining the house. You have ordered Masando to go from place to place and tell the Sikh Sangats that the real Guru is Ram Rai ji and not Guru Har Krishna!!! At the same time it was also said that whatever is offered by the companions reaches Delhi from Sir Kiratpur. Then Baba Ram Rai wanted to take help from Aurangzeb for his rights, after all, on Baba Ram Rai’s request, Aurangzeb sent an invitation to Guru Harkrishna Sahib Ji to come to Delhi.

Coming to Delhi: The responsibility of bringing him to Delhi was handed over to Raja Jai Singh!! Which was already the Sharadalu of the Guru house. He made an agreement with the king that 1) Guru Har Krishna Ji would stay as a guest in Jai Singh’s palace in Delhi. 2) No harm should be done to Guru ji After satisfying all these things with the king, the king sent his special messenger Pars Ram to bring Guru ji from Kiratpur with respect. Guru ji’s family and the whole company were worried about Guru ji’s return to Delhi! Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji gave the decision to be adopted with fearlessness and courage!! Then Guru Ji left for Delhi from Kiratpur in 1664 AD!! While going to Delhi, you stayed in Panjokhare, a village ahead of Ambala, after reaching there. drew a line and ordered the Sangats to return to their homes except a few Sangats, they did not want to create any doubt by taking such a large number to Delhi. Seeing your young age, people doubted that what kind of rabbi knowledge you have that you have been elected as 8th Guru!! In that village, a Pandit named Lalchand, who was a scholar of many religious books and a scholar of culture, challenged Guru ji!!! That Shri Krishna ji had pronounced the Gita, your name is also Ha Krishna, so show the meaning of some verses of the Gita. After listening to this, Guru Har Krishna ji said that what is this matter, for this, bring forward any person from our company, he will also narrate the essence of the Gita. To test Guruji’s words, Pandit took Jhajhu Jhivar, who was dumb and deaf, from his village and presented him in front of Guruji, then Guruji put his hand of grace on the head of that mute and said, this Pandit Mann I have a doubt, remove the dilemma of their mind by giving them the meaning of the verses of Gita!! When Guru ji’s eyes fell on Jhevar, he started talking about the dumb and deaf Jhujhu Jhevar. When he narrated the meaning of very difficult shlokas, Pandit Lal Chand was astonished and bowed his head full of pride at the feet of the Guru. Guru ji appointed Pandit Lal Chand and Jhajhu Jhivar to promote Sikhism. When Harkrishna ji left Panjokhade, he was accompanied by Mata Krishna Kaur ji, Bhai Dargah Mal ji, Bhai Diyal Das ji, Bhai Gurditt ji and some special teachers. Guru ji then stayed at places like Kurukshetra, Panipat, Sonipat and Karnal etc. and spread Sikhism.

Reached delhi: reached Delhi Raja Jai Singh’s palace for a week. Then the king honored Guru ji and presented precious gifts to Guru ji in a silver plate, which Guru ji had distributed among the poor. Seeing your young age, Mata Jai Singh’s wife also got the same idea that Guru ji should be tested. Then the queen dressed as maids and sat among the maids, and decided in her mind that if Guru Harkrishna is the true Guru, he would recognize the queen and sit on her lap. When Antaryami Guru ji entered the queen’s palace, all the Dasiyas sat down bowing their heads to you. Guru ji holding the stick in his hand put it on the head of every maid and said, this too is not a queen, this too is not a queen. But when it was the queen’s turn, Guru ji put a stick on the queen’s head and said that she is the queen. And went and sat on the lap of the queen. Apart from this, Jai Singh conveyed the news of Guruji’s arrival in Delhi to Aurangzeb. Then Aurangzeb sent his prince to visit Jai Singh’s Mahal Guru Ji. The prince offered gifts to Guruji on behalf of Emperor Aurangzeb and prayed Guru Maharaj, that the emperor wants to see you. Guru ji said, it is our vow that we will become a king. The prince was so impressed after meeting Guru ji that he went and told the whole thing to the king that even though Guru ji is a child in his age, his understanding is like an old man.

The Smallpox Epidemic: In those days smallpox epidemic was spread in Delhi, when the news of Guruji’s arrival in Delhi reached the people, many patients were found. Started coming to Guru ji, whichever patient. Had he touched his feet and walked, that patient would have been cured in an instant. In this way, after hearing the glory of you, many patients started coming to you to cure their diseases. He got a tank made there, in which he got up every day and touched the water with his feet and turned it into nectar. From the same pool, the servants would give Charan Amrit to the patients, which slowly all the patients got well and started praising the glory of Guru ji. Hearing this, Guru Gobind Singh ji wrote the words 

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਜਿਸ ਡਿਠੈ ਸਭਿ ਦੁਖ ਜਾਇ

shri harkrishan  dhiyaayiye jis dithe sab dukh jaye

It meant that by remembering Guru Har Krishna ji all kinds of sorrows go away.

Passing of guru ji: While serving the patients, one day Guru ji became very ill, he became very hungry. Guru ji got smallpox on the very second day of hunger. When your illness did not get cured for 1-2 days!! Then you left the palace of Raja Jai Singh and started living by pitching your tent on the banks of Yamuna river. So that Raja Jai Singh does not have to face any problem. When Guru ji’s health worsened, the Sikh Sangat prayed to Guru ji and asked, O Maharaj, whose responsibility are you leaving us with? Who will inherit the throne? Whom will you hold the arms of Sangat? Then Guru ji asked his Masand brother Gurbaksh ji for 5 paise and coconut and said while bowing his head

  ਬਾਬਾ ਬਸੇਹ ਜਿ ਗਰਾਮ ਬਕਾਲੇ
ਬਨ ਗੁਰ ਸੰਗਤ ਸਕਲ ਸਮਾਲੇ

baba baseh je garaam bakaale

ban gur sangat sakal samale

This means that the 9th Guru lives in Bakle village (Punjab) who will become a Guru and do good company.In a few moments, Guru ji left his body and went to Sachkhand. Guru Harkrishna Ji was the master of wonderful powers, due to which he took the Sikhs to great heights, through whose darshan only the sorrows of the afflicted would be removed..

Legacy and Impact: Despite his short life, Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji’s impact on Sikhism and its followers remains profound. His spiritual wisdom, healing abilities, and selfless service left an indelible impression on the Sikh community. Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji’s teachings continue to inspire devotees to cultivate compassion, serve humanity, and seek spiritual enlightenment.

Conclusion: Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji’s life stands as a testament to the power of divine grace and the innate wisdom that transcends age. Despite his young age, he exemplified the core principles of Sikhism through his compassion, healing abilities, and unwavering devotion. Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji’s legacy serves as a guiding light for Sikhs, reminding them of the transformative power of faith, selfless service, and the recognition

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