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Guru Har Krishan (1656-1664)

Guru Har Krishan was the eighth Sikh Guru from 1661 to 1664 and was just five years old when he was appointed Guru by his father Guru Har Rai. 


Many were confused and not happy about having the bow to a child and decided to test him by asking him to expound on the Bhagavad Gita.  The story goes like this:  Guru Har Krishan instead of giving a dissertation on the Bhagavad Gita, he called Chhajjoo, the "village idiot" to come beside him.The Guru then touched him, and Chhajjoo immediately began eloquently interpreting the meaning and importance of the Bhagavad Gita. You can imagine everyone’s astonishment.  The moral of this story is that when we bow in humility, any of us can become channels for divine wisdom – that’s why Kundalini Yoga teachers always tune in with “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” and remember the true source of wisdom.

After a few years, a smallpox epidemic swept through Delhi, where the Guru was living, and many people sought Guru Har Krishan’s help, as he was known to be a natural healer.  Many people were healed in his presence.  He met a large number of people daily so it is not surprising that he contracted the deadly disease himself.  With a raging fever, he consoled his grief-stricken mother and devotees, reminding them that everything was God’s will.  He asked them not to mourn.  "The body is perishable," said Guru Har Krishan. "As you learn to have faith in God's Will, you will attain to realms where there is no sorrow. Eternal peace will be yours."


Guru Har Krishan was barely eight years old when he left his body, having endeared himself to everyone with his gentle loving nature, and wisdom far beyond his years.  The divine light of Guru Nanak shone brightly through this child.


Before he died, Guru Har Krishan said that the next Guru would be “Baba Bakala”.  Everyone understood that he meant that the next Guru (“Baba” is father) would be found in the town of Bakala.  There were many pretenders to the throne before Guru Tegh Bahadur proved that he was the next Guru.


Imagineyourself coming before this great healer and releasing all physical, mental and spiritual troubles.  Imagine the underlying wholeness and health that is inherent in you at every level and in every moment.

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