Guru Hargobind and Samarth Ramdas
Guru Hargobind was not just a soldier but was primarily a saint, a Guru, the sixth in direct spiritual inheritance from Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. Guruji had taken to martial ways with a view to creating among his people a will to resistance and preparing them to stand up to the tyranny and oppression of the Mughal rulers.
Once a Maratha saint, Samarth Ramdas during his rambles in Northern India, happened to meet Guru Hargobind at Srinagar in about 1634. Fully armed and riding a horse, the Guru had just returned from an excursion.
"I had heard that you occupied the Gaddi of Guru Nanak", said Swami Ramdas.
"Guru Nanak was a Tyagi sadhu - a saint who had renounced the world. You are wearing arms and keeping an army and horses. You allow yourself to be addressed as Sacha Patshah, the True King. What sort of a sadhu are you?" asked the Maratha saint.
Guru Hargobind replied, "Internally a hermit, and externally a prince. Arms mean protection to the poor and destruction of the tyrant. Baba Nanak had not renounced the world but had renounced Maya, i.e. self and ego:
"batan faquiri, zahir amiri,
shastar garib ki rakhya, jarwan ki bhakhiya,
Baba Nanak sansar nahi tyagya, Maya tyagi thi."
These words of Guru Hargobind found a ready response in the heart of Samartha Swami Ramdas who, as quoted in Pothi Panjak Sakhian, spontaneously said, "this appealeth to my mind - Yeh hamare man bhavti hai".
Guru Hargobind Sahib ji de prakash gurpurab di aap ji nu waddaaiyan ...
Below is the blessing which Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji received from mother Mata Ganga Ji, and father Guru Arjan Sahib ji,
"poota maata ki aasees. nimak naa bisrau tum kau har har; sadhaa bhajho jagdeesh… "
O son, this is your mother's hope and prayer, that you may never forget the Lord, Har, Har, even for an instant. May you ever vibrate upon the Lord of the Universe" (Ang 469, SGGS)
- This article with thanks to: Sakhi Series :- 131 ( Guru Hargobind ji: batan faquiri, zahir amiri)