Saturday, 27 February 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 011

Above is a water coloured painting depicting the eighth Guru, Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji who at the tender age of five were given the prestigious task of leading the Sikh faith. Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji faced many tasks during their time, the initial one was their age as a hindrance. Many people do not conceive a five year old knowledgeable enough to take care of themselves let along guide a faith. But people only saw the external and not the internal wisdom of the ages. Other problems were rivals misleading the general public as to who the true Guru was of the Sikhs. Rivals such as Har Ji of the Minas, Dhirmal of the Sodhis and Baba Ram Rai (the elder brother of Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji) had set up their own congregations. However Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji showed his power through miracles and curing the diseased during a small pox epidemic in India. In the end the child Guru assisted the people of Delhi with their illness and took it on himself. At the age of eight Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji discarded his mortal body. The Gurdwara, Sri Bangla Sahib in Delhi is the most famous of the Gurdwaras linked to the eighth Guru was actually a grand mansion belonging to Raja Jai Singh who looked after Sri Guru Har Krishan ji and protected him from the tyrannous Moghul forces.

Above is a water colour paining depicting Raja Jai Singh paying his respects to Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji.

The following two stanzas are numbered nineteenth and twentieth of the first Adhyai of the Sri Nanak Parkash are invocations to Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji by Kavi Santokh Singh Ji. The English translations of the stanzas are below;

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥ ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ ਕੋ ਨਿਪੁਨ ਹਰਨ ਜੁਰ ਤੀਨ । ਚਰਨ ਮਨੋਹਰ ਬੰਦਨਾ ਜਿਨ ਸਿੱਖਨ ਸੁਖਿ ਕੀਨ ॥੧੯॥

Couplet – By getting a glimpse of Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji the three different causes of pain and suffering are dispelled. I pay my obeisance to the beautiful feet of Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji which were the cure for so many Sikhs in Delhi and are the cure for Sikhs today. 19.

ਕਬਿੱਤ ॥ ਅਮਲ ਕਮਲ ਜੁਗ ਅਰੁਨ ਲਲਿਤ ਭਲ ਤਾਂਕੇ ਦਲ ਅਵਲੀ ਸੁ ਹੀਰਨ ਕੀ ਜਟੀ ਸੀ ।
ਕਿਧੌਂ ਉਡ ਪਾਂਤ ਹਿਤ ਆਪਚਿਤ ਲੋਕ ਮਾਤ ਤਜੀ ਨਭ ਗਤਿ ਥਿਤ ਐਸੀ ਬਿਧਿ ਠਟੀ ਸੀ ।
ਕਿਧੌਂ ਬਿਸ਼੍ਵਕਰਮਾਂ ਨੈ ਸ਼ੇਖ ਤੇ ਮਨਿਨ ਲੇਯ ਕਾਂਤਿ ਹਿਤ ਖਚੀ ਬਸੈ ਰਮਾ ਸਾਜ ਕੁਟੀ ਸੀ ।
ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲ ਹਰਿਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ ਅਨੂਪ ਬਨੇ ਨਖ ਸ਼ਸ਼ਿ ਸਕਲ ਸੇ ਉਪਮਾ ਨ ਲਟੀ ਸੀ ॥੨੦॥

Kabit – Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji your feet are similar to a soft red flower imbued with beauty. The toes of both of your feet seem to have nails which look similar to encrusted jewels that shimmer and shine. It is as if the stars have fallen from the sky and assumed their positions as nails on your holy feet Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji. It is as if the demi god Vishwakarma (demi god of architecture) has taken the precious jewel from the serpent demi god Sheshnag and has fitted the jewels as your nails. These created nails are like beautiful houses as your toes where the goddess Laxmi comes to and goes from as she pleases. The point of this stanza is to relate that the feet of Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji are beautiful and no metaphors can do justice to their beauty. It is if the moon has been broken into pieces and used to create the nails on your feet but yet again this does not justify the beauty of your feet. 20.

Again above in another water coloured painting depicting the eighth Guru, Sri Guru Har Krishan Ji.

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