Baba Bakala

Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib jee chose his grandson, son of Baba Gurdita jee, - Siri Guru Har Rai jee – to sit on the throne of Guruship after him. Siri Guru Har Rai jee was 14 years old at that time but was a pooran Brahmgiyaani at that time. Siri Guru Har Rai jee’s older brother Dhir Mal and Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib jee’s younger son Baba Sooraj Mal tried to lay claim on guruship but Siri Guru Hargobind Sahib jee rejected them saying that Gur-gaddi is chosen by Vaheguru himself.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib who was uncle of Guru Har Rai jee, did matha-tek at the charan of Guru Har Rai jee. Not once he laid claim to Guruship. Such a thought too did not occur to him. Siri Guru Hargobind jee Maharaaj asked Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur jee to go and stay at Bakala (now known as Baba Bakala). Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur jee bowed his head in acceptance and moved to Baba Bakala along with his extremely cultured and gurmukh wife – Mata Gujree jee.

At Baba Bakala, Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur jee did massive bhagtee. He remained absorbed in Naam for 26 years and 9 months. This is what is written in history. Some modern historians have estimated his stay at Baba Bakala to be 22 years. Nevertheless, Siri Guru jee did a lot of bhagtee there. Mata Gujree jee who was the embodiment of sewa, very patiently and earnestly served her Gurmukh husband.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee who was the uncle of Guru Har Rai jee, always stayed submitted to Guru Har Rai Sahib jee. When Guru Har Rai jee went to Govindwal Sahib, he also visited on his way. Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee at Baba Bakala. It is not recorded in history but it is apparent that Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee used to visit Siri Guru Har Rai jee and then Siri Guru Har Kishen Sahib. How could Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib have not visited the current Guru jee? It is unthinkable. Some of our history have recorded wrong events that don’t glorify our tradition too much. We have to filter out such events when reading old historical books.

When Siri Guru Harkishen Sahib jee was about to joyty jot samaa (leaving for Sach Khand), he proclaimed that Siri Guru Tegh Bahaudur Sahib jee would be the next Guru. Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was grandfather of Siri Guru Harkishen Sahib jee. For this reason, Guru Harkishen Sahib jee said, “Baba Bakaley” i.e. the next Guru would be Baba (Grandfather - Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib) who lives in Bakala. At that time, there was no other Sodhi living at Baba Bakala and Guru Sahib gave a very clear direction on who the next Guru would be.

It is said that, when Siri Guru Harkishen Sahib jee did this bachan and left for Sach Khand, great parkash (light) appeared on the forehead of Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee. Mata Gurjree, when she saw Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib’s forehead the next day, she immediately knew that the jot of Guruship had entered Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib jee. She did not need to be told. She knew already.

When the imposters heard of this bachan of Siri Guru Har Kishen jee, they flocked to Baba Bakala and started acting as Gurus. Dhir Mal too arrived at Baba Bakala. But Siri Guru Tegh Bahadur jee stayed totally oblivious of these developments. When sun rises, it does not need to tell anyone of it's rise. People know automatically. Same way Siri Guru jee did not advertise to anyone about his Guruship. The sangat in due time was to find out.

By: Bhai Kulbir Singh Ji




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