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Guru Harkrishan and the Brahman

Guru Harkrishan was only 5 years old when he received the Guruship....

     Guru Har Rai Sahib chose his youngest son Harkrishan to be the eighthGuru. Guru Harkrishan showed the Sikhs and all people that he truly
was. He spoke the appropriate words of Guru Nanak for the right
situation. He showed divine knowledge and healed people. Elsewhere there
was a Brahman, which is a Hindu Priest, who used to teach people the
Gita. The Gita is an ancient holy book that contains many great truths.
It speaks of a great saint named Krishna, who was very close to God.
The Gita is written in a very, very old language. People dedicate their
whole lives to learning this language and understanding the Gita.

     When
the priest heard of Guru Harkrishan he thought, "My Lord only was known
as Krishna, who does this little boy think he is? He is greater than
Krishna? He goes by Har Krishan, then even Guru Har Krishan, people even go so far as to call him "Siri
Guru Har Krishan"!!!!! He must think he is much greater than Krishna.
This is outrageous!" So the Brahman went to see the Guru. When he met
the Guru he wasn't respectful at all and challenged the Guru, "You must
be greater than Krishna. Why don't you tell me the meaning of the Gita
and explain it?" The Guru replied, "Brahmans speak of God but don't
feel it." The Guru read his thoughts and said,"You think I am too young
to understand divine knowledge. Yet if a Sikh of mine can explain the
Gita to you, than the Guru does too. Go outside and find any Sikh. They
will explain the Gita for us."

     The Brahman thought he was very clever.
He decided to find a person who couldn't even read or write. The
Brahman found a Sikh boy who looked like he belonged to a lower caste.
The boy didn't have a normal mind and his body was didn't function like
most people. "What is your name?" Asked the Brahman. The boy stuttered,
"Ch.... Chhhh........ Chaju." The Brahman thought "He can hardly say
his name, lets see him give deep explainations of the Gita, haha." So
they went to see the Guru. The Brahman chose the most difficult parts
of the Gita for Chaju to explain. The Guru said, "Chaju, you are now a
very wise scholar. I want you to explain the Gita." And the Guru took
his staff and touched Chaju's head with it. Chaju began to explain the
mysterious passage, in a clear and understandable way. Chaju explained,
"When One knows who they truly are, they are God. That One is beyond
being created at the beginning of time.That One will stay alive and
well, even when the universe is destroyed."

     The Brahman was surprised
that Chaju explained the line perfectly. He picked out another very
difficult line. After reading it he said, "Explain this!" Chaju
explained, "One who's soul has many desires, becomes passionate. Because
of this, they are bound to be born in human life to fulfill these
desires." The Brahman couldn't believe what he was hearing. He just
heard explanations of the Gita that he hadn't thought before. It put
everything in to perspective. He said to the Guru,"Forgive me, I
thought you were just a little boy who couldn't know anything. I am
just a proud man with useless knowledge. You are one with God and know
everything. God speaks through you. I am like a child before you."

     The
Guru blessed him to be a Sikh and he began to have an experience of the
things he only used to read about. He began to live righteously and be
serviceful. We thank God for giving us the lesson of Guru Harkrishan's
life. Now we can not ignore the truth that God is in everything. If a
child is one with God, that child is beyond time. Our souls are part of
the One Soul which is immortal, so what does it matter of a person is
old or young?

Storyteller:  Guruliv Singh
Topics:  Fun, Gurus, Guru Harkrishan
Age ranges:  1 - 6, 13 - 17, 7 - 12