Longing for the Guru (A Sakhi on Guru Ji's Darshan)
the time of Sri
Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji during the 1600's,
there was a poor Gursikh
who lived alone in a tiny, little mud hut on the outskirt of a small
village. This Gursikh was blind and had a lot of
Pyaar (love) for Guru Ji. He had heard
about the powerful Guru who was the protector of the meek and poor.
he couldn't travel anywhere he would ask people to go to see Guru Ji and
then wait for their return to hear about the
Guru. He would ask them - What does my Guru
Ji look like? How brave is he? What weapons does he keep? What stories does
he tell, etc and each would reply "The Guru's description is beyond speech.
He is too handsome and far too powerful to be described verbally by mere
words - I don't have the words to explain all his marvellous virtues".
night he could not sleep, he kept thinking of Guru Ji and how wonderful he
was. He longed so much to see the beautiful Mukh (appearance) of Guru
Maharaj. The pain of the longing got too
intense; he could not take it any longer. The separation was becoming
unbearable. He felt angry at himself and began to blame himself for his
said angrily, "Guru Ji, I am such a dirty sinner, I am unworthy of your
darshan. I do not know what countless sins I have committed for me to suffer
without ever seeing you."
this moment Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji awoke from his Samadhi (meditation). He
asked some Sikhs to prepare the horses and get ready as he had to go
somewhere urgently. The Sikhs said, “Sat Bachan – (Yes, Sir)” and prepared a
small party of men to accompany the Guru. Soon Guru Ji and the party of
Sikhs were leaving the
Gurdwara complex onto the path leading into
blind Gursikh started to cry, he felt angry at himself, for being blind, he
tore his hut apart throwing things and cursing himself. He wanted to kill
himself. He wanted to go to see Guru Ji but could not. In this angry and
confused state of mind, he ran out of the hut and just fled into the misty
dark distance. In this state of confusion and deep seperation; with tearing
flowing from his sad face he continued away from his hut. Suddenly, he
tripped and fell. The fall resulted in him hurting himself pretty badly. He
was now bleeding profusely.
the pain and the cold, he started to cry only thinking of Guru ji. He was
not concerned about the cold or the bodily pain – His pain was due to the
longing for the Guru "Guru Ji, Guru Ji! Guru Ji! Guru Ji! Guru Ji! Guru Ji!"
he cried continuously calling out for Guru Ji. Suddenly he felt two strong
arms lift him to his feet, and he heard a striking strong voice "Ma'raa
Pyaara, Maa Aa’gaya - My beloved, I have come"
Gursikh could not believe his ears. He said, "Guru Ji, is it really you. But
how is it that you have come to me?"
is what Guru Ji said..."Beloved, I could not sleep without doing your
darshan, I felt your heart pulling me towards you and I could not endure the
separation any longer"
the blind Sikh heard this he fell to Guru Ji's feet and cried so much he
could not contain himself.
Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji again lifted him
and said "the home of
Guru Nanak has everything. All the gifts of
Waheguru are in
Guru Nanak's house. I am very happy for
you. Ask for whatever you desire"
Gursikh was overwhelmed and replied "Guru Ji all that I ask of is, that my
eyes may work so I can do your darshan".
Ji smiled and kissed both of his eyes. When the Sikh opened his eyes, he
again fell to Guru Ji's feet on being able to see Guru Ji. He could not help
himself and could only continuously cry. He wept at Guru Ji’s feet and kept
looking at the Guru, doing Guru Ji's Darshan. He could not even imagined
such a handsome and powerful Guru, beyond words; indescribable. He just kept
staring at Guru Ji.
Guru Ji had to leave and then said to the Gursikh, "Beloved, I must go now,
it is amrit-vela (pre Dawn time) and the
Sangat will be waiting at the
Gursikh was very saddened and begged Guru Ji to stay for a little
longer..."Guru ji, I cannot live without your Darshan now, what will I do if
you leave me and go away now"
Ji smiled again and said, "I am very pleased for you, Gursikha. You have
shown much love and affection for the path of Guru Nanak - the house of Guru
Nanak again offers whatever you ask for - Ask for I more thing"
Sikh fell to the floor in "dandaut", (bowing down to the floor) with his
arms stretched out towards Guru Ji and said "Guru Ji if you are going to
give me one more thing then I ask you to take these eyes back as I wish not
to see anything ever again besides your darshan. I only wish for your Mukh
(Appearance) to be engrained in my mind. I have no desire to see anything
else. Please take these eyes away again"
A tear dropped down Guru Ji's cheek as he
granted the Gursikh his final wish.
Great is Sikhi and Great are the Guru’s Sikhs