Bhatt Harbans, known for his tapas, renunciation and meditation, accepted the Sikh faith at the hands of Guru Arjan, was head of the Sikh dharamsälã at Agra. According to Bhãi Mani Siñgh, Sikhãñ di Bhagat Mala, he served with devotion and humility to the travellers that came to his dharamsälã.
Bhatt Harbans would feed them, wash their feet with warm water, and massage their bodies to relieve them of fatigue. He would recite Gurbãni in the morning.
Bhatt Harbans had the privilege of witnessing the congregations of the 4th and 5th Gurus. According to him, Guru Arjan Sahib Ji was bestowed the throne by Akal Purkh himself and the canopy under which he sat was guarded by angel's and heavenly bodies. A number of Brahmas and Vyasas people marked their attendance in his divine court, they sat in the Sadh Sangat and were busy writing the Ved (Gyan).
Bhatt Haribans was a man of letters and had intimate knowledge of the mythic culture of India.
1. Gur(u) never dies. It is illogical to celebrate Death Days or Martydom Days of any Guru.
2. God himself keeps his hand on his devotees (like Guru Arjan) if one moves forward to understand him.
4. Nanak, Angad, Amar Das, Ram Das and Arjan all found the true god and merged with it.
5. When God lets his devotees sit with him then all demons (evils) run away. The concept is explained in detail in Chandi Charitras.
There are two Swaiyas, authored by Bhatt Haribans:
It was the will of God,
Guru Ramdas left for his Heavenly abode.
He was received by Parmeshwar Himself
And offered him the Seat of Honour,
There were rejoicings in the heaven,
Praises of Guru Ramdas were sung by the celestial beings, The Demons ran away concealing the sins in their bosoms. Whosoever had a glimpse of Guru Ramdas got free of his sins. Guru Ramdas had passed on his throne and canopy to Guru Arjun the saviour of the universe.
Everlasting is the flow and unconquered are the waves of the Guru's Ganga,
Where all the devotees bathe.
The Puranas have sung his praises,
And Brahma chants his glory, through Vedas
There waves the royar whisk over his head,
And he recites, ever the Nectar Name of God.
The Lord, Himself is holding the holy canopy over him.
Nanak, Angad, Amardas and Ramdas have submerged in the Eternal Light.
Who says they are no more?
Harivansh hails the glory of the Guru, Eternal and Everlasting.
Their essence is imbued in the whole world.
Adi Granth, Ang 1409
Gurmat Gyan (Knowledge)
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