Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mata Gujri Ji

Mata Gujri Ji was born in 1624 to parents Bhai parents Bhai Lal Chand Subulikka and Bishan Kaur. She was the wife of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. She moved first to Amritsar, then Kartarpur and then Bakala. She spent this time doing sewa, meditating on God and performing household duties. When Teg Bahadur became Guru, they travelled to Amritsar to establish Chak Nanaki (present day Anadpur Sahib) with Mata Nanaki, and then travelled to Patna. Since Mata Ji was pregnant, she and Mata Nanaki stayed at Patna while Guru Ji continued his travels to spread the word of God. Mata Ji gave birth to Gobind Rai in 1666 while Guru Ji was away on his travels. Guru Ji returned in 1670, and left for Delhi, requesting Mata Gujri Ji, Mata Nanaki and Gobind Rai to meet him in Lakhanur. Together they continued on to present-day Anandpur.

In 1675, Guru Ji left for Delhi (see post on Shaheedi of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji). Knowing he would be marytyred, Mata Ji stood strong. As a widow, she raised the young Guru Gobind Singh Ji to be a courageous leader, while she managed the affairs of Anandpur with her brother. As Guru Ji grew up, she also inspired the army during the battles. She helped to raise her four grandchildren, the Chaar Sahibzade. In December 1705 Mata Ji and Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were separated from their family, then betrayed by Gangu and confined at Thanda Burj. Mata Ji played an immense role in providing support to the Sahibzade at such a difficult time. She too joined the Eternal Light when the Sahibzade were marytyred.

There are not enough words to describe the role that Mata Ji has played in our history. She is a source of inspiration and a role model to all of us. In even the most devastating of situations she was a pillar of support and she stood strong, brave, courageous.

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