Shri Harmilap Sahib ji
In the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, there lived a merchant who was religious and discerning. He was almost fifty but he did not have a child. He was a God fearing man who always prayed to God and served the saints with reverence. Pleased with his devoutness, God blessed him with a son. His joy knew no bounds. Then one day he called a priest for naming the child. One glimpse of the child, and priest predicted that this child was not an ordinary but a divine child, who would start a cult to absolve the people of Kaliyuga from their sins. The priest named the angelic child 'Milawa Ram'.
The child started learning at the age of five and in a very short span, he had acquired a considerable amount of knowledge. When he was young, his father opened a shop for him. Though he took to working there but his mind was always besotted by recitations of ‘Naam’ and he regularly went in the coterie of saints. On observing his inclination towards spirituality, one of his friends asked why he had not taken an initiation from a guru, since one cannot attain the real knowledge without a mentor. After listening to his friend, an urge to find a Satguru came to his mind and leaving behind everything, he started his journey to find his ‘guru’, where many people accompanied him.
During their course, they reached the state of Punjab. Through a spiritual discourse, Milawa Ram Ji met Hariya Ji who took him to his Gurudev Gosain Ramkrishan Ji Maharaj. Gosain Ji was stunned on seeing the persona of Milawa Ram Ji. After finding him apposite, Gosain Ji blessed him with guru mantra and renamed him 'Harmilap Sahib'. He blessed him with immortal graces and an everlasting Gaddi. He also said that whosoever will recite ‘his’ name, would obtain all the four substances - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
After receiving the assent of his Gurudev, Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji returned to Ghazni. Hence, the pious Gaddi of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji was commenced with Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji as its First Gurudev. Everyone in Ghazni came to know that Shri Milawa Ram Ji has now become the purna Satguru. His authority as a ‘guru’ spread everywhere. People from miles around started coming to him. Getting a divine glimpse of Shri Satgurudev Ji, they felt blessed. The hermitage of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji became famous for conferring happiness to each and everyone.
Two devotees of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji, named Kanwlapat and Gwal, lived with him. The only purpose of their lives was to serve Shri Satgurudev Ji. They stood at his service all the time and moved at his behest. Shri Satgurudev Ji treated them like his own sons. One day, Gurudev had eaten a sugarcane and dropped the cane rind. Gwal picked the cane rind and put it in his mouth. Suddenly, there occurred a miracle. His face started glowing and he attained the divine power.
After living at Ghazni for some years, Shri Satgurudev Ji came to Dera Ismail Khan. He took Kanwlapat with him and assigned the service of his hermitage to Gwal, in Ghazni. Gwal stayed there but remained pensive all the time. He was finding it difficult to forebear the separation of Shri Satgurudev Ji. Moreover, he had a very close friendship with a boy who suddenly died one day. Gwal could not endure this. He used his divine power and brought his friend back to life. Everyone was surprised at this uncanny incident.
When Shri Satgurudev Ji came to know about Gwal's deed, he withdrew all the divine power from him. The glow on Gwal's face disappeared immediately and his heart was filled with deep darkness. Gwal realized that he had done the mistake of misusing the divine power. He became unconscious and left for the darshan of Shri Satgurudev Ji.
Shri Satgurudev Ji called Kanwlapat and told him that Gwal was coming there. Gurudev narrated him Gwal's misdeed and said, “One who goes against the wish of God does not deserve my darshan.” Then he instructed Kanwlapat not to allow Gwal to come to him. Thereafter, Gurudev went to a small room upstairs, bolted the door from inside and took samadhi.
In the morning, Gwal reached the Darbar of Shri Satgurudev Ji. He laid himself in reverence at the door and applied the pious dust on his forehead. When he found Kanwlapat asleep, he tried to wake him up. Hearing Gwal's voice, Kanwlapat woke up. He got angry on seeing him there. He said that Shri Satgurudev Ji had given him the divine power but he did not realize its value. He admonished him for that and said that over his love for the Gurudev, he loved someone else. Therefore, Gurudev had denied him of his darshan. Kanwlapat told him to go away from there.
Gwal was shattered on hearing this. He started weeping and lamenting that he did not have any desire to live without Shri Satgurudev Ji. He was in severe distress. Seeing him in such a state, Kanwlapat allowed him to go upstairs. There were twenty-six steps to the room where Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji was meditating. Praying and seeking apologies from His Holiness, Satgurudev Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji, Gwal started climbing step by step and reached near the room. He knocked at the door and apologized repeatedly, but Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji did not open the door. Severely traumatized by this, Gwal came down and gave up his life.
Shri Satgurudev Ji could not withstand that Gwal had given up the life owing to his separation, so he brought him back to life. Gurudev also did what Gwal had done to his friend. Because going against God's will is not justified, Gurudev decided to go to Satyaloka. He called his son Shri Kunjbhawan Sahib Ji and handed him over the sacred Gaddi in vedic way. Next morning, Gurudev took Padmasana, gave up his vital breath and went to Satyaloka. Unable to bear the bereavement of Shri Satgurudev Ji, Kanwlapat and Gwal also gave up their lives.
When people came to know of this, their hearts were filled with sorrow. Shri Kunjbhawan Sahib Ji explained to them to endure and not to grieve for those who have left for Satyaloka. He religiously performed all the last rites. Suddenly a light spread and people saw a chariot in which Shri Narayan Ji appeared to be sitting. But, the chariot disappeared in a moment. All the people present there were stunned.
After that, the eminence of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji spread all over the world. Hence, even today the one who recites his ‘Naam’, all his wishes are fulfilled.