Sakhi Bhai Gopala Jee :
Upon the victory of the Second Hargobindpur battle, Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee had set up a congregation for the sangat and the fallen Shaeeds. After the war Gurusahib’s state of mind was one of gratitude and calmness. GuruSahib looked to the sangat and did Benti to all his sikhs. He asked if there is any sikh who can recite Sri JapJi Sahib Jee correctly with all the characters and full focus. One of GuruSahib Jee’s sikhs, Bhai Gopala Jee obtained shudh santhya from Guru Arjun Dev Sahib Jee himself. Bhai Sahib gets up and does Benti to Guru Hargobind Sahib Maharaj to give him the strength and blessing to recite Sri Jap Ji Sahib. Pleased, GuruSahib gave Bhai Gopala Jee a seat at the highest point of the congregation.
Sitting infront of GuruSahib, Bhai Gopala Jee first contemplated on Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee’s name and then began to recite Sri JapJiSahib Jee. With full focus and concentration he recited Ik Oankar with correct pronounciation and characters. Then he continued in the same manner with Satnam. Upon hearing the beautiful Banee, Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee bowed down to the Gurshabad Banee. Then GuruSahib proceeds to clasp his hands and pay reverence to Bhai Gopala Jee.
Upon hearing the Banee, GuruSahib was overcome with euphoria. He was so pleased with the way Bhai Gopala Jee was doing Banee that he thought to himself, what could I possibly give in return for hearing Banee so beautifully? If I make him emperor of the world, thats temporal. What should be given to award such beautiful recitation of Banee?
With their heart full of love, Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee decided to give him the one kingdom that was eternal: Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee’s Throne. Guru Sahib moved one of his knees to get up from their throne and give the Gursikh their seat. At that point, JapJi Sahib had reached the final stanza. After seeing GuruSahib get up, Bhai Gopala jee’s concentration was dissrupted, a thought crossed his mind that Guru Sahib was leaving. Bhai GopalaJee thought if Guru Sahib did not leave, Guruji would gift him a royal horse from GuruSahib’s stable. Understanding BhaiSahib’s sudden thought, GuruSahib gets up at the completion of JapJi Sahib and hugs Bhai Gopala Jee. Guru Sahib tells him that ‘I was about to give you Guru Nanak DevJee’s crown had you not asked for a horse.’
GuruSahib was so pleased that he gave Bhai Sahib blessings after granting him the royal horse. Bhai Sahib’s life was blessed and he was free from the birth and death cycle. He was liberated from all his sorrow and pains in the physical and afterlife. Guru Sahib goes on further to say that any wishes that you may ever have will come to fruitation instantly. The importance of doing Shudh Banee cannot be understated. If GuruSahib himself was about to give his throne based on the correct recitation of Bani, imagine how much significance reciting Shudh Banee holds.