Monday, February 20, 2017
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Bhagat Trilochan & Bhagat Namdev ji

"Jin Prem Kiyo Tin Hi Prabh Paayo" - Guru Gobind Singh ji
=> Pure Love Leads to God

Trilochan awoke early daily just to have sight of Namdev,

Together they would concentrate on the Lord and Namdev would tell him the grand stories of God.
(Trilochan asked Namdev) "kindly pray for me so that if the Lord accepts, I may also have a glimpse of His blessed vision."
Namdev asked Thakur, the Lord, as to how Trilochan could have sight of the Lord ?

The Lord God smiled and explained to Naamdev;
"No offerings are needed by me. Out of my delight only, I would make Trilochan to have sight of me. "

I am under the total control of the devotees and their loving claims I can never reject; rather I myself also cannot understand them.

Their loving devotion, in fact, becomes mediator and makes them meet me."

- Bhai Gurdaas Ji in Vaars Bhai Gurdaas on Pannaa 10

Acknowledgement: http://tuhitu.blogspot.com/

Rain, Ardas and Faith

maer ae prabh saradhhaa bhagath man bhaavai jan k ee paij savaarae 1
Faith and devotion are pleasing to my God's Mind; He saves the honor of His humble servants. 1 ( Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Pannaa 982)

Once there was no rain in a particular area for an extended period. The people of that area decided to do Ardas so that their crops are saved. The people gathered together at one place for Ardas. One passing by Sikh Saint stopped there and asked them the purpose of gathering. One of them told the Sikh Saint that that they had gathered here to do Ardas because the crops will be destroyed in the absence of rain. The Saint said that is good but none of you brought any umbrellas or barsatie (rain coats)…. When Waheguru accepted your Ardas then there will be lot of rain. One group leader laughingly said, but we do not know whether it will rain or not. The Saint said,

"How will your Ardas be accepted when you do not have faith in Waheguru" . He told them to go home .

mai thaan dheebaan thoohai maerae suaamee mai thudhh aagai aradhaas mai hor thhaao naahee jis pehi karo baena(n)thee maeraa dhukh sukh thujh hee paas 2
You alone are my strength, and my Court, O my Lord and Master; unto You alone I pray. There is no other place where I can offer my prayers; I can tell my pains and pleasures only to You. 2 ( Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Pannaa 735 )

Acknowledgement: http://tuhitu.blogspot.com/

Ganga Sagar

"What is that word, what is that virtue, and what is that magic mantra?
What are those clothes, which I can wear to captivate my Husband Lord? 126
Humility is the word, forgiveness is the virtue, and sweet speech is the magic mantra.
Wear these three robes, O sister, and you will captivate your Husband Lord. 127 "
- Bhagat Fareed ji in Guru Granth Sahib Ji pg 1384

In 1704 Guru Gobind Singh ji went to Machiwara after leaving Anandpur Sahib (now in the northern city of India). During those severe hardship days some of the rajas (Kings) refused to offer help to Guru Gobind Singh due to the fear of death as Aurangzed (the then Muslim King) was after the life of the Guru Gobind Singh and his family.
But when Guru Sahib reached Raikot state, the Muslim chief Rai Kalha welcomed him and urged to stay there being his guests for as long as he wanted. Guru spent around 16 days with Rai Kalha.

It was in Raikot that Guru Gobind got the most tragic news of the shaheedi of the two Sahibzada's and Mata Gujri . The news was brought from Sarhind by Noora Mahi who was deputed by Rai Kalha for the seva of Guru Sahib.

Guru Gobind Singh during his stay asked Noora Mahi to give him milk in Ganga Sagar, which was a part of his personal belongings. Noora Mahi said that his buffalo did not give milk and even if it did the milk will not stay in Ganga Sagar as it had many holes in it. Then Guru Gobind Singh told him to recite the name of God and start milking the buffalo. To the utter surprise of Noora Mahi, the buffalo gave milk and it did not pour out. Before leaving Raikot, in appreciation of the services and hospitality extended by Rai Kalha, a Muslim chief, who risked his own and his family's lives, Guru Gobind Singh presented Ganga sagar and a sword to Rai kalha as personal gifts.

Acknowledgement: http://tuhitu.blogspot.com/

A Pound Of Flesh

Bgqw kw boilAw prvwxu hY drgh pvY Qwie ]
bhagath aa kaa b ol iaa paravaa n hai dharageh pav ai thhaa e
The speech of the devotees is approved; it is accepted in the Court of the Lord.
-- Guru granth Sahib ji pg 521
There's a story about a saint who lived in his own anand, he cared about everyone and everyone loved him. Another blessed man also lived in the same town. One day a childless woman went to see the blessed man, she said , 'Ask your God to grant me a son'. The Blessed man went to the top of the mountain and spoke to God of the poor woman's request. He came back and told the lady, 'God said that there are no children in your destiny'.

A few days later, the woman came back full of joy and happiness, she was giving sweets to one and all, the blessed man asked what she was celebrating. She replied, 'The Saint has said I will be blessed with a beautiful baby boy, my dreams have come true!'.

The blessed man couldn't understand it, he climbed the mountain and asked God 'O Lord You said the lady had no children in her destiny, yet the saint has granted her a son. How can he overrule your decision?' God replied, 'O Blessed Man, before I answer that, go to the town and tell my children's (villagers) that God wants a pound of their flesh.'

The Blessed Man spent the next few days telling everyone, they looked at him and ran away, no-one was prepared to give a pound of flesh. Then the Saint met him and he told him of the strange request to which the saint replied, 'O Blessed Man, go back to God and ask him from which part of my body he wants it from.'

On top of the mountain the blessed man said to God, 'Only the saint was prepared to obey your command, Lord. Even I was scared to obey it.' God then answered him, 'My Saint is prepared to die for me, I am bound by what he says. My saint can overturn destiny, everything belongs to the saint.'

sBu ko qyrY vis Agm Agocrw ]
sabh k o thae r ai vas agam ag ocharaa
Everyone is under Your power, O inaccessible, unfathomable Lord.
qU Bgqw kY vis Bgqw qwxu qyrw ]10]
th oo bhagathaa kai vas bhagath aa thaa n thaer aa 10
You are under the control of Your devotees; You are the strength of Your devotees. 10

Acknowledgement: http://tuhitu.blogspot.com/

Bibi Basant Kaur Jee

"When the Mughal forces laid siege around Anandpur Sahib, many Singhs deserted the Guru, including the 40 Singhs who later became the 40 Muktas. Guru Gobind Singh Jee asked Bibi Basant Kaur if she wanted to leave the fort, as there would be terrible hardships in the coming months. However Bibi Jee politely declined, saying that she would not leave her Guru whatever the circumstances.

After some months of real difficulties and hunger, Guru Gobind Singh Jee decided to leave Anandpur Sahib at the request of his Sikhs. Evading the Mughal forces, the Guru and his Sikhs reached the River Sirsa. It was the winter months, and due to the cold weather and fast flowing river current, the Sikhs got scattered. Guru Gobind Singh Jee, Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh got separated from Mata Gujjer Kaur ( Mata Gujri), Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh.

Bibi Basant Kaur was with Mata Gujjer Kaur at this critical time, leading Mata Jee's horse through the River Sarsa. Mata Jee's horse led her to the other side of the river, but Bibi Basant Kaur got swept away by the cold but rapidly flowing river water. As the river carried her for some distance, she fell unconscious due to the horrendously cold water. Finally her body was washed up on the side of the riverbank.

A Mughal soldier, Samund Khan, seeing Bibi Basant Kaur unconscious, took advantage of her vulnerability and took her to his house. When she regained her consciousness, he asked her to accept Islam and become his wife. He said if she accepted his wishes, she would have all the material pleasures that she could ever dream of. Bibi Jee replied: "I could have left my Guru months ago and not had to endure such hardships at Anandpur Sahib. I will never leave my Guru." Samund Khan was taken aback by Bibi Jee's response, but thought leaving her locked up and hungry in a cell for some days would easily break her resolve.

Bibi Basant Kaur's health was already in a bad state, but throughout her stay in the cell, she resolved to make Gurbani her Aasra. She sat cross-legged in one spot, but with deep concentration and faith in Waheguroo, she kept doing Sukhmani Sahib da Paath. No fears about the future could remove her concentration from Guru Jee and Gurbani.

When Samund Khan came to Bibi Jee after eight days, her resolve was nowhere near broken. This left Samund Khan seething with anger. Evil thoughts crossed his mind. He started to move towards Bibi Jee. Bibi Jee realised the situation, and started praying to Kalgidhaar Dasmesh Pita.

Samund Khan was saying in an antagonising and sarcastic manner "what's your Guru going to do for you now? Are you ready to accept Islam now?" Bibi Jee responded "My Guru is always with me. You cannot do anything to me." "Don't lie … your Guru is nowhere to be seen," he said in a taunting manner, as he moved further towards Bibi Jee. Bibi Jee started to do Ardaas to Guru Sahib with even greater pyaar and faith. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Bibi Jee said "My Guru is here." He was now within touching distance of Bibi Jee. He said, "I cannot see him … you're imagining things." Bibi Jee said, "you will not be able to see him … you're a Paapi person, full of the 5 vices. Only those with high Kamayee can see him. My Guru Jee is here with me."

"gur m aerai sa(n)g sadh aa hai n aalae s imar si mar th is sadhaa samh aalae 1 reh aao "
My Guru is always with me, near at hand. Meditating, meditating in remembrance on Him, I cherish Him forever. 1Pause - Guru Granth Sahib Ji Pg 394

At this instance, Samund Khan tried to move further towards Bibi Jee, yet his body had now frozen. Although he could see with his eyes and speak with his mouth, all his body's muscle had frozen, as if he was a statue. Bibi Jee had realised what her Guru Jee had done. She asked, "I thought you said my Guru would not save me? I thought you said he was not here?"

After a few minutes of being frozen like a statue, he started begging Bibi Jee to do Ardaas to unfreeze him. Bibi Jee said that her Ardaas would only happen if Samund Khan promised to be a decent God-fearing person. Samund Khan readily agreed. Bibi Jee did her Ardaas, and Guru Gobind Singh Jee unfroze the Mughal soldier. For the following few weeks, having seen the Kamayee and Gursikhi Jeevan of Bibi Basant Kaur, he served Bibi Jee very well whilst Bibi Jee continued doing Bhagti. He then took Bibi Jee personally to Dina Kangoor to re-unite Bibi Jee with Guru Gobind Singh Jee.

What can we learn from this episode?

Guru Jee is always with us, but only those fortunate souls with high Bhagti and Naam Jeevan realise this. Such souls can speak, feed, see and call upon their Guru all the time and at any time.

If we are to reach this stage, we must have full faith in the Guru, incorporate his teachings into our lives and never leave the Guru … just like Bibi Basant Kaur Jee.

If we become Bhagats of Waheguroo, Waheguroo will always preserve our honour, saving us physically whilst having mortal form and saving us forever once our soul leaves the body.

Acknowledgement: http://tuhitu.blogspot.com/

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