Tuesday, October 10, 2006

ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਕੈ ਹਉ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈ ॥

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

When Sri Maan Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji left for Sachkhand he was at Mehta. At the time Sant Ji left for his eternal home there were about a hundred Singhs with him. One of these Singhs was called Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji who had come from Orissa and who had joined Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj’s Taksal when he was very young.
Bhai Gurmukh Singh is the Singh standing on the Right next to Sant Ji

During Sant Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji’s life, Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji was always with Sant Ji. Anywhere Sant Ji would go, Bhai Sahib would go there too. Bhai Gurmukh Singh would do a lot of Seva for Sant Ji and the rest of the Singhs in the jatha. He had dedicated his whole life to this seva.

Bad thoughts would not come to his mind and he was always reciting the name of Akaal Purakh. Bhai Sahib would hardly sleep and would get up very early to begin his very long nitnem, along with 3-4 hours of Naam Abhiyaas. Bhai Sahib would also do Jorria Di Seva every day, when no one would see him.

Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji had a very high avastha and it was for this reason he was able to spend the majority of his life in the company of puran Brahmgyanis like Sant Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Sant Baba Kartar Singh Ji and Sant Baba Thakur Singh Ji.

Most of us can only hope for a glimpse of these beautiful souls, but just imagine the amount of naam abiyhaas Bhai Sahib had done not only in this life but those previous to this one too which let him spend nearly all his life with these jewels of the panth.
On 28th June 1961 at Mehta on Thursday at 2.10am Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji’s breathing started slowing down and whilst doing Waheguru Simran, Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale merged back into the light that they had come from.
Sant Ji’s body was kept inside and the rest of the Singhs were sleeping outside in the fields. Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji although upset that Sant Ji had left him, still accepted Akaal Purakh’s hukam.
That night Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji could not sleep. After Sant Ji left this world Bhai Sahib went and had ishanaan. Bhai Sahib then did his nitnem and naam abiyhaas and then began to do Jooria Di Seva. As Bhai Sahib was doing this, he got darshan of Sri Maan Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Bhindranwale.

Bhai Sahib looked in awe of Sant Ji and he started to cry tears of happiness. Sant Ji told Bhai Sahib that he had dedicated his life to sikhi and seva and that Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj was very pleased with him. As a result of this Sant Ji asked Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji to return home to the beautiful feet of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj with him.

At about 4.00am the rest of the Singhs from the jatha had woken up and had done their ishnaan and were doing their nitnem. Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji came and sat with the jatha of Singhs and he constantly had the name of Waheguru on his lips just like he had done for most of his life.
Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji’s body was then taken to Amritsar Sahib were water was taken from the sarovar. Sant Ji’s ishnaan was performed outside the Gurudwara complex. Before returning home Sant Ji had told Singhs that he wanted his body to be cremated at Patalpuri, Sri Kiratpur Sahib. As a result Sant Ji’s body was taken there.
Many Singhs from the Jatha did Kirtan that day. A pyre was then prepared from fresh wood. Sant Ji’s body was then placed on the pyre as Kirtan continued to be sung.

A Singh then began to recite Sri Japji Sahib Ji. Other Singh’s continued to set the pyre while reciting Sri Japji Sahib Ji in their hearts. After 20 minutes the recitation of Sri Japji Sahib Ji was completed and Ardas was done by the Singhs. After this Ardas the pyre was then lit. Sri Sohila Sahib Ji was then recited by a Singh.

Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji was standing near to the pyre. When Sri Sohila Sahib Ji path was completed Bhai Sahib jumped into the pyre so that he could return home to the feet of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj with Sant Ji. Some Singhs who were near Bhai Sahib tried to stop him by holding him back. But how could anyone stop Bhai Sahib from going home?

If we touch something hot we get hurt and we cry out in pain. But when Bhai Sahib jumped into the pyre he did so with a smile on his face. There was no pain, no tears; no crying out, all Bhai Sahib was saying was waheguru, waheguru, waheguru, waheguru, waheguru this was also done with a smile on his face.
Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji’s soul returning to its eternal home.

The bachan of a Brahmgyani is exactly the same as a bachan from Akaal Purakh. Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji didn’t have to think twice about it, such was his love for Sant Ji.

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Soohee on Pannaa 749

ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ 5 ॥
soohee mehalaa 5
Soohee, Fifth Mehla:

ਭਾਗਠੜੇ ਹਰਿ ਸੰਤ ਤੁਮ੍‍ਾਰੇ ਜਿਨ੍‍ ਘਰਿ ਧਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਾ ॥
bhaagat(h)arrae har sa(n)th thumhaarae jinh ghar dhhan har naamaa
Your Saints are very fortunate; their homes are filled with the wealth of the Lord's Name.

ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ਗਣੀ ਸੇਈ ਇਹ ਆਏ ਸਫਲ ਤਿਨਾ ਕੇ ਕਾਮਾ ॥1॥
paravaan ganee saeee eih aaeae safal thinaa kae kaamaa 1
Their birth is approved, and their actions are fruitful. 1

ਮੇਰੇ ਰਾਮ ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਕੈ ਹਉ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈ ॥

maerae raam har jan kai ho bal jaaee
O my Lord, I am a sacrifice to the humble servants of the Lord.

ਕੇਸਾ ਕਾ ਕਰਿ ਚਵਰੁ ਢੁਲਾਵਾ ਚਰਣ ਧੂੜਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਲਾਈ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
kaesaa kaa kar chavar dtulaavaa charan dhhoorr mukh laaee 1 rehaao
I make my hair into a fan, and wave it over them; I apply the dust of their feet to my face. 1Pause

ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਦੁਹਹੂ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਜਨ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰੀ ਆਏ ॥
janam maran dhuhehoo mehi naahee jan paroupakaaree aaeae
Those generous, humble beings are above both birth and death.

ਜੀਅ ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇ ਭਗਤੀ ਲਾਇਨਿ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਉ ਲੈਨਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ॥2॥
jeea dhaan dhae bhagathee laaein har sio lain milaaeae 2
They give the gift of the soul, and practice devotional worship; they inspire others to meet the Lord. 2

ਸਚਾ ਅਮਰੁ ਸਚੀ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੀ ਸਚੇ ਸੇਤੀ ਰਾਤੇ ॥
sachaa amar sachee paathisaahee sachae saethee raathae
True are their commands, and true are their empires; they are attuned to the Truth.

ਸਚਾ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਚੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਜਿਸ ਕੇ ਸੇ ਤਿਨਿ ਜਾਤੇ ॥3॥
sachaa sukh sachee vaddiaaee jis kae sae thin jaathae 3
True is their happiness, and true is their greatness. They know the Lord, to whom they belong. 3

ਪਖਾ ਫੇਰੀ ਪਾਣੀ ਢੋਵਾ ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਕੈ ਪੀਸਣੁ ਪੀਸਿ ਕਮਾਵਾ ॥
pakhaa faeree paanee dtovaa har jan kai peesan pees kamaavaa
I wave the fan over them, carry water for them, and grind corn for the humble servants of the Lord.

ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਪਾਸਿ ਬੇਨੰਤੀ ਤੇਰੇ ਜਨ ਦੇਖਣੁ ਪਾਵਾ ॥4॥7॥54॥

naanak kee prabh paas baena(n)thee thaerae jan dhaekhan paavaa 4754
Nanak offers this prayer to God - please, grant me the sight of Your humble servants. 4754

Dhan Guru Dhan Guru Pyarai

I have made countless mistakes narrating this sakhi so please forgive me.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh


Anonymous said...

Isn't that against gurmat, sati-like even?

Also how come I neva heard this story before in any katha or in books etc?

Anonymous said...

I don't have full giaan or understand the experience Bhai Gurmukh Singh had but from where I stand, it seems like suicide which isn't according to Gurmat.

Anonymous said...

piare khalsa jio, the reason bhai gurmukh singh ji went with baba ji was due to guru ji calling him back home. you need to understand. he had no worldly attachment(moh) with sant mahapush baba gurbachan singh ji but rather was offered by a brahimgiani an invitiation to go home. the true gursikhs who have full parosa in guru ji wish to die for then they can unite with waheguru. and to think of the kirpa bhai gurmukh singh ji had is amazing. for a brahimgiani, who are messengers of God who were with God in sachkand to call back bhai sahib is truly amazing. who are we to critice these beautiful Gursikhs. i would like to apologize for any mistakes i made. bhull chukh maff.


Mr Singh said...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

I think Anon 3 has explained it very well.

Dhan Guru Dhan Guru Pyarai

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Anonymous said...

Historically, couple of Sikhs jumped in the pyre of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji.

Singhu said...


The only word I could think Waheguru...Waheguru...

Thank you Veerjee for posting these articles.

Shinda said...

Bhai Gurmukh Singh, was a beloved Gursikh in the Jatha, who sr singhs always speak fondly of. Thank you for sharing and remind us of this Gursikh.

A breif bio of Bhai Sahib's jeevan can be found here: http://www.sikhawareness.com/sikhawareness/viewtopic.php?t=5060

Nirankaar said...

a gurmukh can reach saachkhand while alive. the name for this in gurbani is jeeven mukht. When one becomes one with vaheguru while alive, he then is known as a bhramgyani. what a bhramgyani is, is desctibed in sukhmani sahib.

sikhi is higher than in any other religion. we don't need to die to go to saachkhand, we can reach saachkhand while alive.