Thursday, September 06, 2007

Baba Nand Singh Ji and the thief

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

During my stay in Punjab this summer I spent a lot of time at Sri Nanaksar Sahib Ji where I met countless Gursikhs who were oozing with Naam and Simran. There were many old Singhs present who shared many stories with me about Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji. This is one of the first ones I heard:

A Sikh of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj who lived near Daya Basti in Dehli had come with his entire family to Sri Nanaksar Sahib Ji to be blessed with the darshan of Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj and Guru Ji’s beloved sevadaar Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji.

The entire family were greatly moved by Sant Ji and the other sangat, who had gathered at the Thaat. Back in Dehli a thief who had been watching their house for some days decided to break in and steal all their valuable clothing, jewellery and other expensive items. He thought that no one would be at home as they had all gone to see some so called holy man.

When no one was looking the thief broke into the house and threw whatever he could find into a big suitcase. Once his suitcase was full he decided to wait until nightfall so that no one would see him leave. When it was dark the thief began to drag the overflowing suitcase outside of the house. To his surprise when he stopped to look at the gate he saw an old man standing guard with a big stick. The thief hid for a while and waited for the old man to go. After half an hour the thief decided to leave the house by going through the roof. When the thief began to climb the stairs he saw the same old man standing on top of the roof waiting with a big stick in his hands.

The thief couldn’t believe his eyes. He quickly ran back into the house with the suitcase and threw some cold water on himself. After sitting down for a while he decided to check on the front gate. To his surprise the old man had disappeared. The thief smiled and ran towards the gate with the suitcase. As soon as he came within a metre of the gate the old man appeared again. The thief quickly turned around and went back to the roof only to find the old man wielding his stick up there too.
In this way the thief kept on going towards the front gate and then up towards the roof only to find Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji stating at him. The thief began to cry and repent as he started to crawl towards the gate without the suitcase. This time the old man did not stand in front of the gate and instead he allowed the thief to leave the house. As the thief closed the gate behind him a thought passed through his head that perhaps the old man was just his mind playing tricks on him. After thinking like this for a few minutes he made up his mind to try and take the suitcase one last time. As the thief turned and looked over the gate he saw the old man carrying the suitcase on his head back into the house.

After a few days the thief returned to the house to meet the owner and his family to apologise for his misdeeds. The thief told the family the whole story about the Saint who had protected their house. When the thief found out it was the same Baba that the family had gone to visit he immediately begged them to take him there. After a long journey the thief was finally blessed with a glimpse of Baba Ji who looked into the thief’s heart and saw that he was truly sorry for all the wrongs he had done in his life. Baba Ji then performed an ardas to Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj to forgive the thief and to bless him with a gursikhi jeevan. It is said that the thief subsequently became a Singh who devoted his entire life to Guru Ji’s Sikhs.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh


Anonymous said...

Its a very interesting story.Would like to hear more.

Anonymous said...

Dhan dhan baba nand Singh ji