Tuesday, October 30, 2007

When Sant Kirpal Singh Ji met Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji

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One time according to the will of Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale fell seriously ill and was brought to the Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji hospital in Amritsar.
As this was happening Sant Gyani Baba Kirpal Singh Ji who was sitting in mediation had a vision of what was happening. After this vision passed Sant Ji immediately got up and told the Singhs with him to prepare langar for Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji and for the other Singhs who had accompanied him to Amritsar. The Singhs quickly began to prepare the langar and after an ardas was made to Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj Sant Kirpal Singh Ji and the Singhs with him set of to Guru Tegh Bahadhur Ji hospital.

Upon reaching the hospital Sant Kirpal Singh Ji was taken to the room in which Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji was admitted. When Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji saw Sant Kirpal Singh Ji enter the room he immediately got up from his bed and moved towards the door to greet his beloved brother who he had never seen. Both Gurmukhs said their fateh and embraced one another.

Sant Kirpal Singh Ji then tried to sit on the floor but was stopped by Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji who quickly grabbed Sant Ji’s hands and said, ‘In you I see the light which was with Sant Amir Singh Ji and Sant Sunder Singh Ji. You are a true Brahmgyani who has already merged with Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj. Your place is not on the floor but on my head.’
Tears began to fall from Sant Kirpal Singh Ji’s eyes as Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji led him towards his bed and made him sit there. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji and the Singhs with him stayed with Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji during his time in the hospital where both Gurmukhs would do vichaar on Gurbani.

What an amazing sight that must have been as the two jathedhars of Guru Ji’s Taksal explained the meanings of Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj which Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj had blessed Bhai Mani Singh Ji and Baba Deep Singh Ji with at Sachkhand Sri Damdama Sahib Ji.

When Sant Ji was discharged from hospital the jatha and him went and stayed with Sant Kirpal Singh Ji many times.


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Friday, October 19, 2007

The King and his garden

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There was once a king who was very religious. After his death he wanted to appoint someone who would be very responsible, smart, kind and religious so he created a garden. This garden was so beautiful with all the flowers that a person would just keep looking and never move the whole day. After flowers and trees, came tasty foods, so tasty that person’s stomach would get full but his mind would want more and more. Then, the king had beautiful women dancing who were so beautiful that even holy saints would lose their character. After this he built a palace with gold, silver, diamonds and everything. This palace was so huge that a person would get lost in it. Beautiful paintings were placed on the walls and carpets on the floor, things which a person would never have seen in his life. After building all this, the King made an announcement that anyone who finds him in the garden would be the next king. Many smart people and holy sadhus came to find the king.

In the morning, everyone entered the garden. Some people just stopped looking at the flowers, some were stopped by tasty food, some by beautiful women. A few holy sadhus made it to the palace. There they searched and searched but failed they found nothing. One sadhu who was smarter than others came outside the palace and thought for a minute. He remembered that the king said he would be anywhere in the garden. So he started looking around. He found a big heap full of dirt, and garbage. He then went there and demolished it. Underneath this sadhu found a door which he opened. When he did this he saw some stairs which he began to walk downwards on. At the bottom of the stairs he found the king meditating. Seeing the sadhu the king became very happy. The King got up and gave everything to the sadhu just as he had promised.

Now, how is this related to Sikhi? Well, this world is full of idiots, smart and holy people. All get on the path to find the king (Waheguru).

Some stop just by entering which means waste their lives by believing that this body is everything and after this there is nothing.

Some say “Eh Jagg Mitta Agla Kis Dittha” and fail.

Some see some “mandals” or worlds in the body waste their time by enjoying it.
Some try little harder and get some ridhi sidhi and busy themselves in these fake powers so this ridhi sidhi becomes those dancing women.

Some try harder and get to the palace covered with diamonds and gold. This is the “dasam duar”. Many stop here and think “this is it”. They get busy with “anhad shabad” and sounds and stop looking for the “King”.

Some Guru De Pyare are not satisfied with all this. They keep looking. They know from Gurbani that the “King” has to be here somewhere. They look around and find a big heap of “haumai”. They demolish it and Waheguru the king appears meditating. Both meet and become one. Those Gursikhs become one with Waheguru or become the King.

“Sooraj Kiran Milay Jal Ka Jal Hooaa Raam”
“Joti Jot Ralee Sampuran Theea Raam”

Bolo Waheguru.

Story taken from “Gurmukh Darshan” Jeevani of Sant Gyani Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale.

Translated by Bhai Bijla Singh Ji

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dhan Dhan Baba Nand Singh Ji

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji's Numbers

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Bhai Nihaal Singh (Sant Baba Harnam Singh Ji) was born in the year 1813 to Bhai Boorh Singh Ji and Mata Pradhan Kaur Ji. Those of you who have been lucky enough to have heard the life story of Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji will know what an amazing sikh of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj he was.

One story, which sticks out for me, is when Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji requested Sant Baba Raam Singh Ji to teach him how to mediate.

Sant Baba Raam Singh Ji said, ‘You should recite Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji with single minded focus on its meanings; because Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji is the essence of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj’s philosophy’.

Bhai Nihal Singh Ji then asked, ‘How many times should I recite Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji daily’?

Sant Ji replied, ‘As you start reciting you will yourself realize how many times you should do it’.

From that day on Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji started reciting Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji. After a few weeks Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji was reciting Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji one hundred and one times a day.

Sant Baba Raam Singh Ji approached Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji and asked him how far he had travelled on the pathway to the lotus feet of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj.

Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji told Sant Ji that, ‘with Guru Sahib’s kirpa I have managed to recite Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji one hundred and one times per day’.

Sant Ji smiled and said, ‘that is a good start but you are still aware of the number. If you wish to find Guru Sahib you should progress to such a level where counting becomes immaterial’.

From that day on Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji began the non-stop recitation of Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji all day and all night. Even while Bhai Nihaal Singh Ji slept Sri Jap Ji Sahib Ji could be heard from his holy mouth.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Monday, October 08, 2007

The Egotistical Cobra Kirtani

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One time as Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji was sat in the congregation a big cobra entered the diwan hall. All the sangat who saw this snake got scared and some sevadaars even began to draw their kirpans to kill the cobra.

Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji saw what was happening and told the sangat, ‘Do not kill the snake, it has completed it’s life and is preparing to leave this world. Let the snake come and be blessed with the sight of that Guru of this world and the next.’

The sangat who had gathered at the diwan hall immediately made way for the cobra. As the cobra approached Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj it raised it’s hood and began to hiss. Sant Baba Nand Singh Ji then did an ardas on behalf of the cobra. At the conclusion of the ardas the snake left the diwan hall and went back into the fields from which it had come.

The sangat were curious as to what had happened and thus asked Baba Ji to enlighten them. Baba Ji said, ‘The cobra you have all seen today used to be a kirtani. The kirtani had an amazing voice and many people would request/pay him to come to their programmes. Unfortunately this kirtani built up a lot of ego as maya took control of his mind. However because of the kirtan he did he only had to pass through a few life forms before Guru Sahib blessed him with a human life once again. The kirtani knows this life form is his last one and decided to come and ask the sangat and Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj for their blessings so that when he takes birth as a human once again he may remain free from the five vices which have torn him away from his Guru.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Baba Gurbaksh Singh & Jaap of Naam vs. Bani

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Baba Gurbaksh Singh & Jaap of Naam vs. Bani
Taken from Nirmal Jeevan by G. Ishar Singh Nara
Translated by Admin www.tapoban.org

Baba Gurbaksh Singh jee was a blessed soul who had the opportunity to do sangat with Sant Attar Singh Mastuana.

Gayatri Mantar

One day, after divaan, Baba Gurbaksh Singh jee approached Sant Attar Singh and asked, “Many people say that doing paath of the Gayatri Mantar is very powerful. Which Mantar is this?”

Sant jee replied, “For Gursikhs, Satguru jee’s Mukhvaak chhan is the Gayatri Mantar. It is even more powerful than the Gayatri Mantar. It is ‘Gobinday mukhanday udaaray apaaray hareean(n) kareean(g) nirnaam akaamay”

Baba Gurbaksh Singh jee began to do jaap of this mantar with great faith. After Sant Attar Singh departed from the area, he did a chaleehaa (40 day jaap) of this mantar as well in which he would do 31 malas (108 beads in one mala) of this jaap.

After a few months, Baba jee again did another chaleeha and in total did 5 of them at various times. Baba jee began to feel a certain ras from doing this paath in side him. It was very pleasurable to do the paath.

Continued Jaap & Confusion

After some time, Baba Gurbaksh Singh for a total of 6 months repeated this paath. Then for the next 6 months repeated “Vahiguru gurmantar” . After doing this, Baba jee began to feel the same pleasure in doing jaap of both. Baba jee began to wonder sometimes that Gurmantar should give more ‘ras’ but both are giving the same.

Baba jee at this time kept doing jaap of both but the confusion grew. He was not sure why both mantars were giving the same pleasure to him.

It was winter time and the day of 22 Maghar ended and night fell at village Ghudiala in Jalandhar. After sleeping for the first quarter of the night, Baba jee awoke at 1am according to his nitnem. Everything was dark around him. Baba jee softly repeated, “namo andhkaaray namo tej tejay…”

Vision of Sant Mandali

Upon repeating this tuk, Baba jee’s consciousness was pulled inwards. He saw a spherical realm within which there was complete light. Within it, in golden lettering, were written the words “Sant Mandal” or “realm of the Saints”. Baba jee entered the realm and saw there were many spiritually glowing souls within. In the centre of all the souls was a supreme glowing light. Baba jee realized that the extremely glowing jot was Guru Nanak. Just as he had seen in some pictures, there was a simrana surrounding Guru Sahib’s dastaar.

Baba jee lovingly bowed and then sat off to one side. Baba jee saw one glowing spirit say to another “Jap Gurmantar!” the second then said to a third “Jap maha-mantar!”. The third then said to a fourth, “Jap Vahiguru Mantar!”

Baba jee was hearing these voices in a state which was neither waking nor asleep. He was seeing and hearing everything with his soul’s eyes and ears. He did not know what avasthaa this was but he could perceive everything perfectly.

Baba jee’s eyes then opened and his consciousness returned. His body was feeling very light and inside he could taste an amazing ‘ras’.

Meeting Again with Sant Attar Singh

Baba Gurbaksh Singh after some time went with other Sangat from his area to meet Sant Attar Singh who was staying in Sangrur in those days. Baba jee related his experiences with his jaap of the Gayatri Mantar and Gurmantar to Sant jee and also about the vision he had seen of Sant Mandali.

Sant Attar Singh said to Baba Gurbaksh Singh, “to remove your doubts, Guru Nirankaar gave you an answer that the jaap of a shabad or chhand is only for a certain time or purpose. Regular simran and abhyaas should only be done of Maha Mantar of Gurmantar ie. Vahiguru Mantar.

After hearing Sant Attar Singh confirm his belief, Baba Gurbaksh Singh until his end continued to do abhyaas of Vahiguru Gurmantar with complete faith and determination.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh