Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sakhi Series - 18 ( 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.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Sakhi Series - 17 ( 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

-- Guru granth Sahib ji pg 962

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Sakhi Series - 16 ( 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 )

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sakhi Series - 15 ( 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

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sakhi Series 14 ( The way of the Khalsa - Sant-Sipahee )

There is a Sakhi (historic event) about a great Sant-Sipahee.(Saint-Soldier).. he truly had attained one-ness with Waheguru ji and had mastered weaponary too. In the battlefield he fought for justice. His opponent had been overpowered and lay on his back on the floor. The Sant-sipahee was about to destroy the sinner by plunging the sword of Akal into his chest, when the opponent spat in the Sant-Sipahee's face.

The Sant-Sipahee's blood boiled, rage and fury burned him for a moment, he raised his sword with new fervour.but stopped the sword in mid-swing!. The enemy was shocked, expecting to be dead, he
grunted 'Kill Me Sikh, you have beaten me'.

The Sant-Sipahee replied, 'Before I was fighting for justice, against the evil actions of your army, and destroying you was destroying injustice . When you spat in my face I wanted to kill you because you insulted ME. I was going to kill you out of ANGER AND HATE which would have been wrong and against the principle of Sikhi/Khalsa. I would have to have been reborn because of that, so I have spared you'.

The enemy soldier was so incredibly amazed at the Khalsa soldier, that within a few months he left his troops and joined the Khalsa.

Criticise and Punish the Actions,
Love the Person.....It's a hard path to follow …. finer than a hair and sharper than a sword

"Kabeera, jahaa gyan tah Dharam hai jahaa jhooth tah paap" – (Guru Granth Sahib Ji)

à Kabeer, where there is spiritual wisdom, there is righteousness and Dharma. Where there is falsehood, there is sin.