Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
A Sikh once approached Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj at Karamsar, Rara Sahib and asked Sant Ji, what must be done to acquire just one of the many ‘Ridhiya Sidhiya’ (spiritual powers).
Sant Ji answered that “One must do Seva (self-less service) in the Langar (free community kitchen for the congregation) for 40 days”.
The Sikh replied with “What? Are you sure? Is that it? That doesn’t seem difficult!”
However, Sant Ji replied “Hold on, listen to the full answer before you start making assumptions, one must do seva in the Langar, and consider all those that eat as though they were the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj.”
The Sikh replied, “How so?”
Sant Ji explained, “When serving an individual, when picking up their dishes, when cleaning their dishes, you must do it with so much love and devotion as though, you were serving Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj”
The Sikh accepted this and in his mind considered this task to not be so difficult.
If one goes to Karamsar, Rara Sahib, even today the Sangat (congregation), eat Langar in the masses and it’s not an exaggeration to say that they are 100-150 members of the Sangat eating at one time. Sant Ji gave a command to the Sevadaars (volunteers) at Rara Sahib to always have Langar ready for 200 members of sangat at all times.
The Sikh began his Seva within the Langar and served the Sangat with as much devotion as possible. He began to closely observe how people were eating. He watched how people were spilling their drinks and food upon themselves and on the floor whilst eating (as per normal in most Langar’s) and immediately began to get doubts in the bachan (holy words) of Sant Ji. In his mind he was saying “These are the people who Sant Ji considers Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj? They don’t even know how to eat their food, let alone anything else!” However he remained quiet and didn’t respond in the attempt to fulfil his hunger for spiritual powers.
On the 8th day, a fellow Sikh was eating in the Langar and had an excessive amount of Rotiya (chappatti bread). The Sikh who was following the bachan of Sant Ji had not responded to any of the behaviour he had seen until now, until the fellow Sikh asked for yet another Roti. The Sikh got very angry and disgusted at the fact that this fellow Sikh had eaten so much already and was asking for more! He then replied in a rude manner “Look how much you’ve had to eat already, you don’t need anymore!”
Sant Ji was standing behind and began to laugh. “O Sikh, you’ve fallen already? It’s only been 8 days! You’ve yet 32 days to go!”
The Sikh realised his mistake and apologised to Sant Ji for not being able to follow their bachan.
I’m sure reading these posts upon this blog, people will draw their own conclusions/morals and perhaps some people will learn more from this story then myself. However, in my humble opinion, I think the moral of this story is, that doing Seva is and especially regarding the Sangat as though they are Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj is a very hard task, which we sometimes take for granted. We will surely get kamaiee (spiritual wealth) for doing Seva, but we will get double kamaiee if we do Seva with love and devotion!
Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj gave bachan after this whole episode, that doing seva in the Langar for 40 days, and considering everyone as though they are Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj is the equivalent to doing 12 years of bhagti (mediation)!
Maharaj didn’t say for no reason that