Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
During the British rule over India, there were 3 very wealthy men in the area of Ferozpur. All 3 were given sentences from the government. One of the men was given a death sentence and the other two were given life imprisonment. These men were given 15 days before the court hearing, to live their final days of freedom before being detained. The local citizens stressed the need for the men to be given these 15 days and that if need be, they would themselves take the men to the court.
The man who was given the death sentence travelled nationwide in an attempt to seek spiritual guidance. He came to learn of Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) who was practising intense meditation in the jungles of Rara Sahib. He immediately travelled to Rara Sahib.
Upon arriving, he bowed in reverence at the holy feet of Sant Ji Maharaj. He began to cry and explained his situations and that his days were numbered. After contemplating what had happened, Sant Ji Maharaj replied “The money is yours, the effort is ours and the grace will be of Guru Nanak’s! You shall have to do a Sampat Paath of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. We shall also attend.” (A Sampat Paath is an Akhaand Jaap of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, however on the end of every stanza, a Mool Mantar Paath and another Shabad relating to the Ardas is recited. Consequently the Jaap lasts 7 days.) “However, there is a condition. You must not sleep throughout the 7 days and you must not go inside. You must keep watch. At 12AM we shall enter ourselves and engage in meditation.”
After organising the preparations and getting the Paathi Singh’s together, there were only 9 days of freedom left. Sleep troubled this man on a regular basis. For someone who had not even stayed awake for 2 days, a whole week seems impossible. The Jaap continued and on the 6th night of the Jaap the man fell asleep. At that moment a Saintly man walked in. The man immediately arose and asked the Saintly man who he was. The Saint replied; “We have lifted it, we have lifted it, we have lifted it.” He said it three times. The man was very puzzled.
Upon the Bhog of the Sampat Paath’s, the man spoke to Sant Ji Maharaj. He explained how he had fallen asleep and explained what the Saintly man had said to him. Sant Ji Maharaj replied: “Well now you have nothing to worry about, your court hearing is tomorrow, make sure you arrive there on time.”
The judge presented a file which he had wrote regarding the punishments of these three men on a piece of paper. The judge presented these and requested for them to be read by his companions. The letterhead read: “One free and two life sentences .” The judge astonished began to shout in anger: “Are you insane!? I wrote one death sentences and two life sentences!”
The judge asked his companions to read over it again and to make sure they don’t make the mistake this time. The companions read the same thing as they had before to which the judge became very shocked. The companions replied: “How can you accuse us of reading it wrong, it is written in your own words Sir!” The file was then put forward to the Judge. After reading it once again and acknowledging it was his own handwriting, the judge slapped himself on the forward and said – “Where it says, one free and two life sentences, let it be, let all three be free!”
The two who were on life imprisonment questioned the one who was on death sentence as to how they were forgiven from such sentences. The man who had lived up to the words of Sant Ji Maharaj, took his companions and travelled to Rara Sahib.
Upon arriving, the three thanked Sant Ji Maharaj for having grace on them. The man who had organised the Sampat Paaths asked Sant Ji Maharaj who the Saintly man was, that had come on the 6th night of the Sampat Paath. Sant Ji Maharaj replied – “That was Akaal Purukh themselves! When they said we have lifted it, three times, that was them saying that all three of your sentences have been forgiven!
Please forgive us if we have made any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio