Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
When Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) visited Kenya, they witnessed that many Punjabi Sikhs had stopped living lifestyles orientated around the Sikh Rehat Maryada. By moving to Kenya, these individuals had forgotten their religious and cultural values and where the norm for a Sikh would be to abstain from alcohol, meat and other sins, these individuals had now adopted such entities into their daily lives.
Observing this, Sant Ji Maharaj set out to remind these fallen Sikhs about the importance of a Gursikh Jeevan and through Gurbani Katha and Kirtan, Sant Ji Maharaj inspired many to give up their sins and replace them with good deeds. Those individuals who would spend their nights drinking alcohol or in pubs, clubs and cinemas- were blessed with the gift of Amrit. These individuals now began spending their free time in Seva and Simran.
However on the flip side, whilst these individuals now began spending their free time positively, the owners of the pubs, clubs and cinemas that these individuals used to previously attend, began experiencing financial loss. It says in Gurbani, just as the owl doesn’t like the rising of the sun as it causes the owl to be blind. Slanderers and jealous individual do not like the ascension of Mahapurkh in society and amongst people. Following this financial owners, these business men and land owners began slandering Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj – spreading false rumours in order to attempt to sway the Sangat from continuing to attend their Kirtan Diwaans.
The Sangat however remained uninfluenced and for the sake of one such landowner, warned him on the potential consequences and amount of sin acquired for slandering Sants such as Sant Ji Maharaj. Instead of accepting this advice, the landowner began to slander Sant Ji Maharaj even more.
One day, this landowner left Nairobi for a business deal. The circle of karma states that we shall reap rewards/punishments in correlation to our actions. If we practise good deeds, we will experience peace and happiness. However if we practise bad deeds, we will experience pain and punishments. The business deal for this landowner didn’t end well and the individuals he was trying to reach a compromise with had him butchered. The egotistical and angered landowner was cut alive into miniature pieces as though he was a mere animal.
And so SaadhSangat Ji, Gurbani constantly warns us on the punishment that we subject ourselves to should we slander the saints. If we then choose to not accept what Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj teaches us as truth, it is sad to say that one will have to learn the hard way should he chose to slander a Sant Mahapurkh. Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj was an embodiment of Nir-Vair (no hatred) and love. However those that chose to cause Sant Ji Maharaj trouble and disturbance – received their punishment accordingly as illustrated in this Saakhi.
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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio.