Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
When Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) visited England for the first time in 1974, the Sikh congregation was blown away by Sant Ji Maharaj’s unique style of Parchar. Giani Mohan Singh Ji ‘Azaad’ writes that up until this point, the Sikh Sangat in England were used to Kathavachiks, Raagi Singhs and Dhadi Jathe visiting England from India with the main purpose of earning money; and not to restore faith and knowledge in individuals so far from their home Punjab and Sikhi itself. The Sangat stated that some visiting individuals would use the excuse of building schools, colleges,hospitals or Guru Ka Langar to justify their appeal for money on Gurdwara stages.
However, Sant Ji Maharaj came across as different to this – appearing to the Sangat as a living example of detachment. Sant Ji Maharaj’s refusal to accept any stage money accumulated from the Saadh-Sangat during Kirtan Divaans made many Sikh devotees hold their head high in the sky with the firm belief that there was still preachers in our community who do not pursue money as their main objective and whom consider spreading Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s core teachings as their ultimate mission. Sant Ji Maharaj taught the Sangat of England how to remain detached amongst wealth – how to balance the two entities and live the path of Gursikhi.
The Sangat concluded “We are very proud to say that we still have holy beings who see no difference between gold and rocks…”
Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj says:
ਤੈਸਾ ਸੁਵਰਨੁ ਤੈਸੀ ਉਸੁ ਮਾਟੀ ॥