Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
Before any Sevadaars had established themselves alongside Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) and Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj, both personalities would remain constantly emerged in meditation. In these early days both Sants would rarely leave Rara Sahib to visit devotees upon their request. When both Sants would visit the devotees homes, they would leave any donations there. Newly formed individuals who associated themselves with the ‘Akali Political Party’ began following both Sants and when witnessing that the Sants would not take the money – these self-proclaimed ‘Akalis’ would collect it for themselves and use it for their own personal errands.
Sant Ji Maharaj was detached from this from the very beginning and never had the desire to accumulate money for themselves or beg for money on stage announcements. This principle is present at Rara Sahib even today, whereby its common knowledge at any institution associated with Rara Sahib that there are no appeals made for money.
The ‘Akalis’ began growing in numbers – they would firstly go alongside Sant Ji Maharaj and receive good food and treatment at the hands of the humble devotees and as soon as it would be time to leave they would say – “These Sants are detached – they have no need for any money…” and upon saying so, would pocket the money for themselves. However, these ‘Akalis’ were abusing the Sangats donations and spending it on Manmat activities such as drugs.
Gradually many Sevadaars settled alongside Sant Ji Maharaj and so the need for many groceries grew – Sant Ji Maharaj however still refused to appeal for anything. The Sangat had noticed that their donations were not reaching Sant Ji Maharaj and also that Sant Ji Maharaj had no concern for money. However, to ensure that their own donation was fruitful and beneficial to Sant Ji Maharaj and Rara Sahib, the Sangat controlled how they would offer donations. Instead of giving cash, the Sangat began purchasing supplies for the Langar and donating to Rara Sahib directly.
This enraged the self-proclaimed ‘Akalis’ who had now effectively lost a source of income. Despite Sant Ji Maharaj having no involvement in this whole matter, the ‘Akalis’ began a slander campaign against Sant Ji Maharaj. They devised many strategies and in the end decided that they would pose the following allegations on Sant Ji Maharaj –
1) To acquire (what they described as) their earnings
2) Tell Sant Ji that they should wear a blue turban and preach of the ‘Akali Lehar’
3) Question Sant Ji as to why they ‘force’ people to bow to them
4) Question Sant Ji as to where all the money that arrives at Rara Sahib is spent
The above allegations and attempts to threaten Sant Ji Maharaj were completely baseless and disheartening to say the least. The ‘Akalis’ believed that they would somehow be able to ridicule Sant Ji Maharaj and convince them to give them money to avoid any propaganda.
When they arrived to meet Sant Ji Maharaj they were greeted with great respect despite their ill intentions and slanderous comments. Sant Ji Maharaj welcomed them and said: “Blessed are we to receive Darshan of you Gursikhs! What Seva can we do for you, please inform us! We already do Nirol Gurmat Parchar however we have no political affiliations. Never have we belonged to a party and nor do we attend to in the future – we are with the Sikh Panth with our body, mind and wealth. Here we have a Sant Ashram that welcomes all, there is Langar, shelter and Kirtan/Katha Divaans twice a day. We have no appeal for anything, however if we do receive donations, they are spent in the Langar to feed the Sangat. Neither do we have anything to claim or to owe to anyone. There are three colours blue, orange and white and according to the code of conduct of our elders we adorn white and will continue to do so. We have no objection or hate towards anyone of any Bana- however we will remain how we are and will not be subject to changing it to please anyone.”
Witnessing Sant Ji Maharaj’s courageous and fearless character, the ‘Akalis’ were convinced that Sant Ji Maharaj would not be affected by a slander campaign and continue to operate as they do. The ‘Akalis’ began accusing Sant Ji Maharaj of giving shelter to robbers and thugs and even began publishing posters. They even went to the extent of informing the government and sending in individuals in disguise. However they were unable to achieve anything.
Those that step on the path of true Gursikhi will inevitably have to endure difficulties and opposition from individuals jealous of their Chardi-Kala. As illustrated by Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj, despite these problems, it is the duty of a Gursikh to remain committed and devoted in his Rehat Maryada – maintaining full faith on Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. If the Sikh does not waver and remains committed, these difficulties disappear themselves in due time.
Dhan Dhan Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) whose Jeevan has inspired countless individuals and continues to inspire many today…
Please forgive us for any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio