Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
A Sikh by the name of Bhai Kartar Singh once asked Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) the following – “Sant Ji, there is a Sant who has a lot of public praise, wherever he goes he is treated with much respect and there is much talk about him in the public.” In saying this, Bhai Kartar Singh was interested in hearing what Sant Ji Maharaj had to say in regards to the Sant’s spiritual level.
Sant Ji Maharaj replied: “For an individual who participates in meditation, its natural for them to receive praise and respect. However, our Jathedar (Sant Ji Maharaj’s Dholki Player – Sant Baba Mohinder Singh Ji) is of a higher spiritual level than that individual. Whatever our Jathedar says comes true!”
“By simply looking at an individual’s outer appearance, one cannot estimate the inner spiritual level of that individual” (Bachan Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj [Rara Sahib Wale])
Sometimes we give into hearsay and begin painting an image of a Kirtani/Parcharak/Sant assuming them to be on a far level spiritual level than they may actually be – causing us to later become distressed when we learn that this isn’t the case.
Praise and reputation are not necessary for a Sant either as illustrated in the above Sakhi and Bachan. An important lesson to be learnt from Sant Ji Maharaj is that mere praise doesn’t define a Sant of a high spiritual level and on the opposite side of the spectrum, not having public praise or having less public praise than others doesn’t necessarily mean that an individual is of a low spiritual level.
Please forgive us for any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio.