Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
“The land endures being cut and carved, the whole environment is destroyed [and doesn’t utter a response]. The Saints endure harsh words; those that are unendurable by any other.”
The above is an analogy used by many Sant’s during Kirtan to explain that despite being attacked, nature doesn’t respond – similarly, the true pure Saints also endure being attacked verbally abused and slandered and despite this are not inclined to provide a response or statement. Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) were a prime example of this as illustrated in the following Saakhi:
A drunken man stood in front of Sant Ji Maharaj’s car – not having conscious, he began uttering swear words at Sant Ji Maharaj, such words that cannot be repeated due to their vileness. Had it been a normal individual, they may have perhaps ordered for the man to get beaten up or returned some swear words to equalise the disrespect the man had shown. However, Sant Ji Maharaj’s pure, compassionate and forgiving self instead said: “This poor individual has no awareness of his surroundings, his mental imbalance due to drinking alcohol could possibly result in his death.” Upon saying this, Sant Ji Maharaj themselves paid for a taxi to drop the man safely to his home and ordered Sevadars to assist him and explain to his family what had happened. The Sevadars did as instructed.
The next day when the intoxication of the alcohol had ceased, the man spent a long time trying to speak to his family, however none of them responded. The man asked his mother what he had done to deserve such treatment. His mother replied – “Son, it is not a new thing for you to drink alcohol, you have been drinking for years. It is not a new thing for you to disrespect individuals when drunk, you have been doing this for years. However, what you did yesterday was despicable! You swore at a Pooran Brahm-Giani Mahapurkh! You swore at someone who potentially saved your life despite your ill actions! You have brought shame upon our family and so we do not wish to converse with you!”
The man began questioning his own actions and said – “I don’t remember any of what you are saying?! How can I have done such a sin unknowingly and still not have any knowledge of it?!” The man felt so disgraceful he immediately made the decision to stop drinking alcohol. He then proceeded to have a Keshi Ishnan and go meet Sant Ji Maharaj to express his feelings and beg for forgiveness.
Upon arriving, Sant Ji Maharaj began laughing at him and the man broke down in tears. The man began begging and begging for forgiveness to which Sant Ji Maharaj explained that they had not even said anything to him! The man proceeded to say: “I have committed such a great sin, please forgive me! Regardless of the fact that you did not respond to my disgusting behaviour, my own family have gone on the verge of disowning me. I am convinced that I have committed wrong and if you do not forgive me Sant Ji, I have no reason to live! I will kill myself!”
Sant Ji Maharaj assured the man to remain calm, to take initiation into the Khalsa Panth by being baptised with Khande-Batta Da Amrit and to live a Gursikh Jeevan. The man followed suit and his hell-like life was transformed into a heaven-like life.
The art of endurance, patience and humility displayed by Sant Ji Maharaj illustrates the affect of having such virtues can have on other individuals. If one lives their life in accordance to Gurmat, just by observing them, many others are inspired to bring change in their own life.
The above Saakhi illustrates the spiritual level of Sant Ji Maharaj and is essentially a platform for what the true level should be for a true Saint. Sant Ji Maharaj was above slander or praise, if someone was to praise them then they would not allow for this to produce ego and if someone was to slander them then they would not allow for this to cause them distress. It is by having such a virtue that we can see Sants as the very form of Akaal Purakh Waheguru as they have crossed this barrier of slander and praise – or in simpler terms public opinion. They favour the love of the Lord and not of the world.
May Maharaj bless us to take a lesson from such episodes in our rich and divine history – Dhan Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj.
Please forgive us for any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio.