Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
During Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale)’s UK Tour, Kirtan Diwans were conducted nationwide in many Gurdwareh. When the local Sangat of Barking (England) proposed for Sant Ji Maharaj’s Diwans to be conducted at Barking Gurdwara, the committee explained that it was in their constitution to not allow any Sant to conduct Kirtan there. The Sangat tried their best to convince the committee otherwise, however the committee remained adamant on their constitution’s rules. The Sangat then explained to Sant Ji Maharaj what they had heard and yet still expressed their desire for Sant Ji Maharaj to conduct Kirtan in Barking.
“As is joy, so is sorrow to him. He is in eternal bliss and not separated from God” (Ang 275 Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj)
Sant Ji Maharaj did not express any form of sorrow upon hearing this, nor did they pursue protest or an attempt at convincing the committee. Sant Ji Maharaj simply smiled and provided an alternate solution. Sant Ji Maharaj suggested that the Sangat hire out a hall and after cleaning it, do Parkash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj there. The Sangat obeyed this Bachan and the money that the Sangat offered in the Golak, covered the costs of hiring out the hall.
The Sangat then asked Sant Ji Maharaj what was to be done with the remaining money. They were aware that Sant Ji Maharaj had no desire of keeping money for themselves as upon previous attempts of offering money, Sant Ji Maharaj would decline and explain that they travel to these far distances to conduct Parchar and spread Sikhi – not to simply collect money. Sant Ji Maharaj ordered that the money be given to the Barking Gurdwara committee!
“As is gold, so is dust to him.” (Ang 275 Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj)
Sant Ji Maharaj displayed the true qualities of an elevated individual – showing no signs of greed, jealousy or hatred. Sant Ji Maharaj went as far as giving money to the individuals who denied them the right to conduct Kirtan. This is indeed a true quality of a Sant Mahapurkh who does not distinguish between a friend or an enemy – he sees the light of Parmeshar Waheguru in all.
Upon offering the committee the money, they refused to accept it as they felt it dishonouring. The Sangat returned with the money to which Sant Ji Maharaj yet again insisted the money be given to Barking Gurdwara and if they were unwilling to accept it directly, then the Sangat should simply place it in the Golak.
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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio.