Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
When Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj Rara Sahib Wale were carrying out Nirban Kirtan Updesh in the city of Nairobi Kenya, a man who was previously from Ludhiana approached Sant Ji Maharaj and said – “It is written in many Dharmik texts that a ‘Saint’ is the name of someone who is detached from the world and is homeless. It is written elsewhere that a Fakir is someone who adorns a hat and other accessories, my question is, how can someone who wears such expensive clothing classify themselves as a Saint?”
Sant Ji Maharaj laughed and said: “O’ Gurmukh, a Saint is not someone who is attuned to a specific appearance. A saint is someone who has become one with Parmeshar Vaheguru. A saint is not someone who rubs ashes across their body, or ties rags around their body, or begs for food on the streets.”
“Within the Gurdwara, Guru Sahib Ji has made Sikhs ‘Raaje-Yogi’. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj has stated that a Saint is someone who has pure virtuous whether he is married or not. The real detachment is on the inside not on the outside. Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj used to have a horse valued at 125,000 rupees, their shoes were of 5,000 rupees and their tent was of 2,500 rupees. This was bear in mind almost 300 years ago, you can only imagine what today’s equivalence of these items was in today’s money – perhaps 100 times more as what they were in the Guru’s times.
“Guru Sahib Ji did not make Sikhs beggars, in the encampments of Saints there are mass amounts of Langar for the Sangat to enjoy and Katha, Kirtan, Bhajan being provided to the Sangat. All this is possible due to the Saints having money and so to conclude these outer items have no effect on the inside Avastha of a true Saint…” After hearing this from Sant Ji Maharaj, the man lay his head down in shame whilst surrounding Sangat enjoyed the opportunity to hear such an amazing bachan from Sant Ji Maharaj…