#59 A sweet sound in Kirtan

December 22nd, 2013

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,

Continuing their Nirbaan Kirtan Updesh, Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj were carrying out Kirtan. One thing to be noted:
“Whenever Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj would carry out Kirtan, they would always maintain humility in the sense that they would always refer to themselves as ‘Daas’. Nowadays if on stage someone doesn’t have Sant mentioned in their name, they begin to frown…” (Bachan Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale) Kirtan recording)

Within all of Sant Ji Maharaj’s Kirtan, Sant Ji Maharaj always instructed that the Kirtan would be read in three distinct parts; in the first part Sant Ji Maharaj would sing themselves, in the second part all the men would sing and in the third part all the women would sing. This was done by Sant Ji Maharaj to ensure all members of the Sangat involve themselves within the Kirtan and is referred to as Dharna Kirtan.

Whilst the Sangat were singing along with the Shabad, they began to hear a very loud, calm and soothing voice. The Sangat began to look at each other in order to distinguish as to who it was singing. After no confirmation, there began to be a loud sound coming from the Sangat – everyone present was interested as to who it was singing so beautifully. Sant Ji Maharaj closed their Vaaja (harmonium). Sant Ji Maharaj asked the Sangat what the problem was and as to why everyone was speaking so loud thus disturbing the Kirtan.

The Sangat explained that they could hear an amazing sound but could not distinguish where the sound was coming from. Sant Ji Maharaj explained; “When a teacher is teaching his students, the teacher has to move his lips. By moving his lips, he teaches the students to repeat after him and thus enabling the students to comprehend his teaching. SaadhSangat Ji, in the same way, the voice you hear is that of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj’s. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj is singing out of love in order to teach us that we too should sing Gurbani with love and dedication…”

ਸੁਣਿ ਕੀਰਤਨੁ ਸਾਧ ਪਹਿ ਜਾਇ 

Listen to the Kirtan of His Praises, at the Feet of the Holy.

ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਕੀ ਤ੍ਰਾਸ ਮਿਟਾਇ ॥੩॥

Your fears of birth and death shall depart. ||3||
Please forgive us for any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio.

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