This blog is a humble attempt at showcasing some events in the life of Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) and highlighting the worldwide seva done by Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale) and Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale)
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
(4) Baba Bhag Singh Ji (Khuri Wale)
Baba Bhag Singh Ji (Khuri Wale)
Baba Bhaag Singh Ji was born on 9 Maagh 1822 in the early hours of the morning, in the household of Harjas Singh of pind KaadraBaad. The spiritual level of a young Baba Bhaag was so high, that those that glanced upon Baba Ji would instantly acknowledge that this child was nothing ordinary. In line with Gurmat tradition, Baba Ji’s name was taken from a hukamnama at the Gurdwara Sahib:
Their birth is approved, and their actions are fruitful. ||1||
Thus the child was named Bhag Singh. Baba Bhaag Singh Ji’s father had served the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Maharaj and through Guru Sahib’s happiness they had given a holy bachan to Bhai Harjas Singh – that one day, they would have a son that shall be the beaming light of the generation. Guru Sahib told how this child will become renown worldwide and do a lot of Par-Upkaar for the Sikh faith. Baba Bhag Singh Ji was raised in a simple manner. They received teachings regarding Gurmat and Sikh Philosophy from their parents and learnt Faarsi and Urdu off a local Kaazi. Baba Ji manifested a lot of information and understanding at a very young age and would always be attached to Waheguru, all locals would speak of his greatness.
In village Kaadrabaad there was a Dera (base) of holy men who had good intentions towards God and God’s people. All Hindu’s and Sikh’s respected the leader of this Dera as this leader was a Sadhu (holy men) who would engage in religious discourse. However, this man would often remain in anger and upon hearing of the local villagers talk of the greatness of Baba Bhaag Singh Ji, this man became even more angry and began to swear at Baba Ji. Whenever he would ever pass the same path as Baba Bhaag Singh Ji, he would begin to swear and talk bad towards Baba Ji. This Sadhu then had an idea, that he would attempt somehow to get into an argument with Baba Bhaag Singh Ji and then allow those who respected him to join his side against Baba Bhaag Singh Ji. Any attempt that the holy man would have in order to upset or begin an argument with Baba Ji, Baba Ji would laughingly ignore and carry on their way. This added fuel, to the fire.
A devotee of Baba Ji asked whether he could be given the permission to sort this Sadhu out once and for all. Baba Bhaag Singh Ji laughingly told the devotee that the Sadhu already remained angry at all times, it would be best not to upset him more, but to instead, feel pity on him. It’s a duty to wish for the well-being off this man, it’s not in our right to look bad upon him. If this man swears at us and we attack him in return – what is the difference between us and him?
Baba Bhaag Singh Ji along with their most devout Sikhs arrived at the Dera of this Sadhu, where the Sadhu was engaging in discourse. After the discourse had finished, Baba Ji rose and said “Swami Ji, let us please come to a resolution, you give me all your bad wishes and swearwords and I shall give you my love and peacefulness, as I am feeling a lot of pity upon you.If you accept this resolution, then all your sins will be forgiven and you shall be given recognition as a pure Saint.”This had a lot of affect upon the Sadhu. His eyes filled with water as he embraced Baba Ji in a loving hug – “Baba Ji, I am already empty, whichever good deeds I have, you take them, please give me this life according to the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji! The ability to be calm, peaceful, to forgive and to have pity on others!”
The Sadhu then promised himself that he shall never speak bad to anyone regardless of who they are and shall never hurt anyone. He decided he shall win his mind with virtues such as speaking in love, truth and commitment. Through this incident, more people came to know of the greatness of Baba Ji and Baba Bhaag Singh Ji’s name was spreading all over Punjab.
Baba Bhaag Singh Ji decided to go a pilgrimage to Hazur Sahib. The pilgrimage began at Lahore Dera Sahib and then through various SIkh historical Gurdwar’eh throughout Delhi and Punjab. Baba Ji then came across a Jungle in which they decided to take rest. The congregation travelling with Baba Ji, insisted they not stay in the jungle and that accommodation could be provided in nearby towns. There was a lot of wild animals in the jungle which could cause damage to Baba Ji. However, Baba Bhaag Singh Ji refused to listen to anything anyone had said and instead continued about staying in the jungle, Baba Ji said that there was no animal that could cause any harm to them.That same night, a lion came, had blessed vision of Baba Bhaag Singh Ji and went. The following morning, inhabitants of the local village saw that there were footprints of the lion and were astonished that the lion had said nothing to Baba Ji. Everyone learnt that Baba Bhaag Singh Ji was a messenger of Waheguru and not no normal human being. Again, news spread and spread of Baba Ji’s greatness.
Baba Ji continued their journey and stayed along a number of places, performing similar miracles as they would go. Eventually, they arrived at Sri Abichal Nagar, Hazur Sahib. At this time, one was only allowed darshan of the Takht Sahib after having done a full Ardas. The Hazuri Singh’s asked Baba Bhaag Singh Ji whether they were Amritdhari or not and that they would only be allowed to do Parkarma of the Takht Sahib if amritdhari. Baba Ji replied that they weren’t. The Hazuri Sikhs were shocked at the fact that this Sikh of Guru Nanak Dev Ji had such a beautiful image and looked as though they were God on earth, but however was not amritdhari.
From this point, Baba Bhaag Singh Ji’s heart felt guilt, Baba Ji felt as though they were an atheist for not having taken amrit! Immediately, Baba Bhaag Singh Ji travelled through Delhi to Oona Sahib, where they would ask Baba Sahib Singh Ji for the gift of Amrit. Baba Sahib Singh Ji explained to Baba Bhaag Singh Ji, that they were a very high-spirited Sikh who would help a significant amount of people join with Waheguru and Sikhi. Through Gurmat Maryada, Baba Sobha Singh Ji administered Baba Bhaag Singh Ji with amrit and taught them of the Rehat maryada and significance of serving the congregation. The gift that was given from Guru Gobind Singh to Bhai Daya Singh Ji was now to be passed on to Baba Bhaag Singh Ji.
Baba Bhaag Singh Ji after having taken amrit, began to live a life of detachment and after gaining the permission of Baba Sahib Singh Ji, set up a Gurdwara at Khuri. Here Baba Bhaag Singh Ji practised extensive amounts of Simran and Naam Kamaiee and lived with the philosophy that they shall never ask for anything off of anyone. Similar to their predecessors’ Baba Bhaag Singh Ji gave a lot of time out towards seva in the Langar, Baba Ji never discriminated against anyone, regardless of what community, culture or religion they belonged and performed seva of all. Baba Bhaag Singh Ji spent the rest of their life curing the diseased and serving the congregation. They travelled to several places and helped many people lost on the path, find their true Guru. Up until their last breath they maintained this philosophy.