Warriors of Faith

Love between Waheguru-Saints-Bhagats


How Does God Love His Saints


There was once an extremely wealthy and affluent king who had many palaces and all kinds of material goods in addition to amazing amounts of power and respect in all of the lands he ruled. He was strong of character, mind and will and he was always interested in discussions of spirituality and religion. However deep in his heart he wondered about God, and why God had saved Panchali, Prahlaad, Dhroo and others. Why God protects the honour of his saints and what kind of love does God have for his saints?


This king had a close advisor. He was his right-hand man. He helped the king with all intellectual and strategic problems, and further to that he advised the king on all spiritual matters. One day the king came in the morning after his prayers and said to his advisor, "Find me the answer to this question or you are fired forever." The advisor was slightly taken aback by the comment. He had been working for the king for many many years and he was allowed admission into all the rooms of all the palaces - he was more like the king's family than his employ. But alas, being an employee he said to the king, "I accept your wish King, what is the question?" The king replied, "Why and how does God love his saints?"


The king demanded that the answer be given to him within 24 hours or the advisor would be out of his job. The advisor took the king's command as sweet will of God and went home to his wife and daughter. Seeing the stressed and confused look on her father's face, the advisor's daughter began to get worried. "What is going on father, why are you so distressed today?" She pressed him for an answer. He finally gave in, confessing, "The king has asked my why and how does God love his saints. He has given me only 24 hours to reply with an answer or else my job will be lost."


The daughter was an extremely talented sculpture and artisan. She became uplifted with an idea that came to her after listening to her father's dilemma. "Father," she asked, "can I go to the King's palace today?" "Why yes of course," answered the Advisor. "You know that we have been working under the king for so many years - we have admission to all quarters of his kingdom. Feel free to go where you please." The daughter told her father to meet her at the Palace at 5.00am next morning.


The next morning while the sun was yet to rise, the King had arisen for his morning prayers and meditation on God. Although he was strong and stubborn minded, and could find many replacements for his advisor - he too was stressed that perhaps his advisor would not find the answer to his question. However he remained determined that the answer must be found. The king passed by the room of his one and only son and within his mind sent a blessing to him. He went down to the edge of the river to have his morning bath when in the distance he was shocked and horrified to see his son at the edge of the docks nearly about to fall into the river.


What was really there was a sculpture that the Advisor's daughter had built which was so precise and exact that it looked like the King's real son was actually falling into the river uncontrollably.


Upon seeing this sight the King's face became red in worry and his eyes welled up in tears. His heart pulled in all directions and he leaped to the rescue of his son. Upon diving deep into the waters the king noticed that his son was still on the dock in the same position. At this point he finally realized that it was not his son, but a sculpture.


5:00 am had arrived and so had the advisor. Seeing the advisor and his daughter at the docks, the King became humbled. Soaking wet he walked out of the river and the advisor ran to him with towels. The advisor's daughter said in a soft tone, "Dear King, how and why does God love his saints?" And the King could only smile and reply, "I understand now. Thank you."


Gurbaani Guru says --

ਸੋਰਠਿ ਮਹਲਾ ੩ ਘਰੁ ੧ ਤਿਤੁਕੀ
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ||
ਭਗਤਾ ਦੀ ਸਦਾ ਤੂ ਰਖਦਾ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਧੁਰਿ ਤੂ ਰਖਦਾ ਆਇਆ ||
ਪ੍ਰਹਿਲਾਦ ਜਨ ਤੁਧੁ ਰਾਖਿ ਲਏ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਹਰਣਾਖਸੁ ਮਾਰਿ ਪਚਾਇਆ ||
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਾ ਨੋ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ਹੈ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ||੧||
ਹਰਿ ਜੀ ਏਹ ਤੇਰੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ||
ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਪੈਜ ਰਖੁ ਤੂ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਭਗਤ ਤੇਰੀ ਸਰਣਾਈ || ਰਹਾਉ ||
ਭਗਤਾ ਨੋ ਜਮੁ ਜੋਹਿ ਨ ਸਾਕੈ ਕਾਲੁ ਨ ਨੇੜੈ ਜਾਈ ||
ਕੇਵਲ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਨਾਮੇ ਹੀ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਪਾਈ ||
ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਸਭ ਭਗਤਾ ਚਰਣੀ ਲਾਗੀ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਹਜਿ ਸੁਭਾਈ ||੨||
ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਨੋ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ਨ ਆਵੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਲੋਭ ਸੁਆਉ ||
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਭੇਦਿਓ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਨ ਲਾਗਾ ਭਾਉ ||
ਕੂੜ ਕਪਟ ਪਾਜੁ ਲਹਿ ਜਾਸੀ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਫੀਕਾ ਅਲਾਉ ||੩||
ਭਗਤਾ ਵਿਚਿ ਆਪਿ ਵਰਤਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਜੀ ਭਗਤੀ ਹੂ ਤੂ ਜਾਤਾ ||
ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹ ਸਭ ਲੋਕ ਹੈ ਤੇਰੀ ਤੂ ਏਕੋ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਬਿਧਾਤਾ ||
ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਮਨਸਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਤਾ ||੪||
ਅਚਿੰਤ ਕੰਮ ਕਰਹਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਤਿਨ ਕੇ ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਿਆਰਾ ||
ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦਿ ਸਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸਭਿ ਕਾਜ ਸਵਾਰਣਹਾਰਾ ||
ਓਨਾ ਕੀ ਰੀਸ ਕਰੇ ਸੁ ਵਿਗੁਚੈ ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਹੈ ਰਖਵਾਰਾ ||੫||
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਵੇ ਕਿਨੈ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਭਉਕਿ ਮੁਏ ਬਿਲਲਾਈ ||
ਆਵਹਿ ਜਾਵਹਿ ਠਉਰ ਨ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਦੁਖ ਮਹਿ ਦੁਖਿ ਸਮਾਈ ||
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਪੀਵੈ ਸਹਜੇ ਸਾਚਿ ਸਮਾਈ ||੬||
ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਵੇ ਜਨਮੁ ਨ ਛੋਡੈ ਜੇ ਅਨੇਕ ਕਰਮ ਕਰੈ ਅਧਿਕਾਈ ||
ਵੇਦ ਪੜਹਿ ਤੈ ਵਾਦ ਵਖਾਣਹਿ ਬਿਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਪਤਿ ਗਵਾਈ ||
ਸਚਾ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚੀ ਜਿਸੁ ਬਾਣੀ ਭਜਿ ਛੂਟਹਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਰਣਾਈ ||੭||
ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਮਨਿ ਵਸਿਆ ਸੇ ਦਰਿ ਸਾਚੇ ਦਰਿ ਸਾਚੈ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ||
ਓਨਾ ਦੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਹੋਈ ਕੋਇ ਨ ਮੇਟਣਹਾਰਾ ||
ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਨ ਕੈ ਸਦ ਬਲਿਹਾਰੈ ਜਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਖਿਆ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰਾ ||੮||੧||

Sorat'h, Third Mehla, First House, Ti-Tukee:
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
You always preserve the honor of Your devotees, O Dear Lord; You have protected them from the very beginning of time.
You protected Your servant Prahlaad, O Dear Lord, and annihilated Harnaakhash.
The Gurmukhs place their faith in the Dear Lord, but the self-willed manmukhs are deluded by doubt. ||1||
O Dear Lord, this is Your Glory.
You preserve the honor of Your devotees, O Lord Master; Your devotees seek Your Sanctuary. ||Pause||
The Messenger of Death cannot touch Your devotees; death cannot even approach them.
The Name of the Lord alone abides in their minds; through the Naam, the Name of the Lord, they find liberation.
Wealth
and all the spiritual powers of the Siddhis fall at the feet of the
Lord's devotees; they obtain peace and poise from the Guru. ||2||
The self-willed manmukhs have no faith; they are filled with greed and self-interest.
They
are not Gurmukh - they do not understand the Word of the Shabad in
their hearts; they do not love the Naam, the Name of the Lord.
Their masks of falsehood and hypocrisy shall fall off; the self-willed manmukhs speak with insipid words. ||3||
You are pervading through Your devotees, O Dear God; through Your devotees, You are known.
All the people are enticed by Maya; they are Yours, Lord - You alone are the Architect of Destiny.
Overcoming my egotism and quieting the desires within my mind, I have come to realize the Word of the Guru's Shabad. ||4||
God automatically does the work of those who love the Name of the Lord.
By Guru's Grace, he ever dwells in their minds, and He resolves all their affairs.
Whoever challenges them is destroyed; they have the Lord God as their Savior. ||5||
Without serving the True Guru, no one finds the Lord; the self-willed manmukhs die crying out in pain.
They come and go, and find no place of rest; in pain and suffering, they perish.
But one who becomes Gurmukh drinks in the Ambrosial Nectar, and is easily absorbed in the True Name. ||6||
Without serving the True Guru, one cannot escape reincarnation, even by performing numerous rituals.
Those who read the Vedas, and argue and debate without the Lord, lose their honor.
True is the True Guru, and True is the Word of His Bani; in the Guru's Sanctuary, one is saved. ||7||
Those
whose minds are filled with the Lord are judged as true in the Court of
the Lord; they are hailed as true in the True Court.
Their praises echo throughout the ages, and no one can erase them.
Nanak is forever a sacrifice to those who enshrine the Lord within their hearts. ||8||1||










Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Saturday, October 19. 2013 in Spirituality

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Prem of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Angad Dev Ji



Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji And Bhai Bala Ji


Once Bhai Bala, a Sikh, came to see Satguru Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji Maharaj. Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana, the rebec-player, had accompanied Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the first Mahal, travels to different parts of the world. Both were witness to the events at all places. Thus Bhai Bala was one of the blessed Sikhs.


Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj conferred the ‘Guruship’ on Guru Angad Dev Ji, and himself merged with the Supreme Soul. When Bhai Bala heard that Satguru Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji Maharaj, now sat on the throne of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, he decided to go and visit him.


Guru Angad Dev Ji seated him besides himself with due respect and courtesy. After offering his obeisance, Bhai Bala sought Guru Ji's permission to ask some questions, which Guru Ji was pleased to grant.


"Great Guru, You are a real hero because you won the approbation of the Great Guru. It is indeed difficult to completely win over a man like him. He could take pain as well as pleasure in the same strain, and was not affected by I calumny or praise, or lured by gold, treating it as no more than a lump of clay. Pleasing such as him is a rare feat. It is by no means easy. You won his favour. I offer my congratulations. God has blessed you with this marvellous achievement. But be kind and explain to us what particular service or act of devotion was rendered by you, which pleased the Guru so much that he transferred his own spirit unto you. I am very anxious to hear this." asked Bhai Bala.


"It is only His grace that I invoked. I am incapable of making any effort. And whatever effort might have been made, was also due to His grace," replied the king of kings Satguru Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji.


"O Guru, you utter the truth. This is the cup of the Master's love. He bestows it on whom-so-ever He pleases. This is indeed the correct version. There is, however, always a doer. The initiative and strength to act are granted by the True Guru. Faith is also a gift granted to a Sikh. I want to know the job that led to this great trust. What was the specific act carried out through you for Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, which pleased him."


"Bhai Balaji, you were Guru Ji's companion. As such you are not different from him. So I must comply. But the number of times Guru Ji showered his grace on me, if described in detail, will make a very lengthy account. I only make a brief reference to my faith in him. The rest, you can yourself divine."


In order to satisfy Bhai Bala Ji's curiosity to know what was the specific job that was executed by him, that had pleased Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the king of kings and the saint of saints, Guru Angad Dev Ji narrated a number of stories:

"Once, it was midnight time, I was alone with Guru Ji, and none besides. He said, 'Bhai Lehna Ji, the day has dawned,' and I repeated, 'Yes, O Lord, the day has dawned.' Then Guru Ji gave me his clothes to wash which I carried to the pool. There it was mid-day. I washed the clothes, dried them, and brought them back to Guru Ji so that he could wear them. When I returned it was still night. Guru Ji again asked me if it was day time or night. I replied, 'O my True Lord, night and day are all your creation. When you will, night comes, and when you will, it is day.' This demonstration of my faith again brought his pleasure on me."

"Once in a village there was a pond filled with black dirty mud. When it rained, filth from the entire village drained into it. Approaching it, Guru Ji dropped his bowl into it. Both the sahibzadas of Guru Ji were also with him. First, he looked to Sri Chand and said, 'My son, the bowl has fallen in the pond. Please take it out'. Sri Chand ji replied, 'My Lord, let us keep going. The bowl can be recovered later at leisure.' Then the Guru looked towards Lakhmi Chand, saying, 'My son, will you take out the bowl that has fallen into the pool?' Lakhmi Chand said, 'Very well, my Lord. We shall get somebody to take it out.' Then Maharaj looked in my direction. I immediately jumped into the pool unmindful of soiling myself and my clothes, took out the bowl, and handed it to him. Then also the Guru was pleased with me for my faith in him."

"Once Guru Ji was camping in the countryside. Even there, many people started
gathering around him. One day a group of persons arrived who were all hungry. They prayed for food. Maharaj said, 'Dear congregation, this is a jungle with only kikar (Acacia) trees. Let somebody climb and shake the trees for food.' The gathering thought that Guru Ji was joking, because an Acacia tree bears no fruit. After a pahar passed, another Sikh repeated the request, 'O True Lord, the group is hungry. Please get them something to eat.' Again the same words were uttered, 'Brother, there are the Acacia trees, climb and shake them for food.' The Sikhs again thought that Guru Ji was putting them off. Guru Ji nodded to me saying, 'Bhai Lehna, go and shake the Acacia, and feed the congregation.' At this command I climbed up to the top of the tree, and started shaking it. Lo! Sweets like jalebis and patashas, started falling like rain and piled in heaps. Everybody ate to his heart's content. At that time also it was my faith in Maharaj that made him happy."

After this , Guru Angad Dev Ji asked Bhai Bala Ji about the time he had spent with Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and merciful deeds of Guru Nanak on this world. Bhai Bala Ji started telling stories of Guru Nanak Sahib's Childhood and Udasis (Journeys), listening to which tears rolled down eyes of Guru Angad Dev Ji. Such was love for Guru Nanak Dev Ji in heart of Guru Angad Dev Ji that entire beard of Guruji got soaked with tears and tears started falling on ground, seeing which Baba Buddha Ji ran and brought two ''Baate'' and kept them on ground. When the Baate got full of tears from Guru Sahib's eyes, BabaJi said , Dont think this is just salty water from eyes O people, this is nectar of Love which has kept this Earth stable and prosperous till today.

Entire Sangat started chanting - Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj - Dhan Guru Angad Dev Ji Maharaj.

Taken from - Parchian Sewadas (Written in 1710 AD)



Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Saturday, October 19. 2013 in History

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Test of Faith



Guru Ji wants us to trust Him with our life


A man named Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day when he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. On the way down he grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He looked down and to his horror saw that the canyon fell straight down for more than a thousand feet. He couldn't hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb up the steep wall of the cliff.


So Jack began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something. "HELP! HELP! Is anyone up there? "HELP!" He yelled for a long time, but no one heard him. He was about to give up when he heard a voice.


"Jack, Jack. Can you hear me?"


"Yes, yes! I can hear you. I'm down here!"


"I can see you, Jack. Are you all right?"


"Yes, but who are you, and where are you?


"I am the Lord, Jack. I'm everywhere."


"The Lord? You mean, GOD?"


"That's Me."


"God, please help me! I promise if, you'll get me down from here, I'll stop sinning. I'll be a really good person. I'll serve You for the rest of my life."


"Easy on the promises, Jack. Let's get you off from there, then we can talk."


"Now, here's what I want you to do. Listen carefully."


"I'll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do."


"Okay. Let go of the branch."


"What?"


"I said, let go of the branch." Just trust Me. Let go."


There was a long silence.


Finally Jack yelled, "HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?"


Have you ever felt like Jack? We say that we want to know the will of Guru Ji, but when we find out what it is, we can't handle it. Sounds too scary, too difficult. We decide to look elsewhere. When Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj stands in front of us with his sword in his hand, and says, "Let go of the things that stand between you and Me, and trust Me with your life, give me your head" it sounds pretty scary. But when we let go, we find his hands are the safest place to be in.





Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Saturday, October 19. 2013 in Spirituality

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Struggles are blessings


Struggles are blessings


Be thankful to Waheguru for them



Everyone in life goes through struggles sometimes or the other. When we are going through them we question Waheguru!


We ask Waheguru why he did this? This is a short story, of why the struggles Waheguru gives us in life are not to hurt us but to help us.

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he
could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On that day a small
opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the
moth struggled to force the body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had
gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to
be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so
he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the
cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and
small, shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he
expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be
able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither
happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling
around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It was never able to
fly.


What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the
restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings
so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We
would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance.


Leave no room for regrets.



Akaaall




Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Saturday, October 19. 2013 in Spirituality

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