37. Bhaai Joga Singh
the early youth Joga Singh was living at the Guru's Darbar and was a great
devotee. One day Guru's eye caught him and he asked what his name was. He
replied," O true king, my name is Joga Singh." The Guru asked," Whose Joga
you are?" (Joga means for whose service he is fit or simply for whom he is?)
"I am Guru Joga (I am in the service of the Guru)," replied Joga Singh. Upon
this the Guru promised," If you are Guru Joga, then Guru is tere Joga ( then
the Guru is for you)."
sometimes Joga Singh went to his home in Peshawar for his marriage. When the
marriage ceremony was half-way through, a man arrived with an urgent message
from the Guru to him to proceed to Anandpur without delay. Joga Singh read
the command and instantly left for Anandpur without completing the marriage
ceremony. He obeyed Guru's order over everything else. Indeed the path of
the devotees is sharper than the edge of a razor blade, and it is even
narrower than the hair-breadth on which they have to tread.
Singh continued his journey to Anandpur as fast as he could. After passing
through Lahore and Amritsar, he reached a resting spot at Hoshiarpur. On his
way his ego got inflated and he thought," Who could have acted like me?
Certainly very few Sikhs would carry out the Guru's order like me." This
sense of pride brought his fall. At night he was overwhelmed by evil-passion
and he started towards the house of a prostitute.
Singh was wearing Guru's uniform- a turban and beard. On his way to the
prostitute, Joga Singh talked to himself," If some one sees me going into
the house of a prostitute, it will bring disgrace to the Guru. Outwardly I
am in Guru's attire. So nobody should see me entering the prostitute's
soon as he reached near the house of the prostitute, a watchman appeared
saying aloud," Be aware fellows!" Joga Singh could not enter the house and
he walked on to the next street. Looking around and thinking that the
watchman might have left, he hurried towards the house of the prostitute
again. To his amazement the watchman reappeared shouting," Be aware
fellows!" Joga Singh could not afford to be seen by anybody going into the
house of the prostitute, knowing in his heart that it would bring slur to
Guru's name since he was in Guru's uniform. Finally he quit his evil act
after trying a few times without success.
morning he started his journey and reached Anandpur. Joga Singh stood mute
before the Guru with his head down. The Guru asked him about the well-being
of himself and his family but Joga Singh stood mute. The divine Master then
addressed him," Joga Singh, do you remember when you said that you were Guru
Joga, and the Guru had promised, if you were Guru Joga, then Guru tere Joga."
this the Guru further explained," In the garb of a watchman I guarded you in
the streets of Hoshiarpur last night, against the sinful deeds and thus
saved you from disgrace." Joga Singh fell on Guru's feet and asked for
are the ways of the Master. Once we put our complete faith in him, he does
not abandon us. The Guru confirms:
long as the Khalsa remain distinct and intact, I shall bless them in every
way; When they detract from the prescribed path, I detest them for ever."
(Guru Gobind Singh)