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Part-III

50. Message of the 15 Bhagats or saints (Part- 4)

Bhagat Ravidas ji Continue.....

He was not only an inhabitant of Begampur, but was also very closely connected to and in complete unison with Almighty God. He enlightens us in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji that, “Oh God, there is no difference between you and me. It is merely on the surface. As there is no difference between gold and its ornaments, water and its waves, there is no difference between you and me.”

Just witness the intimacy of Bhagat Ravidas Ji with the Almighty God when he calls him with deep love, “O Infinite Lord! If we don’t commit a sin, then how could you be called a sin-eraser? My Lord, you are the master but it is certain that an Attendant is honored due to his master, and the honor of the master is revealed through his attendant.”

In the end, he demands “Oh ! Lord, have pity on me. I shall always remain in your humble meditation.”

He says in Sri Raag Ravidas Ji on Page 93 :

You are me, and I am You-what is the difference between us ? We are like gold and the bracelet, or water and the waves If I did not commit any sins, O Infinite Lord, how would You have acquired the name, 'Redeemer of sinners' ? You are my Master, the Inner-knower, Searcher of hearts. The servant is known by his God, and the Lord and Master is known by His servant. Grant me the wisdom to worship and adore You with my body. O Ravidaas, one who understands that the Lord is equally in all, is very rare.   

Ravidas Ji used to earn his livelihood by skinning dead animals and making shoes from it. He also worked as a cobbler, fixing up, repairing, or mending shoes. He never bothered about his financially tight position, instead, he always concentrated on deep meditation. Even the fifth Guru, Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji has described his aloofness from maya in his bani on page 487 :

Ravidas, who used to carry dead cows every day, renounced the world of Maya.  

The writings of those times mention that once, Almighty God, in the disguise of a saint, spent the night in the hut of Ravidas Ji. Before taking his leave, that saint wanted to give a Paras Stone (a stone which has the property of turning a metal into gold) to Ravidas Ji, and he showed him its property of turning a metallic substance into gold by touching his shoemaker’s scraper and transforming it into gold. Bhagat Ravidas Ji got the stone, placed it in the alcove (a small recess in the wall of the hut), and made himself busy in his routine work and meditation.

After a long time, that saint returned to Bhagat Ravidas Ji’s hut and enquired about the Paras Stone. He answered, “O Great Saint! You can take your Paras Stone from where you placed it last time. I didn’t use it, nor am I in need of it.” Such was the ascetic nature of Baba Ravidas Ji.

At one time, the celebrations of “Abeech” (astronomically considered as pious in the Hindus) were going on. Millions of people took a bath in the River Ganga (Ganges) and thus assumed themselves to be purified. Some of bhagat ji’s friends persuaded him to take a holy dip since it was the time of Abeech celebration.

He told them very clearly that his soul is only purified by meditating on Naam and not by water. The leader of the religious group, who was going for a holy bath in the river was given a Kaseera (a bunch of sea shells or a necklace of seashells) by Ravidas Ji. Bhagat Ravidas Ji took it from his own neck and directed the leader that it should be offered to the Ganga River.

The necessary condition for offering it was that it be handed over personally to the river and not to be thrown in the water as usual. If the River Ganga does not take hold of the Kaseera by advancing its hand, then the Kaseera is to be returned home to bhagat Ravidas Ji. All the pilgrims were very surprised to hear this kind of talk from Bhagat Ravidas Ji.

The whole group of pilgrims reached the River Ganga, took a bath, and threw their offerings into the water. At last, the Brahmin leader of the group took out the Kaseera of Bhagat Ravidas Ji to give to the River Ganga and as requested the Brahmin said “Bhagat Ravidas Ji has sent this offering of a Kaseera for you. Please take your hand out and accept this offering.”

After the request, a mysterious hand came out of the waves of the Ganges and very respectfully accepted the offerings of Bhagat ji. Moreover, this mysterious hand gave a jewel embedded Gold bracelet to Bhagat Ravidas ji. Everybody was shocked to see this miracle. They thought that many rich people have donated so much gold, gold coins and other precious stones , but the River Ganga never accepted their offering by taking out her hand.

The ”Kaseera” of Bhagat Ji was personally accepted by the River Ganga through her hand. Money-minded people measure everything with money because they lacked the pious feelings of love. This is the reason that Bhagats (holy people) and worldly materialistic people can’t go hand in hand.

The Brahmin leader reached his house but dishonesty of owning the bracelet overpowered him. He became greedy and thought,” How can Bhagat Ravidas know about it? If I present this kangan to the king, He will be pleased to see it’s beauty and he will reward me heavily.” So with this feeling of greed, he gave the bracelet to the king. Now the king, after seeing the bracelet, demanded the second bracelet to make it a pair.

Brahmin was called to produce the second bracelet. At last the Brahmin had to tell the truth. The King went to meet Ravidas ji along with the Brahmin to learn the truth. Ravidas ji picked up the stone seat on which he used to sit to work as a cobbler and showed the King that the River Ganges was flowing under it and countless Kangans(Bracelets) of the type the King wanted were floating in the waves of that river.

Many Kangans including the one the King wanted were picked up from the waves and given to King and the Brahmin. They were totally pleased. The King and his courtiers bowed deeply and respectfully to Bhagat ji and became true followers of him. Now the reputation of Bhagat Ravidas ji spread more than before.

So many stories and incidents concerning Bhagat Ravidas ji are available in Bhagat Mall Granth and in other historical records. The jealous Brahmins generally complained to the king against Bhagat Ji. One complaint was,” Ravidas is a shoodar(low-caste), but he worships Thakur( stone idol of God) and turning people away from believing in caste-system.

The king in order to calm the situation asked both the parties to bring their respective Thakurs. These idols were placed across the river. The Brahmins were asked to call the Thakurs loudly. They were told that who ever is a true, honest and loyal worshipper of Thakur would succeed in bringing their Thakur to come over the river to him. The Brahmins read so many mantras(prayer) and called loudly to Thakurs but it didn’t work. Thakurs never came to the Brahmins.

Now it was the turn of Bhagat Ravidas ji. He prayed to Almighty God from the core of his heart, with honest devotion and love, to help him. Loving prayers of Ravidas ji were heard because a miracle happened. Thakur( The stone ideal of God) swam across the river and came into the lap of Bhagat Ravidas ji. His glory echoed in every corner of the land. In the end, the Brahmins had to bow and submit to Bhagat ji. He tells us in Guru Granth Sahib ji on page 1293 as :

It is my occupation to prepare and cut leather; each day, I carry the carcasses out of the city. Now, the important Brahmins of the city bow down before me; Ravidas, Your slave, seeks the Sanctuary of Your Name.   

There are many more true life stories of Bhagat Ravidas ji. Every time high caste Brahmins tried to humiliate him, God protected him and Bhagat ji’s status in society became even higher than before. Thus, every time his glory magnified, and every time Bhagat ji thanked the Almighty by singing his praise and becoming a true servant of God. He orders this on page 1106 :

O Love, who else but You could do such a thing ? O Patron of the poor, Lord of the World, You have put the canopy of Your Grace over my head. Only You can grant Mercy to that person whose touch pollutes the world. You exalt and elevate the lowly, O my Lord of the Universe; You are not afraid of anyone. Naam Dayv, Kabeer, Trilochan, Sadhana and Sain crossed over. Says Ravidas, listen, O Saints, through the Dear Lord, all is accomplished.   

Bhagat Ravidas ji wrote 40 shabads on different topics. For example; Non-attachment, Renunciation, Politeness, love of God, Shelter of God and Abode of God etc. These shabads are preserved and found entered in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji by the Great Guru Sri Guru Arjun Dev ji for the guidance of humanity.

Bhagat ji’s Bani gives comfort, patience and contentment to strayed minds. God protects the honor of those devotees who completely surrender to Him and have full faith in him. God Almighty raises the status of his devotees.

Sri Bhagat Ravidas ji left for his heavenly abode in 1529 after laying foot prints of God’s meditation, expressing his opinion about the caste-system, preaching the true path of Naam simran(pray), condemning the false and hollow rituals. Bhagat ji mingled with the Almighty as a wave of water mingles with water. His true and pious teachings are working as a light house for people to follow and stand for the truth even today.

   
41. Message of six guru’s (Part-6) 42. Message of six guru’s (Part-7)
43. Message of six guru’s (Part-8) 44. Message of six guru’s (Part-9)
45. Message of six guru’s (Part-10) 46. Message of six guru’s (Part-11)
47. Message 15 saints (Part-1) 48. Message 15 Saints (Part-2)
49. Message 15 saints (Part-3) 50. Message 15 saints (Part- 4)
51. Message 15 saints (Part-5) 52. Message 15 saints (Part-6)
53. Message 15 saints (Part-7) 54. Message 15 saints (Part-8)
55. Message 15 saints (Part-9) 56. Message 15 saints (Part-10)
57. Message 15 saints (Part-11) 58. Message 15 saints (Part-12)
59. Message 15 saints (Part-13) 60. Message 15 saints (Part-14)
   
 
 

 

 

 

GURUDWARA SHRI DATA BANDI CHHORH SAHIB, is situated in the Distt City Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh (Central India) It is situated on the hill top in the Fort Gwalior. After the news of Martyrdom of SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI at Lahore, Baba Budha ji announced SHRI HARGOBIND SAHIB JI as sixth GURU. SHRI GURU HARGOBIND SAHIB JI started raising the army of Saint Soldiers to fight against the cruelty.

GURU SAHIB raised the Lohgarh Fort at Amritsar (Now Known as GURUDWARA SHRI LOHGARH SAHIB). GURU SAHIB also used to provide quick and cheap justice to the people at Akal Takhat Sahib. This led a seriuos concern to Jahangir, who later summoned GURU SAHIB to Delhi. On this GURU SAHIB reached Delhi and the place where he stayed there for few days is called as GURUDWARA SHRI MAJNU KA TILLA SAHIB.

GURU SAHIB met Jahangir several times and were having good understanding with each other. Both of them came to Agra for hunting. GURU SAHIB saved Jahangir and killed Tiger (GURUDWARA SHRI SHER SHIKAR SAHIB, DHOLPUR Rajasthan is situated at this Place). Jahangir fell sick; he called Kazi's and Hakims to consult about his health. But Chandu bribed them and asked the kazi & hakim's to suggest Jahangir that his health will be improved if some holy person will pray for him at Gwalior Fort.

He made it sure that kazi/hakim's sugggest GURU SAHIB's name as a Holy person. Kazi/Hakim's did the same thing and suggested Jahangir to select GURU SAHIB for this task. Jahangir asked GURU SAHIB to stay at Gwalior Fort and pray for him. GURU SAHIB agreed to stay there and moved to Gwalior Fort. GURU SAHIB used to worship at a place called as Thada Sahib and he continued doing this for 2 years and 3 months. GURU SAHIB while staying at Thada Sahib also met 52 Rajput Rulers arrested by Jahangir. They all were tied to diffrent Pillars with chains and were leading miserable life. After daily prayer, GURU SAHIB used to meet the rulers and consoled them that when ever he (GURU SAHIB) will go from the fort he will take all the rulers along with him.

On the other side Jahangir was again sick and his health was declining day by day. Luckily during these days Sain Mian Mir ji was in Agra. Jahangir's wife met Sain ji and asked about Jahangirs health. Sain ji told her that they had taken a holy man to there custody if they will not release them then there whole empire will be distroyed. When Jahangir came to know about this thing he sent orders to release GURU SAHIB. But GURU SAHIB on other hand put a condition that he (GURU SAHIB) will only go from there if all the rulers will be released.

Again Jahangir was in confusion whether to realease all of them or not. So he sent a message that who so ever will hold GURU SAHIB's Palla can leave the fort. (The Rajputs never Hold any ones Palla). Also Jahangir was sure that it will be not possible to hold GURU SAHIB's palla for all the rulers, so only few will be released.

Next morning a miracal happened and all the 52 rulers came out of Fort holding GURU SAHIB's palla and were released; When all of them came out of Fort Gwalior while holding GURU SAHIB's Chola's. From that day onwards GURU SAHIB was also known as Data Bandi Chhorh Sahib.GURUDWARA SHRI DATA BANDI CHHORH SAHIB, is situated in the Distt City Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh (Central India) It is situated on the hill top in the Fort Gwalior. After the news of Martyrdom of SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI at Lahore, Baba Budha ji announced SHRI HARGOBIND SAHIB JI as sixth GURU.

SHRI GURU HARGOBIND SAHIB JI started raising the army of Saint Soldiers to fight against the cruelty. GURU SAHIB raised the Lohgarh Fort at Amritsar (Now Known as GURUDWARA SHRI LOHGARH SAHIB). GURU SAHIB also used to provide quick and cheap justice to the people at Akal Takhat Sahib. This led a seriuos concern to Jahangir, who later summoned GURU SAHIB to Delhi. On this GURU SAHIB reached Delhi and the place where he stayed there for few days is called as GURUDWARA SHRI MAJNU KA TILLA SAHIB.

GURU SAHIB met Jahangir several times and were having good understanding with each other. Both of them came to Agra for hunting. GURU SAHIB saved Jahangir and killed Tiger (GURUDWARA SHRI SHER SHIKAR SAHIB, DHOLPUR Rajasthan is situated at this Place). Jahangir fell sick; he called Kazi's and Hakims to consult about his health. But Chandu bribed them and asked the kazi & hakim's to suggest Jahangir that his health will be improved if some holy person will pray for him at Gwalior Fort.

He made it sure that kazi/hakim's sugggest GURU SAHIB's name as a Holy person. Kazi/Hakim's did the same thing and suggested Jahangir to select GURU SAHIB for this task. Jahangir asked GURU SAHIB to stay at Gwalior Fort and pray for him. GURU SAHIB agreed to stay there and moved to Gwalior Fort. GURU SAHIB used to worship at a place called as Thada Sahib and he continued doing this for 2 years and 3 months.

GURU SAHIB while staying at Thada Sahib also met 52 Rajput Rulers arrested by Jahangir. They all were tied to diffrent Pillars with chains and were leading miserable life. After daily prayer, GURU SAHIB used to meet the rulers and consoled them that when ever he (GURU SAHIB) will go from the fort he will take all the rulers along with him. On the other side Jahangir was again sick and his health was declining day by day. Luckily during these days Sain Mian Mir ji was in Agra. Jahangir's wife met Sain ji and asked about Jahangirs health. Sain ji told her that they had taken a holy man to there custody if they will not release them then there whole empire will be distroyed.

When Jahangir came to know about this thing he sent orders to release GURU SAHIB. But GURU SAHIB on other hand put a condition that he (GURU SAHIB) will only go from there if all the rulers will be released. Again Jahangir was in confusion whether to realease all of them or not. So he sent a message that who so ever will hold GURU SAHIB's Palla can leave the fort. (The Rajputs never Hold any ones Palla).

Also Jahangir was sure that it will be not possible to hold GURU SAHIB's palla for all the rulers, so only few will be released. Next morning a miracal happened and all the 52 rulers came out of Fort holding GURU SAHIB's palla and were released; When all of them came out of Fort Gwalior while holding GURU SAHIB's Chola's. From that day onwards GURU SAHIB was also known as Data Bandi Chhorh Sahib.

 

Gurudwara Shri Data Bandi Chhorh Sahib Phone Number :  0751-2480040

 

 

Bandi chhorh diwas was the day on which shri guru hargobind sahib ji got released from fort gwalior. And that days falls on "asu di masya" which is still celeberated at gurudwara shri bandi chhorh sahib, gwalior.

 

 

MIRI : The concept is linked to the traditional power enjoyed by kings and ruler where the might of the military resulted in the power and ability to rule or influence the people.

PIRI : The concept of "Piri" is linked to the power enjoyed by religious leaders, church priests, qazis, pandits, etc. to have power or influence over the devotees by way of "spiritual power" or religious power. The words miri and piri are now frequently used together to give the concept promoted by the sixth Guru.

 

 
1. Earn your living by honest means.

2.  Impart the 10th (Tenth) part of your earnings.

3. Learn Gurbaani orally to make it an integral part of your memory.

4. Wake up early in the morning.

5. To serve Gursikhs with love and affection.

6. To know the meanings of Gurbaani from a Gursikh.

7. Keep strictly the preservance of the Five Kakkars.

8. Exercising & practicing on the Shabad.

9. Attending & meditating on the everlasting true GURU.

10. To consider SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB as their GURU.

11. To perform Ardaas (Prayer) before starting any work.

12. At the time of Birth Death marriage and any other celebrations recitation of SHRI JAPJI SAHIB paath, preparing Karah Prashaad, recitation of SHRI ANAND SAHIB paath performing Ardaas and to then distributing the prashaad to the sangat after taking out the prashaad for Hazuri Singhs and Panj Pyaras. (Five Beloved Ones)

13. Till the time Prashaad is distributed among all the Sangat no one should move from their respective place.

14. Not to have any physical relation without getting married.

15. To treat every second lady as Sister, Mother and Daughter other than your Wife.

16. Not to abuse any woman.

17. To keep oneself away from lie, Tambacoo and meat.

18. To be in the company of Gursikhs who take the name of GURU and follow his teachings.

19. Not to be lazy in duties to be performed by you.

20. To listen and practice Gurbaani daily.

21. To avoid back biting(Gossiping) and feeling jealous from any one.

22. Not be proud of your Money, Youth and caste.

23. To think pure and high.

24. To be part of auspicious work.

25. To consider WAHEGURU as ultimate power of Knowledge and Health.

26. Not to believe on the person who swear on any person or thing.

27. To be independent.

28. To get knownledge of politics.

29. To adopt all other ways love, Money etc with enemy and if need arises then go for war.

30. To educate oneself of Arms knowledge and horse riding.

31. To read the books of other religions and faiths but believe in Sikhism only.

32. To adopt the teachings of the GURU.

33. To do the REHRAAS SAHIB paath daily and perform Ardaas in standing posture.

34. To do KIRTAN SOHILA paath before going to bed.

35. To keep your head covered.

36. To call GURSIKH by his FULL NAME.

37. Not to consume Liquor.

38. Marry your daughters with GURSIKHS and not with cut surd.

39. To perform every task within the teachings of SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB.

40. Not to disrupt any ones work by back-biting (Gossiping).

41. To not hurt anybody by harsh words.

42. To travel and visit only GURUDWARA SAHIB’s.

43. To keep your words.

44. To help the guest, outsider, needy and handicapped person to the fullest.

45. It is a sin to use daughter’s money.

46. Not to be an artificial Sikh.

47. To be a surd, to respect one’s hair like GURU’S belongings.

48. Not to be a part of theft, cheating and fraud.

49. To trust a Gursikh.

50. Not to be a fake witness.

51. Not to tell, speak a lie.

52. Distributing the Prashad and the Langer equally.

1. Earn your living by honest means.

2.  Impart the 10th(Tenth) part of your earnings.

3. Learn Gurbaani orally to make it an integral part of your memory.

4. Wake up early in the morning.

5. To serve Gursikhs with love and affection.

6. To know the meanings of Gurbaani from a Gursikh.

7. Keep strictly the preservance of the Five Kakkars.

8. Exercising & practicing on the Shabad.

9. Attending & meditating on the everlasting true GURU.

10. To consider SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB as their GURU.

11. To perform Ardaas (Prayer) before starting any work.

12. At the time of Birth Death marriage and any other celebrations recitation of SHRI JAPJI SAHIB paath, preparing Karah Prashaad, recitation of SHRI ANAND SAHIB paath performing Ardaas and to then distributing the prashaad to the sangat after taking out the prashaad for Hazuri Singhs and Panj Pyaras. (Five Beloved Ones)

13. Till the time Prashaad is distributed among all the Sangat no one should move from their respective place.

14. Not to have any physical relation without getting married.

15. To treat every second lady as Sister, Mother and Daughter other than your Wife.

16. Not to abuse any woman.

17. To keep oneself away from lie, Tambacoo and meat.

18. To be in the company of Gursikhs who take the name of GURU and follow his teachings.

19. Not to be lazy in duties to be performed by you.

20. To listen and practice Gurbaani daily.

21. To avoid back biting(Gossiping) and feeling jealous from any one.

22. Not be proud of your Money, Youth and caste.

23. To think pure and high.

24. To be part of auspicious work.

25. To consider WAHEGURU as ultimate power of Knowledge and Health.

26. Not to believe on the person who swear on any person or thing.

27. To be independent.

28. To get knownledge of politics.

29. To adopt all other ways love, Money etc with enemy and if need arises then go for war.

30. To educate oneself of Arms knowledge and horse riding.

31. To read the books of other religions and faiths but believe in Sikhism only.

32. To adopt the teachings of the GURU.

33. To do the REHRAAS SAHIB paath daily and perform Ardaas in standing posture.

34. To do KIRTAN SOHILA paath before going to bed.

35. To keep your head covered.

36. To call GURSIKH by his FULL NAME.

37. Not to consume Liquor.

38. Marry your daughters with GURSIKHS and not with cut surd.

39. To perform every task within the teachings of SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB.

40. Not to disrupt any ones work by back-biting (Gossiping).

41. To not hurt anybody by harsh words.

42. To travel and visit only GURUDWARA SAHIB’s.

43. To keep your words.

44. To help the guest, outsider, needy and handicapped person to the fullest.

45. It is a sin to use daughter’s money.

46. Not to be an artificial Sikh.

47. To be a surd, to respect one’s hair like GURU’S belongings.

48. Not to be a part of theft, cheating and fraud.

49. To trust a Gursikh.

50. Not to be a fake witness.

51. Not to tell, speak a lie.

52. Distributing the Prashad and the Langer equally.