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Part-III

53. Message of the 15 Bhagats or saints (Part-7)

Baba Sheikh Farid Shakkar Ganj ji  

Principal teachings : Have a forgiving nature, never be discontented and dissatisfied, do good even to a person who is evil, live a simple life, never beg from any body, always do simran and beg for meditation of naam from Almighty God

Baba Sheikh Farid ji was a great Ascetic, a most sublime intellectual, profound meditator, deeply content, true believer and a great saint of highest spiritual degree. He was born in the village Khetwal, Distt. Multan(Pakistan) in the year 1173 A.D. His father was Sheikh Jalal Din Suleiman and mother Miriam (Kursam).

His parents were very noble and religious, especially his mother, who was an enlightened soul. She had an intense desire to see her son as a True devotee of Allah(God). There are few mothers in this world that can be compared with Baba Farid ji’s mother. She always considered spiritual achievements much higher than worldly materialistic positions.

She contributed a lot in the life of Baba Farid ji to achieve spiritual heights and powers. In early childhood, Baba Farid ji was inspired by his mother to meditate and recite the name of Allah by receiving an incentive of small packet of Shakkar(lumped brown sugar) daily. She used to keep this packet of brown sugar under his Musallah (a mat used by Muslims to spread over the ground before praying). With the passage of time, this packet of brown sugar took the form of real nectar of naam which surpassed all the taste of sweet things like honey, refined sugar and milk. He enjoyed this nectar of God and openly declared as mentioned on page 1379 :

Fareed: sugar cane, candy, sugar, molasses, honey and buffalo's milk all these things are sweet, but they are not equal to You 

He was a gifted child of extraordinary intelligence. He learned the whole of Quran (Holy Book of Muslims) by heart at the early age of 12. He got religious instructions from Khawaja Qutab Din Bakhtiar Kaki to achieve a higher degree of spirituality what is called the stage of Marfat (spiritual state of detachment and longing for god) and Haqiqat( spiritual state of unity with god). Khwaja Sahib was a strict follower of Sufi-ism.

Note: Sufi-ism :  The concept of “Khudah in Sufi-ism is something far higher then the fanaticism of “Sharah and Shariat” in Muslims. It teaches worship one God who is not confined to the walls of a mosque. According to Sufi-ism, God(Allah) is omnipresent. The holy persons who are in the embrace of Sufi-ism, live a very simple life.

Their basis of life is the love of Allah and to live in his will. They think it is best to please their Murshid(spiritual teacher) and to live as he wishes. They live their lives in contentment, eat little, and wear simple clothes, give thanks to Allah every time and remain in deep remembrance of Almighty God.

The Sufi saints had been very close to Gurughar(Sikhism). The foundation stone of Sri Har-Mander Sahib was laid by fifth Guru Arjun Dev ji through the hands of Sa-ee Mia Meer ji(Sufi saint). Sa-ee Bhikhan Shah of village Ghurham bowed in the direction of East instead of West(Muslims tradition) on the eve of Birth of tenth Guru Gobind Singh ji.

A Sufi saint Faqir Budhu Shah offered his four sons and 500 disciples in the battle of Bhangani to Guru Gobind Singh ji and was accepted in the court of true Guru. A Sufi saint undergoes four different stages ot achieve unison with God Almighty(Allah). These are Shariat, Taraqiat, Marfat, Haqiqat.

Shariat :  A Sufi fakir(Saint) considers Shariat is performing different actions. These are to keep Rozas(fast form dawn to dusk) in the month of Ramadan, to serve his Murshid(Spiritual Teacher)in every way, to recite Namaz(Muslim prayer), to do noble deeds, and to shun fanaticism, to love all and adopt open-mindedness. to have compassion, and lead a simple life, to remain thankful to God and abide by above principles

Tariqat :  A curious learner of Sufi-ism stays with the Murshid and remains in his order, shuns evil desires, meditates and recites Allah’s name, reforms and moulds his mind in a better way, gives thanks to Allah and thus remains Taraqiat.

Marfat :  This is the third stage. Remaining in Shariat and abiding by the rules o Sufi-ism. This world seems to be a show. During this stage the person becomes an introvert He leaves worldly attachment and desires all the time to meet Allah. He is totally lost in penance and prays in privacy. He wants to attain next stage of Haqiqat.

Haqiqat :  When a Sufi fakir reaches the stage of Haqiqat, a divine light of Allah visions through him. A person becomes thoughtless. One light of God becomes visible inside and outside. There remains no difference between the Creator and the creation. The whole world seems to be one form of Allah. After Reaching this stage, a person becomes utmost polite and humble, self-sacrificing, rises above ego-ism, behaves and acts as a care free person. This is called the fourth stage of Haqiqat in Sufi-ism.

Sheikh Farid ji was a family man. In some books it is written that he had four wives. First was Hazbara(daughter of Sultan Giansudin Balvan), Second was Sharda, third was Shakkar and fourth was a widow, whom he married.

Bibi Hazbara stayed with him in the uniform of a fakir throughout her life. According to S. Shamsher Singh Ashok(Sikh Scholar) he had 8 sons and 9 daughters. From the age of 25 to 50 years of his life, he did very hard work, strict penance and meditation. He ate very little food and wore only essential clothes. Sometimes he only had half a hyigt.iutglass of syrup, half piece of corn loaf and some pieces of Raisins in twenty four hours.

He used to wear a beggar’s blanket and often said ,” Any person who is a slave of his desires to eat, drink and wearing clothes cannot meditate, because his mind is not under his control. A person is great who keeps his balance in joys and sorrows, is content and remains stable. The person who is dissatisfied becomes dependent on everybody.”

Farid ji didn’t preach the principle of detachment in theory only, but he practiced it in his personal life. When he left for his heavenly abode, there was not a single piece of cloth for his funeral ceremony found in his house. Even the bricks needed for his tomb had to be obtained by dismantling the wall of his house.

For some time, he went out in a jungle for penance and meditation. He did penance by starving himself and hanging himself upside down. He only ate leaves of the trees to satisfy his hunger.

One day he was meditating in solitude of the jungle when he realized that the noise of the sparrows was an obstacle in his meditation. Spontaneously and in an angry voice he said,” Die”. As soon as he said that, all the sparrows died. He became very sad after seeing the dead sparrows. He then remarked,” Sparrows come to life”. Again, as soon as he uttered these words, the sparrows came back to life and flew away.

Farid ji was happy to see that his meditation had been accepted in the court of God and Allah had made his words come true. After getting his power, a little ego over whelmed him but Allah Almighty God never wants that his devotee should fall victim to false pride.

   
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.