Sakhi Babbar Sher
Babbar Sher Singh Jee (when you
don't get ras out of Naam and it feels like you are wasting your time)
What is that word, what is that
virtue, and what is that magic mantra
What are those clothes, which I can
wear to captivate my Husband Lord ||126||
Humility is the word, forgiveness is
and sweet speech is the magic
Wear these three robes, O sister,
and you will captivate your Husband
Lord. ||127|| Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji
morning after amrit vela simran (very early morning naam meditation), Babbar
Sher Singh jee was travelling into the forest. He was drowning in the
spiritual bliss of naam and walked right into a Moghul soldier's ambush.
he was an adept sant-sipahee (saint-soldier), he had no problem escaping the
trap. The Moghul leader called out to him, "I have heard much about the
Khalsa and their Guru. Come and show me what your Guru is made of."
Listening to the challenge to his Guru - wonderful Guru Gobind Singh jee -
Babbar Sher Singh jee could not resist the Moghul's call. So he returned.
Moghul said, "We will each show our swordsmanship. The winner will walk
free." Babbar Sher Singh jee agreed. They stood a few feet apart. First, the
Moghul took his sharp sword and with "whooshs" filling the air, managed to
unhook Babbar Sher Singh jee's battledress (chowla) clean off. Every one was
Babbar Sher Singh jee took out his sword (Kirpan) and a few "whooshs" later,
he sheathed it again. Apparently no damage had been done to the Moghul
Moghul laughed and said, "What good is that?"
Babbar Sher Singh jee said, "Move you head..."
Moghul leader moved his head slightly and lo and behold! his head came clean
off his body.
How could this story be possibly related to Naam ?
now, my beloved friends not so much haste. This story has everything to do
with Naam. The sword is the Khanda of Naam,
the Singh is Satguru and the Moghul is ego or humai. "Say what boy ?" Well, when we jap naam, our ego
is being erased - this is confirmed several times in gurbanee.
yet we think we haven't changed a bit. We feel we are not progressing
spiritually at all sometimes. And yet, Naam is doing
it's work cleanly and deeply. And a time will come when Satguru
will give us a slight push and our humai will come cleanly off. So pyareoooo, don't ever get
discouraged when you don't get ras out of Naam and it feels like you are
wasting your time. The time spent sitting for Naam meditation is the most
precious of all times. It's value cannot be described.
when the mind is going wild and it is only our mouth saying "waheguru waheguru", even that time is
better than doing anything else. You might ask why ? Well, it is true that only "waheguru"
said with dhian or concentration is of spiritual worth; but still, just by
sitting we are training at least the body to be still. The mind will
eventually follow when it sees that this gursikh refuses to obey it.
mind says, "Let's sleep. We have a long day ahead." But this gursikh says, "Mind, I don't really give a
hoot whether I have a long day ahead or not, I am not budging an inch." Finally, the mind will get the
message and it too will start becoming still. Once it is still, it will feel
naam ras (sweetness), because only in stillness is naam ras. Once it has
felt naam ras, the other worldly ras will feel shallow and gross.
waheguru waheguru waheguru
waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguruu....
Burn away those rituals which lead
you to forget the Beloved Lord.O Nanak, sublime is that love, which
preserves my honor with my Lord Master. ||2||
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji