Sakhi Bhagat Sadhnaa ji
one of the fifteen saints and sŁfis whose hymns are incorporated in the Guru
Granth S‚hib, was a qas„i or butcher by profession who, by his piety and
devotion, had gained spiritual distinction. A hymn by Sadhna has been
included in the Guru Granth Sahib. It is said that Sadhna used Salgram (a
form of stone idol) as a weight to weigh the meat he sold.
day an enlightened mendicant ('sadhu') passed by, and he scolded Sadhna for
what he did. Sadhna repented and renounced his home and left for the
forests. It is also said that on his way to the forests, a woman met him She
felt so charmed by Sadhna that she wanted to possess him. However, Sadhna
remained indifferent to all her actions. She thought that perhaps the
presence of her husband is the hindrance and Sadhna does not take the
initiative because of his fear. So the woman took no time in murdering her
husband, thereby clearing the way for Sadhna.
while committing this crime, she failed to read correctly the mental state
of Sadhna who was then on the point of acquiring mystical unity with the
Lord. Therefore, whatever she did, she failed to charm Sadhna. At last when
she found defeat staring in her face, she alleged that Sadhna had killed her
husband. Consequently, the poor Sadhna had his hands chopped off as a
punishment for the crime he never committed.
has always protected his devotees and there are extant evidences to prove
this contention: for example, He saved Bhagat Prehlad, helped Namdev and
saved the honour of Daropadi, similarly, Sadhna also prayed to God
Nothing am I, no pride is mine; nothing is mine, On
this occasion save the honour of Sadhna, the Servant.
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Page 858
Lord listened to his prayer and accepted it. God through His graceful
benevolence made his hands healthy once again. This gesture of grace by God
flowed in Sadhna's mana (mind), the river of devotion to God. The only hymn
of Sadhna ji wherein he prays God to save his honour and which finds
inclusion in the Guru Granth Sahib (Page 858) would read as under;
love of a king's daughter a man disguised himself as Vishnu Of
this man, lust-seeker, self-seeker, You saved the honour. (1)
Enlightener of the world! what merit is yours if our retribution of deeds
leave us not ? Why
seek shelter with the tiger if a jackal is to grip us? (1-Pause) The
Chatrik (cuckoo) for lack of a drop suffers. If
after its life is gone, even the ocean be found, what good? (2) Tired,
without poise is my life- How
may I delay supplicating Thee ? If
after drowning comes the boat, who will then ride it ?
Nothing am I, no pride is mine; nothing is mine. On
this occasion save the honour of Sadhna, The servant.
Bhagat Sadhana, Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Page 858
whole Shabad conveys this message that the prayer made by a devotee in the
court of his Lord should be saturated with devotion and submission otherwise
it is just a formality which one observes and we all know fully well that
unless the prayer is done from the core of heart with utmost devotion and
dedication, it is not accepted in the court of Lord God.