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Updesh 6th Patshahi

Adaiy 43rd , 5th Raas.

Banvaali and Parsram.

Banvaali and Parsram were both “Vayd” (doctors) of a high degree. They would treat the Sadhsangat and eliminate their suffering.(1)

They would spend their own money on preparing medicines and would dispense them to the Sangat. If anyone was housebound/bedbound they would go to their abode and with the strength of their medicine the patient would sit up.(2)

With great love they would sing Shabads , then they would contemplate the meanings and act upon them in their everyday life. One day with clasped hands they made a humble request to Satguru Ji.(3)

“Heh Sachay Patshah (True King of Kings) we have come to learn that the Shabad of Satguru blesses kalyan (liberation). The status of Sadhsangat is truly of great magnitude. Why has Satguru said this?”(4)

Satguru Ji said “This is the medicine of all rogs (ailments). You have all the remedies readymade at your abode. Suffering patients with the intention of acquiring medicines come to you”.(5)

“You check the nabaz (pulse) to see whether the cold is due to heat or the cold. Upon satisfying yourself with the examination , you dispense the relevant medicine. Then you instruct the patient the method by which it is to be taken etc.”(6)

“Then the ailment is removed , slowly and gradually the patient becomes healthier. It is because of the medicines that you stock that patients come to meet you with the desire to obtain it”.(7)

“Rog cannot be eradicated without a vayd , accept this as utter truth. In the same way my Gurmukh Sikhs first of all check to see who has the right to dispense Sikhi?”(8)

“Karam Upashnah or Gyan , whoever has the right , they say it as it is. They inform of the Rehnee (code of conduct) and then give the virtues , those Sikhs attain kalyan quickly”.(9)

“Whosoever gives updesh without having the right , leave alone kalyan , they create kalesh (fighting/hell etc.). Sadhsangat is very high , and that is why Sri Guru Ji has said”.(10)

There was a Sikh named Tirith , he worked in the king’s army. He arrived in the Sharan (sanctuary) of Sri Hargobind Sahib. With clasped hands he said.(11)

“I spend all day in my work , I cannot take time out for Naam Simran. How will we attain salvation? “

Gur Ji gave updesh , as such:- (12)

“Do the seva of Sants on a daily basis , give them food and clothes. A person who gives a cow grass and feed , he alone attains the milk”.(13)

“In the same way serve the Sadh , they will become pleased and will impart the easy route to udaartah (salvation). Then that person becomes accustomed to Bhagat Gyan (Devotional knowledge).(14)

“How will I recognise a Sant?” he asked upon hearing this , “the person that I need to serve”. At that point Satguru Ji imparted a technique , “A king desired”.(15)

“How can I see Hans (swan like creatures) with my own eyes?”, so he started doing seva of many panchi (birds) in his palaces. He feed all the panchi with a varied choga (feed). Panchi came from near and far.(16)

Upon pecking the choga the panchi’s would spread the praise of this place at the Maan Sarovar ( gathering place). The Hans there heard the praise and said to the rest that we too shall go to the palaces of the king.(17)

We will go there and show devotion , where panchi pick the feed daily. As such a pair of Hans arrived there and showed themselves.(18)

Upon seeing them the people informed the King. The king was overjoyed and brought along with him milk and pearls which he placed in front of the pair of Hans. The Hans separated the water and drank the milk and ate the pearls.(19)

They regurgitated round precious gems. They flew back off to their own abode. The king was overwhelmed as he collected the gems.(20)

When the gems were taken to the Jauri (jeweller) the king was then informed that these gems are worth more than his entire kingdom. And that is why do the seva of all , the ones that come to you will grace you with Brahm Gyan (Divine Knowledge).(21)

Bhai Tirth became estatic upon hearing Guru Ji’s Bachan and started the sukhdayak (pleasure giving) seva of Sants. He would achieve bliss by meditating on Waheguru and ultimately he merged with Guru in the end.(22)

Phaava Dhero was a Sikh who lived in Ujjain who engaged in Bhaghti of Guru Ji in his home. He would listen to kirtan and also do kirtan. He would sleep for two pehar (three hours) at night.(23)

He would do bhaghti for the remaing six pehar. By attending Satsangat he became very wise. He would come to Guru Ji after six months , upon seeing guru Ji he would be filled with bliss.(24)

“What attributes do Sant have?” he asked Guru Ji one day. “What are the lachan (characteristics) of Sant?” Then Sri Hargobind Ji said. “There is a Satguru slok which describes a sant”.(25)

ਮੰਤ੍ਰੰ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੰ ਧ੍ਯ੍ਯਾਨੰ ਸਰਬਤ੍ਰ ਪੂਰਨਹ ॥

मंत्रं राम राम नामं ध्यानं सरबत्र पूरनह ॥

Manṯraʼn rām rām nāmaʼn ḏẖa▫yāna sarbaṯar pūrnah.

Through the Mantra of the Name of the Lord, Raam, Raam, one meditates on the All-pervading Lord.

ਗ੍ਯ੍ਯਾਨੰ ਸਮ ਦੁਖ ਸੁਖੰ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਨਿਰਵੈਰਣਹ ॥

ग्यानं सम दुख सुखं जुगति निरमल निरवैरणह ॥

Ga▫yāna sam ḏukẖ sukẖaʼn jugaṯ nirmal nirvairṇėh.

Those who have the wisdom to look alike upon pleasure and pain, live the immaculate lifestyle, free of vengeance.

ਦਯਾਲੰ ਸਰਬਤ੍ਰ ਜੀਆ ਪੰਚ ਦੋਖ ਬਿਵਰਜਿਤਹ ॥

दयालं सरबत्र जीआ पंच दोख बिवरजितह ॥

Ḏa▫yālaʼn sarbaṯar jī▫ā pancẖ ḏokẖ bivarjiṯėh.

They are kind to all beings; they have overpowered the five thieves.

ਭੋਜਨੰ ਗੋਪਾਲ ਕੀਰਤਨੰ ਅਲਪ ਮਾਯਾ ਜਲ ਕਮਲ ਰਹਤਹ ॥

भोजनं गोपाल कीरतनं अलप माया जल कमल रहतह ॥

Bẖojanaʼn gopāl kīraṯanaʼn alap mā▫yā jal kamal rahṯah.

They take the Kirtan of the Lord's Praise as their food; they remain untouched by Maya, like the lotus in the water.

ਉਪਦੇਸੰ ਸਮ ਮਿਤ੍ਰ ਸਤ੍ਰਹ ਭਗਵੰਤ ਭਗਤਿ ਭਾਵਨੀ ॥

उपदेसं सम मित्र सत्रह भगवंत भगति भावनी ॥

Upḏesaʼn sam miṯar saṯrėh bẖagvanṯ bẖagaṯ bẖāvnī.

They share the Teachings with friend and enemy alike; they love the devotional worship of God.

ਪਰ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਨਹ ਸ੍ਰੋਤਿ ਸ੍ਰਵਣੰ ਆਪੁ ਤ੍ਯ੍ਯਿ-ਗਿ ਸਗਲ ਰੇਣੁਕਹ ॥

पर निंदा नह स्रोति स्रवणं आपु ित्यागि सगल रेणुकह ॥

Par ninḏā nah saroṯ sarvaṇaʼn āp ṯi▫yāg sagal reṇukėh.

They do not listen to slander; renouncing self-conceit, they become the dust of all.

ਖਟ ਲਖ੍ਯ੍ਯਣ ਪੂਰਨੰ ਪੁਰਖਹ ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮ ਸਾਧ ਸ੍ਵਜਨਹ ॥੪੦॥

खट लख्यण पूरनं पुरखह नानक नाम साध स्वजनह ॥४०॥

Kẖat lakẖ▫yaṇ pūranaʼn purkẖah Nānak nām sāḏẖ savajneh.


Whoever has these six qualities, O Nanak, is called a Holy friend.


The person who has received the Mantar of the Naam of the Prabhu Malik (Waheguru Ji) and who engages in the simran of the omnipresent Lord.

Who considers pain and happiness as the same , whose actions are pure and without hate.

Who is compassionate towards all things and has a control over the five vices. Who’s intake is eulogising Waheguru Ji and remains unaffected by maya in the same way that a lotus flower is unaffected by surrounding mud etc.

Who serves friends and foes on the same level and only has love for Waheguru devotion.

Who doesn’t listen with own ears to the nindya (slander) of others and who kills their own ego to become the dust of all. Whosoever possesses theses six attributes , heh Nanak their name is mitr (friend) , Sant and full human.

Who engages in Naam Simran and who sees Waheguru in everyone , remains stable in sorrow and happiness. Who is pure , without hatred , and Nirala (detached) , always remains attached to Prabhu.(26)

Showers compassion on all things and distances themselves from lust and anger. Just as a lotus remains unaffected. Considers friend and foe on a par.(27)

Does not engage in the listening or speaking slander of others , always remains of humble mind and considers to be the dust of others. The wise can test these attributes , whosoever in this case is the virtuous Sant of many good deeds.(28)

The Sangat of such Sant eradicates bad thoughts and by doing seva Gyan is obtained”. Upon hearing this bhai Dheeroh became blissful and went back to his home. He adopted all the characteristics of the Sant.(29)

Many Sikhs met in the village of Bhuran Pur. Bhai Bhagwan Das was a bhagat , Bodhla was another , Malk Kataroo , Prithi Mall Jrandh , Budh Saroo.(30)

Dhallu Bhagat , Shurra Harran , Siami Das Vadavan and Sundar etc. Sikhs got together to perform Kirtan.(31)

Then all gathered for darshan of Guru Ji , they saw Guru Ji with their own eyes. Various gifts were presented to Guru Ji. They placed their heads at the charan kanwal of Guru Ji.(32)

They stayed there for many days with a hope of salvation. “Someone please give us divine wisdom so that we may cross the bhav sagar (ocean of fears).(33)

“Make a good dharamshala (place of worship), gather there everyday there in the early hours of the morning, listen to Gurbani and read Gurbani to others too”. Guru Ji stated.(34)

“Contemplate on the Arth (meanings) and do Katha (preaching) , and act upon the teachings in your daily life.(35)

“Work honestly and never speak lies , then do Rehraas at the Rehraas time , do kirtan upto night time and finish off with Sohila Sahib”.(36)

“When there is pehar remaining of the night do ishnaan , then memorise the treasure trove of Gurbani. Whichever Sikh is hungry or clothe less , give them food and clothes and you will receive happiness”.(37)

“Then on the Purbs of Massiah , Sangrand , Devaali , Vasakhi , etc. Collect Guru di kaar (donations) and prepare and distribute Kadah Parshad (Degh)”.(38)

“Leaving aside ego make the mind humble , do satsangat always in this manner. Once upon a time there was a dead cat in a water well. How can the water be purified? A pandit was asked to assist”.(39)

“Remove the cat and discard a thousand dholl (recipticle) of water from the well. The water will be purified”. Upon hearing this the man went away. He forgot to remove the cat.(40)

Vast amounts of water were removed but the stench of the dead cat remained intact. They returned and informed the pandit. “The water hasn’t purified , I’ve discarded vast amounts”.(41)

Upon hearing this the pandit said “remove more water”. They removed more water but went back to inform the pandit that the stench is still present.(42)

Upon hearing this the pandit went to inspect the well himself , the dead was still in the well. “What have you done here? You’ve neglected to take the dead cat out” the pandit explained.(43)

“The water will remain polluted until the cat is removed”. In the same way ego is a bad thing which is present in the body.(44)

“Until this ego is lost it is not possible to attain kalyan. That is why it is important to remain alert on a daily basis in order to the lose ego”.(45)

“Slowly it will vanish and your atmah will light up with Gyan Parkash (Divine knowledge)”. By listening to this the Sikhs , who were from the village Buranpur.(46)

Went home estatic and engaged in Satnam Simran. They followed the instructions of Guru Ji and they Anthaykaran (Intangible inside Indriah) became pavittar (pure).(47)

Whichsoever rehanee was ordained by Guru Ji , they went back to their abodes and adopted it in their everyday lives. They all attained yog kalyan (liberation) and were saying “Satguru Ji Dhan hun , they gave us this Sukh.(48)

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Great sakhi veer..may i ask you post sakhiyas in designated area- Inspirational Stories | Sakhia for future? ..i will move this thread to Inspirational Stories | Sakhiya.

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