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Sakhi from 1972 Agra Samagam


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Gurdwara Tapoban Sahib www.tapoban.org

By Jathedar Raam Singh (Soora, Mar, 87)

Translated by www.tapoban.org Admin

This is an incident from the 1972 Agra Keertan Smaagam. It is for me an unforgettable

memory, which causes me to feel bairaag, and teaches about divinely ordained fate and

the Guru’s grace.

It was the ran sabaaee for the smaagam and after the selection of the Punj Pyaaray, the

Jathedar Sahib of the Punj Pyaaray told me to go outsie and see how many aspirants for

Amrit were present. I took permission of the Jatehdar and went outside to see. After

asking around I found out that about five or six individuals had come for this priceless

gift of Amrit. Sitting a little farther back than the rest of the aspirants, all alone was an

Eastern-Indian, Hindu Bhaiyaa family (husband, wife, and three children). From their

clothes I could tell they were extremely poor. My conversation with them was as such:

I: What have you come here for?

The Couple: Baboo jee, to take amrit.

I: (with surprise) What did you say?

Couple: Baboo jee, for amrit. We have taken a bath before coming. All of us, even the

children.

I: Are you wearing a Kacherra?

Couple: No Baboo jee.

I: Kirpaan, Kangha, KaRa…do you have any of these?

Couple: No Baboo jee.

I could see myself that they were not wearing keskees. I told them about the restrictions

on the use of meat, alchol and tobacco. They were completely ready to meet any

condtions to receive amrit.

I went back inside and told Jathedar Sahib everything. Jathear Sahib began to laugh and

was very happy. He gave permission for the Hindu family to be dressed in the five

kakaars and be presented before the Punj Pyaaray.

I requested a Singh who lived in Agra to arrange for kakaars for the family and also

suitable clothes (salvaar kameez, dupatta) for the wife. The wife was wearing a dhotee at

the time. The Agra Singh quickly arranged for all the required things.

The peshees began. The Punj Pyaaray gave this family approval as candidates for amrit.

After the peshees, all the amrit candidates were called inside. The Bata was prepared. The

candidates kept receiving amrit and beginning their spiritual lives as the Amrit hall began

to echo with naam. At the very end came the turn of this family. First the Singh came.

The candidate assumed the beer aasun. His conversation with Punj was like this:

Panch: (After giving Amrit choola) Bol, Vaahiguru Jee kaa khaalsaaa Vaahiguru jee kee

fateh!

Abhilakhee: Silent.

Panch: Bol Vaahiguru jee kaa khaalsaa vaahiguru jee kee fateh!

Ab: Silent.

Panch: (understanding he had not ever heard the Fateh before), How we say it, you too

should repeat like us.

Ab: Yes sir.

Panch: Bolo Vahiguru

Ab: Vaahiguru

Panch: Jee kaa

Ab: Jee kaa

Panch: Khalsa

Ab: Khansa

Panch: Not Khansa, KHALSA

Ab: Falsa

Panch: not Falsa, say KHA

Ab: KHA

Panch: L

Ab: L

Panch: Sa

Ab: Sa

Panch: Vahiguru

Ab: Vahiguru

Panch: Jee kee

Ab: Jee kee

Panch: Fateh!

Ab: Fateh!

And like this, this candidate was blessed with Amrit. It took him a long time to learn how

to recite naam as well. The came the turn of his older son who was about ten years old.

He had the same experience as his father. Then came the wife’s turn. The word Khalsa

had to be split apart for her as well for her to repeat it. When the bibi had received amrit,

the Panch, (through the Jathedar Sahib) told the Bibi, “You have taken Amrit. Now the

Punj Pyaaray will give you naam. You will accompany us as we now meditate on itâ€

After saying this, the Panch put their hands on her head and released the first furaataa of

svaas giraasee naam abhyaas. With the second furaataa, this Bibi (who had never ever

heard even the Fateh or naam before) began to do abhyaas like she had been doing so for

many years. She would recite naam so clearly and easily and louder than anyone else. All

the observers began to smile and watch this Bibi. The Bibi’s body became solid and she

fell into the dandaut position. The power of naam abhyaas was moving her body so much

that the Panch had to hold her head with great struggle so it wouldn’t hit the ground. It

was getting hard to manage the Bibi. Jathedar Sahib motioned to the other Bibis sitting

close by to take care of the Bibi and turned her over to them. For a long time she stayed

in this state. When she regained consciousness (even though her naam khanda was still

going) she had a Guru given glow on her face, which causes vairaag in the observer. She

sat down and was fully immersed in naam meditation. The youngest daughter who was

about two years old also had abhyaas just like her mother’s.

After the amrit sinchaar, the couple was re-married according to the Anand Kaaraj

ceremony and was given names according to Gurmat.

Because of some old karmas, this family must have been born in the East and worked

hard labour and lived in abject poverty. When the architect of destiny willed, this family

must have been sitting and eating in the Langar when they heard they could also receive

Amrit. The bathed and arrived. Their destiny was to awaken, so Guru Sahib created a

path for them. With innocence, they arrived and sat a bit apart from the rest of the

candidates. In their minds they had the wish, “we too will take amritâ€. What did they

know what amrit was or how it was received? They must have thought amrit was given

like langar. The great puppeteer was in their hearts and making all this possible. The Lord

created such a play and made these candidates speak such words that in their innocence,

they were accepted at the door of the Guru. After receiving the gift of amrit and naam,

such grace fell upon this family that is seen of very few others. Their soul, thirsting for

naam, upon receiving just a droplet of it, completely immersed itself. This was all a play

of old Karmas.

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