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Life story of Bhagat Fareed Jee

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Bhagat Fareed Jee was a short, yet strong man, born into a rich Muslim family. As he grew older, however, his family started to face poverty. His wife was always telling him to go find some work, make money etc. So one day he sets out and is walking around in the village. Some thieves notice that he just idling around and decide amongst themselves that he would be a great help to them. So they go up to him and ask if he wanted to help them rob people. He thought to himself that he was looking for money and this was a fast and easy way to do it so he agreed. They go and rob a farmer of the wheat in his fields and split it up into sacks. All the robbers took one sack, and since Bhagat Fareed Jee was strong, he took two.

As he was walking back, he was stopped in his tracks by the skeleton of a bull lying on the ground. Amazingly, it started laughing. Bhagat jee asked it, “what’s so funny?”

The bull said, “I can’t tell you otherwise you won’t be able to rob people anymore.”

“Well, I still want to know,” said Bhagat jee. “Tell me.”

So the bull told him his story. He told him that this farmer was a very honest and hardworking farmer, and had never taken anything of anyone else’s. In the bull’s last life, as a human, he had been riding his horse through the farmer’s fields when a stalk of wheat accidentally got stuck in the hoof of his horse. He picked it up and ate the grains and threw away the inedible part of the stalk.

Because he had eaten a part of the farmer’s crop, he became a bull in this life and his skeleton was to lie there in the field and guard the crops. The bull warned him against stealing from the farmer. At hearing this, Bhagat Fareed Jee dropped his two sacks of crops and left with nothing.

The bull’s story had awakened such conviction in him that he started to do massive bhagti. He gained many powers through this. One day, there was a lady who was crying because her son had drowned. She brought his body to bhagat jee and asked him to please do something. So he agreed and did ardaas for the lady’s son to be brought back to life. Since he was a bhagat, he had the power to do this. The son came back to life and word got around town. Many people started coming to him to bring back their deceased relatives. Soon enough, he got a message from God that what he was doing was wrong and now it would take him much longer to attain mukti.

His faced great punishment for this. It took him 48 EXTRA YEARS to attain mukti. For every set of twelve years, there was something he had to do to achieve his goal. For the first twelve years, he ate only the fruit that had fallen off the trees because one day his mother was picking lice out of his hair and since lice get attached to your hair, it was hurting him. His mother told him it also hurts the branches of the trees when you pick fruits off them. Therefore, he ate only fruit that had already fallen on the ground.

For the next twelve years, since he had done massive bhagti, and bhagats don’t need to eat much, he ate very little. Then, for the next twelve years, he hung upside down in a well and did tapasya. For twelve years straight he hung there, with bhagti as his only sustainer.

Then, he found a guru that he could commit to and whom he truly believed would lead him. For the next twelve years, he served this guru. He was extremely loyal to his guru and the test of his faith came one day when his guru asked him to bring some light because it was very dark. So he set out in the dark, looking for someplace where he could get some light. He came to the house of a prostitute, which happened to have a diva (candle). He asked the prostitute if he could take that light back to his guru. She, not being a very nice person, said she wanted something in return. She asked for his eye. This was for him the ultimate test of faith. Most people at this point would say no and turn back. Bhagat Fareed Jee, on the other hand, who was so devoted to this guru he had committed to, took his eye right out and handed it to the prostitute. He then patched his eye up and took the diva back to his guru.

When he came back, his guru asked him why his eye was all patched up. Surprisingly, when he took the patch off, his eye had been restored. The test had not been to take his eye away from him; rather it was to see if he would go to any length to fulfil the hukam of his guru. And in this way, he attained mukti.

Also look at this link to read more about his life:

http://allaboutsikhs.com/bhagats/babafarid.htm

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