Siri Guru Nanak Dev jee came to this world for everyone and all kinds of people. Guru Sahib is Jagat Guru. Guru Sahib surely appeared in Punjab but Guru Sahib did not keep his spiritual message limited to Punjab. Guru Sahib travelled far and wide, throughout this world to spread Sach and connected people to Sach. Even though we don’t have detailed accounts of Guru Sahib’s travels, there is no doubt that Guru Sahib went to every place on Earth that was inhabitated by people. The very fact that Guru Sahib Himself went to people living in all parts of the world to deliver Sach, proves that Guru Sahib is the only Jagat Guru. No other prophet, avtar or founder can be classified as Jagatguru because they stayed limited to the geographical area of their birth.
Unfortunately, now people from different castes have started adopting Bhagats of their castes as their Gurus e.g. people from so called Chamaar jaat consider Bhagat Ravidaas jee as their Guru. All Bhagats who have their Baani registered in Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee were strongly against casteism and to put faith in Bhagats based on their caste goes against their teachings.
While in India I met a person from so called Chamaar caste who believes Bhagat Ravidaas jee to be his Satguru and had taken Naam from some Dehdhaari Guru. I asked him if the Naam he was chanting was helping him spiritually. He did not give any sure answer and my next question was if the Naam he was chanting was “Sohang”. He was surprised that I knew the Naam he recited secretly. I knew this not because of some super-sensory power but because I knew the fact that Dehdhari Gurus belonging to this Samprada give out Sohang Naam as Gurmantr. I asked him if he knew the meaning of this word. He did not know. I explained that basically the meaning of this word is that So (that) I am (hang) i.e. I am that God.
Empowered with the knowledge gained through books of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee, Daas explained to him that chanting this Naam actually increases Haume because contrary to the Gurmat ideal of Tu Tu, this Naam is about Mai Mai i.e. I am God. The recitation of this Naam is totally contrary to the high ideals of Gurmat Prema-Bhagti which involves deep and profound Sifat Salaah of Vaheguru jee. What kind of sifa Salah is this that involves calling your own self God?
The person was visibly shocked when he found out the above stated meanings of Sohang. We explained to him that in Kaljug it is the kingdom of Siri Guru Nanak Dev jee and it is not wise to adopt anyone else as Guru. Hopefully, this discourse with this genuine gentleman will result in him coming to the fold of true Gurmat of Siri Guru Nanak Dev jee.
Having said that, the disease of casteism is becoming stronger because of adopting of Bhagats of different castes as Satgurus. It is clear from Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee that there is a difference between Guru Sahibaan and Bhagat Sahibaan. In Gurbani Guru Sahibaan have been referred to as Mahallas and Bhagat Sahibaan have been called Bhagats. Maharaj Sumatt Bakhan