This is a translation from a very famous book of Bhai Raghbir Singh jee. Please read this true incident that took place about 40 years ago in Calcutta, Bengal, India. It may change your life:
THE AGREEMENT OF A SIKH AND VAHEGURU
A well educated Giani jee came to visit me at Calcutta and told me that he has read Bandagi Nama (a book by Bhai Raghbir Singh jee) and had a strong urge to meet me. I asked him the reason he was visiting Calcutta. He responded by saying that during the second world war, he served on the border of Hindustan in the capacity of his government service and upon the end of the world war, he had been asked by the government to see a senior engineer at Calcutta (with regard of his job). This meeting had occurred a day ago and even though the senior engineer had not submitted his report in writing, he had told Giani jee orally that Giani jee was not the kind of employee they needed to work on their machines because he did not have any experience working on these machines. For this reason he was not going to get this job.
From the face of Giani jee one could easily see sadness and dejectedness. For this reason I asked Giani jee, “Do you want to get that job?” Giani jee responded by saying that even though whatever Vaheguru does is only good but he had a lot of expectations on getting this job and he was going back to Punjab with great regrets.
I asked Giani jee to wait a couple of days more as the senior engineer had not yet submitted his written report about his decision not to hire Giani jee. Giani jee responded by saying that since the senior engineer had already given him his decision orally, it would be futile to wait for his written report. Later, before leaving he said to me that though he did not get job in Calcutta but he that he was very pleased to meet me. At that time I remembered a shabad of Siri Guru Arjun Dev jee and as per inspiration from that shabad, I humbly addressed Giani jee as follows:
“Giani jeeo, did you give Vaheguru a chance to help you in this matter?”
In response to this, Giani jee said, “Before coming to Calcutta I did ardaas. I did not do anything else. What do you mean by giving Vaheguru a chance to help me? Do you mean, Vaheguru is looking for a chance or an opportunity to help out and when he gets a chance he helps out? I have always been under the impression that everything happens in the hukam of Vaheguru. Under the hukam of Vaheguru, I would have received “yes” as an answer and under his hukam alone I received “no” as an answer from the engineer.
In response to this, I asked Giani jee, “ if you are so willing to accept the hukam (will) of Vaheguru then you should have stayed stable after listening to the negative answer from the senior management but the fact is that you became so despondent that you did not bother to wait for the written response from the management and wanted to leave right away. Do you consider your spiritual and mental state to be at a level where you would be willing to accept the will of Vaheguru? I think you would have been happy if you had got this job and now as you did not get this job, you are trying to decrease your despondency by saying that it is will of Vaheguru”.
After hearing my response, Giani jee started thinking and in a short while addressed me as follows:
“After hearing you, I agree that you are right. The truth is that I wanted this job and this is why I came to Calcutta and would have been happy if I had got this job, but since I did not get this job and since I feel helpless in this situation, I called this bad happening a “bhaana” (will) of Vaheguru”
I interrupted Giani jee at this point and said, “you should have given Vaheguru a chance to help you. According to the teachings of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee, one thing that Vaheguru does not know how to do is to not keep honour of one who comes to his protection”.
JO SHARAN AAVAI, TIS KANTH LAAVAI; IH BIRAD SUAAMI SANDAA||
KAURA BOL NAA JAANAI, POORAN BHAGVAANAI, AUGUN KO NAA CHITAARE||
After listening to me, Giani jee asked me what I meant by “giving Vaheguru a chance to help” and what I meant by coming to his protection (sharan). .
I responded by saying that according to the teachings of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee, one comes to the protection of Vaheguru when one’s state of mind is as stated in the following Gurbani pankiti:
SAGAL DUAAR KO CHHAAD KE, GAHIYO TUHAARO DUYAAR||
BAAHEN GAHE KEE LAAJ AS, GOBIND DAAS TUHAAR||
When ones’ state of mind is as stated in the great saying of Guru Gobind Singh jee, then we can call such person as coming to the sharan of Vaheguru. This is how one can give Vaheguru a chance to help us.
After listening to me, Giani jee was filled with love for Vaheguru and very humbly he said, “I have never come to the sharan of Vaheguru like this and nor I have ever given Vaheguru a chance to help me”.
I said, “Vaheguru does not have any reservations that you have never sought his sharan. You can try going to his sharan right now, and you can give Vaheguru a chance to fix your problems right now”.
Giani jee asked me, “Please explain how I can give Vaheguru a chance now to help me. What should I do now?
In response I said that he should do that agreement (contract) with Vaheguru that Guru Arjun Dev jee wants all his Sikhs to do but only fortunate ones do it.
Giani jee eagerly asked me, “What agreement or contract is that?”
I responded, “the details of this agreement with Vaheguru have been listed in Raag Gauri, by Guru Arjun Dev jee. The first and the most difficult condition of this agreement is that a Sikh should come to the sharan of Vaheguru with true heart and full humility.
The second condition that pertains to Vaheguru is that in return to the first condition that if a Sikh comes to the sharan of Vaheguru with true heart and humility then Vaheguru does all work for the Sikh and sorts out all problems for him. All his sorrows, worries, and pain get destroyed by Vaheguru and he fulfills all needs of his Sikh. That Sikh gets respect everywhere he goes and always is victorious in all situations. All the people of the world bow in front of his Sikh, out of respect and love”.
“The third condition of this agreement with Vaheguru is that when Vaheguru begins to fix the problems of the Sikh, then the Sikh of Vaheguru should shed all fear and japp (recite) Naam of Vaheguru. As a result of this Naam japp, the Sikh will get great bliss.
“he fourth condition of this agreement is that the Sikh of Vaheguru after receiving all these gifts from Vaheguru should share it with the world with open heart”.
Hearing this, Giani jee asked me, “Why does Vaheguru do all this for his Sikh, just for coming in his sharan?”
In response to this, I said, “Vaheguru who is the king of all kings does not expect any favour in return from a Sikh. He knows of the true situation of his Sikh’s mind and so long as a Sikh does not seek his sharan with true heart, he does not consider it appropriate to help his Sikh but as soon as Vaheguru realizes that his Sikh has complete faith in him and has shed other hopes, Vaheguru gets very pleased with his Sikh. At that point his grace is invoked and it fixes all problems of his Sikh. In the end of the shabad, Guru Arjun Dev jee states that he himself has done this agreement with Vaheguru and advise all his Sikhs to do the same”.
Giani jee eagerly asked me, “What shabad is that where such great and profitable agreement is written?”.
When I read out the below listed shabad, Giani jee got very surprised and said that he reads this shabad everyday but had never pondered upon this shabad so deeply”
THIR GHAR BAISO HARJAN PYAARE||
SATGUR TUMRE KAAJ SAVAARE|| 1 || RAHAO ||
DUSHT DOOT PARMESHAR MAARE||
JAN KEE PAIJ RAKHEE KARTAARE||1||
BADSHAAH SHAAH SABH VAS KAR DEENE||
AMRIT NAAM MAHA RASS PEENE||2||
NIRBHAU HOYE BHAJO BHAGVAAN||
SAADH SANGAT MIL KEENO DAAN||3||
SHARAN PARE PRABH ANTARJAAMI||
NANAK, OT PAKREE PRABH SUAAMI||4||
Next day Giani jee phoned me and said, “My heart is filled with many kind of emotions at this time and this is why I could come in person to meet you. I got the job I wanted and that same senior engineer who rejected me two days ago, gave me this job. I cannot comprehend this great happening and the only explanation I can give is that Vaheguru himself has fulfilled my wish. Please give me asees (best wish) that I may follow that agreement that I agreed to follow yesterday, in front of you, all my life”.
A lot can be learned from this article by Bhai Raghbir Singh jee. It is imperative to have Vaheguru on our side and the only way to do that is to seek his sharan and then do naam abhyaas.