In the coming days, this Daas will be writing some Saakhis, involving many Gursikhs, about Ardaas Shakti. The idea is to understand the concept of Ardaas and then apply it to our personal lives and to get close to Vaheguru jee. Let’s begin this new series with a Saakhi involving Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee.
In 2004 we had the big fortune of meeting Giani Gurdit Singh jee who wrote the famous book Mundavani. We were about 6-7 Singhs, all in Blue Baana and Dumaalay and we arrived early at the residence of Giani jee which was in the most affluent area of Chandigarh. The neighbouring Kothis (houses) were all of ministers and other VIP people. There was a lot of police presence in the area.
At the time we met Giani jee, he was very much in news because of his new book Mundavani. He told us later on that he had been receiving many threats. When he met us, he thought that we were there to confront him or something. He was a bit apprehensive and quiet. Soon after we arrived, two famous scholars, who were working with Giani jee, also arrived. We all sat in his huge and very well maintained lawn.
We introduced ourselves as Singhs from Canada and I also reminded him of my conversation with him on phone, few months ago. Soon he opened up and then we had some very good discussions with him. Here is a Saakhi little-known Saakhi of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee that he narrated to us.
Ardaas Shakti – Bhai Sahib interrupting Ardaas
There was a very loving and humble Gurmukh couple who did not have any children. Sometimes Vaheguru deliberately holds some gifts from us, so as to prompt us to do Bhagti and turn towards Him. Of course, many times we lack things because of our past Karma. In such cases too, we need to build Karma or destroy bad Karma through Naam and Gurbani, and this way attain the necessities we need in this life.
The Gurmukh couple did benti (request) before the Jatha to do Samagam at their residence and then perform an Ardaas for them. The Jatha including Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee arrived at the Gursikh’s house and did Gurmat Samagam. The couple did sewa of Gursikhs with great faith and very humbly. Bhai Sahib in particular was very pleased with their sewa.
At the conclusion of the Samagam, the Ardaasiya Singh (one who performs Ardaas) started doing Ardaas. In the end, when the Ardaasiya Singh said, “O Sache Paatshah, the Gursikh couple has done sewa of the Samagam. Please fulfill their wish and bless them with a son.”
Bhai Sahib who was standing in the Sangat, interrupted and speaking loudly pleaded, “O Sache Paatshah, not one, but please bless them with two sons.” (ਸਚੇ ਪਾਤਸ਼ਾਹ, ਇਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਦੋ ਬਖਸ਼ੋ!)
Everyone was surprised that Bhai Sahib had interrupted the Ardaasiya Singh and asked for 2 sons instead of 1 that Ardaasiya Singh was asking for. Bhai Sahib had been so pleased with the couple's dedication to Sikhi and their serving spirit that he went out of his way to reward them. Such is the reward when we humbly serve Gursikhs.
Giani Gurditt Singh jee then told us that within two or three years, the couple was blessed with 2 sons and they are still alive today. Such is the power of Ardaas of Sangat and such is the reward we get, when we serve the Gursikhs humbly and earnestly. The following Gurbani pankiti comes to mind at this time:
ਚਾਰਿ ਪਦਾਰਥ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਮਾਗੈ ॥ ਸਾਧ ਜਨਾ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਲਾਗੈ ॥
(If someone is looking for Chaar Padarath, he should serve the Gursikhs)
May Guru Sahib bless us with ability to serve Gursikhs and forever remain humble before Gursikhs.