Baba Sham Singh was very kind-hearted and merciful. He could never bear anyone’s sorrow. Presented below are some Saakhis from his life that show his compassionate nature that covered even the speechless animals.
Helping an Ox in distress
One day Baba jee was coming back from Siri Harmandir Sahib that near the Chhabeel of Bhai Savaiya Singh, he noticed an ox that was in great pain. It seemed that its end was near. Baba jee was moved seeing the pain of the ox. He asked Bhai Satt Singh (his PA) to quickly get water from the Sarovar of Darbar Sahib from near Dukhbhanjani Sahib. In the meantime, he sat near the ox and started doing Siri Jap jee Sahib.
The ox was quite receptive to the Siri Jap jee Sahib Paath from the mouth of a Mahapurakh and responded to the Paath by getting peaceful. When Bhai Satt Singh arrived with Amritmai water, Baba put some water in the ox’s mouth and sprinkled the rest on its body. Now the ox became totally free of pain and became very peaceful. In a few moments the ox passed away peacefully. Baba jee came back to his Dera and organized a Paath and performed an Ardaas at the end of the Paath for the Atma (soul) of the ox.
A Wounded Horse
Once Baba jee was travelling from Siri Tarn Taran Sahib to Siri Amritsar Sahib on a tonga (chariot). Midway towards Siri Amritsar Sahib, Baba jee found out that the horse had a wound on its back and that blood was flowing out of it. Baba jee asked the chariot driver to stop the chariot and immediately off the chariot. He asked the chariot-man why he was putting the horse through so much pain and suffering.
Hearing this, the driver started crying and said that with great difficulty he is able to earn just enough food for his family and the horse and that if he did not run his chariot, he and his family would be deprived of food that day.
Baba jee was visibly moved and ordered the chariot man to immediately take the horse off the chariot and then come to his Dera. Saying this, Baba jee started walking towards his Dera. Later when the chariot man came to Baba jee’s Dera, Baba jee arranged for complete treatment of the horse and all the time when the horse was under treatment, he took up all the house expenses of the chariot man.
Now-a-days there are many societies that work for the welfare of the animals but their Jeev-Daya (compassion for creatures) is flawed since they only worry about the animals and do not understand the problems of the people who own these animals. Baba jee’s concept of Jeev-Daya was perfect since it covered not only animals but also people. Baba jee went to the root of the problem and did not just look at resolving the problem on the surface.
(This is how an Indian Tanga (chariot) looks like)
Whipping the horse
Once Baba jee was travelling towards Siri Tarn Taran Sahib and Siri Govindwal Sahib on a chariot. One the way, the chariot driver whipped the horse to make it run fast. It was as if the pain of this whipping was felt by Baba jee. Baba jee cried out and ordered the driver to not whip the animal. Baba jee said that the horse would run fine on its own, through love.
Baba jee travelled in this chariot many times again and the driver never whipped the horse again. It seemed that the horse ran fast with love as opposed to through whip.
Such was the compassionate nature of Baba Sham Singh jee.
Adapted from life sketch of Baba Sham Singh jee written by Major Prem Singh