Emphasis on Siri Sukhmani Sahib
Bhai Sahib used to greatly emphasize on doing paath of Siri Sukhmani Sahib. Once a Bibi approached Singhs with a problem she was having in her life. After hearing about her problem, Bhai Jagtar Singh jee on behalf of Singhs asked her to do Siri Sukhmani Sahib paath to relieve her problem. She replied by saying that she already does paath of Siri Sukhmani Sahib. Hearing this, Bhai Sahib in disbelief said that if she is doing Siri Sukhmani Sahib paath, then there is no way her problem could stay this long. The problem surely lies in her. Bhai Sahib further said that, if one does Siri Sukhmani Sahib with full concentration and Shardha (faith), problems in the first place should not come at all and even if they do come to fulfill some previous life Karmic debt, they can`t stay for too long. Bhai Sahib advised her to do her Siri Sukhmani Sahib with increased concentration and faith.
Before mid 1990s, I sometimes used to get extreme headaches. At that time the headache used to relieve after taking Aspirin. Later on, I stopped taking medicine and tried to rely solely on Paath. The headaches continued for sometime. At one time I mentioned about headaches to Bhai Sahib and he said that if a Singh fulfills 3 conditions, he can never have headaches. The 3 conditions that Bhai Sahib mentioned were:
1. Do at least one Siri Sukhmani Sahib a day, with full concentration and faith.
2. Keep Sarbloh Bibek.
3. Do full Keshi Ishnaan in the morning with full cold water, at Amritvela. In Canada, cold water means freezing cold water.
Bhai Sahib narrated his own experience with headache and informed us that if the above 3 Rehits are kept, headache cannot occur. Bhai Sahib said that ever since he has kept the above 3 Rehits, headache has left him alone. He stated that a few times, he has had headache even after these Rehits and all he had to do was act in disbelief (how can the headache still come) and do few Ashtpadis of Siri Sukhmani Sahib loudly. The headache runs away as mice run away at sight of a cat.
Following Bhai Sahib`s advice stated above, Gursikhs have been freed of headaches. Have faith!
Bhai Sahib used to mention that Bhai Atma Singh jee had told Bhai Sahib that a Gursikh who does not do Siri Sukhmani Sahib paath everyday cannot be classified as a ``Laadla Singh`` (Loving Singh) of Siri Guru Dasmesh jee. Bhai Atma Singh had also told Bhai Sahib to always read the Mangal first, when doing Siri Sukhmani Sahib.
Sewa wale Bastr
In the early 1990s, this Daas had the fortune of doing Abhyaas with Bhai Jagtar Singh jee at Weston Road Gurdwara Sahib. There was this Singh (who is now a quite Chardi Kala Singh) who used to be very regular in doing Abhyaas with Bhai Sahib. He had taken Amrit recently but had extreme Bairaag for Naam. One day he came late for Abhyaas. Bhai Sahib asked him the reason for his lateness. The Singh replied that he was feeling sick that day. Bhai Sahib said that if such was the case, he should have come to Abhyaas that day, wearing his Sewa-wale Bastr (Baana used for doing Sewa of Guru Sahib and Paath). This Singh had no idea that there was such a thing called Sewa wale Bastr. Apparently these Bastr absorb vibrations of Naam and Gurbani as they are used for Naam and Gurbani Paath everyday and help against fever and disease. This Daas too found out that day that clothes for Maharaj jee`s sewa and Amritvela Naam Abhyaas should be Makhsoos (reserved).
More memories to come, as they flash in Daas` memory.