Param Sant Ram Singh Ji
We reap what we sow. Meaning we harvest what we plant. Harvest or sow symbolizes ones actions and reap refers to the results of such actions. If we sow poison from sinful or immoral actions then we will reap poison through suffering and pain. If we sow nectar by following the teachings of our Guru, we will then reap nectar through Guru’s blessings.
Follow your budhi, conscience, not your mann, mind. Our conscience tells when a thought, word or action is morally wrong, but often times we listen to our mind and ignore our conscience. When we follow our conscience it helps us discern and apply the knowledge of good and bad, which we learn from our Guru. Conscience helps us to follow Guru’s updesh, and in turn avoid evil. Those that follow their conscience do not suffer.
The Creator is in all of us and knows all of our thoughts and intentions. There is no need for us to prove our spiritual attainment to others without Paramatma’s hukam. Instead, we should save any spiritual blessings and collect them for when we will be in need or until our Guru asks us to spread those blessings.
“Jey Sohna mere dukh vich Razi Te mein Sukh nu Chulley Pawan”
(If my love is happy in my grief, I throw all of my happiness in the oven)
Here sohna is referred to as The Guru. The sevak says if my Guru is happy in my grief then what good is happiness to me.
Dharmaputra, Yudhisthira was asked why the Pandavas suffered so much in spite of having Bhagwan Krishan beside them. Yudhisthira, knowing that one lives the best life in Paramatma’s hukam answered that if Bhagwan’s intentions were to have them suffer, then they were happy with the grief; it was what Bhagwan had chosen for them.
The Pandavas suffered immensely. They lost everything in a gamble including their wealth and kingdom. They were sent into exile by Duryodhana where they spent twelve years of exile in the jungle and the thirteenth year in incognito. During the thirteenth year, if their identity was discovered the exile would begin again.
During all their hardships they were content because they knew everything was in Bhagwan’s hukam. They were steadfast on dharma and had complete faith in Bhagwan. While the Pandavas were in exile they performed meditation and met with Brahmans and sages who finally had peace because they were protected from demons. The Pandavas received many blessings from the Sages, one of which was that their kingdom would be restored. The Pandavas had to lose the gamble in order to travel in the jungle and protect the sages, perform deep meditation and thus increase their tapasya, austerity.
Suffering can be used as an instrument for transformation that helps us change and grow, making way for spiritual growth. Just as the Pandavas trusted Bhagwan’s power to transform them, the best way to respond to suffering is to stop and ask what lessons we can take from our grief.
Peer is a term used by followers of the Islamic faith, Guru is a term used by the followers of the Sikh faith and Avtar is used by those of the Hindu faith. They are all names given to those who we believe to be the existent manifestation (hasti) of Aad Puruk Parameshwar, The Supreme Lord who has existed before time.
Whether we refer to Guru Nanak, Guru Gobind Singh, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna or Hazrat Abdul Qādir Gīlānī, all of them are Dastgir. A word of Persian origin, Dastgir literally means holder of the hands. Therefore, meaning one who holds our hand in both the material and spiritual world.
Guru Gobind Singh, when writing the Zafarnama says,
“Tuhi Dastgir, Tuhi Karej Sajh”. Here Paramatma, is referred to as Dastgir and the creator of all.
Where one Dastgir comes, all must follow. They all come from Akal Purukh Parameshwar and were sent for our benefit. When all belong to Paramatma then why do we divide and hold prejudice?
Dastgir comes to our aid but within certain boundaries. These boundaries may be stretched or broken in exceptional circumstances, but they can not be crossed all the time. As we must follow Paramatma’s will, so must they. They too have to remain in compliance with the divine law. We can not judge the will of Paramatma and we can not judge the aid we receive from Dastgir. If we are eligible, we will receive and if we do not then we must accept that to be Paramatma’s wish for us.
Dastgir Peer, Giarveen Wale, born in the Gilan district of Persia, were born to parents Sheikh Abu Saleh and Sayyida Bibi Ummul Khair Fatima in their later years and at a time when women are usually unable to bear children. However, it was their parents’ humility and mother’s seva that they received the ultimate blessing of Dastgir Peer through Saint Hazrat Amir Ali. Hazrat Abdul Qādir Gīlānī’s saintly miracles started taking place shortly after they were born. One such incident was that of the sunken ship.
Mata Rudi turned to Dastgir Peer in her most dejected and broken moment. But, once she was blessed with eleven sons from Dastgir Peer and they had grown up she forgot her true source of happiness, Dastgir. When Dastgir Peer took it all back, it was her years of penance and unwavering trust that had Hazrat Abdul Qādir Gīlānī raise the sunken ship once again.
When do we remember Paramatma the most? Is it not mostly in times of despair and need? The truth is that we often connect with Paramatma the most in our darkest moments. However, when things are going well, we often forget until Paramatma throws a challenge our way; a reminder that we have strayed. Our circumstances should not be the one to dictate our remembrance of Dastgir. We need to remember Paramatma every day through all of our actions.
The month of Vaisakh is pleasant for those that follow their Guru’s teachings and immerse themselves in Satsang and the praise of Paramatma. Those that forget Paramatma are unable to find peace and are allured by Maaya, wordly illusion. Only the Creator is constant and can remain with us in this world and with our soul thereafter. Neither children, spouse nor wealth will remain after death. Paramatma’s name is the only thing that can not be separated from the soul.
Like a fish that gets stuck in a net, one can get stuck in the net of Kam (desire), Lobh (greed), and Ahankar (ego). This net can only be broken by Satsang, good deeds and your love for Paramatma. Param Sant, Baba Ram Singh Ji shares the katha of Guru Arjan Dev ji and teaches us that those that engage in Paramatma’s Simran and are in Guru’s obedience are able to cleanse the soul by freeing themselves of vices and washing it away of any sin. Even though Behora Sikh accepted that he had sinned, Guru ji blessed him because he spoke the truth, accepted his mistakes, and decided to correct his actions and thoughts by following the teachings of his Guru through Satsang, Seva, Simran.
Paramatma’s grace is not reserved for anyone in particular or for empty rituals. There is nothing that can come between Paramatma and those that love Paramatma with a pure heart and steadfast dedication. Anyone can meet with Paramatma if one constantly engages in true remembrance of Paramatma and follows the path of spiritual conduct such as acting with compassion and ridding oneself of vices.
In this katha Param Sant, Baba Ram Singh Ji, shares with us an example of how a simple boy was blessed with Paramatma’s darshan. The boy put his good karma and compassion ahead of merely reciting Paramatma’s name. He was pure of mind and body as he did not take up any vices. His love for Paramatma and all of Paramatma’s creation made him strong of mind, emotions and body. He acted out of kindness, compassion and fairness. His virtues blessed him with Paramatma’s grace.
We too need to focus on developing these qualities in ourselves. Instead of taking up vices we should work on developing mental, emotional and body strength so that we can cope with life but also help others in need. These daily positive actions can transform our life and being so that we can nurture a closer connection with Paramatma.
Saints are Sevaks of Paramatma. Through the enlightenment they receive from the Creator, they then put Gursikhs on the right path; the path that will help them unite and become one with Paramatma. Saints shine the light of spiritual wisdom and knowledge on to their Gursikh Sangat leading them to reach this ultimate goal. Parents are given the designation of Gurudev Matha and Gurudev Pitha. A mother is the first and most influential Guru for her child who can guide her children on the right path.
It was Bhagat Dhru’s mother who was his greatest influence and motivated him to walk the difficult journey that would eventually lead him to Paramatma and help obtain his father’s Kingdom in the process. We learn that without Simran we are not able to obtain anything and through Paramatma’s devotion we can receive countless blessings without having to ask.