Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Story of Faith...

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਕਾ ਹਲਤੁ ਪਲਤੁ ਸਵਾਰੈ ||
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਸਿਖ ਕਉ ਜੀਅ ਨਾਲਿ ਸਮਾਰੈ ||੧||
"The True Guru arranges this world and the next for His Sikh.
O Nanak, with the fullness of His heart, the True Guru mends His Sikh. ||1||"

(Gauree M:5, 286)
During the first week of this month there was a Sikh family camp held in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the camp, the wife of Bhai Lakhdeep Singh (pictured in photograph at the end) asked to share a short personal story about the power of Guru Ji just before I left the Gurdwara to catch my flight back to the UK. Bhenji shared, "I come from a Gursikh family. My mother has great faith in Guru Ji and also told us not to falter in our Sikhi, Guru Ji will help us everywhere, and turning away from the Guru is greater than death."
Bhenji's brother migrated to Australia from India for the purpose of studying. He had a job to pay for his rent, food, and university fees. One day Bhenji received a phone call when she was in India from her younger brother, saying: "Dear sister, it has been 3 months and I have lost my job. I have not told mum as she will worry. It is becoming difficult to pay for the rent, food and university fees... It is difficult to get a job and I am struggling." Bhenji sensed that her brother was perhaps considering turning his back to Guru Ji by cutting his hair, in order to get a job.
Bhenji got emotional and responded back to her brother, "Dear younger brother, please promise me you will not turn your back to the Guru. The Guru is great and will take care of all. To cut your hair and shun Sikhi will mean that you have died for us. You will kill your mother whilst she is alive if you give up your Nitnem and cut your hair. Younger brother, promise me you will not cut your hair or give up your Nitnem. The Guru is great and will look after you, as long as you stay strong your faith in the Guru."
When her brother got off the phone, he realised that his flat mate, who had cut-hair, had overheard the phone conversation. The flat mate, said to him, "Dear brother, I will pay your rent, food and university fees until you get a job, as long you promise as your sister says that you will not cut your hair, give up Nitnem and turn your back to Sikhi. You don't have to worry about anything."
Bhenji's brother didn't find a job for one full year, and during the full year, his flat mate who had cut hair himself, paid for his rent, fees, and food with no strings attached other than the condition that he doesn't turn his back to his Guru.
Amazing story of keeping faith and how Guru Ji looks after all our affairs.

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੫ || ਧਰਣਿ ਸੁਵੰਨੀ ਖੜ ਰਤਨ ਜੜਾਵੀ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਮਨਿ ਵੁਠਾ ||
ਸਭੇ ਕਾਜ ਸੁਹੇਲੜੇ ਥੀਏ ਗੁਰੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਤੁਠਾ ||੧||
"Salok, Fifth Nanak: Like the beautiful earth, adorned with jewels of grass - such is the mind, within which the Love of the Lord abides. O Nanak! All the affairs of the individual are easily resolved when the Guru, Satguru Nanak, is pleased. ||1||"
(Gauree M:5, 322)

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