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"jy qUM eyvYN rKsI jIau srIrhu lyih]"
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Dhan Dhan Baba Nand Singh ji (8 November 1870-1943) was born on Puranmashi night in the month of Katak (November) 1870 A.D. in the village of Sherpur Kalan Ludhiana District, Punjab, India to Sardar Jai
Singh, and artisan by profession and Mata Sada Kaur. He was one of greatest Sikh saints of all time.
At the age of five, he was discovered sitting cross-legged in deep meditation for nearly three hours on a raised and narrow bricked edge of a well outside the village. (A little sleep could plunge the child deep into the well). Elderly people who spotted him found him in deep ecstasy and total divine absorption and quickly lifted him up to a safe place. When questioned why he selected that spot, he replied, "In the process of devotion and love of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib if sleep overpowers, it is then better to fall into the well and die rather than live a life otherwise".
He was trained in the families craft. He started working with his brother and father in family's traditional trade in carpentry He was honest at his work, extremely courteous and never lied. He would always do twice the amount of work than his earnings. He shared all of his earnings for the sewa of Sadhus and poor.
He left his village at the age of 20 and stayed at Amritsar and Rookee before residing at Hazoor Sahib where he undertook to perform the duty of bringing two pitchers (Gaagars), full of water from the river Godavari at 12:15am for the purpose of sewa of the Sacred Gurdwara. Baba Ji had a darshan of Sri Guru Har Krishan Sahib, the Eighth Guru, and Sri Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru and Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, many times and whenever he needed to.
He left Hazoor Sahib in about 1904 A.D. and adopted Sant Wadhawa Singh of village Lehra Khana as his teacher. Sant Wadhawa Singh jiwas wonder stuck to observe the supernatural powers of Baba Ji who learned completely, in a short time, all that Sant ji had to teach. Sant Wadhawa Singh ji used to call Baba ji "Rikhi Ji". Baba Ji was eager to find some gifted soul who fulfilled the definition of Brahmgiani and was told of Baba Harnam Singli ji of Bhucho village in Patiala State.
Meeting with Baba Harnam Singh
On the first meeting Baba Harnam Singh directed Baba Nand Singh ji to go on repeating the First Pauri of Japji Sahib for one hundred and fifty thousand times. He remain absorbed in meditation for many months, and during this period, Baba ji took short intervals to visit distant places in West Punjab, where he would sit alone far away from habitation, and in rather deserted places.
After some years, Baba Ji visited Bhucho again and met Baba Harnam Singh ji and this time Baba Harnam Singh ji showered his grace and spiritual powers on him. Baba ji began the mission of preaching the worship of One God and His Name and the Mission of Guru Nanak of Universal Brotherhood. He relieved many miserable persons from diseases, poverty and distress and induced them to worship the Guru and the Supreme Being. He sat at a deserted place, away from the village and remained in meditation for days.
In the beginning, for a number of years, Baba Ji used to sit in meditation for days and days in secluded places, far away from the towns and habitation. He used to select some deserted old room, near some river or tank or in some jungle, where it was difficult for anyone to go. His unique dependence on Almighty God and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji prompted some fortunate devotees to bring food and bare necessities for him. Baba Ji used to direct devotees to build with mud one temporary hut-like structure for himself and another for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. When he left one place for another, he used to get the structure demolished and burnt.
Path of deep devotion to Naam
Baba Ji DID NOT perform any miracles, but as explained in the Divine Hymns, supernatural (Ridhian Sidhian) powers automatically serve as humble servants of the Brahmgianis, who attains union with GOD during their lifetime.
Once Baba Ji was at Hotti Mardan where famous Sant Baba Karam Singh Ji used to stay. It was summer then and most of the disciples would rest in a vast seasonal river. Whenever it rained in the higher hilly regions a flash flood would come thundering down the dry river causing havoc to whatever came in its way. Ignorant of this Baba ji, selected a secluded spot and would pass the night there, as usual, in deep meditation.
Soon on one night heavy rains in the higher regions started flooding the rivulet and on its downward journey the rushing waters had gained tremendous momentum and force. Hearing the roar from approaching waters the disciples ran out of the rivulet. Reaching safety they realised that the newcomer was still in bottom of the riverbed threat being swept away and drowned. They shouted at Baba ji to rush out. But Baba ji was deep in meditation. Meanwhile, the flood in spate had already over taken the place. The depth of the water is said to have reached 6 feet. They were wonder stuck when the torrents of water encircled Baba ji but did not touch him. The surging waters around Baba ji remained at a respectable distance of a couple of feet.
As Baba ji got up and faced towards the bank, the gushing waters parted giving way, rising again after Baba Ji had passed through. It was clear that it was watching all the while in eager anticipation of washing Baba ji's holy feet. The mighty rivulet in full spate parted its waters to the passing Lord's Beloved and the waters closed in after he had passed through. Mysterious was the way in which nature paid its touching homage to Dhan Dhan Baba Nand Singh ji.
In another incident in the jungles of Dehradun during the monsoon season the sky was overcast with Kalamega (dark thundering clouds). Kirtan was in progress but in the deafening sound of lightning and thunder nothing could be heard. It was time for Baba ji to speak. Mahan Baba ji just looked up into the thundering sky. No sooner had he looked up, that the thundering clouds parted in four directions and the sky become absolutely clear. The Full moon become clearly visible and its soothing beams started dancing on the jungle grass-which provided a wonderful natural scene of beauty.
Suddenly a 'pin-drop' silence pervaded the whole place of congregation of thousands but through length and breadth of Nature, this phenomenon was amazing. At the end of the congregation Baba ji asked the Sangat to go to the nearby villages for the night and as soon as the last member of the Sangat was under shelter, clouds joined together and burst into a ferocious downpour.
It is not humanly possible to narrate the most extraordinary events and results that happened during the lifetime of Baba ji. However a minuscule list of what comes to mind.
He knew the internal conditions and thoughts of those who came to pay respects to him.
He had darshan of Guru Nanak Dev Ji many times and he used to talk with him. He was always in contact with the Creator.
He used to take nominal quantity of food and never slept.
He would wipe the feet and shoes of the devotees himself.
Many childless couples had children and sincere devotees, who suffered from incurable diseases, were cured.
Extreme respect for Guru Granth Sahib
The unique way in which Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is respected as the living Guru at Nanaksar Gurdwara is worthy of praise. One instance of the utmost devotion and respect shown by Baba ji is given here.
In the winter season of 1938, Baba ji visited the town of Baghan, now in Pakistan. The Thaath could not be constructed immediately. Baba ji observed , "I have not come here to eat food. I have not been able to have Grace and the sight of Divine Guru. If Guru Granth Sahib ji is not brought here by tomorrow I shall go I elsewhere.
On this, the whole town came to the spot and worked day and night to complete The Thaath. Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, was brought by S. Sukha Singh Manglani. After the kirtan of the morning Bani, (Asa Di Vaar) had finished Baba ji submitted to the Guru. "0 True King! I am highly thankful to you. Blessed are the paths, on which you have travelled. Kindly excuse me for the trouble that you have taken. I beg your pardon."
Baba ji then took off his long turban, keeping the small one tied on the head. He first wiped the feet of Bhai Sukha Singh ji then, spread it on the ground, and requested Bhai Sahib to walk on it while carrying the Guru Granth Sahib ji on his head. Where one turban ended, another was spread. Thus the great saint Baba Nand Singh ji used to love and respect the Ever-lasting Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji.
In August of 1943, Baba ji was in Dehradun. There he indicated to behangams and sangees that Baba Isher Singh ji would take over all of sewa in future but many could not understand the timing of his bachan. Then suddenly decided to come back to Nanaksar Kaleran. He was not feeling well. A doctor was called but he could not figure out the physical ailment. On August 29, 1943 (13 Bhadron, Samvat 2000) Piyare Baba ji left his physical entity and left for sachkhand. Baba ji's remains were immersed (Jal Parvah) at Kanniya (Distt Jagraon), in the river Satluj by tearful sangat.