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Sant Isher Singh ji (Rara Sahib)
Self Percept (Atam Updesh)
Why are you so engrossed in worries? Why are you afraid of some one? Who may kill you? The soul is immortal; it neither dies nor takes birth.
The present is here and now, the past is irrecoverable and the future will be good. Don't fret over the past and don't be worried about the future. The present is going on.
Why do you cry? What did you lose? When you were born, what did you bring along, which has been lost? What did you produce which has been perished? It is here that you gained and it is here that you lose. The man comes to; and goes from world, empty handed.
What you own today was not yours yesterday and will not be yours tomorrow. It does not and will not belong to anyone. You consider it your own and rejoice. This happiness of possession leads you to utter grief.
Yours is this world. Start from where you feel to; stay where you desire and wind up where you want to. It has no beginning and no end. You don't fear anyone, but yourself. You are the fright and also the frightened.
Change is the truth of life. What you consider as death is life in reality. In a moment a multi-millionaire is turned pauper. Give up the feeling of possession, great & the mean; differentiation of friend & foe. Then all is yours and you for everyone. Your corporeal being is a product of air, water, fire ,sky and earth and it merges into the same leaving behind neither blood nor bones. Still yours existence remains the same. Then ponder over what you are.
Wake up! and become the eternal sons of the Almighty. You are the great and unique manifestation of Nature's power. All the divine powers are possessed by you, like a tree hidden in the seed.
In fact you don't fear anybody; you don't have any worry, suspicion, pain or grief. You are His dear ones. Surrender yourself completely to Him.
Always, remember the "Waheguru" (God) to achieve salvation. Let your life be guided by the saying "Whatever God wills, is good". Be content with the will of God. Remember Him both in pleasure & pain.
Compiled by Sant Isher Singh Ji
Gursikhi Jeevan of Sant Isher Singh ji
Very few and far between are those who remember the Lord's Name. Even fewer still are those who Realise the Lord's Name. The high, esteemed lives of such true Saints are beyond praise. One cannot begin to put into words the worth of such a Mahapursh.
Village of Birth: Alowal
Father: Baba Ram Singh
Mother: Mata Rattan Kaur
He was educated in schooling and achieved the matriculation examination whilst at the Model School. However it was clear throughout that his supreme abilities lay elsewhere and so Baba Ji travelled to Reru Sahib to learn from Sant Attar Singh.
Due to Sant Attar Singh's influence Baba Isher Singh took Amrit Di Daat. Clearly the spiritual enlightenment of Sant Atar Singh Ji was a major constituent to the development of Baba Ji's spiritual wisdom. Gurbani states on Ang 1080 of SGGS Ji:
gur jpu jwip jpq Plu pwieAw igAwn dIpku sMq sMgnw ]12]
gur jap jaap japath fal paaeiaa giaan dheepak santh sanganaa ||12||
Meditating, chanting the Guru's Chant, I have obtained the fruits and rewards; in the Company of the Saints, I have been blessed with the lamp of spiritual wisdom. ||12||
Baba Ji would often concentrate his mind, body and soul on the Creator Lord for very long periods of time. Initially, he did not understand the strong feelings that he was overcome by. But he learned to control his body under the supervision of Sant Attar Singh to transcend wordly or physical bounds on spiritual development.
Sant Attar Singh publicly distinguished Baba Isher Singh as a Saint to make it clear to others of the spiritual development that Baba Isher Singh had achieved under his supervision. Thus the world came to know Sant Isher Singh much better as Sant Attar Singh would exhort him to impart his wisdom unto others. Sant Isher Singh was always very humble and did not wish to be allow anything to take him away from the spiritual attainment he had achieved with the Beloved Lord but Sant Attar Singh stated that he had his blessings. Sant Attar Singh Ji knew Akaal Purakh would keep Sant Isher Singh Ji close to Him throughout his life but advised him of how to avoid potential problems laying ahead for Sant Ji.
In 1926 Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji and Sant Ji went to Dumdama Sahib for Vasiakhi, there Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji met Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Mastuana Wale. When leaving Dumdama Sahib when Sant Ji paid his final respects to Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Mastuana Wale, he looked at Sant Ji and held him in his arms. Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Mastauna Wale put his hand on Sant Ji's head and stated he would attain a very high spiritual level and people would come to him for advice and to ask for Sant Ji's time.
When on 21st January 1927 Sant Attar Singh Ji gave up his corporeal being. Sant Isher Singh Ji became sad and disconsolate. In order to overcome this despondency, he set out on pilgrimage. After visiting Machiwara, Kiratpur Sahib, Sri Anandpur Sahib, Sri Amritsar Sahib, Sri Nankana Sahib and Punja Sahib he came to Rara Sahib and settled here. By virtue of his devotion he turned this deserted place into a sacred place that has become famous the world over. "A saint remembers the God and helps others remembering Him" following this principle he devoted himself to worship and motivated the people to be 'Gursikhs' and to follow the path, shown by the Sikh Gurus. It is after they had settled at Rara Sahib did Sant Ji begin their life mission of preaching Sikhi. Sant Ji is universally acclaimed as one of the most charming and dynamic personalities of their day. Tall and majestic, sweet and warm hearted his heart over flowed with the milk of human kindness, Pious in thought word and deed he was the very image of Godliness. Blessed with the Divine light, he preached God’s truth and delivered Guru Nanak’s message of love and peace to every home in India and abroad. Continuously for 55 years he recited Gurbani and with his sweet and melodious kirtan put thousands of burning minds to rest. After the final Diwan of each location Amrit Sanchar would take place. By this fashion over 700,000 Sikhs received Amrit and entered the Khalsa Panth. In their duty of preaching Sikhi Sant went on a 13 months long mission to Africa in 1949. There he gratified the spiritual needs of the Sikh congregation with lucid explanation of the Gurbani, interspersed with his melodious, captivating and soul lifting recitals Dharnas, taken from Gurbani. The thousands of devotees that attended congregations in His holy presence world wide felt as if they had taken a dip in an Ocean of purity. Minds would be cleansed of all accumulated impurities of past sins and Karmas in His holy presence. From this Ocean of purity which Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji was and is, beams out to the whole world all the blessings and bliss of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. There was no trace of ego, worldliness or materialism in His dwelling places. Purity was the keynote, main-stay, life-force in His congregations. After returning to Punjab, he continued his mission by holding annual congregations in towns and cities as far as wide as Meerut, Delhi as well as in Punjab. Sant Ji had three main Ashrams in India, firstly at Rara Sahib, secondly at Dabhlan, Patiala and thirdly at Hapur, in Uttar Pradesh. To these day all three location are preserved in Sant Ji’s loving memory. On this very mission, to propagate Sikhism he also visited England in 1974 and 1975. As Gurbani tells us, whoever comes onto this earth must eventually leave it. Sant Ji had started to give hints about the inevitable. At both his last diwans in Ludhiana and Delhi Sant Ji stated that they were going to England and they would again grace this county if their body allowed it. They arrived in England and after holding diwans in London they went to Wolverhampton.
Sadly on 26th August 1975, while sitting in meditation in Wolverhampton, England he left the world for heavenly abode. The necessary arrangements were made and Sant Ji’s holy body was brought back to India on the 31st of August where more than 20,000 devotees had gathered to have darshan of their most beloved master. The holy body was then brought back to Rara sahib, Sant Ji’s home of the last 55 years. The next day the holy body was taken to Gurdwara Bibhaur Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh Ji composed 'Chaupai'. Here over 50,000 devotees had gathered to bid farewell to their beloved master. After Ardas was performed by Sant Baba Mihan Singh Ji, Sant Ji’s body was taken out on a boat accompanied by Sant Baba Kishen Singh Ji, Sant Baba Mihan Singh Ji, S.Daljit Singh Ji and S.Charanjeet Singh Ji Coca cola wale as well as other members of sangat. Here in the middle of the River Sutlej Sant Ji's Body was laid to eternal rest.