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Very fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy................ Pin all your hopes in god, and then you will not be pinned down by man................. The wealth of a rich man can be stolen or burnt, but the happiness & wisdom of the wise remain................ Life may be struggling, but is very good............ When in doubt, just take a positive step......... Life is too short, but we all have to go long way....... Your work would not take care of your health, but your Prayer to Baba,who is your father, mother & friend, will answer it............ Never be anxious to win every argument. Listen to others also................. Smiling is more healing than crying alone. Never get angry, Baba knows, when & how to take care of you............... Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque. Make peace with your past & don't screw up the present. Never compare your life with others to make yourself miserable............... Never make any relationship a secret............... Everything can change in the blink of an eye. Have Shraddha & Saburi inBaba.............. Take a deep breath to calm the mind........... Be resourceful to acquire what you love in life....... Burn the candles to enlighten others. Don't save it for a specialoccasion. Today is special............ No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Be selective & choosey.............. Forgive & Forget to make others happy. Time heals all the wounds. Have patience. Good or bad is never permanent, welcome a change. God loves you because you are one of His creations. Come out & adopt positive attitude to witness miraculous ways of Baba........... Envy is a waste of time............ The best in you is knocking your door. Look in to feel His presence........... Never get into any arguments; feel fresh, get up, dress up & show upwith a smile................... Life isn't tied with a bow, but still is a gift showered by GodAlmighty................... If I keep the weaknesses of others in my mind, they soon become a part of me................... The ego is the poison of the soul...drink in the bliss and spit out the poison............... To be free from negative thoughts is to be free from punishment.................. In the long run the most difficult thing is to search for an easy way out............... If I enjoy praise, it means I can be easily hurt by defamation.................. Try to conquer greed now because “while man becomes old, his greed becomes youthful........... The end of birth is death. The end of death is birth........ The stronger your attachment the greater the power of the Maya (the illusion : Her creation) over you..... "I put firm faith in the words of my Guru, considering them more valuable than all the shastras put together." ........... Don't poison your soul, mind, heart and body with negativity....bathe in Divine positive love............ Your Soul is always trying to be heard above the noise of your mind, when you quiet your mind your Soul takes command!.................... Pin all your hopes in god, then you will not be pinned down by man................. Remember that you are very special. NO ONE can play your role better than you.................. If someone defames you or insults you, shower him with flowers, smiles and good wishes............ When you get angry, you lose more than your temper When all your attachments are with the one God, then your achievements are many............... When people cannot stand you because they do not understand you, God will stand by you........... To give happiness to others is a great act of charity. A slip of the foot we many recover, but a slip of the tongue leaves a deep imprint............ Life is like a drama. If I understand the plot, there is great happiness........... To smile in the face of disaster is the result of a stable mind............ If God answers ur prayer,He is increasing ur faith. If He delays,He is increasing ur patience. If he doesn’t answer,He knows u can handle........... You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree............... Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present............... Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about............ If a relationship has to be a secret,you shouldn't be in it........... However good or bad a situation is, it will change Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."......... How many times should I forgive, I am tired of forgiving? – Forgive as many times as you would wish God to forgive you!................ Never do anything which you would not wish to do during the last hour of your life.............. Ego-based desire is the root cause of all suffering......... Contentment is the destroyer of all three - desires, anger and greed......... Knowledge leads to freedom, but pride of knowledge leads one to hell.......... A single act of selflessness can turn hell into heaven. The habit of giving rather than asking is the tool for an enduring relationship........... Silence is the best language.......... Only the joy that comes from right conduct is true happiness- Other pleasures are really sources of pain and causes of shame.......... A god-fearing person can never be religious, because if you fear God you cannot love him............. The most beautiful thing is to see a person's simling face.And even more beautiful is, knowing that u r the reason behind it..................................................................................With lots of good wishes and regards to all from Deepa H and family [ debu7366@yahoo.com ] ...............May Sai always give us peace of mind and May he always make us feel His presence where ever we go.... Saibhakt, Deepa H [You can always contact me at debu7366@yahoo.com ]......................................

One step closer to Brahma Gyaan

One step closer to Brahma gyan:::: A 'devotee' goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . 'I've gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the Gurus are wasting theirs by giving services at all. This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Temple for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today! When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! ------------------------------ So easy to beat yourself up over mistakes you've made. So many amongst us live in the past rather than loving the present and building a brilliant future. Some people stay stuck for years over something they did or a failure they've experienced. Sad. A life is a terrible thing to waste. But let me ask you a question: "is there really such a thing as a mistake?" First of all, no one tries to fail or mess things up. Every one of us wakes up in the morning, walks out into the world and does the best we can do based on what we know and the skills we have. But even more importantly, every so-called "mistake' is actually a rich source of learning. An opportunity to build more awareness and understanding and gain precious experience. Experience that will help us do, feel and be even better. So, just maybe, there are no mistakes. Just maybe what we could call failures are actually growth lessons in wolf's clothing. And just maybe the person who experiences the most wins. ---------------------- A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, 'Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.' Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.' 'You don't know? You, a Christian man, Do not know what is on the other side?' The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, 'Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough.' ------------------------------- A boy and a girl were playing together. The boy had a collection of marbles. The girl had some sweets with her. The boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets. The girl agreed. The boy kept the biggest and the most beautiful marble aside and gave the rest to the girl. The girl gave him all her sweets as she had promised. That night, the girl slept peacefully. But the boy couldn't sleep as he kept wondering if the girl had hidden some sweets from him the way he had hidden his best marble. Moral of the story: If you don't give your hundred percent in a relationship, you'll always keep doubting if the other person has given his/her hundred percent.. This is applicable for any relationship like love, employer-employee relationship, friendship etc., Give your hundred percent to everything you do and sleep peacefully ---------------------- The tragedy of life is not death,but what we let die inside us while we live.When u were born,the world rejoiced while u cried,-live ur life in such a way that when you die,-the world cries while u rejoice.. -------------------------------- Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny รข€“ shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. There's no such thing as an unimportant day. Each of us is called to greatness. Each of us has an exquisite power within us. But for this power to grow, we need to use it. The more you exercise it each day, the stronger it gets. The more this power gets tapped, the more confident you grow. The best among us are not more gifted than the rest. They just take small steps each day as they march towards their biggest life. And the days slip into weeks, the weeks into months and before they know it, they arrive at a place called Extraordinary. ----------------------------- If you can not respect , love , care about ,stand by or be honest with your own parents ,-who gave birth to you and were the very first people who fell in love with you -- then whether you accept this or not but you do not love anyone else in this world either with all your heart and soul ....and time will show that none of your children will stand by you either- when you will need them the most.. ----------------------------------- If you sit with a person who is smoking, even without ur knowledge- You will end up inhaling second hand smoke.In the same way, if you be in the company of saints who constantly preach about the importance of doing good karma-, automatically even without ur knowledge- u will end up doing a lot of positive and humble deeds. If you be in the company of a person who keeps saying bad words and abusing others then then obviously whether u like it or not -- u will end up being the same kind of person sooner or later. And if u constantly listen to Gods name, his praises, his bhajans-even without you being aware of it - the words that will come out of your mouth will be nothing but the nectar of love and bliss. So be in the company of God and even without your knowledge-You will find him seated in your heart - talking to you and finding solutions to ur problems and worries.You just need to take one step towards Him and He will take 100 steps towards you.. By Deepa H inspired by Sai -------------------------------------------- Always tell someone that you love them because you never know what day Will be their last, or your own. Always seek to resolve your problems or disagreements with loved ones Because if either of you should pass on before, the one who is left alive will have the rest of their life to ponder those unresolved feelings but will never find closure. And closure usually brings Peace... ......................................................................................With lots of good wishes and regards to all from Deepa H and family [ debu7366@yahoo.com ] ...............May Sai always give us peace of mind and May he always make us feel His presence where ever we go.... Saibhakt, Deepa H [You can always contact me at debu7366@yahoo.com ]

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shri Shirdi Sai speaks-25th Nov/Punja Sahib: The Miracle at Hassan Abdal/Blissful Stories of Guru Nanak -2

Om Sai Ram !Om Ganeshaya Namaha!
Jai Maata di!Om Nama Shivaya!
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh !
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Since the last few days, I have been wanting to publish something regarding Guru Nanak Devji ..Deep in my heart, I have always believed that these messages and the stories or the pictures posted in them, are purely the work of Sai's grace.. The time and the message both are chosen by him by all means.It is either a message for some devotee of His who is looking for answers or perhaps, It is me who Baba wishes to teach something.Whatever the case may be...... But yesterday when I sat down to compose this mail- I had this urge to know about Guru Nanak. So I started with my laptop but it was not long until I found out that there is so much to know about Guru Nanak that everything will not fit in one mail..As I went on reading about Him, His stories, His miracles, His teachings, His philosophy and much more , I realized that He is so much like our Shri Sadguru Sainath. Just reading about Him makes one feel blessed and I am sure understanding and following His teachings will make us all go one step closer to our creator.There is so much for me to share about Him so I am going to take it very slowly and describe to you about Guru Nanak devji's life in a way that you can share this with your children and grand children. So keep forwarding these mails to Your loved ones and let them also feel the bliss of Guru Nanak ji.
Sai Bhakt,
Deepa H

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
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Story of Nanak and the Corn Field
Do you ever feel that your mom or dad doesn’t understand you? Well, when Guru Nanak was a boy his father didn’t understand him. Nanak didn’t seem very interested in the world as his father hoped he would. He went to school but he didn’t seem to like it very much. All he ever talked about was God. His father thought “Maybe I should let him do something really simple. He seems to like being outdoors.” So he decided to have his son take care of the family cows.
Nanak took the cows to the fields and the cows enjoyed eating the sweet grass. Nanak relaxed and enjoyd the beautiful nature full of God’s presence. He felt the gentle breeze and enjoyed the trees and the sky. It was so peaceful, everything was in perfect harmony.
Sometimes he thought about God so much that he slipped into a deep meditation. Sometimes he would even sleep, but in his sleep he was still praying. He wanted to be with God so much that even when he was sleeping he was still deeply concentrating on God.
One time, while he was sleeping, the cows wondered into the neighbor’s field. Nanak was sleeping and the cows were eating away as cows like to do. The neighbor’s field had some corn that was coming up. It was just baby corn and it was very sweet. The cows ate it just like the grass. A long time went by and the cows destroyed a huge amount of the neighbors cornfield. His field used to be full of baby corn and now there was almost nothing left. You know, a farmer waits for months and carefully waters and watches over his crop to make sure it grows strong so he can sell it. That’s how a farmer makes a living.
When the farmer saw his field destroyed, he was really upset. He thought, “I’m ruined! How will I feed my family now!!? That boy was supposed to make sure his cows don’t go into my field... and now look!!” So he complained to the leader of the village, Rai Bular. “Rai Bular, Mehta Kalu’s son, Nanak, he, he’s destroyed my field. My corn was coming up and now it’s destroyed!”
Rai Bular and the farmer went to Nanak’s father, Mehta Kalu. Rai Bular was a very fair man. Since it was Mehta Kalu’s son who was responsible for the accident, he asked Mehta Kalu to pay the farmer for the corn that had been destroyed. So they all went to the field to see how bad the field was so they could figure out how to make it up to the poor farmer. When they got there, the field was perfect! In fact, it was greener and better than before!
Some kind of miracle must have happened! Perhaps because the innocent child Nanak was so in love with God, he was protected.
What bad can come from those who love God so much?
Rai Bular remembered how at Nanak’s birth the astrologer had predicted that Nanak would be a great man. He started to think that there is something divine and special about this child, the child Nanak who was wiser than sages and always yearned to be with God and God’s saints.

Story of Panja Sahib :The Miracle at Hassan Abdal
Sometime between the year 1510 and 1520 Guru Nanak is said to have traveled to the Arab lands visiting, among other places, Mecca and Baghdad. Some suggest that he even performed the hajj but there is no conclusive evidence of that. (To give the reader an idea of the time line, it was the time just before the Mughal rule began in India.) On the way back from his sojourn abroad Guru Nanak passed through Kabul and Peshawar and then, after crossing the Indus, halted at a small hamlet at the foot of a steep hill, short of the Margallas, where Hassan Abdal is located today.
Attracted by his teachings, both Muslims and Hindus of the hamlet and the surrounding area started flocking around Guru Nanak. At the top of the hill, at the back of the back of Hassan Abdal, there lived a ‘peer’ (a Muslim saint of sorts). He was called Baba Wali Kandhari. His last name referred to his origins in Kandhar, Afghanistan. Other than having a better vantage point from where he could see all that happened in the village below, Baba Kandhari also had the advantage of having a fresh water spring nearby, which was the source of water not only for Baba Kandhari but also for the people down below.
Baba Kandhari could not help noticing that many more people were flocking to Guru Nanak than were visiting him. He felt a bit of resentment towards the Guru. What could he do? If he couldn’t stem the flow of devotees to the Guru, he thought, he could perhaps stop the flow of water to the hamlet below and thus drive the Guru away. And stopped the water he did. Upset over the cutting off of their water supply, a delegation of people from the hamlet went up to Baba Kandhari to request him to be kind enough and let the water flow. But the Baba angrily sent them back, taunting them that why didn’t they ask their Guru to find water for them. When Guru Nanak heard this, he asked his lifelong disciple and companion, Bhai Mardana (a Muslim), to go to Baba Kandhari and plead with him the case of the village folks. But the Baba did not relent and Bhai Mardana came back empty handed. Guru Nanak sent Bhai Mardana again, and yet again, to beg the Baba for water, but to no effect.
Becoming desperate, the people turned to Guru Nanak asking him what should they do. According to the story, Guru Nanak told them not to despair and trust God, and then, pointing to a large stone embedded in the ground, asked them to dislodge it. When they pushed the stone aside, fresh water gushed forth from the ground, enough for the needs of the little hamlet and some more!

Baba Kandhari saw this happening from the hilltop, and was surprised at what seemed like a miracle but also dismayed at this development. But his dismay turned into shock and anger when he discovered that his own spring had meanwhile dried up. Enough was enough, he thought, and decided to do away with the Guru. He pushed a huge boulder down the hill in the direction of the Guru that, he thought, would sure crush the Guru and the people around him. The boulder rolled down, gaining speed and kicking up dirt. When the people heard the rumble and saw the huge rock hurtling down, they panicked and started fleeing. But Guru Nanak stayed calm and continued sitting where he was. When the boulder came close and it seemed it would crush him, Guru Nanak calmly raised his right hand as if to order the rock to stop. The boulder pushed against his hand — and stopped!
The Guru’s open palm sunk into the boulder as if pressed into wax and left a deep imprint.
When Baba Kandhari saw this, he needed no further proof of the spiritual reach of the Guru. He came down from the hill, touched Guru Nanak’s feet, and joined the Guru’s devotees.
The rock with the hand imprint is embedded, today, in the concrete structure of the Panja Sahib building complex. Clear, fresh spring water gushes out from somewhere behind the rock and spills over the face of the rock into a very large pool.
The imprint of a right hand is clearly visible underneath the thin sheet of water overflowing the face of the rock.
Next to the pool, on an elevated platform, stands a beautiful small gurdawara, built in the Mughal style by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh (1780-1839). The gurdawara houses the Granth Sahib – the holy book of Sikhs.

The impression of his hand on the rock exists even today . There now stands a beautiful shrine by the side of the spring which is called: "Punja Sahib".

Devotees gather around the holy relic of Punja Sahib at the historic gurdwara in Hassan Abdal

Gurdwara Panja (Palm) Sahib was established during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The foundation of the beautiful three-storey building, designed after the samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, was laid on 14th October, 1932, by five eminent holy men, Panj Piyare. Built with grey sandstone, its exterior is spotted with protruding domed bay windows. The central fluted dome is surrounded by several symmetrically placed big and small domes. Unlike the Maharaja's samadh in Lahore, it has porches covering entrances to the sanctum which stands within the sarovar that receives water gushing forth from around the rock bearing the sacred Panja Sahib or the palm-imprint of the Guru. Several other buildings for staff and pilgrims and other ancillaries were added subsequently. Guru Ka Langar at Panja Sahib was famous for the quality of food and service at all hours of day and night. Congregational fair used to be held on Baisakhi (mid-April) and on 30th October until 1947. Now only organised bands of pilgrims occasionally visit Panja Sahib with the permission of the Pakistan government. One of such regular visits coincides with the Baisakhi festival.
For Sikhs, Hassan Abdal has special significance — and a special place in their hearts. It houses the imprint of the hand or punja believed to be that of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.
This makes Punja Sahib one of the three holiest shrines of Sikh religion — the other two being the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India and Nankana Sahib in Sheikhupura, Pakistan.
Story of Guru Nanak and Prayer
Guru Nanak was a grown up man now, and he had begun to travel and teach. He walked everywhere on foot with his friends and wherever they went, they sang. His friends were Mardana, who was a Muslim, and Bala, who was a Hindu. Those were the two main religions in India during that time. People wondered, “Well, his friends are odd, one is a Hindu and one is a Muslim, but he looks a little different. Is he a Hindu? Is he a Muslim? What is he?” They asked Guru Nanak, “Are you a Hindu or are you a Muslim?” He told them, “Well, you know there is no Hindu and there is no Muslim.” They said, “What?! What?! What do You mean by that? Someone went and told the Governor of the town, “This man Nanak, he says there are no Muslims!!” The Governor was alarmed when he heard this. He thought, “Well he can say what he wants about the Hindus, but he can’t say there’s no Muslims because I am a Muslim.” So, he said, “Go and bring Nanak here!” The messenger said, “Okay, I’ll get him, and I’ll bring him here.” He was going to go over to Guru Nanak and be very forceful and say, “Hey, you must come with me. The Governor wants to see you right now!” When the messenger got to Guru Nanak though, his mind suddenly changed. He saw how beautiful and saintly the Guru was and he was very polite and said “Sir, the Governor would like to see you. Would you please come with me? Guru Nanak said, “Okay”. So he went to the royal court of the Governor and the Governor asked him, “Why did You say there’s no Muslim and there’s no Hindu? What are you talking about?” Nanak said, “Well, you have forgotten. You have forgotten that if you can’t see God in ALL, you can’t see God at all. You have your rules about this and that and the other, but the same light is inside of everyone.” The Governor said, “Well, alright, maybe you’re right about that. But if you don’t think that you’re a Muslim or a Hindu, all of us here are going to say our Muslim prayers, will you pray with us?” Nanak said, “Yes, I would love to. If you will lead the prayers, I will pray with you. So they began their prayers. They put down their prayer rugs and they all got on their knees and started bowing, but Guru Nanak stayed standing up. Instead of getting on his kneews and bowing, he stood up with his eyes open. They were continuing their prayers and the Guru was just looking around. That made the Governor very mad, and after-wards, he said, “What were you doing? You weren’t praying at all! We were all bowing and doing the proper prayers. You look like a saintly person but you didn’t keep your word! You said you were going to pray with us but you didn’t. You weren’t doing anything. The Guru said, “Well, I said I would pray with you if you would lead it, but you weren’t praying at all.” He turned to the Quazi, who was the Muslim priest, and said, “You were thinking about the new little baby horse, the foal, that was just born at your farm. You were worried it might fall in the well in the courtyard.” The Qazi thought, “That’s right, that was what was I was thinking.” The Guru turned to the Governor and said, “And you were thinking about all the horses you are going to sell and how much money you are going to make when you sell them. The Governor thought, “Oh wow, that’s amazing! He’s right, that’s true, I was thinking about that.” They realized how even though they were bowing and looking as though they were prayer, they really weren’t and that even though Nanak wasn’t bowing he was really praying... for them! Then they asked him, “Well how can we really pray?”
Nanak said, “You have to calm your mind, and you have to pray from inside your heart, not from your mind, and you have to let the Light of God shine into your heart.”
Story of Guru Nanak and The Honest Work of Lalo
Guru Nanak used to travel all around the land with his companions Bala and Mardana. Where ever they would go, they would play music, help people understand God and spread truth. In one village everyone found out that Baba Nanak was coming. Lalo, a carpenter, determined to find the Guru to him, "My soul is honored to see your divine presence. Please come to my house so I can serve you." So Guru ji went to this simple carpenters house and ate the food he offered. It was a meal of rice, daal, yogurt and chapati's. Even though it was simple food, it was made with love and Guru Nanak enjoyed eating it very much. Lalo and his wife were very hospitable and serviceful. When Guru ji left they felt very blessed to be able to have such a saint in their house. Also in this town there was a very rich man, who was the governor. He didn't treat people very nicely but every year he made a huge feast to please God. His servants got expensive, rare, and delicious food from all over. It took them days to prepare the meal. Then the governor, Malik Bhago sent a Messenger to Guru Nanak, to ask him to join the festival. Guru ji first said no. But the servant said, "He might beat me if you don't come back with me to the feast." So Guru ji went with him. When he was there, he didn't eat any food, he just sat by himself meditating. Malik Bhago was offended. He knew that the Guru had eaten at Lalo's house. "Why haven't you eaten any of this food?You will eat at the house of a low caste carpenter but not my food! It is the most exotic, expensive, rich food, why won't you eat?" He asked. Guru ji said, "I will show you why." Guru ji turned to someone and said, "Go to Lalo's house and bring some of his food here." When the food arrived, Guru ji got a chapati from Lalo's house in one of his hands. He got a chapati from Malik Bhago's feast in the other hand. He began squeezing the chapati's and something amazing happened. Out of the Lalo's, milk came out! Everyone was amazed! It was a miracle. Out of Malik Bhago's chapati came blood. Everyone was shocked. Malik Bhago said, "What does this mean?!"
Guru ji said, "Lalo works and honestly earns for himself. His wife cooked the food with love and they served it with kindness and devotion." Lalo's food was like milk to a saint. Guru Nanak continued, "Your servants made the food with fear. They are afraid of what will happen if they do anything wrong and angry at you for treating them like you do." Malik Bhago's food was like blood.
"Only food that is made with love is good for the body." We eat food to nourish our bodies. But if it has bad energy in it, than why should we eat it? It's not really good for our bodies. It's always good to eat food with good energy.
Malik Bhago learned a great lesson that day.
Being mean to people all year and then making a feast just once, doesn't make God happy.
He tried to be nicer from then on and became devoted to this holy saint, this great teacher, Guru Nanak.
[This image comes from Popular Sikh Art by W.H. McLeod (Oxford U. Press, 1991). ]
Story of Guru Nanak and the Cannibal
Guru Nanak, Bala and Mardana traveled to many, many places all over India. They encountered lots of different people and situations and always Guru ji blessed every spot where he touched his feet. He healed all those he saw. He gave the medicine of Truth to everyone he spoke to. One time Mardana got hungry and went to get some food in the woods near by. What he didn't know is that a cannibal, someone who eats humans, saw Mardana. The cannibal, named Kauda, tied a rope around Mardana and took him back to his dwellings. He boiled some oil in a huge pot which he was going to cook Mardana in. Even while Kauda started to chop other foods to cook with him, Mardana just kept praying in his mind, "Satinam, Satinam, Satinam...." Guru Nanak felt what was going on. He said, "Bala, let us go find Mardana, he needs our help now." So they came to the place where Kauda was about to cook Mardana. At first Kauda the cannibal wanted to eat the two new men who came his way. His mind had been twisted almost his whole life. His body never felt real peace. Even though he was a king among the wicked, his soul suffered from the dark path of his life. When Kauda saw the Guru, he felt different somehow. Guru Nanak didn't have to say anything, his eyes spoke more than words can. Kauda knew he had no secrets from this new traveler with the bright eyes. He felt the Guru looking so deep in to him that he knew not only his whole life, but his soul too. He felt the Guru's understanding. He felt that Guru ji didn't want to punish him for all the awful things he had done in his life. The Guru saw who he was and understood him, had compassion for him.
It's hard to imagine someone having compassion for a man who kills and eats other people. The Guru had no fear of him but just radiated love.
[However, according to another story Nanak miraculously cooled the cauldron by dipping his finger into it, after which it remained cool despite the cannibal's efforts to stoke the fire. ]
Kauda fell on his knees and began to cry. Without even saying a word Guru Nanak had made this fearsome man helpless. Without raising a fist Guru Nanak made this filthy murderer defenseless.
The Guru said, "By your actions you decide your destiny. Why do you do the actions which will make your burn?" The Guru kindly said, "You have become blind and do not know what you do."
Kauda fell at the Guru's feet crying.
Guru ji said, "God is Forgiveness and Compassion. If you truly want to change your ways, change them. Everyone was created by the Creator. Everyone will eventually go back to the Creator. You are a child of God. Always remember God and chant the Naam. Earn an honest living and share with others. You must do this and show all others to do the same."
Kauda took everything the Guru said to heart. He went from being filthy and dirty to being well dressed and clean. Instead of stealing from people and killing them, he worked hard and shared with others. The rest of his life he dedicated to living the teachings of the Guru. He became a righteous man and always remembered the Guru in his heart. God loves everyone.
Story of Guru Nanak and the Queen of Black Magic
Once Guru Nanak, Bala and Mardana traveled to a part of India that was known for magic. The people of Kamrup are famous for their devotion to and practice of black magic. When they arrived, Guru Nanak meditated under a tree while Mardana went ahead in to the city to see if there was anything for them to eat or drink. As Mardana got the the city well to get some water, some girls there asked him who he was and where he was from. When he talked they thought he sounded really funny because they spoke a different language. One of them said, "He sounds like a sheep, he's bleating like a sheep!" They both laughed and the other said, "Let's turn him in to one!" So she did some magic and put a thread around his neck. He immediately got on all fours and started bleating, "Baaa, baaha, bhaaha." Everyone who saw started laughing a lot. Guru Nanak sensed something and came over with Bala. The magic girls saw them coming over and decided to turn them in to animals too. One of them tried to cast a spell on Guru Nanak, "Bark like a dog!" She said. It was reversed though, she started barking like a dog. The other girl tried to defend her friend and raised her arm to cast a spell, but her arm just froze in the air. She couldn't move it. Whatever they tried to do got reversed back on them. One woman got alarmed and ran to tell the Queen. The Queen said, "I have to see this for myself!" When she got there she tried to help her sisters. Her magic didn't work. Then she tried to do magic on Guru Nanak but that didn't work either. She gave up and said, "You are a great magician! Please free my sisters and teach me your magic!" He freed the women, actually they were just bound by the affects of their own magic.
Guru ji said, "The real magic is meditation on God."
The Queen fell at the Guru's feet and asked him to stay so they could honorably serve him.
He told them, "I will stay. Listen, you have used your powers for mischief. You have not helped people. Stop tricking people and start saving them. God is inside us. Give that to people. Do your duties well. Show love to people. Meditate on God in your hearts and bring the cozy loving God in every house. This way you will be in bliss when you drop your bodies and go to the next realm. This way you will bring glory to your soul and light to the world.."
The women changed their ways and Kamrup became a spiritual center of great compassion.
This image shows Nanak with two of the disciples who reportedly went with him on his travels: on the left is Mardana (a low-caste Muslim musician), and on the right Bala (a Hindu)--showing again how Nanak's message transcended religious boundaries.
He is shown here with the Sufi fakir's patched cloak, and a Hindu ascetic's sandals and water-pot. This image comes from Popular Sikh Art by W.H. McLeod (Oxford U. Press, 1991).
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Teachings:
"There is always room for holiness and goodness," Guru Nanak Dev Ji answers. "Just as one jasmine petal can perfume a whole bowlful of milk so can one man re-fill the world with the fragrance of faith in God and in good deeds!"

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Baba Himself Appears to Teach Right Path
God has no form and yet assumes the human form. We should purify our hearts by frequently singing praises of His glories and noble qualities, chanting His Name in word and thought and constantly keep Him in our hearts. He would then come down in the form of any one of the five natural elements that are verily created by Him or in a human body form to impart us right advice and direction.If the mirror is neat, it reflects our face. When the water is pure, the image is clearly visible to the eye. Likewise, if the pure heart meditates on God, He appears and instructs us clearly. If the heart is pristine pure and faith in God is stronger, it is possible that God appears even in a dream to guide us. The Master of a Bhajanmandali came to Shirdi with an ill-intention, but by appearing in his dreams, Baba changed the course of his mind and led him to the devotional path. Baba taught many spiritual values at Dwarakamayi and led several people on to the path of devotion. At times, when our mind gets weakened, Baba will command us what to do and thus make us move towards the path of perennial bliss. Baba’s philosophy, if followed, will purify our hearts and we are bound to hear the direct message from Baba. Every work that we begin will be accomplished, as it is directed by the Divine Light of Baba.
Quote of BABA:
If you do not like to part with what you have, do not say falsly that you have nothing. Decline to give it in polite terms and say circumstances of your desires stand in the way.

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