EPISODE-42 (PANJ PYARE-5 BHAI SAHIB SINGH & JOGINDER SINGH)

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EPISODE-42

(PANJ PYARE-5 BHAI SAHIB SINGH OF GURU GOVIND SINGH & JOGINDER SINGH OF AVATAR MEHER BABA)

Bhai Sahib Singh- Punj Piare-5 of Guru Govind Singh

Guru Gobind Singh came into this world with a special mission. He was the tenth Sadguru Sikh sect and performed certain duties for the emancipation of mankind. The Guru thus decided to evolve a new order with the sole object of making people realise the necessity of sacrificing their lives for the cause of dharma, righteousness. People should fight against the tyranny of the rulers, he said.
The Guru sent letters to his devotees, throughout the country, to come to Anandpur to attend the festival of Baisakhi. The devotees started converging on Anandpur like swarms of locusts. The year was 1699. A day before the first of Baisakh, a large number of people, including many women and children, collected at Anandpur. A large shamiana was pitched and decorated with buntings and flowers. Hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib were recited and divine atmosphere was created. Guru Gobind Singh was present in the pandal and listened attentively to the chanting of Asa-di-Var. He sat motionless for some time and then stood before the huge gathering, estimated to be about eighty thousand. His eyes were red like rays of the sun. He took His sword from the scabbard and flashing it in His hand, thundered like a lion: “My devoted Sikhs! My comrades! The goddess of power clamours for the head of brave Sikh. Is there anyone among this huge gathering ready to sacrifice his dear life at its call?”

Complete silence prevailed. People were stunned. They thought something had gone wrong with the Guru. The Guru once again roared. Again, there was no reply. The whole assembly was thrown into consternation. The Guru repeated His call. There was hushed silence. What the Guru wanted nobody knew. No Guru before Him had ever demanded the head of his followers like this. The Sikhs were surprised at the demand of the Guru who had all along been bestowing great affection on them. It was an amazing call. “Is there not one among the thousands who has faith in Me.” were the last words uttered by the Guru, flashing His eyes. People present there trembled. First, Bhai Daya Ram, a Khatri of Lahore, stood up with folded hands before the Guru to the astonishment of the whole gathering. It was unique scene – the Sikh offering His head. The Guru caught him by arm and took him inside the tent specially pitched for the purpose. The Guru, after a few moments, came out with his sword dripping with blood. Blood flowed from the tent too. The Guru then asked for another man to offer his head.

On 5th call Bhai Sahib Chand of Bidar offered his head. Earlier four had offered their head one by one.

Guru himself went into the tent and brought out the five Sikhs he had taken into the tent earlier. They were dressed in new clothes, with blue turbans on their heads and in loose long yellow shirts. They had waist bands and wore under wears of a special style, with swords hanging by their sides. They looked attractive and handsome like soldiers of velour. The audience was awe-struck. The Guru named them Panj Payaras, the five beloved ones. The whole congregation shouted with one voice Sat-Sri-Akal, Victory of God. The Guru address them thus; “I wish all of you embrace one faith and follow one path, obliterating all difference of caste and religion. Let the four Hindu castes mentioned in the Shastras be abandoned altogether and the path of co-operation with one another be adopted. Let nobody think himself superior to another. Do not follow the old scriptures. All should follow the tenets of Guru Nanak and his successors. Let men of the four castes receive My baptism and eat from the same vessel. Let nobody feel contempt for the other”.

Once again, the sky resounded with the shouts of Sat-Sri-Akal. The Guru was extremely delighted. He had achieved his objective. A new path was shown by him to his followers – the path of valours, devotion and sacrifice.

Bhai Sahib Singh

Bhai Sahib Singh was one of the Panj Piare or the Five Beloved of revered memory in the Sikh tradition, was born the son of Bhai Guru Narayana, a barber of Bidar in Karnataka, and his wife Ankamma. Bidar had been visited by Guru Nanak early in the sixteenth century and a Sikh shrine had been established there in his honour. Sahib Chand, as Sahib Singh was called before he underwent the rites of the Khalsa, travelled to Anandpur at the young age of 16, and attached himself permanently to Guru Govind Singh.

He won a name for himself as marksman and in one of the battles at Anandpur he shot dead the Gujjar chief Jamatulla. In another action the raja of Hindur, Bhup Chand, was seriously wounded by a shot from his musket following which the entire hill army fled the field. Sahib Chand was one of the five Sikhs who, on the Baisakhi day of 30 March 1699, offered, upon Guru Gobind Singh’s call to lay down their heads. They were greeted by the Guru as the five beloved of him. These five formed the nucleus of the Khalsa, the Guru’s own, inaugurated dramatically that day. Sahib Chand, after undergoing the rites of the Khalsa, became Sahib Singh, receiving the surname of Singh common to all members of the Khalsa brotherhood.

Bhai Sahib Singh fell in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705. (Extracted from web page www. punjpiare.com)

Joginder Singh as one of Punj Piyare of Avatar Meher Baba

Joginder Singh was a scholar in chemistry and had written 20 books on the subject.  Professor T. S. Wheeler, in Bombay once said, His text books in Chemistry can stand with any foreign text book. Professor Joginder Singh was born on 20th January 1984 and did his post graduation in Chemistry from Punjab University Lahore.  He worked as chemist in Burma shell Oil Company and later taught Chemistry at Akal College, Mastana at Allahabad. Later he became Head of the Chemistry Department at Mohinder College Patiala. Having known the teaching skills and the reputation of Joginder Singh, Professor Niranjan Singh wanted him to teach Chemistry to Honours student of Khalsa College Amritsar.  He therefore joined   Khalsa College n 1930. Later in 1948, Prof. Joginder Singh joined Sikh national College, Kadian. Finally he settled at Delhi. The two professors of the same subject were to become followers and favourites of the same Master.

Joginder Singh came to know of Meher Baba’s visit to Delhi from Principal Niranjan Singh. He was also present at Camp College, Delhi where Beloved Meher Baba gave darshan on 2nd December 1952.   He associate with W. D. Kain also and gad developed tremendous interest in the Awakener of hearts, Meher Baba.

Like Pritam Singh, Professor Joginder Singh also had to wait for a long time until he was caked at Meherabad in 1958.  Joginder Singh along with his wife and two sons and one daughter went to Meherabad for Meher Baba’s darshan on 13th November 1958, after six years since he met Him at Delhi. Later he said, “Early in the morning, I met my Beloved and kissed Him. I kissed His Lotus feet, hands and lips.” During this darshan, Joginder Singh’s son Niranjan Singh took few photos of Baba. Meher Baba blessed the whole family of Prof. Joginder Singh.

Joginder Singh loved Baba as Nanak. In fact after darshan at Meherabad, Joginder Singh would always say, “I feel as if I am in boson of my mother. I see no difference between Baba and Nanak.” The authority in chemistry met the “final authority” to become His forever. His heart sang the tune of Beloved Baba. He wrote a beautiful poem on Baba for His 68th birthday which was published in Divya Vani on 10th April 1962.

Poetry for a professor of Chemistry is something unheard of. But anything is possible in love. No wonder Baba called him one of His favourites. Joginder’s family much later again had Baba’s darshan at Pune in 1954. His son, Niranjan Singh Sekhon reminisces, his father having distributed a lot of copies of Baba’s last messages to many people on the occasion on His 75th birthday.

Prof. B .N. Bhasin met Prof. Joginder Singh in 1966 through his son Prof. C. Singh. Both C. Singh and Bhasin were lecturers then. Prof. Joginder Singh Loved Beloved Baba till his last breath.