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Bhai Himmat 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. Now, 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 4th call Bhai Himmat Singh of Jagannath Puri offered his head. Earlier three had offered their head one by one.

Then 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 Himmat Singh

Bhai Himmat Singh ji was one of the Panj Piare, or the Five Beloved, celebrated in Sikh history, was born in 1661 at Jagannath in a low caste family of water suppliers. He came to Anandpur at the young age of 17, and attached himself to the service of Guru Gobind Singh. Bhai Himmat, as he was called before his initiation, was one of the five Sikhs who one by one offered to lay down their heads in response to the Guru’s successive calls made at an assembly of the Sikhs especially summoned on the occasion of Baisakhi of 1756 BC corresponding to 30 March 1699. He along with the other four received the vows of the Khalsa at Guru Gobind Singh’s hands and was renamed Himmat Singh. Himmat Singh proved a brave warrior and while at Anandpur, he took part in battles with the surrounding hill chiefs and imperial commanders.

He attained martyrdom fighting in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705. (Extracted from web page www. punjpiare.com)

Bhai Veer Inder Singh

Vir Inder Singh worked as Sub-Inspector in police department of utter Pradesh. Once Vir Singh was ordered along with his team was ordered to nab dacoits hiding nearby the village in Atroli. He proceeded to the spot and suddenly he found himself surrounded by dacoits. They beat him so hard that he fell unconscious and received eye injury. Dacoits tied him pole of a thatched hut and put it on fire and fled. With the heat of fire, he came to senses and freighted to see the fire around him spreading from hut.  He mentally remembered God and cried for help. His cries reached the lord of the Age and rescue police arty reached the spot and he was saved from fire.

In March 1953, at Dehradun, he came to know about Meher Baba through his friend Sardar Singh, acquainted with Kishan Singh, one of the mandali and watchman during seclusion of Baba in Dehradun stay that there is a great saint Meher Baba who is observing silence since 18 years and staying in Dehradun. He dreamt of Meher Baba wearing pink coat and with bewitching smile. Next day he went to Kishan Singh’s place where baba was staying and the place was similar to the place he has dreamt last night. Kishan Singh expressed inability to see him Baba since He was in seclusion. Vir Inder Singh was disappointed and thought & murmured “Khuda Ke Ghar Aandher Hai” (there is darkness in God’s abode).

Again Vir Inder Singh and his friend Sardar Singh both went to baba’s residence and again Kishan Singh said that they cannot meet Baba because He is in strict seclusion. However Baba conveyed through Kishan Singh that they can see Him from a distance by standing near broken boundary wall. Meher baba gestured to Vir Inder Singh, “Don’t worry be happy”. Inder Singh was lost in the beauty of Baba’s radiating effulgence. He bowed his head to baba but some of mandali shouted not to bow down as this was not allowed by Meher Baba during seclusion period.

One day he and his wife Ranji started preparing prasad (Halwa) to offer to Baba as prasad. They were still cooking the halwa at their house. Surprisingly they found Meher Baba standing in front of them. They were overjoyed and gave halwa, Baba ate and then left. Later both husband and wife took the prasad to Baba’s residence offered Baba. Baba said “No”. I have already taken your prasad at your residence.

When his wife had first darshan of Baba in Dehradun, she wept and wept. Someone tried to console her but baba said, let her wash out her sanskaras. Baba advised her to keep her husband always.

After meeting Baba in Dehradun, they always longed for baba darshan. In was in1955, he met Baba in public darshan program in Poona. Pointing to Vir Inder Singh Baba said, “See, how I have caught certain Sikh’s. How pleased I am with you. Guru Nanak is dear to Me. the same Nanak is in the world today.”

After retirement he settled in Dehradun with his family. He had a rose plantation in residence compound. He and Kishan Singh used to arrange satsang /gathering at their residences. He was the witness of one incident when 30 flowers fell down kept above Baba’s Photograph in Satsang held at residence of Kishan Singh as a proof of baba’s presence. Kishan Singh had sent for these flowers from rose garden of Vir Inder Singh.