Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Good and Bad Actions

A following is a true incident that happened to a very holy Sikh in the 1920's. He was Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji and he had reached a very high spiritual state.

He was a freedom fighter and locked up in jail. The guards used to abuse the prisoners. However, they left Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji alone because they feared his spiritual powers. One night he had a vision of his past life. He saw he was a prince in a hermits' cave. The hermit was in a trance and as frozen as a rock. The prince didn't understand the trance and thought he should wake him up and feed him, so he ordered his servant to wake him up. The servant shook him and called out to him but with out success. Bhai Sahib Ji then ordered the servant to force open the hermits mouth so they could pour the food in, perhaps that would revive him. The servant couldn't open the locked teeth so he got a rock and smashed some of the teeth - this woke the hermit up - he was as mad as hell, he picked up his spear like weapon and threw it at the servant, the servant got hit in the leg and later had it amputated.

Bhai Sahib Ji had the vision and realised Guru ji was warning him that he had to suffer in the same way as he had made the hermit suffer. Next morning a new prison warden came to Bhai Sahib Ji's cell with his guards. Guess what? The warden had only 1 leg! Bhai Sahib Ji immediately recognised that this warden was the hermit in his last life and because he had thrown his spear and caused the loss of the princes's servant leg he too had reaped his reward and lost his leg in this life. Now what remained was that the warden had to somehow cause Bhai Sahib Ji's teeth to be broken like the prince had done to the hermit. The warden wanted to humiliate Bhai Sahib Ji and ordered his servants to feed him beef soup (he was a strict vegetarian). Bhai Sahib Ji refused to eat it, the guards grabbed him, so Bhai Sahib Ji went into a trance and all his body was frozen as hard as a rock and his jaws were locked. The Warden then ordered the servants to smash his teeth and to pour the soup in, so they did. The Warden had no idea that he was just clearing a bad action from a previous life. Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji was warned so that he wouldn't attack the servants or warden. If he had caused them suffering then he would have to be reborn so they could cause him suffering.

People ask why do religious people get suffering? They haven’t done anything wrong, they haven't hurt an animal or even a fly so why do they get dukh? They get dukh because they caused dukh in previous lifes. All these bad actions have to be cleared. When a holy persons actions and re-actions are all cleared then and only then will they not be reborn and find a place at SatGuru ji's lotus feet in Sach Khand.

(Story adapted from Autobiography of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji Ji)