Baba Narinder Singh Ji was a pioneer in offering his homage in yet another unique manner. On the auspicious occasions of Annual Samagams of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj in August every year when hundreds of Akhand paths are simultaneously recited in Mahan Babajiís sacred memory and when lakhs of devotees visit Nanaksar to pay their homage, Baba Narinder Singh Ji arranged PAP Pipers and Brass Bands to offer salutations to his Supreme Monarch, Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
Bands used to play devotional music for hours and Baba Narinder Singh Ji offered Band salami at Bara Dari, SachKhand, Chhota Thath and lastly in front of the Bara Thath. With thousands of devotees around, it used to be a touching and angelic vision. It was a collective homage, sajda and salute to the Lord.
His call to Mahan Babaji used to be direct and personal, a face-to-face conversation and prayer. Everyone present experienced the Divine presence of Mahan Babaji. Baba Narinder Singh Jiís holy words of deep love instantly set ablaze the fire of Virha in every heart and devotees used to profusely weep and cry.
A salutation should be rightly presented to the supreme Monarch, Supreme Sovereign of countless worlds. Satgur Sacha Patsha is the true Supreme Monarch and presentation of Salami at His Lotus Feet is but the least a mortal can offer.
It was a most fascinating treat to hear his yearning call to his beloved Master, his sole, grand and supreme Lord. As the call welled from the glory and purity of his very soul, it filled every heart with rare expectations and peace of mind. At that very moment of his divine call, tears would start rolling down every cheek. That in itself was a sure sign of the gracious appearance of the Lord, to receive the offer of pure love and salami from His most beloved son. Many blessed souls used to envision the soul-stirring holy scene and later joyfully narrated their experiences. Invariably, all the holy details would tally.
Worldly dignitaries arrive at the appointed time and on their arrival, salute is given to the accompaniment of the Band. But in this case, father would call his Lord with such passionate humility and intense yearning that he would set ablaze the fire of Virha in every heart. In response to fatherís cry of the soul, the Mahan Babaji would manifest His holy presence and then would follow a direct, intensely personal and face-to-face holy prayer for the offer of humble salutation, which would make everyone experience the intimate Divine presence of the Lord, as a result of which members of the congregation would profusely weep and cry.
All those who were blessed with the sight of this holy communion would break down with tears flowing on every face, and the whole atmosphere, the whole place would vibrate with the Divine presence of the Lord.
These were all the ecstatic outpourings of a full-souled lover of Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
Lord of Love showers unlimited Grace on Baba Narinder Singh Ji
It was in December 1972 that Baba Narinder Singh Ji took both these bands to offer his homage and worship to Mahan Baba Harnam Singh Ji Maharaj at Bhuchon in Bathinda District. It was just past midnight, the day being the Auspicious Annual Samagam of Mahan Baba Harnam Singh Ji Maharaj. Bands struck the tunes of devotional music at the Holy Feet of Mahan Babaji. Village folk awakened from their deep slumber, rushed towards the holy spot and soon there was a collection of thousands of devotees in addition to the large congregation which was already present there.
Baba Narinder Singh Ji offered his Band Salami.Oh Lord of all Universes
Oh Lord of my Supreme Lord (Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj)
My Most adorable Dada Guru (Dada stands for Grand Father as Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj was his spiritual father)
All divine celestials are paying their obeisance to you.
All the Universes are singing your Glories.
Crores of Akhand and Sampat Akhand Paths
are being recited in your honour.
Eh Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj Da Kutta
Eh Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj De Dar Da Kutta
Eh Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj De Kuttian Da Kutta
Eh Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj De Kalu Kutte Da Vee Kutta
Eh Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj Da Churha (Sweeper)
Terey Dar Te Ik Tuchh Band Lai Kay Haazir Hoya Hai
Sachay Patshah Parwaan Karo
This humble dog of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj,
With burning fire of his love for his beloved Master, he instantly set ablaze the minds of all those present with devotion. One could hear outbursts of loving cries from all directions and see tears flowing on every face. Such was invariably the ecstatic impact and powerful influence of his mighty sentiment of devotional love.
The congregation there met a true inheritor of the pure love of his Beloved Baba Ji, a true inheritor of the Grace and Humility of Baba Ji, a true inheritor of the Kingdom of Bliss of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
After the touching and tearful salami we, alongwith father, retired to a room, arranged for his stay. An old Pandit Ji followed with tearful eyes and sat respectfully on the ground.
Pandit Jiís gaze was fixed on Baba Narinder Singh Ji and tears were streaming down his cheeks. Father paid courteous compliments to Pandit Ji with reverence. Pandit Ji then conversed the following;
My name is Jai Lal. I have been the Pujari of the Temple down below since the times of Mahan Baba Harnam Singh Ji Maharaj. Once I was sitting in His presence. It was nearly 45 to 50 years ago. Mahan Baba Ji suddenly said, Oh Pandit I replied Ji Maharaj. He again repeated -
Oh Pandit, sun, sadha ati piara putt band liyaegaa tay saanu bare hi piar naal salamian deveygaa - yaad rakheen.
Listen Oh Pandit, my most beloved son will bring bands here and offer salutations here with utmost love- remember this.
As it was 45 to 50 years old incident, the same had faded from my mind. But today, as I heard the deafening roar of Devotional Band Tunes, the whole old scene flashed before my eyes. I got up and rushed here to have the Darshans of that beloved son of Mahan Baba Harnam Singh Ji Maharaj. That son whose love and devotion was so warmly acknowledged in anticipation and in advance by the Lord of Love. The same Noor, the same Parkash radiates from your face and you are the same Saroop. Such deep resemblance.Ē
And saying this he tried to touch fatherís feet. But father with due respect and reverence stopped him. But both father and esteemed Pandit Ji burst into tears like children and so did we all in sacred memory of Mahan Baba Harnam Singh Ji Maharaj, Lord of All Grace and Compassion.
The Lord of Love was awaiting, in earnestness, the loving homage of His most beloved son, his unique Band Salami. He was anxiously waiting nearly 50 years in advance and when Salami was offered, the Lord warmly accepted it in flesh and blood and took His beloved son in His warm embrace. Many viewers envisioned the whole soul - stirring event totally wonderstruck.
Babaji took these bands to a number of Historical Gurdwaras and offered his humble salutations there. Notable amongst these were salutations at Sri Harimandir Sahib during 1972 (Kar Sewa) and Sri Goindwal Sahib on the 500th Sacred Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Amar Das Ji. If possible, holy incidents relating thereto will be detailed in next issue.