Power and Potency of Celestial Hymns
... Then came the divine oracle of Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj :
If I remember correctly it was on the morning of 14th/15th December, 1971, that some members of the Sangat at Pathankot approached father and requested for his permission to leave Pathankot with their families for reasons of safety, as Pathankot was being successively air-raided many a time round the clock after the outbreak of hostilities. I distinctly remember that this request was voiced through Sardar Bhagwant Singh and his devoted wife Bibi Baldev Kaur of Model Town, Pathankot.
On hearing this, Babaji went into meditation for some time. With due permission from his Lord Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj, he drew an imaginary line encircling Pathankot with the stick of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj while reciting the following holy hymn of Sri Guru Granth Sahib :
Taati vau na lagaee parbrahm sarnaee,
Chaugird hamaray Ram kar dukh lagay na bhaee
Satguru poora bhetiya jin banat banaee,
Ram nam aukhadh deeya eka liv laee. (Rahau)
Rakh leeyey tinn rakhanhar sabh biyadh mitaee.
Kaho Nanak kirpa bhaee Prabh bhyay sahaee.
ਤਾਤੀ ਵਾਉ ਨ ਲਗਈ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਸਰਣਾਈ ॥
ਚਉਗਿਰਦ ਹਮਾਰੈ ਰਾਮ ਕਾਰ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਗੈ ਨ ਭਾਈ ॥੧॥
ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਭੇਟਿਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਬਣਤ ਬਣਾਈ ॥
ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਅਉਖਧੁ ਦੀਆ ਏਕਾ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਰਾਖਿ ਲੀਏ ਤਿਨਿ ਰਖਨਹਾਰਿ ਸਭ ਬਿਆਧਿ ਮਿਟਾਈ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਭਈ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਭਏ ਸਹਾਈ ॥੨॥੧੫॥੭੯॥
Around me is Ramkar (Lord’s circle of protection ) and no misery can afflict me, O brother.
I have met the perfect Guru who has moulded me in His Will.
He has blessed me with the Nectar of the Lord’s Name as remedy and with the love of the beloved Lord.
The All Protecting-Lord has saved me and bestowed on me freedom from all maladies.
Nanak says : The Lord has blessed me with His Grace and protection.
And with the mighty power and potency of this celestial hymn, he made the line so drawn impenetrable. He advised the sangat to stay at Pathankot with peace and free of worry as no enemy aircraft would disturb Pathankot any more. And this is precisely what happened. No air raids took place on Pathankot thereafter. So miraculous is the power and potency of celestial hymns of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Many years, later when I asked him why the enemy aircraft did not touch Pathankot, he explained to me the aforementioned.
After retirement he spent most of his time in very hard austerities. He undertook Chalisas one after the other and he used to complete many in a year. It involved nearly twelve hours of recitation of a holy hymn of Sri Guru Granth Sahib preceded by Mool Mantar upto ‘Nanak Hosi Bhi Sach’ and followed by ‘Sat Nam Sri Waheguru’ on each bead. He used to complete thirty two malas (one mala means Rosary of 108 beads) daily for a continuous period of forty days without any break. This simran and meditation used to be in addition to his daily ‘Nit Nem’.
He further told me that he had once completed a Chalisa of the above mentioned Hymn (Tati Vao Naan Lagaee) also. With successful completion of a chalisa of a hymn, with the Grace of the Satguru, one is consecrated in the halo and the grace of that divine hymn. The Divine Power and Potency of the said hymn can then work wonders.
During such holy Chalisas, his mystic experiences had touched the pinnacle of divine attainment. Father once in a divine mood, told me that Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj once led father to the holiest of the holy place called Sach-Khand. In ecstatic gratitude, spellbound by the Bliss of Supreme Sach-Khand father paid his humble homage to the Supreme Samast Jot Nirankar and Lord Guru Nanak in the holy presence of Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. When he lifted his head, he now beheld Lord Guru Nanak in all luminosity embodying all the three, i.e. Himself, Samast Jot Nirankar, and Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. He again prostrated for the sublime vision of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib in all the three Divine Manifestations. When father again lifted his head, he now beholds Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj, manifesting all the three Divine manifestations. Father again bowed in total reverence and humility.
It was during one of such holy chalisas that father one day envisioned the world on fire. Father started flying upwards and while so rising up in the air, he was reciting
The people, in agony, down below heard the life saving hymn from father with wonderful effect. Whosoever recited this humble prayer to Sri Guru Nanak Sahib started rising up towards father totally safe from the world on fire. Then came the divine oracle of Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
Oh Samey Di Ag Ton Bach Jaaye Ga
ਪੁਤ ਜਿਹੜਾ ਵੀ ਇਹ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਜਪੇਗਾ, ਉਹ ਸਮੇ ਦੀ ਅੱਗ ਤੋਂ ਬਚ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ |
Oh my son, whosoever recites this prayer to the All Merciful Lord Guru Nanak shall be saved from