Bhai Budha Ji And Sri Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji

Bhai Budha remained in his village of Ramdas intent on his devotions. The True Name ever came spontaneously to his tongue. One night he saw Satguru Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj in a vision, and begged him to place him at his feet. Satguru Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj replied, ' Guru Nanak Dev Ji has made death subservient to you. You have seen six spiritual kings, and you may go to sachkhand whenever it pleases you, and there obtain imperishable dignity.'

After this Bhai Budha awoke, and telling his son Bhana of the vision, said his end had come, for Waheguru had called him.

Bhai Budha then sent for a banker friend of his and said to him, ' Go to the Guru and remind him of a promise he once made to come to me whenever necessary.' The Guru taking Bhai Gur Das and other Sikhs went to Bhai Budha, and took a last farewell of him. Bhai Budha had strength enough left to wash the Guru's feet. He then drank some of the water therefrom and sprinkled the remainder over his house. It is said that, as the ocean is pleased on seeing the full moon, so was Bhai Budha pleased on beholding the Guru.

The Guru said to him, ' Bhai Budha you have lived long. You has been ever with the Gurus. Give me some instruction.'

Bhi Budha replied, ' Great king, you are a sun ; I am a fire-fly before you. You have come to save me and to hear my dying words. Guru Nanak Dev Ji had no worldly concerns or designs. He travelled over many lands, and established in them the worship of the true Name. Guru Angad Dev Ji by the force of his piety and devotion pleased him, and obtained the Guruship. He gave it to Guru Amar Das, he to Guru Ram Das, and he to Guru Arjan who with open hands showered upon men happiness in this life and salvation in the next. Guru Arjan possessed a treasury of the Name, which was never exhausted His fame has spread over the world. You his son are spiritual and temporal lord and protector of the holy. Though divine, you also perform a hurnan part. I have been a servant of the Guru's house for six generations. Succour me in the next world, and allow me not to suffer when I enter death's door which I fondly hope is the portal of salvation. My son Bhana here is your servant: take his arm and keep him at your feet.'

Satguru Sri Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji Maharaj replied, ' You saw Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, and have ever abided by his instruction.

Satguru Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj has said

'They with whom God is pleased love the saints' society. They who touched Guru Nanak saved all their families They to whom God hath been merciful have obtained all happiness.

They who touched Guru Nanak have not been born again. They whose fetters the Merciful hath cut off, are attach to His worship. They who have touched Guru Nanak are ever emancipated in this world and the next. You, O Bhai Budha, shall assuredly immortal bliss. Of this your humility is an assurance.

The Guru then put his hand on Bhai Budha's head and blessed him. Next morning Bhai Budha arose before day and repeated the Japji. Then fixing the image of the true Guru in his heart and uttering ' Wahguru! Wahguru!' he departed for Sach Khand. The Guru and his Sikhs sang con­gratulations on the manner of Bhai Budha's death after his long, holy, and eventful life, and lauded him for the assistance he had given in the propaga­tion and consolidation of the Sikh faith. The Guru himself ignited his funeral pile.



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