Guru Arjan Dev Ji And Bhai Manj Ji

On the peak of the black ridge of the Kahlur mountain there once lived Budhan Shah, a Muhammadan priest famed as a miracle-worker. He kept two goats which, it is said, a tame tiger used daily to take to graze.

Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the king of kings, the saint of saints, and the saviour of the world and Bhai Mardana once visited the place. Budhan Shah asked Guru Ji who he was, and for what purpose he had come, Bhai Mardana took it upon himself to reply, ' This is the divine Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who has been born to instruct the world, because all people are engaged in filling their bellies and gratifying their evil passions to the forgetfulness of Waheguru. I am Mardana, by profession a minstrel. I sing and proclaim Waheguru's praises.'

Budhan Shah was pleased to receive such visitors, and passed some time in conversing with Guru Sahib on religious subjects. He then told him that he might depart, as the tiger was returning home with the goats and might possibly alarm him.

Guru Ji replied, that all noxious animals were in the Creator's power, and he had no apprehension from them. The tiger with his charge returned in the evening, and, it is said, first bowed at holy feet of Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj and then at his own master's. Budhan Shah, observing the tiger's first obeisance to Guru Sahib, concluded that he must be a man possessing super¬natural power, and treated him accordingly.

He consulted him as to how pride could be erased from the heart, and the senses become disgusted with pleasure. Satguru Ji replied, 'When a man obtains fresh milk he will not taste sour milk. Without spiritual pleasure man resorts to the gratification of his senses. When he forsakes temporal pleasure he obtains divine pleasure. When all false pleasures are forsaken, the true pleasure is obtained; and when permanent pleasure is obtained, transitory pleasures please no more. When man's attention is fixed on Waheguru, there ensues a state of profound exaltation, man's thoughts cease to wander, the senses do not stray, and celestial light dawns on the mind.'

Budhan Shah asked Guru Ji how celestial light was manifested. Guru Sahib explained the process to him, upon which he fell into a trance. When he arose from it, he milked his goats and laid a pail of milk before Guru Ji. Maharaj drank half of it himself and returned the other half to Budhan Shah, telling him to keep it in memory of him.

Budhan Shah pressed Guru Sahib to remain with him, otherwise how long was he to preserve the milk? Guru Ji replied, 'Wait until my beloved Sikh (Bhai Gurditta) comes, your life shall last till then. He will found a city and abide here.' Saying this Guru Sahib departed.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj was ever present to Budhan Shah's thoughts. He looked at the milk every morning and found it preserved its freshness. After some time he learned that Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had left his physical body. He then heard of the succession of the Gurus— Guru Angad Dev Ji Guru Amar Das Ji, Guru Ram Das Ji, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, and Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji —and seeing that the milk remained as before, would often say, 'O Guru, send your Sikh to drink the milk and fulfil your promise.'

Satguru Sri Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji, who was Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj himself privately narrated all the circumstances to his eldest son Baba Gurditta Ji, and sent him to Budhan Shah, whose devotion he commended. Baba Gurditta Ji took his wife and son Dhirmal with him.

Budhan Shah met him on the bank of the Satlu and asked him who he was, and where he had come from and if he knew Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji. Baba Gurditta Ji replied 'O priest, you have the milk that was entrusted to you. Please Bring it to me. The holy Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji is my Guru and my father, and I his sikh and his son. He has sent me to taste it.'

Budhan Shah gave Baba Gurditta the milk. He tasted it and, it is said, found it sweet as if it had been just set. Budhan Shah the addressed Baba Gurditta Ji, ' This hilly land is all yours, fulfil my desires, and stay with me.'

Baba Gurditta Ji then laid the foundation of the city of Kiratpur at the base of the mountain. It was named Kiratpur as God's praises—Kirat—were forever to be sung there.




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