Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Previously NihangSingh.org posted a story from Panth Prakash relating to the travels of Guru Gobind Singh Ji in the Deccan (South India). In celebration of the upcoming Shaheedi Divas of Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur, we would like to continue sharing stories from Panth Prakash about the meeting between Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Banda Singh Ji Bahadur.
In contrast to other historical Sikh texts, Sri Gur Panth Prakash Granth mentions Baba Banda Singh’s previous name as Narain Dass, while most other text’s mention it as Madho Dass.
We would like to continue the story of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s travels to the South.
Click here for part 1.
Dohra : With the blessings of the late Great spiritual saint Dadu,
Even the Guru’s falcons fed themselves with vegetarian food.
The Guru and his followers felt extremely delighted at this hospitality,
When they were invited to visit the shrine of Dadu Dwar. (1)
Chaupai : Saint Jait Ram took the Guru around the premises of his shrine,
Even as his followers’ showered rose petals to welcome the Guru.
The Guru remarked : Praise be to all the great saints of the world,
And curse be on those who slander and speak ill of the saints. (2)
The Guru quoted lines from Sukhmani2 in praise of the saints,
Which praises the spiritual powers and blessings of saints.
Besides this, there followed a discussion and exchange of views,
Which benefitted and stimulated both the Guru and Saint Jait Ram. (3)
Mahant Jait Ram narrated a new incident during this discussion,
About a place which he had visited some time back.
A person named Narain Dass was the occupant of that place,
Who belonged to the sect of Bairagi saints of that place. (4)
He had placed one large-sized bed in his shrine,
Upon which Saint Jait Ram was asked to sit by the Bairagi.
While Saint Jait Ram accepted his request as a mark of honour,
The wicked Narain Dass intended to play mischief with him. (5)
Dohra : After making saint Jait Ram sit on this splendid bed,
He toppled the bed upside down on the noble saint.
After playing this very obnoxious mischief on his guest.
He felt extremely delighted and broke into a burst of laughter. (6)
Chaupai : He indulged in this mischief with the saints of all the six saintly orders (of Hindu’s),
Without having any sense of fear or the curse of any spiritual saint or prophet.
A person who proclaimed himself as a Guru and prophet,
Was, in reality, a slanderer of saints without any spiritual lineage. (7)
Saint Jait Ram advised the Guru to avoid a visit to this place,
And follow another route during his journey to the South.
The Guru remarked that everything happened according to God’s Will,
How could the Guru avoid whatever is ordained by God? (8)
The Guru asked Jait Ram the way to the seat of Narain Dass,
As well as the exact location and Name of his monastic seat,
The Guru would go and examine the strength of his occult powers,
And ascertain the Guru from whom he has acquired these powers. (9)
The Guru would dispossess him of his powers if he chose to confront,
Otherwise put him on a path of sanity if he chose to follow the Guru.
With the blessings of Guru Nanak, the Guru would make him his own follower
And initiate him as a Khalsa and his most intimate follower. (10)
Mahant (Jait Ram’s) speech:
Dohra : There is a town on the banks of the river Godwari,
Which is known by the Name of Nander in that region.
Narain Dass Bairagi’s place is situated on southern end of this town,
Which is a well-known and familiar place in that area. (11)
Chaupai : Since Narain Dass Bairagi used to be a Prince in his early life,
He had joined a group of homeless wandering saints
While moving along for a long time with these Sadhu’s,
He came across a saint possessing powers of of black magic. (12)
He served this magician for a long time along with these mendicants,
And received complete knowledge of the art of black magic.
By handing over a book containing all the secrets of this art,
This wizard made his disciple as equally competent a black magician as himself.(13)
His teacher warned him after handing over this book on black magic,
That he must not make any publicity about his magical powers.
The book would remain in his possession as long as it remained a secret,
But it would ruin him the moment he made its contents public. (14)
Dohra : The book contained secrets about possessing a beautiful woman and wealth at home, And about possession of horses, weapons as well as an art of alchemy. Since the book contained secrets about various kinds of talismans and wonder drugs, The powerful kings were always on the look out to snatch this book. (15)
Chaupai : The kings and feudal lords kept following the owner of such a book,
And murdered its owner for fear of his causing harm to their rule.
They were always scared of their sovereignty being snatched away,
Because such a black magician possessed unlimited magical powers. (16)
They killed such a black magician by lodging him in their own houses,
Because they were always scared of his powers of black magic.
Since they were always desperate to take possession of such a book,
They always treated the black magician as their rival and wished to eliminate him. (17)
Now I would like to disclose the name of this book of black magic,
Which was written by the greatest black magician named Alunia Sidh.
This black magician Alunia was the most favourite disciple of Gorakh Nath,
As I have heard about his fame and reputation from my ancestors. (18)
This book contained every kind of knowledge and information,
Which is very rarely available anywhere in the whole world.
It contained information about every kind of invocations and spells,
As well as information about magical solutions and working out auspicious occasions. (19)
It provided clues about alchemy which converted base metals in gold,
As well as incantations to tame poisonous snakes and possess magical powers.
Besides containing such powerful invocations as Rudar Jal and Indira Jal,
It contained every information about the wonderful black magic of Orissa state. (20)
It had tips about losing one’s identity in water as well as walking on water,
As well as all the secrets about space and flying into space.
It contained techniques of dousing raging fires as well as setting things on fire,
As well as methods of standing in the midst of fire and eating hot burning coals. (21)
Dohra : It contained invocations which if repeated and meditated upon,
Provided a person with the powers of exercising control over men and matters,
As well as powers to confer blessings of a male child, wealth and prosperity,
On whomsoever it wished to bless and bestow these gifts. (22)
Chaupai : The book provided complete knowledge about what lay hidden below the earth, Which could be instantly taken out through its magical sayings.
Its words could make herbs and forest plants speak about their healing qualities,
As well as alchemical information about converting base metals into gold. (23)
Its magical hymns had powers to change the sex of female into male,
As well as change the sex of a male into female sex.
It is also filled with science of telepathy of silently knowing others feelings,
As well as cast spells upon a person to make him restless, mobile or dance. (24)
It could teach strategies to decimate one’s enemies and protect one’s followers,
As well as perform such impossible tasks of plucking stars from the skies.
Its strategies could break the siege of fortified forts,
As well as war tactics of winning a victory over one’s foes in a battlefield. (25)
Its invocations could cause winds to blow and rain to fall,
As well as powers to change the direction of winds and storms as one wished.
Its magical tricks could cause hailstorms and lightening,
As well as its curses once uttered could never remain unfulfilled. (26)
Dohra : It imparted knowledge of ruling over ghosts, evil spirits and haunted persons, As well as acquire attributes of various gods and powerful supernatural phenomena, It could impart powers of divine entities like the Jachhs, Rachhs and Kinnars, As well teach ways to have communion with these divine entities. (27)
Chaupai : A person endowed with such black magical powers could ensure anybody’s victory, As well as bring about defeat for whomsoever he wished.
He could tame such wild, poisonous and mighty animals like lions, scorpions,
As well as bring about peace and prosperity to any king’s kingdom. (28)
He could capture thieves, burglars and poisonous insects easily,
As well as provide relief with just an utterance of a word.
He could save a person who reached him after a snakebite,
As well as restore to life a dead person due to snake poisoning. (29)
He could save people infected with rabbies caused by mad dog or Jackal’s bite,
As well as provide instant relief to the afflicted with a single utterance.
He could tame lions, tigers and wild bears with a spell on them,
And render them incapacitated from moving their jaws and paws. (30)
He could grow trees and create orchids on the palm of his hand,
As well as squeeze the essence of things by casting a spell.
He could neutralise the toxic effects of cyanide, opium, alcohol and cannabis,
As well as deaddict a human body from the abuse of all the toxic intoxicants. (31)
Dohra : He was possessed with eight kinds of supernatural powers,
Such as reducing one’s body into an atom, getting immobile or losing weight,
He could exercise complete control over any object or any desire,
As well as acquire every thing that he desired or wished. (32)
Sortha : This book in Narain Dass’ possession had complete record of the past and the present, As well as every event that would happen in the future. It had tried to describe all those events and incidents, Which could happen in all these ages. (33)
Dohra : If I venture to describe all the details about this book,
My epic would get excessively voluminous and big.
The book also contained directions to have a glimpse,
As well as the road map to achieve salvation from birth and death. (34)
Chaupai : Banda Bahadur got a hold of such a rare and extra ordinary book,
That he could not keep a secret and revealed his powers.
Saint Jai Ram accused Banda Bahadur, of testing the spiritual powers of saints,
Who had become a slanderer and condemner of all the saints. (35)
He warned the Guru against visiting the seat of the wicked Banda,
Repeating his warning many times to stop the Guru from such a visit.
Satguru replied that he would not avoid this visit at any cost,
As he would definitely visit his place and encounter him. (36)
Despite his spiritual powers of feeding Guru’s Carnivorous falcons with
Saint Jait Ram had been defeated and humiliated by Banda.
The Guru requested Saint Jait Ram to send one of his followers with him,
So that he might be a witness to the Guru’s encounter with Banda. (37)
With the great blessings of the apostle of truth the Great Guru Nanak,
The Guru would definitely teach a lesson to the Banda.
After uttering these words, the Guru left the place of Saint Jait Ram,
And proceeded towards the directions of Banda’s seat of power. (38)
Dohra : Soon, Satguru arrived in the Banda’s territory,
And put up his camp after selecting a suitable site.
Water was being drawn by a water-mill without being pulled by a pair of oxen,
Which was a big surprise for all the spectators out there. (39)
Chaupai : Banda had built an extremely splendid palatial building,
Which dazzled the eyes of every onlooker who looked at it.
He had installed a huge bed inside that big structure,
Which was covered with excellent cushions and pillows. (40)
The bed remained uplifted from the earth for a height of a little more than a yard,
On which Narain Dass (Banda) used to sit majestically.
If anybody else happened to sit on this strange bed,
He had the strategy to throw him upside down from the bed. (41)
To be continued……