By Wand Agency
Miles to go before I sleep!
Dear Sadh Sangat
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!
The Tenth Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji, after sacrificing his four Sahibzadas (young sons) for the Khalsa Panth and blessing the 40 Mukte ('liberated ones') at Muktsar, reached Talwandi Sabo and untied his Kamarkassa (the waist-band) and hence the name Damdama (breathing or
resting place). It was here that Guru Gobind Singh Ji on refusal to handover the text of Granth Sahib by Dhir Mal; recited from memory the entire text of Granth Sahib with his own 'lotus lips', which, Bhai Mani Singh penned down in nine months. The hymns of Guru Tegh Bahadar were also incorporated at appropriate places in the Holy Scripture.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji also set about teaching Gurmukhi to the Sikhs, Santhya (correct
pronunciation) and revelation of Gurbani to the general masses. One day, as per divine order, he began sharpening reeds, throwing these into the Sarovar (water-tank) and declared, "This is the Guru-Kanshi, which will emerge in future as a great center of divine learning. Here thick-witted will be transformed into scholars. The divine message of universal peace and brotherhood taught by the Gurus will spread across the world."
At Talwandi Sabo, the ever-knowing Tenth Master had blessed this region in an
interaction with Bhai Dalla;
1. That the place will have canals flowing although at that time it was a sandy desert
2. It will have lots of farms of mangoes, grapes, pomegranates and oranges, although
it was full of wild shrubs.
3. It will have fields full of wheat crops, although wild bushes and grass were visible
all around at that time.
Such was the Master's conviction that he proclaimed that Gursikhs in future will see it
for themselves, the realization of these blessings of canals, fruits and wheat crops.
Saadh Sangat Ji, as per divine order, three out of the four blessings of Guru Gobind Singh
Ji have been realized.
Rivers and canals are flowing now.Fields are yielding huge wheat crops.The region is full of
farms of mangoes,grapes,pomegranates and oranges.
The Kalgidhar Society, Baru Sahib, after having successfully setup 129 Schools (Akal
Academies) and Eternal University (that runs 42 streams); has endeavored to muster
whole-hearted support and over-whelming response from the Saadh Sangat to realize
the 4th blessing of 'Guru Kanshi, Talwandi Sabo', as a humble homage to the Tenth
Master by setting up Akal University. Land for Guru Kanshi Akal University has been
donated and the Government's approval for setting up the University has been
obtained. To fulfil the tenth Guru's prophecy, The Kalgidhar Society has endeavored
to establish an International Center for Comparative Religious Studies as a part of
Guru Kanshi Akal University with special emphasis on the teachings of Guru Granth
Sahib and establishing centers to translate Guru Granth Sahib in original ragas in
different languages of the world.
Besides, Guru Kanshi Akal University, Talwandi Sabo, will develop collaborative academic programs with domestic and foreign universities for novel technologies and co-operative programs with local, national and international industries and develop program to train manpower to fulfill the needs of the whole of India in general and Punjab in particular.
When Sadh Sangat blessed Sant Attar Singh ji with the Kar Sewa of Gurdwara Damdama Sahib and its sarovar, he beseeched all to do this sewa with body, mind and wealth. In 1927 (which was the last year of Sant ji's lifetime) Sant ji went house to house in Shimla and pleaded with everybody for the Sewa of Damdama Sahib saying "Brothers and sisters, you will never ever come across such a beggar".
Some rich and royal persons intervened saying "Maharaj, it does not befit you to go begging house to house. Kindly order us and we would do this Sewa". Sant ji was visibly agitated and said "Bhai, you are proud of your wealth. This is not acceptable to our Guru Sahib". Then he proclaimed "such is the might of Guru Ghar, that Shimla to Damdama Sahib could see rivers of Gold and Silver. I am just offering an opportunity to these Guru lovers, to contribute to this Sewa with their hard earned money to connect with Akal Purakh for divine blessings and thereby earning the divine pleasure of Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj".
I personally look upon this as my duty to deliver this project for the benefit of mankind. Since this a massive project that would cost around 500 crore rupees, I would require and plead for the support of one and all.
Let us all join hands and contribute generously by performing Sewa whole-heartedly, physically as well as financially, to earn the blessings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Iqbal Singh (Baba)