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Tyag Murti Guru Tegh Bahadur, the Knower of all Hearts and the Supreme Saviour, opened his eyes and life giving Nectar flowed from His holy lips, “Makhan Shah, Guru does not need your money but having pledged 500, why are you offering only two”. The mystery was unravelled.
 

 

Apnay Sewak Ki Aapay Rakhay
Aapay Nam Japavay
Jah Jah Kaj Kirt Sewak Ki
Taha Taha Uthh Dhavay
Sewak Kau Nikati Hoi Dikhavay

Sri Guru Granth Sahib (403)

Makhan Shah Lubana was a devout sikh and a rich merchant who used to bring merchandise from far away lands. Once, while he was returning home with his ships loaded with valuable cargo, there was a furious storm at sea and his vessels got caught in it. In the rising fury of the storm, disaster was imminent. When all hope of survival of men and of safety of the cargo had vanished, a pathetic cry arose from the depths of Makhan Shah’s heart to the Lotus Feet of Guru Har Krishan, the Eighth Guru Nanak, to save him and his cargo. Scarcely had the prayer been made when the storm subsided and the ships of the devout follower cruised ashore. The words of Guru Arjan quoted in the opening lines had come true.
  The Lord Himself protects His own servant and sustains his devotion to Nam.

In response to the plight of His servant, the Lord rushes to his rescue.

And manifests His immediate presence there.

 

Guru Arjan in this hymn magnifies the concern of the Lord for his devotees.

When the prayer for his safety had escaped Makhan Shah’s lips, his sinking heart had simultaneously pledged to offer 500 Mohurs (gold coins) at the Guru’s holy feet on his safe arrival. On reaching Delhi, Makhan Shah learnt about Guru HarKrishan Sahib’s parting words ‘Baba Bakale’ meaning that the next Guru was to be found in Bakala. He then immediately left for Bakala.

There Makhan Shah found that there were many impostors staking their claim to the holy throne of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib. Though he was anguished he did not give up hope as he yet had the ultimate test of truth with him. He paid obeisance to the claimants placing two gold coins in homage, which they all accepted happily.

Finally when all the impostors had been tried some one informed him that a holy man lived in a basement cell (an underground Bhora) and was in deep meditation for the last twenty years. Makhan Shah went to test this holy man also and as usual placed two gold coins and bowed in reverence. Tyag Murti Guru Tegh Bahadur, the Knower of all Hearts and the Supreme Saviour, opened his eyes and life giving Nectar flowed from His holy lips, “Makhan Shah, Guru does not need your money but having pledged 500, why are you offering only two”. The mystery was unravelled.

Wonderstruck by the Eternal Glory of Guru Nanak, he fell head long at the holy feet of his Beloved Guru, the Ninth Guru Nanak, the Eternal “Jaagdi Jot” and thereafter rushed to the top of the House and started calling at the top of his voice in rapturous ecstasy “Guru Ladho Re, Guru Ladho Re”. I have discovered the Holy Guru, I have found the Holy Guru. Thus was the Saviour discovered.

 

 
 
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