A Humble Salute by A Lover Divine
(Love with A Difference)
One blessed day in April 1979, when my respected father emerged from his Prayer Room, after having remained in prayers and humble service of Sri Guru Granth Sahib for 5-6 hours, he asked us to make immediate preparations for leaving for Goindwal Sahib.
On my enquiring about the purpose of visiting the Holy Shrine, he disclosed that Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj desires that 101 Akhand Paths be recited in the Honour and Dignity of Sahib Sri Guru Amar Das Ji, in celebration of His forthcoming 500th Sacred Birth Anniversary in May 1979.
After reaching Goindwal Sahib, my father paid His Homage at the Holy Shrine and then to the Blessed Descendants of Sri Guru Amar Das Ji. Tears were flowing down his cheeks all the time and this in itself was a reflection of the pathetic condition of a True Lover of the Great Guru.
He thereafter made the offering of the requisite amount for 101 Akhand Paths to the worthy management for making necessary arrangements. They all were so much touched by his love and humility, that they could not restrain themselves from shedding tears of love.
They, however, expressed their inability to arrange so many Akhand Paths. They further explained that it was not possible for them to arrange simultaneous recitation of more than 2-3 Akhand Paths at one time. But they promised to do all their best and simultaneous recitation of eleven Akhand Paths was consequently started with great fervour.
Only 51 Akhand Paths could be completed by the target date. The balance of Akhand Paths were arranged and completed in Gurdwara Sahib, Model Town, Phagwara.
Three Bands were taken for the Sacred Occasion, two were Police Bands — PAP Brass and Pipers Band, and one was Army Band. Father did everything saturated with the love of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. He performed every service at all the Historical Gurdwaras on behalf of his most Beloved Master Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. All Akhand Paths were recited in the befitting honour and sacred celebration of the All-Powerful, All-Merciful, All-Loving, Sahib Sri Guru Amar Das Ji on behalf of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
It was really a most wonderful and delightful sight of simultaneous Akhand Paths going on in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Salami was offered by father after the Bhog Ceremony of Akhand Paths. Devotional music was played by the bands for a long time. Bibi Bholan Rani and Bibi Ajit Kaur performed Holy Shabad Kirtan with the start of the most rapturous ‘dhuni’ of
Sri Guru Amar Das Ji Teri Jai Howey
With thousands of devotees around, it was a touching and angelic vision. It was a collective homage and salute to the Lord Guru Amar Das Ji. Everyone present experienced the Divine Presence of All-Powerful Sri Guru Amar Das Ji.
Blessed indeed were the Holy visions of the Most Merciful and compassionate Guru Amar Das Ji emerging from the Mahaprakash of Guru Granth Sahib and lovingly accepting the homage of the collective salute from a Lover-Divine. Bibi Ajit Kaur, when compassionately granted a fresh lease of long life after a major operation, had also been gifted with the Blessed Boon of Holy Visions by the Most Beloved Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. She could envision and behold the most Revealing Lord in Jagrit Avastha. Most wonderful were the Holy Visions and the most moving and touching, the Grace showered by the Most Merciful Lord Guru Amar Das Ji on the whole Sangat present on the Sacred Occasion.