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Jul 15, 2004
Bhai Soma Shah
Dhan Guru Ramdas Sahib jee was doing kaar-sewa of sarovar at Siri Harmandir Sahib –
Siri Amritsar Sahib. A lot of sangat used to do sewa in digging the sarovar and doing
other kind of sewa. Soma Arora used to to sell ghunganiyaan (a kind of snack) to
residents of Siri Amritsar Sahib and this way made his living.

One day in the evening Guru Sahib saw him and asked him how much vattee (profit) he
had made. He came over to Guru Sahib and did matha tek and with extreme humility
answered Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib asked him to hand over his all day’s earnings. Soma
did not hesitate for a bit and placed all he had at the charan of Dhan Guru Ramdas Sache
Paatshah jee.

Soma was a very poor person and met his ends with great difficulty. Second day too,
Guru Sahib asked him how much he had earned and asked him to give all his earnings to
him. Guru Sahib kept doing this for 5 days. Soma who was always broke, did not have
any doubts on Guru Sahib. He trusted Guru Sahib one hundred percent and believed that
Guru Sahib knows better.

On the sixth day, Soma saw Guru Sahib at the Sarovar looking at the sangat doing sewa,
with full Kirpa-Drishtee (gaze of grace). This time Soma did not wait for Guru Sahib to
ask for the money but he came, matha tekked Guru Sahib and placed all his earning at the
lotus feet of Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib, who was only testing Soma, was extremely pleased
at Soma and said, "Ajj asee laina nahi, kuchh dena hai. Ajj taun tu Soma nahi, Soma Shah
hoiya" (Shah means very rich person).

Guru Sahib’s bachan of calling Soma, Soma Shah, forced the abundant force of Vaheguru’s power to come in action. Within days Soma became a shah. He became a shah of not only money but also of Naam.

This is a great saakhi and we can learn a lot from this. We all know that all that we have
has been given to us by Satguru but yet when it is our turn to do some sewa or give back
something to Guru Sahib or his panth, we find thousand reasons not to do so. We become
selfish. May Guru Sahib give us the wisdom of Bhai Soma Shah.

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Jul 15, 2004
Gangu Shah
Gangu Shah was a very rich banker from Lahore. Times changed and Gangu Shah lost
everything he had and got bankrupt. He had nowhere to go and heard of Guru Amardas
jee daa darbar at Govindval Sahib. When a person gets hit by adversity, he either
becomes devoted to Vaheguru or totally loses faith in him. Gangu Shah was lucky that he
got bairaag and started doing sewa in at Govindval Sahib.

He did sewa day and night and spoke very little to others. He was constantly reciting
baani. One day Guru Sahib became pleased at him and blessed him with amrit naam i.e.
Gurmantra. Now Gangu Shah started japping naam day and night. Everybody thought
that he was in great bairagi state but Guru Sahib knew everything.

Even though he was doing sewa of naam and seemed to be in bairaag but deep inside, he
regretted losing all wealth he had. Guru Sahib knows the inside of all and Gangu Shah
was not an exception. Guru Sahib knew what he wanted deep inside. One day, happy
with his sewa and simran, Guru Sahib called him and asked him to ask for a boon. He just
asked for more kirpa. Finally Guru Sahib asked him to go to Delhi and start his old
business of banking and not give up Sikhi at any cost.

Gangu Shah heard Guru Sahib in disbelief and asked him how he could become a banker
as no one would trust him after becoming bankrupt at Lahore. Besides that, he had
absolutely no money to start up such a business. Guru Sahib repeated his bachan and
asked him to go to Delhi. Gangu Shah did matha tek and left for Delhi.

In those days, "hundi" was a very popular way of sending money from one place to
another. It was not safe to carry large amounts of cash by hand. So what the travellers
used to do was, deposit the money with a banker in the city they lived in, who would then
write him a hundi (a signed statement of receipt of money) in the name of another banker
from the place of destination of the traveller. It was like a traveller cheque that the
traveller would take to the place of destination and get cashed by the banker on whose
name the hundi would be.

Gangu Shah had done this work before and was a known name in this field. He had many
contacts in Lahore. Above all, he had the lotus-hand of Guru Sahib on his head and very
soon he was able to establish himself in Delhi. Soon he became a very rich person again.
His hundi was honoured by all bankers in Sirhind, Lahore and other major cities of
Punjab. He continued doing his paath and simran but got more and more greedy with
more accumulation of money. Such is the nature of maaya. When one does not have
maaya one does not realize how more maaya can make a person embroilled in moh
(attachment) and lobh (greediness) along with ahankaar (ego).

When one gets greedy, Guru Sahib tries to fix his Sikh. When we start compromising
Sikhi rehit for worldly things, we should understand this as a sign of our downfall.

At Govindval, a poor Sikh approached Guru Amardas jee and asked for help in getting
his daughter married. This Sikh was very poor but a really good Sikh. In history it is
written that he was a Sikh from a Brahmin background. Guru Sahib wrote a hundi, signed
by him, addressed to Gangu Shah in Delhi, and asked the poor Sikh to get the money
from Gangu Shah. Guru Sahib probably thought that since Gangu Shah had acquired a lot
of wealth, it was a good time to test him.

Only the fortunate ones can withstand the tests of Guru Sahib. Only if Guru Sahib
himself does kirpa, we can pass tests from him. Anyway, Gangu Shah, received this poor
Sikh with warmth and inquired about Govindval. The Sikh told him all about Govindval
and finally told him the purpose of his visit. He gave Gangu shah the hundi written and
signed by Guru Sahib.

Gangu Shah saw the hundi and was about to give the money to the poor Sikh, when his
mind corrupted him. Some bad karma from his previous lives blossomed and ruined him.
Gangu Shah started thinking that it is true that he is rich but who in this world can afford
to just give away money like that. He thought that, Guru Sahib is not into worldly affairs
and does not understand the worldly affairs. Guru Sahibknows more about spiritual world
as opposed to the worldly affairs. The Sikhs are taking advantage of Guru Sahib and will
try to take away Gangu's money. He thought that if today, he gives money to this poor
Sikh, tomorrow there will be a line-up of beggars.

It was great misfortune of Gangu Shah that he got trapped in the tricks of mind. His mind
got taken over by maaya. He finally agreed to his mind and told the poor Sikh that he
cannot give him any money as his money is stuck somewhere.

The Sikh understood that Gangu Shah was reluctant to give money, so he did not argue
further with Gangu Shah and travelled back to Govindval. He narrated everything that
occurred, to Guru Amardas jee. The all-knowing Guru Sahib knew everything and just
smiled after hearing about Gangu Shah’s refusal to give money. He arranged money for
the poor Sikh through other means.

On the other hand, the abundant force of Vaheguru came into action after the huge
negative karma of Gangu Shah. Within days he lost everything he had earned. When he
lost everything and came on the street, he realized his mistake. He realized that all that he
had was by the kirpa of Guru Sahib. He realized his blunder and regretted refusing money
to that Sikh.

Fortunately, he had good karma and he thought of totally renouncing the world and going
back to Govindval Sahib. He came to Govindval Sahib and started doing sewa day and
night. Guru Sahib did kirpa and he recited naam at very early amrit hours. All day he kept
reciting naam and gurbani. All this time, he did not go in front of Guru Sahib and hid
from other Sikhs who could recognize him. It is written in Suraj Parkash Granth that,
with all this sewa and simran, his face started glowing with naam.

Guru Sahib who knew everything, was waiting for the right time to approach him. With
his sewa and naam jaap, he washed away his sins. Guru Sahib one day, called him in.
With great hesitation and with great sharam (pashemaani, sharmindagi), he came to the
darbar of Guru Sahib. He was thinking that how he could show his face to Guru Sahib
after refusing to honour the hundi written and signed by Guru Sahib himself. Guru Sahib
is no human and does not have human qualities. Guru Sahib is Vaheguru himself and has
qualities of Vaheguru. Vaheguru does not consider one's bad deeds when doing kirpa.
Guru Sahib, called him Shah jee and told him that he was very happy with his sewa. He
fell at the lotus-feet of Satguru and asked for forgiveness of his black deeds. Guru Sahib
lifted him up and embraced him and gave him a lot of asees. With all these asees, Gangu
Shah became a blessed soul.

Now Gangu Shah had seen how unstable the material world is and he asked for only
naam and more naam. Guru Sahib blessed him with the top spiritual state where one
becomes one with Vaheguru. Gangu Shah, became the real shah i.e. the shah of Naam.

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