Bhai Khwaja Ji

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

There was a ‘Kashmiri’ in the holy court of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, whose name was Bhai Khwaja Ji. He used to do the service to Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was always ready to act, never lazy.

He used to give bath to Guru’s horse. When Guru Ji goes somewhere riding on his horse, Bhai Khwaja Ji used to walk ahead of Guru Ji’s horse.

After sometime, the image of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji was embossed permanently in the mind of Bhai Khwaja Ji. He used not to talk to anyone, except for Guru Ji. He would do ‘Seva’ to Guru Ji and then go to spent his time all-alone.

One day, as usual, Bhai Khwaja Ji was running in front of Guru Ji’s horse. Sweet was flowing on his body, but he did not feel any tiredness. His mind was absorbed fully in the service of the Guru. Happiness and sorrow were equal to him.

Guru Ji got down from his horse and asked Bhai Khwaja Ji to come close to him. When he came close to Guru Ji, Guru Ji said, “Tell me, what is the desire in your mind?”

The Gurbani Says, “Ai Jee, Kaal Sadaa Sir Oopar Thhaadhhe, Janam Janam Vairaayee. Saachai Shabd Rate Se Baache, Satgur Boojh Bujhaayee. 3. Gur Sarnaayee Joh Na Saakai Doot Na Sakai Santaayee. Avigat Naath Niranjan Raate, Nirbhau Sio Liv Laayee.4. Ai Jeeyo, Naam Dirhoh, Naame Liv Laavoh, Satgur Tek Tikaayee. Jo Tis Bhaavai Soyee Karsi, Kirat Na Meteya Jaayee. 5. Ai Jee, Bhaag Pare Gur Saran Tumaaree, Main Avar Na Doojee Bhaayee. Ab Tab Eko Ek Pukaaraun Aad Jugaad Sakhaayee.6. Ai Jee, Raakhoh Paij Naam Apune Kee, Tujh Hee Sion Ban Aayee. Kar Kirpa Gur Daras Dikhaavoh, Haumain Shabd Jalaayee. 7. Ai Jee, Kya Maagaun, Kichh Rahai Na Deesai, Is Jag Mah Aaya Jaayee. Naanak Naam Padaarath Deejai, Hirdai Kanthh Banaayee. 8.3.” (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, page 504).

(O Dear One, death hangs constantly over his head. Incarnation after incarnation, it is his enemy. Those who are attuned to the True Word are saved. The True Guru has imparted this understanding. 3. In the Guru’s Sanctuary, the Messenger of Death cannot see the mortal, or torture him. I am imbued with the Imperishable and Immaculate Lord Master, and lovingly attached to the Fearless Lord. 4. O Dear One, implant the Naam within me; lovingly attached to the Naam, I lean on the True Guru’s Support. Whatever pleases Him, He does; no one can erase His actions. 5. O Dear One, I have hurried to the Sanctuary of the Guru; I have no love for any other except You. I constantly call upon the One Lord; since the very beginning, and throughout the ages, He has been my help and support. 6. O Dear One, please preserve the Honor of Your Name; I am hand and glove with You. Bless me with Your Mercy, and reveal to me Your Blessed Vision, O Guru. Through the Word of the Shabad, I have burnt away my ego. 7. O Dear One, what should I ask of You? Nothing appears permanent; whoever comes into this world shall depart. Bless Nanak with the wealth of the Naam, to adorn his heart and neck. 8.3.) (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, page 504).

The message given in this holy hymn had been written on Khwaja Ji’s heart, that is why he folded his hands and replied, “The only desire in my mind is to have your ‘Darshan’ all the time. No other desire is there. I want to be always near to you. I want to do ‘Seva’ to you without any desire. I want to see your holy face, which is the ocean of happiness.”

Guru Ji was pleased to listen these humble words by Bhai Khwaja Ji. Guru Ji said, “You are ‘Nihaal’, you are delighted.”

From that day, Bhai Khwaja Ji remained always delighted. He would not talk to anyone else.

When Sayyed Jaani Ji was searching for a true Guru, he was told about Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Sayyed Jaani Ji met Bhai Khwaja Ji and said, “We both are from Muslim origin. Khwaja Ji, I have spent all of life searching for a true saint. O brother, tell me how can I please the Guru, so that he shows me the true path?”

Bhai Khwaja Ji replied, “There is no one else like Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji in this world. Guru is all-powerful. He is omniscient. He sees only love. When pleased, he librates the devotee from worldly ties. I request you to sit on the door of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Neither say anything to anyone, nor listen to anyone. Worship the Guru by your heart. Guru will put you in test. If you are successful, you will be saved from the ocean of sins, by the Grace of the Guru”.

Sayyed Jaani Ji was proved successful in the test conducted by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji.

Guru Ji blessed Bhai Khwaja Ji. Guru Ji called him and Sayyed Jaani Ji and said, “Your selfless service towards the Guru is accepted. Guru is pleased. Now go to some place and live there like saints of the God.”

Both of them were true Gursikhs. They had to obey their Guru Ji. However, before leaving the Guru, they appointed their disciple Bhai Nand Laal Ji (Guru Ji used to call him ‘Sohna’) to do the services to Guru ji they used to do.

Thus, Bhai Khwaja Ji was blessed by the Guru.

—–Source: ‘Sri Gur Pratap Sooraj Granth’.