Warriors of Faith

Baba Maha Singh Ji Mataur (Bapu Ji)

When Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj created Khalsa Panth, Army of Akaal purakh, Maharaj created it with Baani and Shastar. While Baani was for spirituality, to attain closeness to Waheguru, to win over the vikaars inside the mind, to purify heart and be truthful, honest, humble and pure, Shastars were given to defend Dharam, the poor and helpless. This is the path which has been given by Satguru Maharaj to his Khalsa Panth, path of Bhagti-Shakti, of Piri and Miri.

             Sant Giani Kartar Singh Ji Khalsa, 13th Jathedar of Damdami Taksal was blessed by Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj to re-start the Shaheedi parampara to create Khalsa Raaj. Under Santji’s guidance, a group of Singhs was being readied to wage Dharamyudh in future, who would take up shastars and fight for freedom of Panth. Singhs like Bhai (Sant Giani) Jarnail Singh ji, Bhai Thaara Singh, Bhai Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, Bhai Dalbir Singh Abhyaasi, Bhai Aroor Singh, Bhai Gurdev Singh Usmaanvala  were part of this group. On the other hand Bhai Maha Singh ji and Bhai Dalbir Singh ji were ordered by Mahapurakhs to increase their Naam-Baani-Saadhna so that Baani read by them could help the Singhs in struggle. Shakti comes with Bhagti, Tej comes with Naam and Naam-Baani is the source of a Sikh’s power. Only those who have Naam Baani di Kamaaii can make a real change in society.  Walking on Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s path of Bhagti-Shakti, Santji asked Bapu Maha Singh ji Mataur and Bhai Dalbir Singh Ji Abhyaasi to do 101 Japji Sahib paths everyday, not for personal benefit but for Charhdi kala of Khalsa Panth and Jhujaroo Singhs. Bapu Maha Singh ji and Bhai Dalbir Singh ji, following bachans of Mahapurakhs started this rigorous Jaap and amazingly, both Gursikhs lived with this Nitnem till last day of their life. Bhai Dalbir Singh ji attained Shaheedi on 9th June 1984 fighting Indian Army while Bapu ji went to sachkhand in January 2011.

Babaji came to Taksal during time of Vadde Mahapurakh Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa. Babaji attained such a high awastha that all the Singhs of Taksal, including Jathedar Sant Kartar Singh ji, Sant Jarnail Singh ji used to respect him.

  When Government was about to arrest Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa in September 1981, after murder of Lala Jagat Narain, Santji called Baba Thakur Singh ji and Baba Maha Singh ji to his room and asked their views on an issue. Both asked Santji about the matter and Santji said ‘ Its my nitnem after being Mukhi of Taksal that I go every morning Amritvela and have Ishnaan in Amrit Sarovar, after that I do parkarma and come back to my Aasan. Now I’ll be arrested and I’ll be in police custody. If I do this now, will it be against Maryada and Gurmat?’

Both Mahapurakhs advised Santji not to break the Nitnem and go for Ishnaan to Darbar Sahib as there was nothing against Gurmat in it. Bapu Maha Singh ji said that If you were doing this for something else, then it would have been against Maryada, but now its all about Maharaj and Prem and where there is Prem, everything is justified. 
(This incident has been mentioned here to tell the Sangat the amount of respect and trust Sant ji had in Baba Thakur Singh Ji and Baba Maha Singh ji and also spiritual prowess and power of Sant Giani Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa.)

     During Operation Bluestar, Army surrounded Gurudwara Gurdarshan Parkash, Headquarters of DamDami Taksal at Mehta Chowk. Baba Thakur Singh Ji had been asked to remain Gupt by Santji and Baba Maha Singh Ji Mataur was looking after sewa at Taksal. When Tanks surrounded Gurudwara, Army officers asked all the Singhs to come out and surrender. Babaji knew the Army would then bombard the Gurudwara Sahib and demolish it. Baba Maha Singh Ji Mataur sat down near Nishan Sahib and asked the Army to do what they want, either shoot them, bomb them o whatever, but they would not come out of Gurudwara Sahib. There were only handful of Singh at Taksal and they also came and sat with Babaji. Villagers also came hearing the news and sat down near Babaji. Babaji started Chaupai Sahib Jaap near Nishan Sahib and asked the Army to do what the wanted to do. It was the Partaap of Baani and Babaji’s Kamaai and simran that although Army kept a Ghera of Taksal for three days, but Tanks didn’t enter Gurudwara Sahib nor was a shot fired towards Maharaj. The Army officer, leading the attack was so amazed by Babaji’s Darshan and words that He took back his troops without firing a bullet.
Baba Thakur Singh ji came back to Mehta Chowk in August 1984. Here Baba Thakur Singh Ji requested Baba Maha Singh ji to do Ardas to Maharaj that Indira be punished as soon as possible. Babaji did Ardas at feet of Guru Granth Sahib ji Maharaj and within 40 days, Bhai Satwant Singh and Bhai Beant Singh Ji finished Indira. Baba Thakur Singh ji distributed sweets that day and also pledged to look after families of Singhs who punished Indira Gandhi. Deepmaala was also done at Gurudwara Gurdarshan Parkash.

Later during Freedom movement, SSP Gobind Raam was brutally killing Singhs and families of Jhujaroo Singhs. Inhuman torture was inflicted upon Bibiya and small children.  This pained Baba Thakur Singh Ji much and Babaji again asked Baba Maha Singh ji to do Ardas to Maharaj that ‘’Maharaj kirpa karo, Gobind Ram di jarh patti jaaye’’.
Babaji did Ardas and within days, Baba Jugraaj Singh ji (KLF) blew up Gobind Ram, but interestingly, His only son was shot dead a few days before his death by Singhs.  Gobind Ram’s root had been uprooted from this world; Waheguru had heard Ardas of his beloved Mahapurakhs.

          After divisions in ranks of Jhujaroo Jathebandis, Baba Thakur Singh ji sensed the future of movement. Panth was going through most turbulent period and bloody period and Babaji asked all the Singhs to do Naam Kamaai and Baani Jaap for Charhdi Kala of Panth. Baba Maha Singh ji used to remain immersed in Naam Baani for hours at length.

   After Baba Thakur Singh Ji Khalsa Ji left for Sachkhand on 24th December 2004,  enemies of Panth colluded and took over DamDami Taksal’s Headquarters, Gurudwara Gurdarshan Parkash and going against bachans of Baba Thakur Singh ji, did Shaheedi di Ardas of Sant Baba Jarnail Singh ji Khalsa. All the senior Singhs of Taksal were insulted and forced to leave Mehta Chowk. Baba Thakur Singh ji had already told what would happen after them and they had ordered Singhs to be peaceful and calm, as justice would be done one day. Following Babaji’s bachans, Singhs left Taksal and went to different places. Baba Maha Singh Ji Mataur also came to his house near Chandigarh and continued his Baani Jaap here till his last breath.

Babaji’s Nitnem was as follows.
Panj Baaniya da Jaap
101 Japji Sahib de Paath and Beant Baaniya of Guru Nanak Dev ji
Baani of Guru Angad Dev ji
Baani of Guru Amardaas ji
Baani of Guru Raamdas ji
Baani of Guru Arjan Dev ji
Baani of Guru Teg Bahadur ji
Baani of Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj.
( It was Babaji’s Nitnem to do few chosen Baaniya of each Satguru ji everyday and this routine continued till his last day)

Living according to Bachans of Sant Giani Kartar Singh Ji Khalsa, Baba Maha Singh Mataur lived a life of Baani. His inner self had become One with Maharaj’s Baani, Baani Saroop. Guru lived in those Mahapurakh’s heart, in his bachans. Santji had said that while Singhs fight in battlefield, you do Naam Kamaai to help them spiritually and Babaji lived according to bachans of Mahapurakhs. He said many times to Baba Thakur Singh ji that I also want to attain Shaheedi, but Babaji always said Babaji your sewa is to read Baani. Its with Kamaii and Ardas of Gursikhs like you that one day Khalsa Panth will attain Freedom and Charhdi Kala once again.

Kotaan Kot Parnaam to Brahmgianis like Baba Maha Singh Ji Mataur.

Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Saturday, July 23. 2011 in Sant Mahapurakhs

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    waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru jiki fateh paji thoda bohat bohat dhanvaad sangat nu babaji de jivan barey janu karaan vastey. waheguru tuhanu chardikala bakshan attey ago v sanu issey tarha mahapurkha de jivan baarey jaanu karandey raho

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