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 September 16, has been declared by the Government of Punjab India as a National Holiday for recognizing Baba Sri Chand Ji for his great contribution in Sikhism and as a
Spiritual Leader of his time.

 
BABA SRI CHAND JI

 
 

Baba Siri Chand Ji (A.D.1494-1643)                                      More Photos
 
Gobind Sadan has held seminars on Baba Siri Chand to have scholars explore and discover the actual history of Baba Siri Chand Ji and his contribution to dharam. We wanted the intellectuals and the major research scholars to present clear proof of who Baba Siri Chand really was.

It is my faith that there is no difference between Baba Siri Chand and God. How can we understand Baba Siri Chand unless we have the faith to talk with him or see him? Without a spiritual background, how much of his essence can we capture? Baba Siri Chand was Brahmgiani - a God-realised enlightened being. How can we express gian or Brahm in a book?

While it is our goal to publish books and booklets on Babaji's life, it is far more important to practically demonstrate the effect of his teachings. Babaji was a highly respected scholar, but his trademark was the ability to put complex teachings forth in such simple terms that everyone could understand. At Gobind Sadan we try to live by his teachings: love God, meditate, work hard, help others, and preserve the sanctity of marriage. Baba Siri Chand's Life in Brief

Baba Siri Chand was born in 1494 as the elder son of Guru Nanak, the First Sikh Guru. As a child, he was of contemplative nature, and he became the first person to whom Guru Nanak prescribed the life of an Udasi. In contrast to ascetics who leave the world in order to meditate, an Udasi is a renunciate who lives in the world, maintaining everyday life as well as practicing meditation.

Baba Siri Chand was a renunciate-self-denying, celibate, and dedicated to meditation-but he was also a farmer. His father asked him not to leave the world but to take responsibility for the community farm at Kartarpur while he, Guru Nanak, was away. When Guru Nanak returned from his travels, the whole village happily told him that they had learned from Baba Siri Chand how to combine hard work on the farm and meditation.

Baba Siri Chand had an extensive and dedicated following. When the Emperor Jehangir asked Mian Mir, his own darvesh (Muslim term for a powerful, truthful, God-intoxicated holy person), "Who is the greatest darvesh today?" Mian Mir replied, "At this time the elder son of Guru Nanak is the king of the darveshes."

Baba Siri Chand lived to the great age of 149, and his guidance was revered by the first six Sikh Gurus. Although his followers numbered in the millions, he encouraged them to be devotees of Guru Nanak rather than of himself. He never married but he took responsibility for raising his brother's son, Dharm Chand, and then arranged the boy's marriage.

When Baba Siri Chand left the visible world in 1643, he left with his body intact. He has existed for thousands of years and he is the same now. We cannot see him with our external eyes but he has not gone anywhere. He is proof of what is written by Guru Ram Das: "Satguru mera sada sada, rut avay na ja~y Oh Abruisi Purath hai, sab me reha samay-My Guru is the Eternal One. He is for all times. He neither comes nor goes. He is the Eternal Lord Who pervades all of Creation." [1] Meditation

It is a source of great pride to any worldly father if his children follow his instructions. How happy Guru Nanak must have been with Baba Siri Chand as he fully adopted his father's emphasis on meditation on the Name of God. As Gurbani (the Gurus' recorded teachings) says, "Nanak kei ghar keval Nam-In Nanak's house there is only Nam." [2]

Baba Siri Chand continually sat in samadhi with the Name of God. He did so much taprsya (disciplined meditation) that a great bounty of God's gifts flowed through him. People of all religions from all over India flocked to him and became his followers because an ocean of God's blessings poured forth from his merciful gaze. They loved him and prayed to him not only out of respect for his father but also because of what he became by imbibing and practicing his father's teachings.

For his part, from his enlightened vision, Baba Sin Chand could see his father's greatness. He was always praising Guru Nanak and to welcome his father on his return from his travels, he wrote "Arta," a hymn revealing that Guru Nanak is master of the whole cosmos: Let us sing the praises of Nanak, King of kings, Emperor of both worlds. The whole cosmos is His temple Congregations sing sweet songs in His praise. Millions of goddesses burn holy lamps in His honour Millions of gods sing psalms in His praise. Millions wash His lotus feet The moon and sun illuminate Him with their radiance. Masses of flowers are offering Him fragrance. The True Master, the True Light, He is merciful to the poor. The King of the Winds fans Him While saints and sages meditate on His holiness. He is universally accepted as the perfect Guru The entire cosmos vibrates with his celestial song. Bells ring out the tone -ONKAR- Continuously illluminating the heavens. He is one with God, Whose Name is Truth, In Nanak's Name saints find their support. Siri Chand, Nanak's son, declares, "Nanak is unattainable, unfathomable, unshakeable, and pure." Whoever sings Emperor Nanak's praises Resides in heaven and achieves complete salvation. Oh kind Master, protect those who seek your shelter Oh Nanak! You are the saviour; we are just your children.


Baba Siri Chand bowed before Guru Nanak, thanking him, "It is through your blessings that I have begun to meditate." As Gurbani says, "Sas, sas simro Gobind-Repeat the Name of God with each breath." [3] By meditation on God's Name, negativity becomes erased from our mind and the bad karmas that encrust our mind from so many past lives are burned, allowing our good deeds to become strong.


 

 



Aarta of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

By Baba Sri Chand Ji

Let us sing the praises of Nanak, King of kings
Emperor of both worlds
The whole cosmos is His temple
Congregations sing sweet songs in His praise
Millions of goddesses burn holy lamps in His honour
Millions of gods sing psalms in His praise
Millions wash His lotus feet
The moon and sun illuminate Him with their radiance
Masses of flowers are offering Him fragrance
The True Master, the True Light, He is merciful to the poor
The King of the Winds fans Him
While saints and sages meditate on His holiness
He is universally accepted as the perfect Guru
The entire cosmos vibrates with his celestial song
Bells ring out the tone - OANKAR -
Continuously illluminating the heavens
He is one with God, Whose Name is Truth
In Nanak's Name saints find their support
Siri Chand, Nanak's son, declares -
' Nanak is unattainable, unfathomable, unshakeable, and pure
Whoever sings Emperor Nanak's praises
Resides in heaven and achieves complete salvation
Oh kind Master, protect those who seek your shelter
Oh Nanak ! You are the saviour - we are just your children '

- Baba Sri Chandh Ji