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information on bau mal jee
Posted by: Ekta Singh (IP Logged)
Date: September 03, 2008 09:40AM

Could sangat please share the jeevan of bau mal jee, who was a close sajjan of bhai sahib bhai randhir singh jee? Has bhai sahib written anything about bau mal jee or any sangat done sangat with bau jee?

 



Re: information on bau mal jee
Posted by: kulbir singh (IP Logged)
Date: September 04, 2008 07:44AM

Bau Mal Singh jee was a great Gursikh who was a life long companion of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee. Bau jee and Colonel Pyara Singh used to do bhagti of Naam abhyaas together. Bau jee had some spiritual experiences and then he decided to bring his whole family on board of Guru Sahib's ship i.e. get his whole family to chhak amrit. Bau jee had been given amrit when he joined military. In those days, amrit was mandatory for Sikhs in military.

Bau jee brought his family to Amrit Samagam organized by Panch Khalsa Diwan Bhasaur. During their stay there, Bau jee got up at amritvela and sat in a corner and started japping Naam. He had been japping Naam for few moments only when he felt that someone had taken him in an embrace. When he opened his eyes, he saw that a Singh with manmohni soorat had taken him in embrace. This Singh was Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee. Bhai Sahib said to Bau jee, where he had been hiding for so long and that Bhai Sahib had been looking for him. Bau jee did not understand what Bhai Sahib said but Bhai Sahib had recognized his companion from previous lives. Bhai Sahib gave immense love to Bau jee. Before long, Bhai Sahib and Bau jee became so close that it seemed they had known each other forever.

Bhai Sahib asked him the purpose of his visit and when he found out that he had come for amrit chhak his family, he said to Bau jee and Babu Teja Singh Bhasaur the organizer of the samagam was also present when he said, "look at this Singh Babu jee. Look how chardi kala he is. We are going to take him along with us to Narangwal and find Brahmgyani Jyot Vigaasi Punj Pyaare for him and his family". Saying this, Bhai Sahib brough Bau jee and his family to Narangwal and this way did not let his family chhak amrit at Panch Khalsa Diwan Samagam. There an amrit sinchaar was organized for Bau jee in which Jyot Vigaasi Singhs did sewa. From that day on, Bau jee became an integral part of the jatha. So much so that Bau jee did all the administrative work of Jatha. Whenever he was present he always did ardaas and for 65 years he did sewa in Punj Pyaare and enabled thousands to connect with Guru Sahib.

When Bhai Sahib went to jail, Bau jee took care of Bhai Sahib's family. After Bhai Sahib came out of jail, the responsibility of getting Bhai Sahib's kids married was given to Bau jee. All family affairs of Bhai Sahib were taken care of by Bau jee. Bau jee did a lot of sewa of Bhai Sahib and other Singhs.

Before going to jail, Bau jee was stationed at Ambala Cant. and Bhai Sahib used to visit Bau jee there. Once Bhai Sahib and other Singhs with him felt strong urge to go to somewhere. They went to the train station and when the ticket clerk asked where they wanted to go, they did not know where they were going. Bhai Sahib asked the clerk to close his eyes and repeat the mool mantra and pick a random ticket for them. The clerk oblidged and the ticket that came was of Ambala city. Bhai Sahib and other Singhs knew immediately that it was Bau jee who was calling them. Singhs reached Bau jee but just the next day, Bhai Sahib started planning to go back. Singhs were getting ready to leave but Bau jee got into great bairaag. Bhai Sahib writes that he will never forget the scene when they went to the water well and saw Bau jee pulling water from it. Bau jee was in full bairaag. Seeing Bhai Sahib he went to even greater bairaag and then he lay down on floor. Lying on the kacha floor, he started singing "Meri khalon Maujde Gursikh handaandhe". All singhs got bairaag and started doing kirtan. Bhai Sahib changed his plan of leaving early. I think they did a Siri Akhand Paath Sahib there.

Bau jee was a very good Singh of Bhai Sahib's times and as the matter of fact he is the only Singh whom Bhai Sahib lavished with praise in his books, before his Akal Chalaana. Otherwise it was the policy of Bhai Sahib not to write about any Singh who was alive. All 23 Mahapurakhs of Ranglay Sajjan book had passed away before Bhai Sahib wrote about them.

It would be good if other Gursikhs could add stories and saakhis of Bau Mal Singh jee. There are many, that many Gursikhs know. Please post for the benefit of others.

Daas,
Kulbir Singh

 



Re: information on bau mal jee
Posted by: ns (IP Logged)
Date: September 04, 2008 07:26PM

Pls forgive my ignorance.

A few days ago, a friend came over and told me that the Dodra sangat was started by an associate of Bhai Saheb Bhai Randhir Singh Jee called "Bau Jee". Is this the same "Bau Jee"?

If not, do you know the name of the mahapurkh who started the Dodra sangat and do you know if it is true he was a close associate of Bhai Saheb Randhir Singh Jee?

 



Re: information on bau mal jee
Posted by: xzik101 (IP Logged)
Date: September 04, 2008 09:36PM

Did Bau Mal Singh Jee write any books or articles?

 



Re: information on bau mal jee
Posted by: Manmat (IP Logged)
Date: September 05, 2008 03:55AM

Bau Mal Singh in France
Taken from “Poorab Janam Ke Milay Sanjogi”


Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh and Bau Mal Singh jee

Bibek on Ship

When World War I began, Bau Mal Singh jee’s regiment was sent to France. The regiment went by train to Bombay where they boarded a ship. In the ship, there was only one kitchen. Bau jee’s friends suggested that he too eat from this langar and because of the war, he should for some time give up the idea of keeping Bibek. Bau jee replied with determination that if Kalgidhar jee gave him this Bibek then he too would help him keep it. Bau jee met the Major and the Commanding officer and they recognized Bau jee’s religious convictions. They ordered that after the common meal was prepared, Bau jee could prepare his own separately. During the entire trip, Bau jee prepared his own food. Finally, the ship docked at Marseilles France.

Daily Routine in France

After landing in France, Bau jee’s company was sent to the base-line at Ruen, which was north of Paris. The living arrangement was good but because of winter, it was dreadfully cold. Bau jee did not eat meat nor did he drink and he also refused to eat any food purchased from the markets. All Bau jee had was flour and daal (lentils) which were just not enough.

At amrit vela, Bau jee would rise and bathe in the cold water, no matter how hard it was. It was not an easy task to do daily keshi-ishnaan in such ice-cold water. He would do his ishnaan, simran and nitnem with total dedication and enthusiasm. The simran would last for hours until dawn. After some time, Bau jee and some senior Sikh officers asked the British army to bring a saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib which Bau jee himself did seva of. Bau jee would do his nitnem and then go to the tent which served as Gurdwara. After cleaning up and fixing the floorings, he would do parkaash and take a hukumnama. Bau jee would then prepare his food and then go to work. After work, he would do Sodar and a short divaan would be held. Every Sunday a kirtan smagam would take place and the sangat would gather for Asa Di Vaar. Bau jee lived like a yogi. Immediately after his office duties were completed in the day, he would engage himself in naam and bani and detach himself from the outside world.

Meeting the Belgian Ladies

One day, Baujee was returning alone from a walk when two young Belgian women met him. They asked Bau jee in English to join them on a walk. Bau jee explained in English that he had just returned from a walk but they insisted he accompany them. After some time, they asked Bau jee to sit down on a bench and they sat on either side of him. They then said, “hey, Undian gentleman, do you like a Belgian lady?”

Bau jee replied calmly, “yes, I love all ladies as my mother, sister and daughter.”

Hearing Bau jee’s serious reply, the two women, who both had impure intentions, ran away in shock.

Bau jee used to say that in Kaljug, kaam is supreme and only by non-stop naam can one save oneself from it.

Bau jee used to recite “kaam krodh kaiyaa(n) ko gaalai. Jio(n) kanchan suhaga dhaalai.” And also, “Hay kaam(ng) nark bisraam(ng) baho joni bhramavaNeh.”

Sri Maan Bau jee stayed in France for three years. He prepared his own bibeki food. Bau jee organized many kirtan satsangs and was respected by all the Sikh soldiers. When Bau jee would come out of his office at the end of the day, many Sikh soldiers from far and away would be waiting to meet him.

Guru Sahib's Seva as Supreme

Bau jee considered the seva of the Gurdwara and organizing samagams as even more important than his government job. Once, a Singh passed away and an akhand paath smagam was to be organized. Bau jee had to go to another unit to inform a paathi Singh. Bau jee was assigned to monitor the phones but he considered it his religious duty to go inform the paathi Singh about the smagam. He asked another clerk to monitor the phones in his absence but that clerk forgot. The Checking Officer noticed that Bau jee was absent and then informed the Commanding Officer. Bau jee was summoned and although the penalty was normally very high, all the Command Officer said was, “as a senior clerk, you shouldn’t have done that. You may go, but don’t repeat this in the future.”

It was in respect of Bau jee’s high jeevan that the officer gave him so much honour and respect. Even officers of other faiths respected him.

Return to India

Because Bau jee did not get proper rations to prepare his food, he began to fall ill. Tuberculosis was found in his lungs and it was ordered that he be sent back to India. An amritdhari Singh was sent with Bau jee to help him back on the journey.

 



Re: information on bau mal jee
Posted by: kulbir singh (IP Logged)
Date: September 05, 2008 06:52AM

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A few days ago, a friend came over and told me that the Dodra sangat was started by an associate of Bhai Saheb Bhai Randhir Singh Jee called "Bau Jee". Is this the same "Bau Jee"?

No Bau Mal Singh was not the founder of Dodras and he had nothing to do with them.


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If not, do you know the name of the mahapurkh who started the Dodra sangat and do you know if it is true he was a close associate of Bhai Saheb Randhir Singh Jee?

The founder of Dodra sect I think was Babu Jaswant Singh of Burma and as far as I know he was not a close associate of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh or even an associate of Bhai Sahib at all. Yes, some jatha Singhs worked with Babu Jaswant Singh in the early days, to do parchar of Sikhi. One of them I believe was Giani Nahar Singh who recently passed away in Toronto.

Kulbir Singh

 





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