(d) The Miracle at Bhot.


(47) 1. Proceeding further, the Sat Gur Shams came to the town called Bhot.7 Its inhabitants were all Hindus, and no one was willing to give drinking water to a Muslims.

2. He sat down near the Western side of the village. Many people then came out and asked him to move on because a bad smell was coming from him towards the town.8

3. The Sat Gur replied to them : "We are strangers, in need of rest. Show us a place (to rest undisturbed)."

4. They sent with him two men (to show the spot): The Sat Gur rose and walked with them to the Northern edge of the town. The place was lonely and abandoned there.

5. (The guides) told him to sit him down and rest there, and not enter the town, warning them that otherwise they would be beaten. The place was under the authority of a Hindu ruler.

6. Pir Shams said to them : "Go, stay in your town, and we shall stay here. You may return now to your homes."

7. Both men returned to the town, on their way chatting and wondering, how the faqrs would obtain food there, at a lonely place like that ?

8. The Sat Gur rested at that lonely place, and the two devoted followers, Vimras and Shurbhan, remained with him.

9. They asked the Pir to let them go to the town and bring some food.

10. The Sat Gur permitted them to go to the madh (hut of an ascetic), in order to ask the people to sell them water, for which they would pay, saying : "You are Hindus, why do you not give us water ?"

(48) 1. Vimras and Surbhan then went near the town and said to local inhabitants: "0, you Hindus, you are supposed to be hospitable. We Muslims are hungry. Give us food, we shall not enter your town."

2. A man, Atit by sect, who resided (outside) that town, came out, and said : "Why have you closed all the gates of the town? The faqrs are hungry."

3. Others replied that the gates of the town had become locked, and all the keys had been broken by black- smiths. 9

4. "What silly thing are you doing,." said the Atit. "When a bhekdari (mendicant) is dying from hunger, you only repeat the words "Ram - Ram."

5. God's wrath has descended upon you, and now no one can open the gates, even if all the people tried to force them."

6. Then the chhadidar (chamberlain)10 of the raja went to the palace of his master, stood before him, and reported , "Three < i >faqrs, dying from hunger, are outside the town this night (not being admitted into the village)."

7. The raja ordered him to bring the < i >faqrs, and to make inquiries as to who it was who had opposed their entry into the town.

8. The chhadidar humbly reported : "The < i >faqrs have camped on a lonely field. An Atit brought the news of this."

9. The raja ordered the Atit to be summoned and ordered to call the < i >faqrs, telling them that raja Ramsangji calls them to explain the dispute.

10. The chhadidar went to the Atit and on behalf of the raja bade him go to the < i >faqrs, invite them to enter the town, and bring them in.

11. Shivebhat, the Atit, then came back to his madh ,and sat down where Vimras and Surbhan were waiting.

12. Pir Shams says : "There are our obedient devotees Vimras and Surbhan in the town of Bhot" (?).11

(49) 1. The Atit conveyed to them that the raja had called them, as a great calamity had happened : the gates of the town could not be opened.

2. The bhagat replied : "We shall not come to the town. Let the raja come here, to this lonely field, and see us here. I am a Hindu, my name is Surbhan."

3. Then Shivebhat asked them : "Who has shown you to this place ?" They replied: "Two men came out and brought us here, requesting us to stay here."

4. "We stood at the gate of the town when the Hindus rushed out and ordered us to leave the place at once."

5. "Our Pir left the place where he rested near the town, and we were forced to stay in this deserted locality." On hearing this, Shivebhat rose and at once went into the presence of the raja.

6. He said : "0, raja Ramsang Dev! Listen to me : the Pir of the < i >faqrs, has been forced to remain in deserted place, and he is dying from hunger and thirst."

7 - 8. The raja said , "Who was it who offended him? Summon him from his home ! Call at once the man by whose error the gates of the town still remain closed till afternoon. Summon at once the man who acted so stupidly."

9. Those who stood near the king told him that no one knew anything about that affair, except those whose houses were in the Western part of the town. It was they who had caused agony to the Pir .

10. The raja summoned those who resided in the Western part of the town. They came, and he asked them, "What kind of smell was it that caused you to compel the faqr to leave the place where he was sitting?

11. All five gates of the town have become closed. Go open them before the evening, otherwise you will be severely punished."

12. They went out, but soon returned, saying that they were unable to unlock the gates. They asked permission to call the Pir , and request him to open the gates.

13. Then the raja summoned Shivebhat, the mathdari (hut-dweller) , whose hut was outside the town walls, and told him to settle the matter.

14. Thus did the raja say to him : "Go to the Pir, bow down unto him on my behalf and implore him to open the gates."

15. Shivebhat went, and came before the Pir . He addressed him with great respect by "Namo Narayan," and said : "I am thy slave."

16. Sat Gur Shams looked upon him and asked what had brought him there. The Atit replied: "Raja Ramsang Dev sent me before thee because the gates of the town remained closed."

(50) 1. The Pir replied : "We are not coming to the town, and will stay here. One gate will open if my name is uttered."

2. Shivebhat ran to the raja and reported to him the reply of the Pir by whose name one of the gates might be opened.

3. The raja at once rose and came to the gate. He remained standing and uttering the name of the faqr Pir.

4. Then the raja, accompanied by one lakh (100,000) people, went to the lonely place where the Pir was sitting, and stood before him.

5. He bowed down before the Pir imploring him to enter the town and remain there.

6. Pir Shams said to him : "We shall remain here because your people have shown us to this lonely field."

7. Then the raja prostrated himself again, still imploring the Pir to come down to the town. A cow then suddenly appeared from the heavens.

8. Sat Gur Shams ordered his disciple Vir (Vimras?)to bring a pot of water and wash the feet of the cow.

9. By the order of the Pir the bhagat brought water. Ganga water was sprinkled upon every one.12

10. Then Vimras brought a cup, and going to the cow, milked her. He brought the milk before Pir Shams.

11. Sat Gur Shams handed the cup to the raja, bidding him to give some milk out of it to every one.

12. The raja issued an order that no one in the town of Bhot should go without partaking of the milk given by the Pir .

13. Some milk was given to every one, each drinking freely, yet the small cup always remained full.

14. Then raja Devsang (Ramsang?) summoned his queen who came out of the town. She took off her veil and bowed to the Pir .

15. Sat GurShams blessed her, and wished her to be in Paradise. The name of the queen was Shilvanti Sadaji, who came near the raja.

16. Raja Ramsang Dev and Rani Shilvanti Sadaji stood, offering prayers.

17.They implored the Pir to visit their palace, accompanied by Vimras and Surbhan who were in attendance.

18. With their eyes full of tears the raja and rani implored him to save them as He was a great saint.

19. The rani asked the raja to bow down to the Pir and worship him, and then return home.

20. The raja insistently implored the Pir to purify them, making them his obedient slaves. He said that otherwise he would cease taking food.

21. Then Sat GurShams replied : "We rested on that side of the town, but your people told us to quit, how should a Muslim remain on a high (open) place?"

22. Then came a man of the Banya caste, Rugji Ranchhod by name, whose house was in the western part of the town. With him also came one Trikamji, and also all the residents of the town.

23. They humbly said: "0, lord ! We have not recognized thee, but now we see that thou art a great saint We shall now remain for ever thy humble slaves. Have mercy on us!"

24. The raja and all the people implored the Pir to do good to them. The sun had set by that time, and night fell.

25. It was Savant 1178, the month was Kartik, and the day was (the 30th) Vad Amas, Wednesday. 13

26. The whole population of the town then observed the commandments of the (new) religion, and performed the ceremony of the ghat-pt.

27. There were seventy prayer houses (temples?) and three hundred and sixty priests. All men assembled at the court of the raja.

28. Sat Gur Shams, Surbhan and Vimras taught them religion, and the Guru asked the raja to listen to them.

29. "All of you should pay the tithes which you should hand over to Musafer, to the last copper (kodi) (?)

30. Collect all the religions moneys, keep them in the royal treasury, and then forward them to our residence.

31. (Later on) the Jamat always met at the place near the Western gate of the town. Rugji Ranchhod and Trikam always used to meet at the place where the Guru stood.

32. The 360 priests (mathdaris) also assembled and having performed religious ceremonies, went to the Bhandara of (?) Shivebhat. .

33. (This) Shivebhat was formerly named Devsang, and was a Gaik-vadi by caste. He preached, spreading the Guru's wisdom everywhere.

34. The people soon after their conversion to the (new)religion, received a jap , a special word (dhikr) to repeat as a prayer. The Pir told them that spiritually he was always with them.

35. When the bhagat (missionary) , sitting on the pat (mimbar) , used to repeat the word given by the Guru, the minds of all were filled with joy as if they were in the presence of Sat Gur himself.

36. The raja and rani implored the Guru to visit their palace. They repeated : "How shall we live when you have left our town ?"

37Sat Gur Shams replied : "I shall visit your palace. Your residence will be Paradise, if you sincerely pray to God."

38. The Pir then said to them that he was going to Jampudip to stay there. He asked them to think of him.

39. Then Sat Gur Shams rose and secretly said some thing to the raja, bidding him to convey it to all members of the community. This "High Word" (dhikr) they all persistently repeated in their prayers.

40. The Pir told the raja to believe in him as sincerely as did the two devotees with him, his humble slaves.


[previous][contents][next]