n this article, we will look at an incident from the tales of Daulat Khan and Guru Nanak Dev Ji, as revealed in Sikha Di Bhagat Maala (Granth written by Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji, delving into the stories of devout Gursikhs from the time of Guru Sahib Ji).
A Desire to Meet the Water God
ਦਉਲਤ ਖਾਂ ਲੋਦੀ ਭਲਾ ਹੋਆ ਜਿੰਦ ਪੀਰੁ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ॥
Daulat Khan Lodhi was a good person, who then became the Jinda Pir.
Daulat Khan Lodhi resided in Sultanpur, where he held the position of the town's mayor. He was also the brother-in-law of Baba Jai Ram Ji, who was married to Bebe Naanki Ji - sister of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
After witnessing various miraculous incidents while spending time with Guru Nanak Dev Ji, one day, Daulat Khan bowed to Guru Sahib Ji and said, “I believe you to be the saint of Khuda (God). I have a wish in my mind. I have heard that Khijar is the Jinda Pir (Water God). I have heard that the earth and sky will be destroyed during Parloh (the end of the world), but water and the water god cannot be destroyed. I would like to see Khijar once.”
Guru Sahib Ji answered, “If you wish, I will help you see Khijar.” Daulat Khan, knowing that Guru Sahib Ji has all the powers in their hands, humbly agreed and requested Guru Sahib Ji to guide him.
The Power of Focus
Guru Sahib Ji said, “Alright. Sit down, close your eyes and focus. Think of the creation around you. The water element is in every single matter of this creation. Everything is made from water. The power within the water is Parmatma (the Supreme Soul). That same Partmatma is within you.”
Daulat Khan said, “Guru Sahib Ji, my mind is not focusing.”
Guru Sahib Ji said, “Whenever your focus breaks, gently bring your mind back. Bring it back each time. Do not give up. Now close your eyes and focus. Then you will see Khijar, the Water God. I will also give you my blessings to help you, but only if you put in your effort. You will have the vision of Khijar tonight!”
Consistency yields Results
Daulat Khan sat for 9 hours in focused meditation. Then in the last 3 hours of the night, Khijar, the Water God, revealed himself to Daulat Khan. In his hands, Khijar held diamonds and precious stones. Due to the diamond’s sparkle, the darkness of the night faded away. Khijar went to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, bowed down and placed the diamonds and precious stones at the feet of Guru Sahib Ji.
Guru Sahib Ji said, “Daulat Khan, Khijar, the Water God has come.” Daulat Khan then bowed to Khijar. Khijar bowed to Daulat Khan as well.
Then Guru Sahib Ji said, “Khijar, from today, I have made Daulat Khan the God of Water.”
Khijar replied, “You have given a great blessing to him. If you command me, I will leave my kingdom and serve you, and if you wish, I will also serve Daulat Khan.”
Daulat Khan said, “O Khijar, since you have been a Water God for a long time, why don’t you become my minister, my advisor?”
Guru Sahib Ji then told Khijar, “Daulat Khan will remain in this world for another five years. When he leaves his physical body, he will come to you. He will then rule as the Water God, and you will become his minister. I have blessed him with the wisdom of Aatma (the divine soul). Both of you will attain salvation together.”
This Saakhi tells us that all the treasures of this world and even beyond, lie in the feet of the Guru. When the Guru is pleased with our focus and effort, he can bless us in ways beyond our imagination.
ਇਛਾ ਪੂਰਕੁ ਸਰਬ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਵਸਿ ਹੈ ਕਾਮਧੇਨਾ ॥
Therefore, one must strive to focus on that supreme Vaheguru Ji, who grants all our wishes and blesses us with true bliss and focus.
-End of Sakhi 6, Daulat Khan and Khijar, The Jinda Pir, Sikh of Guru Nanak Dev Ji-