Shri Chandrabhan Sahib Ji

Satgurudev Shri Chandrabhan Sahib Ji was the Sixth Gurudev of the pious Gaddi of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji. As was his name, so were his attributes. His temperament was as calm as that of the moon and the glow of his aura was as bright as that of the sun. His holy sight and touch had the power to destroy the sins of his worshippers.

Once, Shri Satgurudev Ji went to Jhang city. There lived his devotee, named Jai Singh. He was pleased to see Shri Satgurudev Ji. He bowed at Gurudev's feet and brought him to his home with love and respect. When people became aware of Gurudev’s presence, they started coming to pay obeisance to Shri Satgurudev Ji. Gurudev narrated to them the sacred saga of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji, on hearing which, people experienced ethereal peace.

One day, Jai Singh hesitatingly requested Gurudev that he wanted to be blessed with a wish. Gurudev asked about his wish and assured him that his every wish would be fulfilled. Jai Singh said that the only thing in this world he wanted and loved was the ‘Naam’ of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji. Gurudev said, “Amen!” he would love only the ‘Naam’ of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji. His name gives bliss and peace. In whose heart is the presence of Shri Harmilap Sahib Ji, all his earthly tribulations are undone. Thereafter, Gurudev forcibly granted him the boon that his descendent would adorn the Guru Gaddi. Jai Singh begged not to be given that boon as he was too menial to take it up. He graciously prayed to Gurudev to bless him with just the service of Guru Darbar in his every birth. Gurudev said, “What the saints say unassumingly, that cannot be untrue.”

Jai Singh prayed to Shri Satgurudev Ji to enlighten him with the characteristics of a guru bhakt. Gurudev explained to him humbly that the one, who believes in Guru as the God, treats no other mantra as guru mantra, treats the parents as his deity, keeps himself away from pride, deceit and fraudulence, always feels the presence of Gurudev in his heart. Jai Singh was pleased to know that.

Thereafter, Gurudev came to Chanyot and stayed at ‘Shri Harmilap Thakur Dwara’. Devotees came everyday in large numbers to revere him. After staying there for some time, Gurudev left for Sargodha. He asked the natives about the path. One old man informed him that on one path, a fierce ghost lived who harassed the wayfarers. He advised another path, which was a few miles longer, would be safer for him.

But, Gurudev carried on the path where the ghost lived. When the ghost saw Shri Satgurudev Ji, it started spreading delusional images. There spread a deep darkness and ghosts began to appear everywhere. There were flames of fire all around giving an illusion of funeral pyres. And then, the wicked ghost came. Shri Satgurudev Ji threw a straw at it, which hit it like an arrow made of iron. It fell unconscious. On regaining consciousness, it ran with its mouth ajar with fright. Gurudev cast a spell. Fire started burning it. It came running, fell down at Gurudev’s feet and prayed for mercy. Shri Satgurudev Ji felt pity and alighted from the horse. He touched the ghost softly. At once, the ghost turned into a man and subsequently freed from all the bonds.

Gurudev asked him about the curse by which he had turned into a ghost. He said that he was the helper of Satgurudev Shri Raja Ram Sahib Ji (Third Gurudev of the pious Gaddi). His name was Ritu Ram. He used to serve at the Guru Darbar but his heart was full of treachery. He used to steal many things from there. Though Shri Satgurudev Ji was aware of all his misdeeds but he never said anything to him. One day, he stole the benefaction of one of the devotees. When Shri Satgurudev Ji came to know, he got very angry and cursed him to become a ghost and stay in a jungle. He fell down at Gurudev’s feet and begged to get rid of this curse. Gurudev said when Shri Chandrabhan Ji would come to the jungle, there would start a fight with him, unknowingly, and then he would be released from the curse. After telling his story, the ghost bowed at Satgurudev Shri Chandrabhan Ji’s feet and went from there.

Staying with his devotees for some time, Shri Satgurudev Ji returned to Dera. A long time passed. When his last time was near, he gave the knowledge of Guruneeti to his son Shri Chaman Lal Ji and conferred him the Guru Gaddi. Thereafter he took samadhi and set forth to Param Dham.

There is no one as forgiving as Shri Satgurudev Ji. One should recite devotedly the ‘Naam’ of Gurudev, as it is the essence of all the contentment.