Approximately two hundred seventy-five years ago, there was a Jaat named Jeeta Ram in village Khekhra, district Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh). He owned nine hundred bigha land. He was the village head. He was the wealthiest person and an arbitrator. He used to take side of the truth, and did not give importance to falsehood. In that village (Khekhra), a Saint Gheesa Das ji used to deliver satsang at that time. He belonged to the Chamar caste. At that time, untouchability was at its peak. Supreme God Kabir had met Saint Gheesa Das in a jungle when he was seven-eight years old. After imparting the true knowledge and initiation to him, God Kabir had disappeared. On growing up, Saint Shri Gheesa Das ji started delievering satsang. People of the nearby places on listening to his sermons and taking initiation started becoming free from crises. People used to work in the day to earn their livelihood and listen to the satsang at night. Gheesa Das ji used to deliver satsang on two days in a month. Men and women both used to go to the satsang at night. People in the village started talking that it is not appropriate for the women to go to satsang at night. Any unpleasant incident can occur. Therefore, the satsang should be stopped. A village assembly was held in village Khekhra. A decision was made in the village assembly to stop the satsang, and the head of the village assembly, Chaudhary Jeeta Ram ji, was asked to himself deliver this message. Chaudhary Jeeta Ram went to Saint Gheesaram ji’s house. That day, a satsang was going on. The decision of the Village Assembly had become known to everyone in the village. When Chaudhary Jeeta Ram reached there, the audience of the satsang felt that Chaudhary Sahib has a Jaat mind. He will quarrel with the saint. Jeeta Ram had carried a stick with him from home. He kept it along a tree on the way, and then moved forward. He thought that devotees do not fight. It does not befit an arbitrator to take a stick in a good assembly. The Satsang was going on. Chaudhary Sahib thought that – ‘Let me listen to what he says, then I will speak with him later.’ The same knowledge was delivered in the satsang that you have read in the account of Harlal ji. Chaudhary Sahib became emotional. Tears started flowing from his eyes. He got up and put his head at the feet of Saint Gheesa ji, and said, “O Gurudev! Whether you punish or forgive the criminal me, I have committed a grave mistake. I, an insignificant being, have brought the message of stopping the satsang. Forgive me, Lord. You may do as much Satsang as you want; nobody will stop you.” Saint Gheesa ji said, “Chaudhary Sahib! Do what you had come to do.” Jeeta Jaat again started crying and said, “Forgive me, Forgive me; Give me initiation.” Chaudhary Jeeta Ram Jaat became a devotee. He himself also started listening to the satsang at night. In every home of village Khekhra, people started criticising Chaudhary Jeeta Ram Jaat’s going into the refuge of Saint Gheesaram ji. People started saying, “Saint Gheesaram is a sorcerer; he knows incantations. By casting a magic spell on the Village’s Chaudhary, he has brought him under his control. He knows the art of hypnosis.” The family members of Chaudhary Jeeta Ram, his sons, brothers and uncles, all turned against Jeeta Ram Jaat and Saint Gheesaram. The villagers started saying to Chaudhary Jeeta Ram, “Chaudhary Sahib! You have also become decadent in old age.” Spiritual (ghaam) heat had struck Chaudhary Jeeta Ram, that is, he had been strongly influenced by the knowledge. He used to say, “O Villagers! My fortune has turned favourable that I became a devotee, and decadent in your eyes. May all of you become decadents like me! Without decadence, purpose will not be served.” A few days later, a village assembly was held, and Saint Gheesa Das ji and Devotee Jeeta Ram were decreed to quit the village. Both the guru and the disciple immediately quit that village and went to a far off village. They started doing satsang there and explaining knowledge to the people. Many people became their followers. After the departure of the saints, untimely deaths started occurring in village Khekhra. Wrath of God commenced in the houses of the members of the Village Council. Someone’s fodder started catching fire; someone’s animals started dying. Someone’s family got possessed with ghosts; someone’s daughter became widow; someone suffered from stroke. A disease spread among the animals of the village. Some people of the village went to an exorcist to find out the reason behind the upheaval in the village. The exorcist told them that – “A pair of a saint and a devotee used to live in your village. They have left the village. The village will only flourish if they will come back, otherwise, it will get ruined. Those people came back to the village and holding a village meeting told it to everyone. The distinguished people of the village went to the other village to bring the saint and the devotee back. Devotee Jeeta Das said to Guru ji Gheesa Das ji, “Gurudev! It seems that the villagers have come to expel us from here too. Look, they are coming.” Saint Gheesa Das ji said, “Put the bedsheet on your shoulder. We will depart from here.” Just then the village headmen came nearer and kept their respective turbans at the feet of Saint Gheesa and Devotee Jeeta ji. Everyone said, “Maharaj ji! Forgive us. Since your departure, the village has been getting ruined. Please save it if you can. Otherwise we will also live with you here.” The people of that village also gathered there. They came to know about the entire incident. The people of the current village said, “Headmen! If you will settle, we will get ruined. Since these two godly men have come, no one in the village has even had a squabble. It has rained twice. See, the crops are thriving.” When the people of Khekhra village made special request, both the greatmen agreed to return and said to the people of the current village, “We will keep visiting from time to time. On every full moon day you may come to Khekhra. God Kabir will keep everything well.” As soon as the two saints returned, the entire Khekhra village became absolutely peaceful. The livestock became healthy. The next day it rained heavily. The villagers were elated. People of the 36 communities were happy. All the upheaval ended. Till today fares on the name of Saint Gheesa Das ji and devotee Jeeta Das ji are held in that village. Saint Garibdas ji has stated: -
Garib, jis mandal sadhu nahin, nadi nahin gunjaar |
Taj hansa vah desra, jam ki moti maar ||
Therefore, O Readers! Whenever at whatever age, you find a Satguru, start doing bhakti. Saint Garibdas ji has said: -
Garib, chali gayi so jaan de, le rehti koon raakh |
Utri laav chadaayiyo, karo apoothi chaak ||
Meaning: - Leaving worry of the life that has passed, save whatever is remaining, that is, devote your remaining life to bhakti, charity and service. Like, in olden days, a leather bucket was used for drawing water from the well to irrigate the fields. In that leather bucket, two-three quintal water used to get filled. It was pulled with a thick rope on a wooden wheel. If the rope slipped off the wheel, it used to become difficult to pull it. It was somehow put back on the wooden wheel, by which it used to become easy to pull the leather bucket out. That was the actual method of benefitting from it. Therefore, O Human Being! If you have not taken the refuge of a Guru, then your rope has slipped off. Every task of life has become difficult. Put that rope of life back on the wheel, and then pull it, it will become easy, that is, make your way of living easy by taking refuge of Guru ji.