20. A MAN AND A DOG
Saint Kanwarram was a humble person. Humility was a jewel in the 'Pagri'
(Turban) of Saint Kanwarram. He was troubled, even at times abused by
the close relations of his Guru Satramdas, but he would never reply. He
had achieved and mastered the skill and art of tolerance and forgiveness
because he had forgotten Kanwar as a physical body. He was a
Not only he would clean and broom the Ashram he would look after the
cows and serve the guest etc. but also he would go to Jungle for
collecting firewood for the kitchen use. He would bring a bundle of
firewood on his head like an ordinary woodcutter and wood seller, a
common scene in the village. Once an old woman could not lift the bundle
of the firewood, collected from the Jungle. Kanwar got her load on his
own head and got her reached home by carrying that burden on his head
and got the blessings of the old woman.
"Love is a gift from God to man
Obedience is a gift from Master to man
Surrender is a gift from man to Master.
In spite of so much name, fame, and prestige in the outside world he had
no tinge of pride and ego in him. He would not hear his praise; if some
did it he would leave the place. Once a man, named Bassarmal along with
his companion came to Raharki to invite Kanwarram for the anniversary
program of Saint Kanwar. Before so they asked the whereabouts of
Kanwarram from an attendant of the Ashram, the attendant pointed out to
a man with pot containing mud on his head. Bhai Bassarmal did not
believe that a man so honored everywhere would work outer side the
person is befooling us. He protested and requested the man not to befool
the guest and tell us the truth and the real great man Kanwarram.
Nevertheless, the attendant again pointed out to the same simple
cladode, rustic laborer with the pot of mud. Probably mason work of
Musafirkhana was going on and Kanwarram was doing the work for that
project. In the meantime Kanwarram passed by the side of Bassarmal and
seeing him a new face asked him what he wanted. Where from he comes?
Bassarmal replied that he wanted to know the whereabouts of Bhagat
Kanwarram Sahib. Swamiji smilingly replied that "the worldly body is
known as Kanwar and please speak out what can I do for you"? Bassarmal
and his companion were surprised at such humility of his and fell down
at his feet. Their faith in Kanwar increased.
"All honours, Lord to your just Law I bring
Your mercy and your righteousness I sing."
- St. Thomas
There was a dog, which used to remain outside the holy shrine of Raharki
Sahib. The dog is a faithful animal and it really does a work of
security guard. Kanwar used to respect that particular dog very much. He
would speak to this dog as 'Bhai Kutta' (Brother Dog). Whenever he used
to pass evening and morning through that path he would greet the dog
'Bhai Kutta' "Ram" (Namaskar) or whenever Kanwarram used to go out for
programs and also when he used to come he would bow before this dog and
get his blessing too. The people around once asked Kanwarram why you bow
the dog. Pat came the reply 'brothers, this dog is more faithful than I
am, moreover he is remaining twenty hours around the Holy Shrine of my
Satguru. You know I am most of the times away for programs. This dog is
constantly present here, so who is more fortunate, dog or me?' Imagine
the highest form of Gurubhakti and height of humbleness, common man does
not do all this. He is a superficial wayfarer. As the sage say:
"I shrink to give up my ego and life,
and thus do not plunge into the great waters of life."
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