Bhagats in Guru Granth Sahib

Bani of 15 Bhagat Ji’s namely: Kabir (1398 -1494). Namdev (1270 -1351), Tarlochan (1267-), Baini (?), Dhana (1415 -1513), Jai Dev (1200+), Pipa (1425 -), Ramanand (1366 -1467), Parmanand (1400+), Surdas (1528 -1585), Ravidas (1399 -1514), Sadhana (1180 -1260), Sain (1390 -1440), Bheekhan (1480 -1573), and Farid (1173 -1266) (of Hindu, Muslim or Sufi origin in India) is incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib.

A brief gist of messages related to Bhagats in Guru Granth Sahib can be summed up as given below:-

1. Waheguru is one and worthy of devotion:-

ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਟੇਕ ਤੂੰ ਸੰਤਾ ਕੀ ਓਟ ਤੂੰ ਸਚਾ ਸਿਰਜਨਹਾਰਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (Raag Suhi M. 5, GGS. 746-17).
You are the Support of Your devotees, and the Shelter of the Saints, O True Creator Lord. ||1||Pause||

2. There is need for a True Guru to unfold the Divine mysteries.

3. Empty rituals have no place in Spiritual Marg. There is need to rise to a lifestyle devoid of Kaam, Krod, Lobh, Moh & Houmai and forgiving:-

ਮਤਿ ਹੋਦੀ ਹੋਇ ਇਆਣਾ ॥ ਤਾਣ ਹੋਦੇ ਹੋਇ ਨਿਤਾਣਾ ॥ (Salok Baba Sheikh Farid, GGS. 1384-16).
If you are wise, be simple; If you are powerful, be weak;

ਅਣਹੋਦੇ ਆਪੁ ਵੰਡਾਏ ॥ ਕੋ ਐਸਾ ਭਗਤੁ ਸਦਾਏ ॥੧੨੮॥
And when there is nothing to share, then share with others. How rare is one who is known as such a devotee. ||128||

4. Naam Simran, Keertan and contemplation of Divine Sabd lead on the Spiritual Path. Bhagats are devotees of Waheguru and they owe their existence to Simran of Waheguru:

– ਹਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਨੁ ਕਰਿ ਭਗਤ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਏ ॥ (Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 263-15).
Remembering the Lord, His devotees are famous and radiant.

– ਖਰਚੁ ਖਜਾਨਾ ਨਾਮ ਧਨੁ ਇਆ ਭਗਤਨ ਕੀ ਰਾਸਿ ॥ ਖਿਮਾ ਗਰੀਬੀ ਅਨਦ ਸਹਜ ਜਪਤ ਰਹਹਿ ਗੁਣਤਾਸ ॥ (Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 253-17).
The wealth of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is a treasure to spend; it is the capital of His devotees. With tolerance, humility, bliss and intuitive poise, they continue to meditate on the Lord, the Treasure of excellence.

5. Above all Divine Grace/Nadr?Gurparsad play an essential role. A Bhagat ALWAYS puts Waheguru in the Driving Seat of his worldly and Spiritual Life affairs.

Guru Nanak Sahib adds that a Bhagat being selfless enjoys the Divine Grace of Waheguru and as a result remains engrossed in singing praises of Waheguru:-

– ਭਗਤ ਤੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਦੇ ਦਰਿ ਸੋਹਨਿ ਕੀਰਤਿ ਗਾਵਦੇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਰਮਾ ਬਾਹਰੇ ਦਰਿ ਢੋਅ ਨ ਲਹਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਧਾਵਦੇ ॥(Raag Asa M. 1, GGS. 468-2).
Your devotees are pleasing to Your Mind, Lord. They look beautiful at Your door, singing Your Praise. O Nanak, those who are denied Your Grace, find no shelter at Your Door; they continue wandering.

ਇਕਿ ਮੂਲੁ ਨ ਬੁਝਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਅਣਹੋਦਾ ਆਪੁ ਗਣਾਇਦੇ ॥
Some do not understand their origins, and without cause, they display their self-conceit.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji brings various enlightened souls (like of Sevak, Das, Jan….) under a common banner named as a GURMUKH:-

– ਸੇਵਕੁ ਦਾਸੁ ਭਗਤੁ ਜਨੁ ਸੋਈ ॥ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਕਾ ਦਾਸੁ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਈ ॥ (Asa M. 1, GGS. 355-9).
He alone is the selfless servant, slave and humble devotee, Who as Gurmukh, becomes the slave of his Lord and Master.

Guru Nanak Sahib gives a glimpse of Bhagats who are imbued with Gurbani Sabd:

ਭਗਤ ਸੋਹਹਿ ਦਰਵਾਰਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਸੁਹਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥ ਬੋਲਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣਿ ਰਸਨ ਰਸਾਇਆ ਜੀਉ ॥ (Raag Dhanaasree M. 1, GGS. 688-16).
Your devotees look beautiful in Your Court, embellished with the Shabad. They chant the Ambrosial Word of His Bani, savoring it with their tongues.

ਰਸਨ ਰਸਾਏ ਨਾਮਿ ਤਿਸਾਏ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਵਿਕਾਣੇ ॥ ਪਾਰਸਿ ਪਰਸਿਐ ਪਾਰਸੁ ਹੋਏ ਜਾ ਤੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਣੇ ॥
Savoring it with their tongues, they thirst for the Naam; they are a sacrifice to the Word of the Guru’s Shabad. Touching the philosopher’s stone, they become the philosopher’s stone, which transforms lead into gold; O Lord, they become pleasing to your mind.

ਅਮਰਾ ਪਦੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਆਪੁ ਗਵਾਇਆ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤ ਸੋਹਨਿ ਦਰਿ ਸਾਚੈ ਸਾਚੇ ਕੇ ਵਾਪਾਰੀ ॥੪॥
They attain the immortal status and eradicate their self-conceit; how rare is that person, who contemplates spiritual wisdom. O Nanak, the devotees look beautiful in the Court of the True Lord; they are dealers in the Truth. ||4||

Guru Amar Das Ji emphasizes the role of Gurmat as a protecting shield for Bhagats:

ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਤਿ ਅਚਲੁ ਹੈ ਚਲਾਇ ਨ ਸਕੈ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਭਗਤਾ ਕਾ ਹਰਿ ਅੰਗੀਕਾਰੁ ਕਰੇ ਕਾਰਜੁ ਸੁਹਾਵਾ ਹੋਇ ॥ (Raag Bihaagrhaa M. 3, GGS. 548-19).
Under Guru’s Instruction, his mind is held steady; no one can make him waver. The Lord makes His devotee His own, and his affairs are adjusted.

According to Gurbani, one becomes a Bhagat on giving up oneself ( ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪੁ ਤਜਿਆ, Jinee Aap Thajiaa). And this transformation is possible only with the Grace of Waheguru. Guru Amar Das Ji sums up the lifestyle of a Bhagat in Anand Sahib:-

– ਭਗਤਾ ਕੀ ਚਾਲ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥ ਚਾਲਾ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ਭਗਤਾਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਬਿਖਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਣਾ ॥ (Raag Raamkali M. 3, GGS. 918-18).
The lifestyle of the devotees is unique and distinct. The devotees’ lifestyle is unique and distinct; they follow the most difficult path.

ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਤਜਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਬੋਲਣਾ ॥ ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ ॥
They renounce greed, avarice, egotism and desire; they do not talk too much.
The path they take is sharper than a two-edged sword, and finer than a hair.

ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਜਿਨੀ ਆਪੁ ਤਜਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਵਾਸਨਾ ਸਮਾਣੀ ॥ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਚਾਲ ਭਗਤਾ ਜੁਗਹੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ॥੧੪॥
By Guru’s Grace, they shed their selfishness and conceit; their hopes are merged in the Lord.
Says Nanak, the lifestyle of the devotees, in each and every age, is unique and distinct. ||14||

There is an overall firm promise in Gurbani about the existence of Bhagats in all the Yugs (ages) – ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਚਾਲ ਭਗਤਾ ਜੁਗਹੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ. Who could be the next Bhagat in the modern age in keeping with the promise?

There are reasons for “Bhagatan ki chaal niraali” because the Bhagats are specials and adored by Waheguru as they always sing His praises:-

– ਭਗਤ ਤੇਰੈ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵਦੇ ਦਰਿ ਸੋਹਨਿ ਕੀਰਤਿ ਗਾਵਦੇ ॥ (Raag Asa M.1, GGS. 468-2).
Your devotees are pleasing to Your Mind, Lord. They look beautiful at Your door, singing Your Praises.

A special status of Bhagats becomes clear as they are sought after by Waheguru Himself:

– ਭਗਤ ਸੰਗਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਗੋਸਟਿ ਕਰਤ ॥ (Raag Raamkali: Guru Arjan Dev, GGS. 894-1).
God holds conversations with His devotees

Waheguru deals with Bhagats at their professional level as they deal in Naam as their main occupation:

– ਭਗਤ ਜਨਾ ਕੀ ਬਰਤਨਿ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ (Raag Gauri Sukhmanee: Guru Arjan Dev, GGS. 264-14).
Unto the devotee, the Naam is an article of daily use.

The sole occupation of Bhagats in Naam is the reason for their ‘Bisram and Vigas’ (Sehaj-anand Awastha full of tranquility and bliss).

– ਸੁਖਮਨੀ ਸੁਖ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਨਾਮੁ ॥ ਭਗਤ ਜਨਾ ਕੈ ਮਨਿ ਬਿਸ੍ਰਾਮ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥(Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 262-13).
The minds of the devotees abide in a joyful peace.

– ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤਾ ਸਦਾ ਵਿਗਾਸੁ ॥ (Guru Nanak Dev, Jap Ji, GGS. 2-18).
O Nanak, the devotees are forever in bliss

Guru Ram Das Ji reiterates a loving relationship that exists between Waheguru/God and Bhagats. Guru Ji assures the presence of Bhagats in all the ages (Yugs) with a guaranteed Divine protection:-

– ਸੇ ਭਗਤ ਸੇ ਭਗਤ ਭਲੇ ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਜੀ ਜੋ ਭਾਵਹਿ ਮੇਰੇ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਵੰਤਾ ॥੪॥ (Sopurak Asa M. 4, GGS. 11-10).
Those devotees, those devotees are sublime, O servant Nanak, who are pleasing to my Dear Lord God. ||4||

The above development of Divine relationship holds a promise that is highlighted in the Gurbani by Guru Raam Das Ji by substantiating with an historical example of Bhagat Prehlaad and Naam Dev.:

– ਹਰਿ ਜੁਗੁ ਜੁਗੁ ਭਗਤ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਪੈਜ ਰਖਦਾ ਆਇਆ ਰਾਮ ਰਾਜੇ ॥ (Raag Asa M. 4, GGS. 451-12)
In each and every age, He creates His devotees and preserves their honor, O Lord King.

ਹਰਣਾਖਸੁ ਦੁਸਟੁ ਹਰਿ ਮਾਰਿਆ ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦੁ ਤਰਾਇਆ ॥ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੀਆ ਨਿੰਦਕਾ ਪਿਠਿ ਦੇਇ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਮੁਖਿ ਲਾਇਆ ॥
The Lord killed the wicked Harnaakhash, and saved Prahlaad. He turned his back on the egotists and slanderers, and showed His Face to Naam Dayv.

ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਐਸਾ ਹਰਿ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਅੰਤਿ ਲਏ ਛਡਾਇਆ ॥੪॥੧੩॥੨੦॥
Servant Nanak has so served the Lord, that He will deliver him in the end. ||4||13||20||

The main single characteristics of a Bhagat as listed in Gurbani, which makes them ferry across the world-ocean is through Divine Devotion:- :-

– ਨਾਨਕ ਭਗਤਾ ਭੁਖ ਸਾਲਾਹਣੁ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥ ਸਦਾ ਅਨੰਦਿ ਰਹਹਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਗੁਣਵੰਤਿਆ ਪਾ ਛਾਰੁ ॥੧॥ (Raag Asa M. 1, GGS. 466-4).
O Nanak, the hunger of the devotees is to praise You; the True Name is their only support. They live in eternal bliss, day and night; they are the dust of the feet of the virtuous. ||1||

– ਭਗਤਿ ਭਾਵ ਇਹੁ ਮਾਰਗੁ ਬਿਖੜਾ ਗੁਰ ਦੁਆਰੈ ਕੋ ਪਾਵਏ ॥ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਜਿਸੁ ਕਰੇ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਸੋ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਤੀ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਵਏ ॥੧॥ (Raag Asa M. 3, GGS. 440-10).
This path of loving devotional worship is very difficult; how rare are those who find it, through the Gurdwara, the Guru’s Gat. Says Nanak, that one, upon whom the Lord casts His Glance of Grace, links his consciousness to the worship of the Lord. ||1||

– ਸੋਈ ਭਗਤੁ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਸਮਤੁ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਣੈ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਤਾ ॥ (Raag Vadhans M. 4, GGS. 574-11).
He alone is a devotee, who looks alike upon pleasure and pain; he is imbued with the Name of the Lord, Har, Har.

Guru Arjan dev Ji singles out a Universal Divine quality of Bhagats in Sukhmani Sahib:-

– ਭਗਤੁ ਭਗਤੁ ਸੁਨੀਐ ਤਿਹੁ ਲੋਇ ॥ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਏਕੋ ਹੋਇ ॥ (Raag Gauri M. 5, GGS. 283-14).
He is acclaimed as a devotee, a humble devotee throughout the three worlds. The One Lord is in his heart.

ਸਚੁ ਕਰਣੀ ਸਚੁ ਤਾ ਕੀ ਰਹਤ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਸਤਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਕਹਤ ॥
True are his actions; true are his ways. True is his heart; Truth is what he speaks with his mouth.

ਸਾਚੀ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਸਾਚਾ ਆਕਾਰੁ ॥ ਸਚੁ ਵਰਤੈ ਸਾਚਾ ਪਾਸਾਰੁ ॥
True is his vision; true is his form. He distributes Truth and he spreads Truth.

ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਸਚੁ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਤਾ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋ ਜਨੁ ਸਚਿ ਸਮਾਤਾ ॥੮॥੧੫॥
One who recognizes the Supreme Lord God as True – O Nanak, that humble being is absorbed into the True One. ||8||15||

Guru Arjan Dev Ji describes in Guru Granth Sahib that how various Bhagats came into existence:-

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸੰਗਿ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਮਨੁ ਲੀਣਾ ॥ ਆਢ ਦਾਮ ਕੋ ਛੀਪਰੋ ਹੋਇਓ ਲਾਖੀਣਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (Raag Asa M. 5, GGS. 487-16).
Naam Dayv’s mind was absorbed into God Gobind Gobind, Gobind. The calico-printer, worth half a shell, became worth millions. ||1||Pause||

ਬੁਨਨਾ ਤਨਨਾ ਤਿਆਗਿ ਕੈ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਚਰਨ ਕਬੀਰਾ ॥ ਨੀਚ ਕੁਲਾ ਜੋਲਾਹਰਾ ਭਇਓ ਗੁਨੀਯ ਗਹੀਰਾ ॥੧॥
Abandoning weaving and stretching thread, Kabeer enshrined love for the Lord’s lotus feet. A weaver from a lowly family, he became an ocean of excellence. ||1||

ਰਵਿਦਾਸੁ ਢੁਵੰਤਾ ਢੋਰ ਨੀਤਿ ਤਿਨਿ ਤਿਆਗੀ ਮਾਇਆ ॥ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਆ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਹਰਿ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੨॥
Ravi Daas, who used to carry dead cows every day, renounced the world of Maya. He became famous in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, and obtained the Blessed Vision of the Lord’s Darshan. ||2||

ਸੈਨੁ ਨਾਈ ਬੁਤਕਾਰੀਆ ਓਹੁ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਸੁਨਿਆ ॥ ਹਿਰਦੇ ਵਸਿਆ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਭਗਤਾ ਮਹਿ ਗਨਿਆ ॥੩॥
Sain, the barber, the village drudge, became famous in each and every house. The Supreme Lord God dwelled in his heart, and he was counted among the devotees. ||3||

ਇਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਸੁਨਿ ਕੈ ਜਾਟਰੋ ਉਠਿ ਭਗਤੀ ਲਾਗਾ ॥ ਮਿਲੇ ਪ੍ਰਤਖਿ ਗੁਸਾਈਆ ਧੰਨਾ ਵਡਭਾਗਾ ॥੪॥੨॥
Hearing this, Dhanna the Jaat applied himself to devotional worship. The Lord of the Universe met him personally; Dhanna was so very blessed. ||4||2||

Guru Arjan Dev Ji also sums up in the form of a SAKHI (a True Story) in Gurbani giving an account of spiritual elevation of some Bhagats and other common people (who in the end became spiritually elevated souls in life).Thus giving us a clear clue for the authenticity of the attainability of the Spiritual Marg through single minded Devotion of Waheguru:-

ਸੁਣਿ ਸਾਖੀ ਮਨ ਜਪਿ ਪਿਆਰਅਜਾਮਲੁ ਉਧਰਿਆ ਕਹਿ ਏਕ ਬਾਰ ॥ (Raag Basant M. 5, GGS. 1192-3).
Listen to the stories of the devotees, O my mind, and meditate with love. Ajaamal uttered the Lord’s Name once, and was saved.

ਬਾਲਮੀਕੈ ਹੋਆ ਸਾਧਸੰਗੁ ॥ ਧ੍ਰੂ ਕਉ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਨਿਸੰਗ ॥੧॥
Baalmeek found the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. The Lord definitely met Dhroo. ||1||

ਤੇਰਿਆ ਸੰਤਾ ਜਾਚਉ ਚਰਨ ਰੇਨ ॥ ਲੇ ਮਸਤਕਿ ਲਾਵਉ ਕਰਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਦੇਨ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
I beg for the dust of the feet of Your Saints. Please bless me with Your Mercy, Lord, that I may apply it to my forehead. ||1||Pause||

ਗਨਿਕਾ ਉਧਰੀ ਹਰਿ ਕਹੈ ਤੋਤ ॥ ਗਜਇੰਦ੍ਰ ਧਿਆਇਓ ਹਰਿ ਕੀਓ ਮੋਖ ॥
Ganika the prostitute was saved, when her parrot uttered the Lord’s Name. The elephant meditated on the Lord, and was saved.

ਬਿਪ੍ਰ ਸੁਦਾਮੇ ਦਾਲਦੁ ਭੰਜ ॥ ਰੇ ਮਨ ਤੂ ਭੀ ਭਜੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ॥੨॥
He delivered the poor Brahmin Sudama out of poverty. O my mind, you too must meditate and vibrate on the Lord of the Universe. ||2||

ਬਧਿਕੁ ਉਧਾਰਿਓ ਖਮਿ ਪ੍ਰਹਾਰ ॥ ਕੁਬਿਜਾ ਉਧਰੀ ਅੰਗੁਸਟ ਧਾਰ ॥
Even the hunter who shot an arrow at Krishna was saved. Kubija the hunchback was saved, when God placed His Feet on her thumb.

ਬਿਦਰੁ ਉਧਾਰਿਓ ਦਾਸਤ ਭਾਇ ॥ ਰੇ ਮਨ ਤੂ ਭੀ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਇ ॥੩॥
Bidar was saved by his attitude of humility. O my mind, you too must meditate on the Lord. ||3||

ਪ੍ਰਹਲਾਦ ਰਖੀ ਹਰਿ ਪੈਜ ਆਪ ॥ ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਛੀਨਤ ਦ੍ਰੋਪਤੀ ਰਖੀ ਲਾਜ ॥
The Lord Himself saved the honor of Prahlaad. Even when she was being disrobed in court, Dropatee’s honor was preserved.

ਜਿਨਿ ਜਿਨਿ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਅੰਤ ਬਾਰ ॥ ਰੇ ਮਨ ਸੇਵਿ ਤੂ ਪਰਹਿ ਪਾਰ ॥੪॥
Those who have served the Lord, even at the very last instant of their lives, are saved. O my mind, serve Him, and you shall be carried across to the other side. ||4||

ਧੰਨੈ ਸੇਵਿਆ ਬਾਲ ਬੁਧਿ ॥ ਤ੍ਰਿਲੋਚਨ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਭਈ ਸਿਧਿ ॥
Dhanna served the Lord, with the innocence of a child. Meeting with the Guru, Trilochan attained the perfection of the Siddhas.

ਬੇਣੀ ਕਉ ਗੁਰਿ ਕੀਓ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸੁ ॥ ਰੇ ਮਨ ਤੂ ਭੀ ਹੋਹਿ ਦਾਸੁ ॥੫॥
The Guru blessed Baynee with His Divine Illumination. O my mind, you too must be the Lord’s slave. ||5||

ਜੈਦੇਵ ਤਿਆਗਿਓ ਅਹੰਮੇਵ ॥ ਨਾਈ ਉਧਰਿਓ ਸੈਨੁ ਸੇਵ ॥
Jai Dayv gave up his egotism. Sain the barber was saved through his selfless service.

ਮਨੁ ਡੀਗਿ ਨ ਡੋਲੈ ਕਹੂੰ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਮਨ ਤੂ ਭੀ ਤਰਸਹਿ ਸਰਣਿ ਪਾਇ ॥੬॥
Do not let your mind waver or wander; do not let it go anywhere. O my mind, you too shall cross over; seek the Sanctuary of God. ||6||

ਜਿਹ ਅਨੁਗ੍ਰਹੁ ਠਾਕੁਰਿ ਕੀਓ ਆਪਿ ॥ ਸੇ ਤੈਂ ਲੀਨੇ ਭਗਤ ਰਾਖਿ
O my Lord and Master, You have shown Your Mercy to them. You saved those devotees.

ਤਿਨ ਕਾ ਗੁਣੁ ਅਵਗਣੁ ਨ ਬੀਚਾਰਿਓ ਕੋਇ ॥ ਇਹ ਬਿਧਿ ਦੇਖਿ ਮਨੁ ਲਗਾ ਸੇਵ ॥੭॥
You do not take their merits and demerits into account. Seeing these ways of Yours, I have dedicated my mind to Your service. ||7||

ਕਬੀਰਿ ਧਿਆਇਓ ਏਕ ਰੰਗ ॥ ਨਾਮਦੇਵ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਬਸਹਿ ਸੰਗਿ ॥
Kabeer meditated on the One Lord with love. Naam Dayv lived with the Dear Lord.

ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਧਿਆਏ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਅਨੂਪ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਰੂਪ ॥੮॥੧॥
Ravi Daas meditated on God, the Incomparably Beautiful. Guru Nanak Dayv is the Embodiment of the Lord of the Universe. ||8||1||

Bhagat Dhanna Ji and Jaidev Ji expound their respective spiritual experiences to instil confidence in us:-

– ਜੋ ਜਨ ਤੁਮਰੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਕਰੰਤੇ ਤਿਨ ਕੇ ਕਾਜ ਸਵਾਰਤਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ (Raag Dhanaasree Bhagat Dhanna, GGS. 695-16).
You are the Arranger of the affairs of those humble beings who perform Your devotional worship service. ||1||Pause||

– ਕੇਵਲ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ਮਨੋਰਮੰ ॥ ਬਦਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਤਤ ਮਇਅੰ ॥(Raag Goojree Bhagat Jaidev, GGS. 526-14).
Dwell only upon the beauteous Name of the Lord, The embodiment of ambrosial nectar and reality.

ਨ ਦਨੋਤਿ ਜ ਸਮਰਣੇਨ ਜਨਮ ਜਰਾਧਿ ਮਰਣ ਭਇਅੰ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Remembering Him in meditation, the fear of birth, old age and death will not trouble you. ||1||Pause||……

ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੇਤਿ ਜਪਿ ਨਰ ਸਕਲ ਸਿਧਿ ਪਦੰ ॥ ਜੈਦੇਵ ਆਇਉ ਤਸ ਸਫੁਟੰ ਭਵ ਭੂਤ ਸਰਬ ਗਤੰ ॥੫॥੧॥
Meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the Universe, O man; He is the source of all the spiritual powers of the Siddhas. Jai Dayv has openly come to Him; He is the salvation of all, in the past, present and future. ||5||1||

Bhagat Kabir and Ravidas Ji give their own Divine experience as a Bhagat:-

– ਕਬੀਰ ਏਕ ਘੜੀ ਆਧੀ ਘਰੀ ਆਧੀ ਹੂੰ ਤੇ ਆਧ ॥ ਭਗਤਨ ਸੇਤੀ ਗੋਸਟੇ ਜੋ ਕੀਨੇ ਸੋ ਲਾਭ ॥੨੩੨॥ (Salok Bhagat Kabir, GGS. 1377-2).
Kabeer, whether is is for an hour, half an hour, or half of that, Whatever it is, it is worthwhile to speak with the Holy. ||232||

– ਆਪਨ ਬਾਪੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਿਸੀ ਕੋ ਭਾਵਨ ਕੋ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਜਾ ॥ ਮੋਹ ਪਟਲ ਸਭੁ ਜਗਤੁ ਬਿਆਪਿਓ ਭਗਤ ਨਹੀ ਸੰਤਾਪਾ ॥੩॥ (Raag Sorath Bhagat Ravidas, GGS. 658-6).
The Lord, our King, is father to no one, except those who love Him. The veil of emotional attachment has been cast over the entire world, but it does not bother the Lord’s devotee. ||3||

According to Bhatt Bani, the Gurus were primarily Bhagats linked to the common thread of Gurbani (teachings) of Guru Nanak Sahib:-

ਗੁਰ ਨਾਨਕ ਅੰਗਦ ਅਮਰ ਲਾਗਿ ਉਤਮ ਪਦੁ ਪਾਯਉ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਅਰਜੁਨੁ ਘਰਿ ਗੁਰ ਰਾਮਦਾਸ ਭਗਤ ਉਤਰਿ ਆਯਉ ॥੧॥ (Savaiye (praise of Guru Arjan Dev) Bhatt Kalh, GGS. 1407-3).
Attached to Guru Nanak, Guru Angad and Guru Amar Daas, He attained the supreme status. In the House of Guru Raam Daas, the devotee of the Lord, Guru Arjun was born. ||1||

ਬਡਭਾਗੀ ਉਨਮਾਨਿਅਉ ਰਿਦਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਬਸਾਯਉ ॥ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਣਕੁ ਸੰਤੋਖਿਅਉ ਗੁਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦ੍ਰਿੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਯਉ ॥
By great good fortune, the mind is uplifted and exalted, and the Word of the Shabad dwells in the heart. The jewel of the mind is contented; the Guru has implanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord, within.

ਅਗਮੁ ਅਗੋਚਰੁ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰਿ ਦਰਸਾਯਉ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਅਰਜੁਨੁ ਘਰਿ ਗੁਰ ਰਾਮਦਾਸ ਅਨਭਉ ਠਹਰਾਯਉ ॥੨॥
The Inaccessible and Unfathomable, Supreme Lord God is revealed through the True Guru. In the House of Guru Raam Daas, Guru Arjun has appeared as the Embodiment of the Fearless Lord. ||2||

In nutshell, the Divine presence is the strength of Bhagats.

ਨਾਨਕ ਜੋਰੁ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਕਾ ਪੂਰਨ ਗੁਣਤਾਸਿ ॥੨॥੧੩॥੭੭॥ (Raag Bilaaval M. 5, GGS. 819-11).
Nanak takes the strength of the Perfect Lord of the Universe, the treasure of excellence.

Kirpal Singh
Wellington, New Zealand