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Friday, October 06, 2006

Dhan Dhan Baba Buddha jee...

Congratulation to the whole Sikh Panth on 500th birthday of Baba Buddha ji being commemorated today (Oct 6th).

Baba Buddha was the great Sikh saint who had the pleasure of serving under the first six Gurus. He was born on 6 October 1506 at the village of Katthu Nangal, 18 km northeast of Amritsar. He was originally named Bura and was the only son of Bhai Suggha and Mai Gauran.

As a small boy, he was one day grazing cattle outside the village when Guru Nanak happened to pass by. According to Bhai Mani Singh in Sikhan Di Bhagat Mala, Bura went up to him and, making obeisance with a bowl of milk as his offering, prayed to him in this manner: "O sustainer of the poor! I am fortunate to have had a sight of you today. Absolve me now from the cycle of birth and death."


The Guru said, "You are only a child yet. But you talk so wisely."

"Some soldiers set up camp by our village," replied Bura, "and they mowed down all our crops - ripe as well as unripe. Then it occurred to me that, when no one could check these indiscriminating soldiers, who would restrain Death from laying his hand upon us, young or old."

At this Guru Nanak pronounced the words: "You are not a child; you possess the wisdom of an old man." From that day, Bura, came to be known as Bhai Buddha. Buddha in Punjabi means an old man. And later, when advanced in years, he became known as Baba Buddha.

He devoted himself zealously to tasks such as the digging of the baoli at Goindval under the instructions of Guru Amar Das and the excavation of the sarovar at Amritsar under Guru Ram Das and Guru Arjan Dev.

Parts of material from e-mail sent by a sikh online institution....

2 Comments:

  • Fantastic! It's funny not alot is known about Baba Budha Ji but he was so prominent in Sikhi...we have done a piece on him for SikhSpeak OCTOBER!

    SikhSpeak.Com

    By Blogger SikhSpeak, at 10/08/2006 6:24 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing Baba Budha Ji's story with us. Baba Budha Ji was one of my mother's favourite Sikh personalities. She has always told me that I am blessed to be on this Earth because she had begged and prayed at Gurdwara in Kathu Nangal for a child from Baba Budha Ji. She has always kept a picture of Baba Ji since I have been little in ourr house where Baba ji is breaking an onion with his fist. My parents lived near Kathu Nangal at the time. It is hard to believe he lived for 125 years to serve six Gurus. Thanks!

    By Blogger SikhsRus, at 10/10/2006 11:58 AM  

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