Those souls are great who mould themselves by following the path and teachings of Guru Ji,Baba Manjh Ji was born in 17 th century when the fifth Guru, Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji was the on the Gaddi of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. On the other side, Mughal Emperor Jahagir was in the rulling power. Baba Manjh was known as a famous,rich,prosperous and a big landlord of ‘Doaba’ who worshipped ‘Sakhi Sarvar’. but didn’t get any satisfaction and peace in that. He was in search of a real truth and peace. Once he got an opportunity to have ‘Darshan’ of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji where he felt a unique experience with sangat. He requested Guru Arjun Dev Ji to accept him as a ‘SIKH’. Guru Ji warned him that the way to SIKHISM is not so easy.
It is like a walk on a sword and requires lot of sacrifices. But Baba Ji showed great enthusiam & devotion to follow each & every condition. He let his family and donated his property and wealth in charity fo the sake of Guruji’s blessings. He started to spend his time in ‘SEWA'(Service without payment).i.e. To fetch water, fuel, to clean utensils and collect fire wood to prepare food in community kitchen(Langar). He used to have his meal in the community kitchen after doing sewa.But Guru Ji ordered him not to take his meals in the Langar. So he started selling off some fire woods in the market in order to arange his own food. One day Baba Manjh Ji was in forest to collect fire woods. He collected woods in a bundle and started journey heading towards Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji hurriedly. But with the strong strokes of wind he lost his way and he got plunged in wind. There was a deep well (in the areas of Sultanwind Chatiwind Gate) on the way which was not in use. Baba Ji fell into that. But he kept his firm grip over the fire woods which he was carrying on his head. On the other side Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji has a feeling about this incident. He immediately along with his Sikhs rushed towards that well. Then Guru Ji asked Baba Ji to come out with the help of support. But Baba Ji requested them to pull out that bundle he was pulled out of the well. Guru Ji embraced him affectionately and blessed Baba Ji by saying
‘Manjh Pyara Guru Ko Guru Manjh Pyara’
“Manjh is the beloved of the Guru and the Guru is beloved of Manjh. Manjh is the ferry of the Guru who will Ferry across the world ocean.”
Baba ji was sent to Doaba area to spread the message of peace, love and equality. A pious Loh was donated by Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji for Langar. Baba Ji had chosen this place which was totally barren. Now has been developed in a form of village called KANG MAI (Distt. Hoshiarpur). With the blessing of Guru Ji. He started ‘SEVA’ there & stayed till his last. On the same pious Loh every year on the occasion of Maghi (Birthday of Baba Manjh Ji) lots of PARSHADAS are cooked and tons of fire woods are being used to illuminate it under the supervision of present sewadar Mahant Varinder Singh Ji (14 th heir of Baba Manjh Ji Gaddi). Till today the Sangat from all over the world come to this place with great devotion and take blessings of Baba Manjh Ji.
Mr. Varinder Singh Sidhu
(Mahant & President – Gaddi Baba Manjh Ji RECS Trust)
(President – Managing Committee, Baba Manjh Convert School)
(Senior Director & Parton – Baba Manjh Institutions)
Education is one of the strong pillars of Sikh religion and a base of any civilized society. I feel blessed to be the legal heir of the Gaddi Baba Manjh ji, which was started as a result of blessing of Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, known as one of the most refined Scholars of all times besides being the fifth Guru of Sikhs.Gaddi Baba Manjh Ji had always been a beacon of knowledge and social welfare. Our values of dedication, selfless service and commitment are the backbone of our ventures.
Based on our primary principal of social service, we offer our help and services for the whole society without any discrimination of caste, creed, religion and sex.
We are in a regular pursuit to extend the sector and area of our services, which has resulted in launch of new skill based courses in India and Canada.
We believe that education and spiritual enlightenment are knitted with each other and to spread this message we are coming with the Baba Manjh Meditation Centre in Canada and Basant Partap Community Radio in the nearest future.
I thank you for your support and trust in all these years.
May Baba Manjh Ji, Bless us All.