Sakhi: Bhai Dhingar Ji & Bhai Madoo Ji (Translation from Sikhan Di Bhagat Mala)

This Sakhi is written in ‘Sikhan Di Bhagat Mala’, an eighteenth-century text originating from the Giani Sampardha of Bhai Mani Singh Ji Shaheed. This text contains Sakhis of the Sikhs of Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji as recounted by Bhai Mani Singh Ji Shaheed to the Sangat, based on the names of Sikhs in Bhai Gurdas Ji’s 11th Vaar. In the following Sakhi, Bhai Mani Singh Ji gives us a glimpse of the lives of Puratan Gursikhs of Guru Sahib's time, immersed in Seva and Simran:

ਭਾਈ ਧਿੰਗੜ ਤੇ ਭਾਈ ਮਦੂ ਤਿਖਾਣੁ ਬਡੇ ਸੁਜਾਣ ਹੈਸਣਿ। ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਰਨੀ ਆਏ ਤੇ ਲੰਗਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਲਕੜੀਆਂ ਚੀਰਨਿ, ਚੌਕੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਮੰਜੇ ਬਣਾਂਵਦੇ ਰਹਣ ਤੇ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਸਭਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਜੋ ਕੰਮ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੋ ਕਰ ਦੇਵਨਿ ਤੇ ਕਥਾ ਦੇ ਵੇਲੇ ਸਭ ਕੰਮ ਵਿਸਾਰ ਕੇ ਕਥਾ ਸੁਣਨ ਤੇ ਪਿਛਲੀ ਰਾਤੀਂ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ਕਰਾਇਨ ਤੇ ਆਪ ਭੀ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ਕਰਨਿ ਤੇ ਬਾਣੀ ਜਪਨਿ। ਜਿਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਓਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਅੰਤ ਸਮਾਂ ਹੋਇਆ ਗੁਰੂ ਕੀ ਚਰਨੀ ਆਇ ਲਗੇ ਤੇ ਇਸ਼ਨਾਨ ਕਰਕੈ ਸਭ ਪਦਾਰਥ ਆਪਣੇ ਗਰੀਬਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਦੇ ਕੇ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜਪਦਿਆਂ ਪ੍ਰਾਣ ਛੋਡੇ! ਸਾਹਿਬ ਆਪ ਓਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਚਿਖਾ ਤੇ ਜਾਇ ਖੜੋਤੇ॥੧੦੫॥ - ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਭਗਤਮਾਲਾ

'Bhai Dhingar Ji and Bhai Madoo Ji were both carpenters by profession and of a very wise nature. They came to the sanctuary of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji and would spend all their time in seva. They would chop wood as fuel for the daily langar and also make Chaunkis (small four-legged stools) and Manjis (larger beds) for all the Sangat. If any Sikh needed any work doing (where they could offer their services as skilled carpenters) they would complete it. Once Katha would start in Guru Darbar, they would stop whatever they were doing to go and listen. They would arise every day at Amritvela, firstly bathing the Gursikhs and then they would bathe themselves, and recite Gurbani with love. When their last moments came, they came and placed their heads at the charan of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. They prepared themselves for their death by taking ishnaan, and then they handed out all their possessions to the poor. Their final breaths were spent in the loving recitation of Vaheguru! Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji themselves went and stood by their funeral pyre.' - Sikhan Di Bhagatmala

In the above Sakhi, we are given the glimpse of the extraordinary lives of Puratan Gursikhs, who enshrined the teachings of Gurbani practically in their lives. Both Gursikhs in this Sakhi not only encapsulated the teaching of 'Dharam Di Kirat' (honest earning), they used their skill in service of Guru Sahib and the Saadhsangat. Alongside seva, they stayed immersed in Simran. Following a lifetime of Prema bhagti (loving devotion) of Guru Darbar, they show no attachment their material possessions and donate everything to the poor. Their last moments are spent in the Charan of Guru Sahib reciting Gurmantar, merging with the Creator like droplets of water which merge into the infinite ocean. The love of Guru Sahib for their Sikhs is such, that they personally performed the last rights of these Gursikhs.