The picture book is a small tribute to one of India's greatest yet also one of its least known heroes, Baba Siri Chand Ji - the great mystic saint and elder son of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. In a well-documented period, his life spanned the 149 years from 1494 to 1643. The Emperor Jahangir once asked his Fakir, Syed Mia Mir, "As I am Emperor over all of India, who is the greatest spiritual king among you all? "Mia Mir replied, "Guru Nanak's elder son, king of all Fakirs." The census conducted at the time of Shahjahan showed that Baba Siri Chand Ji had the greatest following throughout his entire kingdom.
While the Guru's gaddi was passed to Guru Angad Dev Ji, Baba Siri Chand Ji accepted the responsibility from his father and Guru of uniting the various spiritual schools of India. He was revered by Muslims and Hindus, ascetics and householders alike. He carried Guru Nanak Dev Ji's message throughout the Subcontinent from Sindh to Srinagar and from Kandhar to Kabul.
Baba Ji was held in great esteem by the ensuing 5 Sikh Gurus. Two of them even offered their eldest sons in spiritual service. Guru Amar Das ji offered Baba Mohan ji who is best known as the custodian of the Guru's Pothis (hand-written verses) form which Guru Arjun Dev ji complied Guru Granth Sahib Ji. And most notably, Guru Hargobind Sahib offered Baba Gurditta, who become Babaji's successor and is regarded as the patriarch of the Udasi Sampradaya. Interestingly enough, he was not just the son of Guru Hargobind Sahib, but the father of Guru Har Rai ji, the grandfather of Guru Harkrishan ji, the older brother of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and the Uncle of Guru Gobind Singh ji. Peace followed Babaji wherever he went and through miracles and teachings he cooled the fired of religious conflict so prevalent in the world of his time.
Baba Siri Chand Ji's amazing history has been lost to the world for over 100 years. Who better to resurrect it than Baba Virsa Singh ji, of Gobind Sadan. For when Babaji was still a youth, it was Baba Siri Chand ji who appeared to him and become his Guru.
His holiness Baba Virsa Singh is a holy person of Biblical proportion. A world-class leader who seeks no worldly position, he does not refer to himself as a Guru or miracle-worker. He comes from a mud-brick village in Punjab, does not read or write in any language, but those of great intelligence, wealth, and worldly power bow at his feet, seek his guidance, and attribute many miracles in their lives to his influence. He quotes extensively from the scriptures of all religions. His special mission is to bring people of all religious paths closer to God, and bring peace by overcoming the conflicts that plague the world. He has worked hard all his life to set an example of how one can rise out of poverty and stresses that without work any philosophy remains just a theory. He is an inspired farmer who communicates with the crops and the land, and they respond with record-breaking bounty. When asked, he says only, "I am just trying to be a better human being."
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