One day when Saint Satramdas Sahib was sitting with his loving devotees and was looking very impressive and vibrant, his face was glowing with spiritual charm, some sadhus,sanyasis, and jogis came to him and asked
” Satguru Sahib, who is the actual true Guru”. Saint Satramdas Sahib said “the one who has crossed the ocean of illusions and can make others also cross this ocean is a true GURU.”
The group of Yogis, sadhus and sanyasis asked Saint Satramdas Sahib that how would they know that they possess such a blessing because people come to them and they accept them as their disciples but they were not sure if they are able to help their disciples in crossing this world of materialistic illusions .
Saint Satramdas Saheb said, that a policeman controls a large crowd just because of the power of his uniform, It is not his own power through which he can control so many people but it is the power of his uniform, this power in his uniform is given to him by the government.
So the power given to a policeman through his uniform makes him powerful and he controls people.
In the same way God is the one who has all the divine power. The divine power is transmitted to a true Guru through NAAM SIMRAN, deep meditation and selfless service.
When a true Satguru is completely blessed with the divine power he is ordered by the Lord to take care of the humans and illuminate their minds by transmitting the divine power into them through, meditation, NAAM SIMRAN, selfless service and the precious gem of Satsang and keep them away from the sins and wrongdoings. The True Satgurus with their divine blessings guide the humans on the path of spirituality which leads them to the eternal oneness.
Some fortunate ones by following such true Gurus succeed in crossing the world of illusions that means, while living in this world of illusions they are always connected to the lord and they posses the power of blessings through the divine power of NAAM SIMRAN and meditation and the status and dignity of such Gurus is always higher and they are the actual true Gurus. Saint Satramdas Sahib said that once a man came to Saint Kabir and said” O’ master bless me so that I can cross this ocean of illusions in this world. “
Saint Kabir understood his deep and honest desire and accepted him as his disciple by blessing him with Naam daan and after accepting Naam daan from Saint Kabir whatever saint kabir used to tell him he would do that with full dedication and devotion.
During his selfless service he once had a divine sight of the Lord and his Satguru Saint Kabir standing together He was delighted but at the same time got confused as he did not know whom should he bow down in adoration first.
“Guru gobind dou khade, kaake lagoon paaye.
Balihari Guru aapne gobind diyo bataye”
(Guru and Govind (God) are standing together to whom should I first bow my head or touch feet).
after giving it a deep thought he understood that he should bow down in adoration before his Satguru first, as he was the true Guru who had made him have the divine opportunity of having the actual sight of the beloved Lord .
That means that the position of Satguru is higher than the Lord but our purpose and destiny is attaining the beloved Lord, and Satguru’s divine grace is the path to reach that destiny. So, if there is the path then only, one can reach his destiny otherwise a person will keep wandering.
A policeman becomes strong by the value of his uniform and if he tries to control the people in the plain clothes nobody will listen to him and he might lose his self respect also.
Saint Satramdas Sahib told all of them that Once a great Saint along with a few of his devotees was passing from a place and saw a snake dying in pain and a lot of ants and many other insects were eating its flesh by piercing its body and making many holes in it.
The snake was dying a painful death.
when the devotees saw this scene they asked the Saint that weather this snake had committed any sin in its past life that it is suffering like this.
Looking at the snake with his divine vision the saint replied that this snake was a hypocrite and a fraud Guru in his previous birth. He himself never had any divine powers blessed by The lord or by any True Guru but he always pretended that he possesses such powers and used to cheat people by taking money from them and enjoyed the facilities extended to him by the poor devotees. He himself did not have the divine power to cross this ocean of the world of illusions and could not even help his devotees to do so, and that is why in this birth he as a snake is getting tormented by the insects and ants who were his devotees in his previous birth and are taking revenge from him.
Saint Satramdas Sahib said that only those who themselves are blessed by the Lord or a true Satguru with the divine powers are allowed by the Lord or a true Satguru for transmitting such powers to their devotees through Naam Simran. True Gurus by doing Naam simran will get success in crossing this ocean of illusions and will also make their devotees see through the illusory nature of this material world like Saint Kabirdas. When Saint Satramdas was blessing the people by telling them about the truth of a true Guru some poor fishermen came to him and said that since a few days they were unable to catch fish and the fish was not getting caught in their nets and due to this they were not able to earn money and their children were hungry and their lives had become like hell.
Saint Satramdas Sahib asked them to go back and try again to catch fish but after sometime they returned back and told Saint Satramdas Sahib that they tried but their nets remained empty and they could not catch any fish. For three more times like this they tried but were not successful and then the fourth time Saint Satramdas Sahib asked them to go and tell the fish that Satramdas has asked you to come in the net.
On hearing this all the saints, yogis sadhus and tapasvis got up and said that even they would like to go with the fishermen to see this miracle with their own eyes and they also requested Saint Satramdas Sahib to come along with them.
Saint Satramdas Sahib along with everyone went to the riverside and the fishermen threw the net in the water and they together all said that Saint Satramdas has asked you to come into the net.
To everyone’s surprise this time when the fishermen started pulling the net from the water they saw that the nets were full of fish and the nets had become so heavy that it became difficult for them to pull them out. All the saints, sadhus, fakirs, sanyasis and yogis also changed their form into fish along with the other fish in the net.
Seeing this the guru of sidh and gosain bowed down in adoration before Saint Satramdas Sahib and told their companions that” Saint Satramdas Sahib is the actual true Guru as he himself has explained us that the one who is blessed with the divine power is a true Guru.
he also said since they all witnessed, that to get the blessing from Saint Satramdas Sahib to cross this ocean of the materialist world all the yogis, tapaswis, saint and sanyasis who were in deep meditation for achieving oneness, did not want to miss the opportunity of getting blessed by Saint Satramdas Sahib to get true moksh and changed their form and got into the net in the form of fish.”
They all bowed down before Saint Satramdas Sahib and Saint Satram das sahib showered his blessings upon them to get them out of the world of illusions and become one with the beloved Lord.
After this incidence all the fishermen left the net and came at the lotus feet of Saint Satramdas Sahib and requested him to accept them a his disciples and bless them with Naam Daan.
All those fishermen after accepting NAAM DAAN from Saint Satramdas Sahiband left the fishing business and started doing other businesses and became successful.
All those who had taken the form of fish to get the blessings of Saint Satramdas Sahib were also blessed with NAAM DAAN by Saint Satramdas Sahib and Saint Satramdas Sahib prayed for them that they get success in attaining oneness by getting free from the cycle of birth and death.
Those who were left were sidh jogi, naath and gosai (group of Gurus) as they stayed with Saint Satramdas for some time and then left after taking the blessings of saint Satramdas Sahib but two gosain, gosian garib gur and gosain kashi gur (Gurus) with the permission of Saint Satramdas Sahib did not go back and by accepting NAAM DAAN from him lived there forever and became one with the lord and got divine MOKSHA.
Their Samadhis are at Big Devri Sahib (temple) close to the Samadhi Sahib of Saint Satramdas Sahib.