Heart to Heart
Whenever the Great Master visited Sikanderpur, a large number of satsangis would follow him and stay as Sardar Harbans Singh’s guests. Sometimes there would be as many as 200 people. Sardar Harbans Singh and his wife, Mata Sham Kaur, were both very happy to receive the sangat and looked after them with loving hospitality. Mata Sham Kaur would get up at three in the morning to prepare milk, tea and breakfast for the sangat. Cooking the meals and personally looking after serving the food, she would eat only after all others had eaten. She would usually work till midnight, but was happy to serve her Master and his sangat in this way.
Once in June - when the summer temperatures reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit - Mata Sham Kaur had finished cooking and serving lunch to the sangat and was planning to eat, when the Great Master called her and said, “Daughter, a group of twenty-five guests has just arrived. Please arrange for their food.” It was the hottest part of the day, but immediately she sat down again at the open tandoori oven and began cooking chapattis for the guests. The Great Master’s wife, Bibi Kishan Kaur, whom the family called Amma Ji, came down to help her. Mata Sham Kaur rolled the chapattis, putting her hand inside the open oven to stick them to the sides and taking them out with an iron hook when baked; Amma Ji sat nearby, applying ghee to the hot tandoori chapattis and stacking them one on top of another, ready for serving to the guests.
When the guests had finished their meal, it was four in the afternoon, and Mata Sham Kaur, in obedience to Amma Ji’ s directions, ate a little food. As she was coming out of the kitchen area, her clothes drenched in perspiration from hours of working over the oven, she saw the Great Master standing before her, his face beaming with happiness and love. The Great Master patted her and said, “My child, I am greatly pleased with you and your loving seva. Your store will always be full. The grace and blessings of Baba Ji will always be with you.”
Heaven on Earth