Deraavaad Sant

First off, the SGGS does NOT create SANTDOM or DERAAVAAD!

Instead, the SGGS creates GURMUKHS – Bhagat, Daas, or Jan!

When people – specially of Indian origin – see somebody claiming to be a holy man, they fall on his feet. He may be a first-class thief under his outer covering, but nonetheless he is revered!

Because, in ignorance or greed, we readily accept anyone who says “I am God”, “I have seen God”, “I will show you God”, “I can give you son – ਦੁਧ ਪੁਤ”, “I can improve your business”, “I can fulfill all your desires”, “I can win your lawsuit”, and so on.

Nowadays, for various reasons, if someone just wants to live as a “freeloader” in the society, he becomes a Sant (Saint)! A well paying business indeed, wherein there need not be any investment and therefore, it is a safe activity of “all gains and no loss”! Also, there is no need to toil! In fact, many disguised in the dress of Sant (ਭੇਖ, ਬਾਣਾ) are hardcore criminals running from the law!

These fake Deraavaad Sant / Baabaa (ਝੂਠੇ ਡੇਰਿਆਂ ਵਾਲੇ ਸੰਤ/ਬਾਬਾ) are nothing new!

Consider the following verses in which Bhatt Bhikhaa Ji (whose Bani is included in the SGGS) mentions of spending one year (“ਬਰਸੁ ਏਕੁ ਹਉ ਫਿਰਿਓ”) searching for a true Sant, but could not find one. He found all them to be sweet talkers on the outside, but full of Maya’s poison or corruption on the inside (i.e., fraud…). Finally, he gave up his search and came to the Guroo Sahib.

  • ਰਹਿਓ ਸੰਤ ਹਉ ਟੋਲਿ ਸਾਧ ਬਹੁਤੇਰੇ ਡਿਠੇ ॥ ਸੰਨਿਆਸੀ ਤਪਸੀਅਹ ਮੁਖਹੁ ਏ ਪੰਡਿਤ ਮਿਠੇ ॥ ਬਰਸੁ ਏਕੁ ਹਉ ਫਿਰਿਓ ਕਿਨੈ ਨਹੁ ਪਰਚਉ ਲਾਯਉ ॥ ਕਹਤਿਅਹ ਕਹਤੀ ਸੁਣੀ ਰਹਤ ਕੋ ਖੁਸੀ ਨ ਆਯਉ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਛੋਡਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਲਗੇ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਹਉ ਕਿਆ ਕਹਉ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਦਯਿ ਮਿਲਾਯਉ ਭਿਖਿਆ ਜਿਵ ਤੂ ਰਖਹਿ ਤਿਵ ਰਹਉ ॥੨॥੨੦॥: (sggs 1395).

The present day Sant and their Deraas are probably the descendent (ਔਲਾਦ) of the same fraud referred to by Bhatt Bhikhaa Ji in the Gurbani above. Undoubtedly some may be new ones as well! Nonetheless, they are religious con men, who have reduced the Gurbani, Sikhi, or Dharma to a mere mundane business (“ਰੋਟੀਆ ਕਾਰਣਿ” ਧੰਧਾ; “ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ” )!).

The Gurbani repudiates their conduct or life-style (ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਕਰਤੂਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਲਾਫ ਬੋਲਦੀ ਹੈ)! Deraavaad is neither supported nor encouraged in the Gurbani:

  • ਡਡਾ ਡੇਰਾ ਇਹੁ ਨਹੀ ਜਹ ਡੇਰਾ ਤਹ ਜਾਨੁ ॥: Daddaa (a letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet): This worldly Deraa is not (the True Deraa-ਇਹ ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਡੇਰਾ ਸਚਾ ਡੇਰਾ ਨਹੀ); (therefore) know that Deraa which is (True-ਸਚਾ ਡੇਰਾ). (sggs 256).

According to the Gurbani, the Real Deraa is the Eternal One (True, Sachaa, ਸਚਾ, ਅਸਲ, ਪੱਕਾ, ਸਦੀਵੀ ਟਿਕਾਣਾ…), and the value of that Deraa beyond is known only to those, who, through the Gur-Shabad, brcomes fit for Grace of the Perfect Lord:

  • ਉਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕਾ ਸੰਜਮੋ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਪਛਾਨੁ ॥: Through the Gur-Shabad, recognize (distinguish, understand…) that Deraa (which is Eternal, ਸਦੀਵੀ ਟਿਕਾਣਾ…). (sggs 256).
  • ਉਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕੀ ਸੋ ਮਿਤਿ ਜਾਨੈ ॥ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਪੂਰਨ ਭਗਵਾਨੈ ॥ ਡੇਰਾ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਸਚੁ ਸਾਧਸੰਗ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਜਨ ਨਹ ਡੋਲਾਇਆ ॥੨੯॥: Only he knows the worth of that Deraa beyond (i.e., the Eternal Deraa, ਸਦੀਵੀ ਟਿਕਾਣਾ…), whom the Perfect Prabhoo casts His gracious glance. (That) Permanent Deraa is obtained through Saadhsang. O Nanak! Those Jan (Daas, Bhagat, Gurmukh,etc., who obtain that Eternal Deraa, their mind does not) not wander (afterthese perishable worldly Deraa). ||29|| (sggs 256).

Why, per the Gurbani, a worldly Deraa (ਸੰਸਾਰੀ ਡੇਰਾ) is not the true (Sachaa-ਸਚਾ) Deraa? Because, as the Gurbani says, it is perishable (temporary, fleeting, not lasting, Maya, etc.)- nothing in this Mayaic world is permanent:

  • ਇਆ ਡੇਰਾ ਕਉ ਸ੍ਰਮੁ ਕਰਿ ਘਾਲੈ ॥ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਤਸੂ ਨਹੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਚਾਲੈ ॥: Iaa deraa kaou sram kari ghaalai… (sggs 256).(sggs 1381).

Then why these so called Sant are so attached to the worldly Deraas furnished with expensive cars, luxurious lifestyle, etc.? Some are even contemplating having their private jets and landing strips in their Deraas (probably some already have them!)! Clearly, to support their Mayaic lifestyle of “freeloaders” in the society, they don’t care what the Gurbani (Gurmat) says, for they don’t believe it anyhow. If they did, then they would be living according to the Giaan (Wisdom, Oupadesh…) of the Gur-Shabad.

These “freeloaders” live a life of “Dhroh” (“ਧ੍ਰੋਹ”=> to live freely off others and, in return, mislead them…). The Gurbani indicates those engaged in vulturous “Dhroh” (“ਧ੍ਰੋਹ”) are full of Bikaar (lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride….).

  • ਝੂਠ ਬਿਕਾਰ ਮਹਾ ਲੋਭ ਧ੍ਰੋਹ ॥ ਇਆਹੂ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਬਿਹਾਨੇ ਕਈ ਜਨਮ ॥: (Thee fool lives a life of) falsehood, corruption, immense greed and Dhroh. (His) So many lifetimes are wasted in these ways. (sggs 267-268).

Instead of searching the Truth ourselves, we accept “Thugs” who come along claiming to be Holy, etc. Such “Thugs” and swindlers are pullulating nowadays every where in the world. If one is not alert, he can be easily distracted, cheated, trapped and snared into their net of Bharam-Jaal or Maya-Jaal (traps of illusion, delusion…). Baabaa Nanak is asking global-mankind to be on the alert — this is what he indicates when he says, “ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ ॥ – don’t ever touch their feet”.

  • ਸਲੋਕ ਮਃ ੧ ॥ ਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਹੂਣਾ ਗਾਵੈ ਗੀਤ ॥ ਭੁਖੇ ਮੁਲਾਂ ਘਰੇ ਮਸੀਤਿ ॥ ਮਖਟੂ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਕੰਨ ਪੜਾਏ ॥ ਫਕਰੁ ਕਰੇ ਹੋਰੁ ਜਾਤਿ ਗਵਾਏ ॥ ਗੁਰੁ ਪੀਰੁ ਸਦਾਏ ਮੰਗਣ ਜਾਇ ॥ ਤਾ ਕੈ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਐ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥: Slok Ma: 1 || Giaan vihoonaa gaavai geet… (sggs 1245).

Note the last two verses in the foregoing Slok: ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥: One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has – O Nanak! He knows the Path ||1||.

The Gurbani’s Teachig is that one should work with his hands (Kirat Kamaaee – ਕਿਰਤ ਕਮਾਈ) while keeping the consciousness united with the Niranjan within, which, again, these fraud Sant do not follow – they don’t work for what they eat. Clearly, they don’t care what Baabaa Nanak tells them in the Gurbani.

Simply put: If a so called Sant does not righteously work with his hands to earn his living, then he is not even a Sikh (student/learner of the Gurbani-ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਤੋਂ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲਾ) let alone, a Sant!!!!!

  • ਹਾਥ ਪਾਉ ਕਰਿ ਕਾਮੁ ਸਭੁ ਚੀਤੁ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੨੧੩॥: With your hands and feet, do all your work, (but) let your consciousness remain with the Niranjan (ਮਾਇਆ-ਰਹਿਤ ਪਰਮਾਤਮ, the Lord who is beyond Maya’s stains). ||213|| (sggs 1376).

The following verses of the Gurbani perfectly fit these fraud, Deraavaad Sant:

  • ਓਇ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਸੰਤ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਬਾਨਾਰਸਿ ਕੇ ਠਗ ॥੧॥: They are not called Hari’s Saints — they are the Baanaarasi-thugs (robbers, cheats). (sggs 476).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਸਿਖ ਸਾਖਾ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਕੀਏ ਕੇਸੋ ਕੀਓ ਨ ਮੀਤੁ ॥ ਚਾਲੇ ਥੇ ਹਰਿ ਮਿਲਨ ਕਉ ਬੀਚੈ ਅਟਕਿਓ ਚੀਤੁ ॥੯੬॥: O Kabeer! (Those who) have made many students and disciples (ਚੇਲੇ-ਚਾਟੜੇ), but have not made the Mool (their) Friend; (although) they set out to meet Hari (Mool, within), but (their) consciousness failed (them) half-way. ||96|| (sggs 1369).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਕੰਚਨ ਕੇ ਕੁੰਡਲ ਬਨੇ ਊਪਰਿ ਲਾਲ ਜੜਾਉ ॥ ਦੀਸਹਿ ਦਾਧੇ ਕਾਨ ਜਿਉ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਮਨਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਨਾਉ ॥੪॥: Kabeer kanchan ke… (sggs 1363).
  • ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਨਿਤ ਪਰ ਦਰਬੁ ਹਿਰਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਚੁਰਾਇਆ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਤਿਨ ਕੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਤ ਕਰਹੁ ਰਖਿ ਲੇਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਰਾਇਆ ॥: Bhalake uthi nit par darabu hirahi Hari Naamu churaaiaa. Hari jiou tin kee sangati mat karahu rakhi lehu Hari raaiaa (sggs 1244).
  • ਤਨਿ ਚੰਦਨੁ ਮਸਤਕਿ ਪਾਤੀ ॥ ਰਿਦ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਕਰ ਤਲ ਕਾਤੀ ॥: Tani chanadanu masataki paatee. Rid antari kar tal kaatee (sggs 1351).

From such clear defiance of the Teaching of the SGGS by these Deraavaad Sants, it becomes very clear:

  • These so called Sants are fallen into traps of Gurudom, Santdom, pupil making (ਚੇਲੇ-ਚਾਟੜੇ), etc. – Maya.
  • They are mammon worshipers – the “guardian” (“ਰਖਵਾਰੇ”) of Maya: [ਰਖਵਾਰੇ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਬਿਨਾਸ ॥ ਆਗੈ ਨਰਕੁ ਈਹਾ ਭੋਗ ਬਿਲਾਸ ॥੧॥ (sggs 871)].
  • Because they themselves cannot see beyond Maya, they mislead people and put them on the path of Maya (attach them to body-consciousness…).
  • If they themselves are so spiritually sick, then how in the world they are going to cure others! In other words, how they can de-toxicate others from the addiction to which they themselves are addicted to! [ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਸੋਭਾ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਰੇ ਨਾਹਿ ॥ ਆਵਤ ਪਹੀਆ ਖੂਧੇ ਜਾਹਿ ॥ (sggs 872)].
  • Apparently, they don’t understand or believe what the Gurbani says! They only believe and do whatever their crooked, Mayaic minds tell them to do. That will put them in the category of self-willed, Manmatee, etc. (i.e., Manmukhs, Saakats, Asants, Asaadh, Thugs…).
  • If they don’t follow Truth (ਸਚ-Sach) of the Gurbani, then they are religious con men swindling people (Thugs, thief, ਠੱਗ, ਚੋਰ…) in the name of the Gurbani, Dharma, and Sikhi.
  • Whatever they do is to trap people as: ਕਰਿ ਸੀਗਾਰੁ ਬਹੈ ਪਖਿਆਰੀ ॥ (sggs 871.
  • They only know “Phaasan Kee Bidhi” (“ਫਾਸਨ ਕੀ ਬਿਧਿ” = way to snare, ਫਸਣ ਅਤੇ ਫਸਾਣ ਦਾ ਰਸਤਾ…). They do not know “Chhootan Kee” Bidhi (“ਛੂਟਨ ਕੀ” = way to liberation, ਮੁਕਤੀ ਦਾ ਰਸਤਾ…). [(ਫਾਸਨ ਕੀ ਬਿਧਿ ਸਭੁ ਕੋਊ ਜਾਨੈ ਛੂਟਨ ਕੀ ਇਕੁ ਕੋਈ ॥ (sggs 331)].
  • Thus, instead of linking with their own Mool within as demanded by the Gurbani, these fake Sant are linking themselves and others with Maya [ਹਉ ਬਿਨੁ ਗਾਂਠੇ ਜਾਇ ਪਹੂਚਾ ॥੨॥ (sggs 659)].
  • These tricksters (along with their corrupt lackeys – pupils, politicians buddies…) have done tremendous damage to the Teaching of the Gurbani (Gurmat) – they have mislead people away from the True Instruction (“ਸਿਖੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ”) of the Gur-Shabad and put them on the path of Karamkaand, rituals, dogmas, Bhekh (ਭੇਖ-garbs), Jaat-Paat, worldly entanglements (“ਆਲ ਜਾਲ”, ਪੁੱਠੀ ਮੱਤ), etc., from which the Gurbani frees us (ਮੋ ਕਉ ਕਹਾ ਪੜ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਵਸਿ ਆਲ ਜਾਲ ॥: sggs 1194)!!
  • Since they themselves are not linked with the Gur-Shabad within, then how are they going to link others with it? They cannot. Instead, they are linking people to themselves; ruining (spiritually) themselves and others in the process [ਲੋਗੁ ਗੰਠਿ ਗੰਠਿ ਖਰਾ ਬਿਗੂਚਾ ॥ (sggs 659)].
  • Thus, in nutshell, these Deraavaad Sant are Jam-Doot (“ਜਮ ਕੇ ਦੂਤ”)!


  1. ‘Gurbani eis jag mein channan’ – In the light of Gurbani all doubts are resolved about the true Sants and Deravaadi-Sants.

    ‘Sant saran jo jan phere so jan udaran haar’ (Sukhmani Sahib)

    ‘Thoond sajan Sant pakkeiaa’

  2. Nice Sir,I also hope so.Person like yourgoodself have been assigned this duty by Wah GuROO Ji .Things should take a turn ,once the turn starts there is going to be a REVERSE GEAR and one can see the changes happening.

  3. Thank you Brother for continually sharing!

    Who will bell the cat?

    First, the SGGS has already belled the cat!
    Under the Guidance of the SGGS, many are doing their part to make sure the bell remains on the cat’s neck!

  4. But the AUTHORITY refered itself does not seem interested…

    There is a Hindi proverb in India: “Chor-Chor Moserae Bhaae – ਚੋਰ ਚੋਰ ਮੌਸੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ” (English versions: (1) “Birds of a feather flock together”; (2) “Like draws like”…).
    As the corrupt Brahmins and the corrupt Kings were Buddy-Buddy, so are the modern day Deraavaad Sant and the politicians: Buddy-Buddy!
    Kabeer Sahib reveals this truth and situation in the SGGS as follows:
    • ਤੂੰ ਬਾਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਨੁ ਮੈ ਕਾਸੀਕ ਜੁਲਹਾ ਬੂਝਹੁ ਮੋਰ ਗਿਆਨਾ ॥ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਤਉ ਜਾਚੇ ਭੂਪਤਿ ਰਾਜੇ ਹਰਿ ਸਉ ਮੋਰ ਧਿਆਨਾ ॥੩॥੪॥੨੬॥ (sggs 482).

  5. There is some possible solution as suggested by Veer Tirlochan Sngh Duggal ji .But the AUTHORITY refered itself does not seem interested in such a move perhaps it is VOTE BANK
    which matter more for the current POLITICS. Such is the STATE of HELPLESSNESS and
    it may not be possible at all to delink the people from DERAS or SANTDOM.

  6. It is not possible for anyone to have control over DERABAD, it will remain a trap for those who do not believe in Gurbani intentionally. Yes, alternative salvage would be possible, if Sikh Panth could decide to set up all Akal Takhats as an exclusive institution for Sikh followers to have some weaponry and conventional training programmes prior to receiving Khandey Bate di Pahul and NONE others whosoever should have this provision to offer Khandey Bate Di Pahul. Such Regulatory Institution could create GURMUKHS who would then conform to principles of GURMAT and would act as Role models for others being having deluded for lack of understanding of Gurbani.

  7. It should be very surprising to note that as in presence of SGGS ji it is not possible for anyone to get to be refered or known as GuROO.So such people found a BACK DOOR entry as SANT to excercise the control over people for their own interests.
    In fact it is the misinterpretation and prestation of the true reference meaning of the word SANT/SANTAN due to whichordinary persons get trapped in such a net of falsehood.
    Now the problen exists in its immense proprtion along with the POLITICAL nterests that it
    seems extremely difficult to get rid of SANTHOOD/DERAWAAD.

  8. Thank you Bhai Sahib Jio for incessantly sharing Shabad-Vichaar!

    I find even the most educated Sikh Brothers eulogising these so called sant

    The Gurbani indicates that one’s education = foolishness if he is full of Bikaar (greed, pride…):
    • ਪੜਿਆ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਜਿਸੁ ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਾ ॥ (sggs 140).
    And, on account of their Bikaar (greed, etc.), many educated eulogize them because they take cut from the loot (income..) of these fraud Sant!!

  9. It is so rare to find people believe in Guru’s sacred word-Shabad Guru. Lack of understanding of Gurbani and by human nature to procure something so easy allures majority to attach with fake institutions of such DERABAD. The latter never associate with GURU PANTH so they not only rob naïve people, but also deter them from internal development of the mind. Such resultant blindness entraps the whole family members and they never achieve the purpose of life. It would mean they waste their life and reincarnation continues; the body is never ever get emancipated. One must endeavour to free our self and achieve the motive; this is only possible by reading, understanding and acting on Guru’s Word.

  10. Excellent and very clear message from Gurbaanee ,Sir.But still a common person having known all this may still be in places like DERAS because their roots are now pretty deep in the various sections of the society.
    I find even the most educated Sikh Brothers eulogising these so called sant for uplifting them.
    I fail to understand what kind of uplifting they mean.But the mind set of general persons is
    very much inclined .

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