During the days when Shri Babaji Bhagwan was at Amritsar, Shri Nathji had gone out for a walk into a garden in the city. While he was sitting on a bench in the garden, a young Sikh was brought to the garden by his parents. The youth was very weak and appeared acutely depressed mentally. He had suffered a great shock in his life, which had practically made him an invalid. He had been in love with a beautiful girl, however the fulfilment of such a love had become impossible since the girl was already married. The affair had taken a tragic turn and Basant Singh’s noble heart had been broken irreparably. He felt he could not live without the girl and at the same time he knew that he could not be united with her. It was the kind of situation in which many a lover had been known to commit suicide. This was to be a turning point in the life of the youth, whose name was Sardar Basant Singh.
Basant Singh had always been a lover of beauty. It was such a love that had brought him to such grief in the physical world. The moment he cast his eyes upon Shri Nathji something happened to him. The Divine Beauty of Shri Nathji entered deep within his heart and soul and he found himself bound by a divine attraction. The pent-up love in his soul for beauty found its source in Shri Nathji, who was the most Beautiful Being in creation. Sardar Basant Singh found himself entirely engrossed in the Divine Beauty of Shri Nathji. A miracle happened, his grief for his lost love disappeared, and he became a new man with a new desire to live. He fell at the feet of Shri Nathji and shed tears of joy.
Sardar Basant Singh hailed from Faridkot but his wanderings in life had brought him to Amritsar. Destiny had brought him to his real goal in life. He became intensely devoted to Shri Nathji.
Basant Singh came for the darshan of Shri Babaji Bhagwan at his house at Amritsar. He knocked at the door, which was opened by Shri Nathji. Even as Shri Nathji was greeting Basant Singh, Shri Babaji Bhagwan called out to him and said: “Son! Tell the person at the door to come at some other time. I am not seeing people these days.”
Basant Singh heard the voice of Shri Babaji Bhagwan and immediately said: “Sat Bachan! Truly has thou spoken!”
Shri Babaji Bhagwan was greatly pleased at the words and said to Shri Nathji: “Open the door to the one who says ‘truly spoken’!”
Sardar Basant Singh entered within and prostrated at the feet of Shri Babaji Bhagwan.
“What is your wish?” Shri Babaji Bhagwan asked him.
“I wish to go to Patiala to seek guidance from a learned Pandit there,” said Basant Singh innocuously.
“All right, then,” said Shri Babaji Bhagwan in an angry tone, “go, then! Go and study what you will! And if you are still dissatisfied then you may come here!”
Basant Singh simply stared at Shri Babaji Bhagwan without uttering a word, and Shri Babaji Bhagwan said angrily: “Why don’t you go?”
Basant Singh was so deeply touched that he said at once: “Bhagwan! I cannot go anywhere now!”
After that one meeting he became wholly and solely devoted to Shri Babaji Bhagwan and Shri Nathji and began to live with them to serve them. People were astonished to see his faith which nothing in the world could shake. Day and night he would live with Shri Babaji Bhagwan and Shri Nathji and cook for them, wash the utensils, bring food from the market and serve as their bodyguard.
There was a time at Amritsar when he was beset upon by a group of hecklers who ridiculed his faith in Shri Babaji Bhagwan and Shri Nathji. When he was bold enough to rebut their words, the large group of men fell upon him. Basant Singh had a brass lotaa-a vessel- in his hand. He swung the lotaa around himself with such ferocity that the group of men was quickly knocked asunder and fled with fear. The body of Basant Singh was weak and frail, and he himself marvelled at the strength that had come into him at the time. He knew that it was the divine power of Shri Babaji Bhagwan and Shri Nathji. It was like the strength of God that had come into the body of the biblical Samson when the armies of the Philistines fell upon him.
Amongst all the devotees of Shri Babaji Bhagwan and Shri Nathji, Sardar Basant Singh was to be the one who was to live with them continuously for a period of twenty years. He would occasionally go to his home-town at Faridkot but would always return to the divine darbaar from where he had obtained a new life.