This shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev in Raag Asa on Page 195 in Section ‘Apne Sevak Kee Aape Rake’ of Amrit Keertan Gutka.
ਆਸਾ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
Asa Mehala 5 ||
Aasaa, Fifth Mehl:
ਅਪੁਨੇ ਸੇਵਕ ਕੀ ਆਪੇ ਰਾਖੈ ਆਪੇ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਾਵੈ ॥
Apunae Saevak Kee Apae Rakhai Apae Nam Japavai ||
He Himself preserves His servants; He causes them to chant His Name.
ਜਹ ਜਹ ਕਾਜ ਕਿਰਤਿ ਸੇਵਕ ਕੀ ਤਹਾ ਤਹਾ ਉਠਿ ਧਾਵੈ ॥੧॥
Jeh Jeh Kaj Kirath Saevak Kee Theha Theha Outh Dhhavai ||1||
Wherever the business and affairs of His servants are, there the Lord hurries to be. ||1||
ਸੇਵਕ ਕਉ ਨਿਕਟੀ ਹੋਇ ਦਿਖਾਵੈ ॥
Saevak Ko Nikattee Hoe Dhikhavai ||
The Lord appears near at hand to His servant.
ਜੋ ਜੋ ਕਹੈ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਪਹਿ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਤਤਕਾਲ ਹੋਇ ਆਵੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Jo Jo Kehai Thakur Pehi Saevak Thathakal Hoe Avai ||1|| Rehao ||
Whatever the servant asks of his Lord and Master, immediately comes to pass. ||1||Pause||
ਤਿਸੁ ਸੇਵਕ ਕੈ ਹਉ ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਜੋ ਅਪਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਭਾਵੈ ॥
This Saevak Kai Ho Baliharee Jo Apanae Prabh Bhavai ||
I am a sacrifice to that servant, who is pleasing to his God.
ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਸੋਇ ਸੁਣੀ ਮਨੁ ਹਰਿਆ ਤਿਸੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਰਸਣਿ ਆਵੈ ॥੨॥੭॥੧੨੯॥
This Kee Soe Sunee Man Haria This Naanak Parasan Avai ||2||7||129||
Hearing of his glory, the mind is rejuvenated; Nanak comes to touch his feet. ||2||7||129||
Ustad Abdul Sattar “Tari” Khan (born 1953) is a Pakistani tabla player and vocalist. Ustad Tari Khan hails from the Punjab gharana and is the student of Ustad Miyan Shaukat Hussain Khan. He has been awarded with many accolades such as Taj Poshi (Golden Crown), the Hazrat Amir Khusrow Award, as well as Pakistan‘s Pride of Performance Award (Pakistan’s highest artistic honour) in 2008.
I also requested him to do a performance in Patna, my home town. On this, he requested me to arrange his visit to Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara of Patna, the birth place of last Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh. I was not aware of his interest in Sikh tradition.
With little research and acquaintance, he revealed the story with all humility that his family traces its lineage to Bhai Mardana, the friend of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. His forefathers have been known as rababis (messengers of Muslim-Sikh ties) of the Golden temple of Amritsar.
He was welcomed with huge regards and further surprises poured in when he took the seat to recite shabads (a piece of holy text) in the main Durbar Sahib. He started with Apne Sewak ki Aapai Raakhai and everyone present provided chorus to such rich spiritual rendition. And when he presented his ardaas (prayer), he was also requested to play solo tabla and that too in Durbar Sahib. People was mesmerised with his performance and I was overwhelmed to witness the real tradition of our much talked about composite culture.