Magic of Daswandh cannot fail.
To tread the spiritual path, earn your livelihood through hard and honest work and part with at least one tenth of your honest earnings for the welfare of mankind.
When I was at school life was beautiful, full of joy and with little concern regarding the future. With a brother and a sister, our world was the three of us, mom & dad. We had lots of fun, playing, travelling, eating out and studying; all amongst ourselves with little need of anyone else. Dad and mom spent plenty of time with us, taking care of our needs within their means. They were deeply religious, regular with their Nitnem, visits to gurdwaras and attending kirtan samagams. It helped us all to build a religious foundation. We learnt Gurmukhi at home and the three of us regularly performed shabad kirtan with my sister in the lead and I playing the tabla.
We completed our 10 + 2 with just a high average performance, not adequate to get a competitive seat in any quality professional college. Academically we were below standard in the competitive world. Holding a senior position in Army, dad ensured a very good quality of life for us but did not have enough means to ensure admission into a high-profile institution. Indeed it was nothing short of a miracle that all of us got admission into an engineering college in an average-rated college in Karnataka.
After completing engineering with merit, I had assumed things, as ever, would be smooth. It wasn’t so. When we graduated the job market was extremely tight and the first job offer that came was a mere Rs 3000/- per month. This was substantially lower than the amount being spent on me as a student. The rude shock made me realize that life was not a bed of roses, after all.
Dad, realizing that a career in Civil engineering did not hold promise, helped me to do a few computer courses before settling for a low-profile job in an IT company as a software tester. The salary offered was not enough to meet my basic personal needs, leave alone think of anything else. At this crucial phase of my life, as a young man full of aspirations, hopes and desires facing the challenges of life, Dad once again came to my rescue with a thought that I wish to share with you. For Dad, Sewa and Simran were the two wheels of the chariot for Success. When I received my first salary,
Dad reminded me of the of ten repeated Wheels of Success and asked me to take out a tenth of my salary for charity. This was simple to state but a challenge to practice. It hurt a great deal. I spent the whole night with myself and realized that the first step was a must, I had to do it. It was now or never. I made my decision not conscious of the result or the consequences.
The results came sooner than expected. Within two years I had my salary quadrupled and the company gave me the best employee award. I worked hard and more than my effort I found a new confidence and faith growing within myself that the hand of the Almighty was guiding my destiny. With Daswandh producing results, my resolution grew into the conviction that Daswandh was indeed my ladder to growth and success. Religiously, every month I would send a cheque to dad for charity. Dad was more than pleased.
Then came another significant break in my career. I happened to join a new growing company. Salary appraisals were every six months. From a humble tester, I had been upgraded to a Senior Test Analyst. In no time I got another promotion and was designated the Test Manager for a 35-member team. Some of these engineers were even more qualified than me. I felt blessed again.
Since then there has been no looking back. Within 2 more years my salary was spiralling, and often getting raises higher t ha n my expectations. I was more than convinced that it was not my work; it was the Daswandh playing its role.
With promotions and higher salaries, marriage followed. With a very understanding & loveable companion, I was stronger to face new challenges. The next blessing of the Lord wasn’t far. We were blessed with a lovely son. Our conviction continued to grow. Our principle of monthly Daswandh continued.
With 7 years of service, my Daswandh touched twice my starting salary and my status elevated to Head of the Testing Department of over 400 engineers, reporting to me.
Then suddenly one day I got an offer from my CEO to head the marketing and business operations of the company in the United States.
With a humble engineering degree and a few years of experience, the offer was nothing short of a miracle. The grace of the Lord has no bounds. Though I was convinced that I was not suitably qualified for the new offer, the confidence my CEO had in me made me accept the offer and I moved to the US with my family.
My Daswandh today is 40 times my first salary and 400 times my first Daswandh. For me, Success of happiness is a journey on the path of the Guru. The future doesn’t scare me anymore and I am convinced that as long as I stay on the right way, my progress is Lord’s blessing. I fully realize that Dad’s formula guarantees success and happiness, and my humble prayer to the Almighty is to give me the strength to practice Dad’s formula with cent per cent commitment and devotion.
Honestly, I have not achieved much in life and I am not a man of words. I am just an ordinary person, happy with myself and my family enjoying the journey of life with a strong faith that the grace of the Almighty is guiding my destiny. I have a strong conviction that the Magic of Daswandh cannot fail. Daswandh is a hard currency which never devalues and Simran is our spiritual capital without which life is incomplete. Dad confided in me that for most of his life, he had not been regular with Daswandh and hence always ran short of money. It is only when he came into contact with Baba Iqbal Singh and his association with Baru Sahib that life changed for the better with financial problems just vanishing. Baba Ji’s formula for success in both the material and spiritual worlds is threefold that is Daswandh, Nitnem And Amritvela. Once this belief becomes a conviction then practising is not too difficult.