HEMŪ SOINĪ, BHĀĪ, a Sikh resident of Shāhdarā, 5 km north of Lahore, once visited Gurū Arjan. He was accompanied by Bhāī Rāmā and Bhāī Jaṭṭū, both from Shāhdarā. They supplicated with folded hands : "O True King! We regularly hear kīrtan and religious discourses, but we retain not what we hear. Be kind to tell us how we shall be saved." The Gurū, according to Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, said, "Retention depends upon a combination of hearing, believing, repeated reflection and practising what one hears, believes and reflects upon. Follow this path and you shall be liberated from the cycle of birth and death during this life itself. You shall be jīvanmukta. "
The name of Bhāī Hemū Soinī occurs in Bhāī Gurdās's roster of leading contemporary Sikhs. See his Vārāṅ, XI. 24.