MAHĀNAND, BHĀĪ, was a prominent Sikh of the time of Gurū Rām Dās. Once, accompanied by Bhāī Bidhī Chand, he waited on the Gurū and said, "True Master, we have in suffering wandered from birth to birth. How will this circuit be ever broken?" "Know thyself", said Gurū Rām Dās. Mahānand sought further enlightenment. Gurū Rām Dās, as says Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, said : "Meet in the saṅgat and listen to holy discourse and kīrtan. True knowledge will thou thus obtain." Mahānand and Bidhī Chand took the Gurū's precept and attained Spiritual enlightenment. "Exalted Person is Mahānand," says Bhāī Gurdās in his Vārāṅ, XI. 17.