MAILĀGAR SIṄGH or Maliāgar Siṅgh, one of the Sikhs who rallied round Gurū Gobind Siṅgh during his travels in the Mālvā region after the battle of Chamkaur (7 December 1705), earned the Gurū's appreciation for his spirit of contentment. According to Mālvā Des Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī, as Gurū Gobind Siṅgh arrived at Sarāvāṅ, the villagers took the Sikhs out in batches to their houses for meals. One very poor man, not to be left behind in serving a fellow Sikh, invited Mailāgar Siṅgh although he had little to offer except some dried pīlū (fruit of vaṇ tree Quercus incana) soaked in water. As Sikhs reassembled and as the Gurū asked them how they had been entertained, they described in turn the rich viands they had been treated to. When Gurū Gobind Siṅgh learnt about what delicacy had been offered him, he praised Mailāgar Siṅgh's spirit of humility and contentment. According to Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, the Gurū spoke :

        A Sikh who has the means but entertains not the visitor,

        Blameworthy is he.

        He who expects a feast from a destitute Sikh is not without fault, either.



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  2. .Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā. Patiala, 1970
  3. .Attar Siṅgh, Mālvā Des Raṭan Dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1950
  4. .Macauliffe, M.A., The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909

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