NAUNIDH, Bhaṇḍārī Khatrī of Āgrā, waited upon Gurū Gobind Siṅgh during his visit to the city in AD 1707. According to Bhāī Santokh Singh Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, he enquired about the reason for prescribing unshorn hair for the Sikhs. The Gurū explained that keeping long hair was no innovation because this had been an old tradition. "But the times have changed," argued Naunidh. The Gurū said, "What times have changed? Aren't they the same sun, the same moon, the same water, air, fire and earth as have ever been? The fault lies in us. We have become too lazy and readily resort to such excuses."

         Naunidh went away chastened.


  1. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  2. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā [Reprint]. Patiala, 1970

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