TAKHTŪ, BHĀĪ, a Dhīr Khatrī, embraced Sikh faith during the time of Gurū Arjan. He lived up to the time of Gurū Hargobind when he earned a name for himself as a soldier participating in the encounters with the Mughal troops. "Once", as says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, "Bhāī Takhtū, accompanied by Bhāī Dargāh Tulī, Bhāī Mansādhār, and Bhāī Tīrath Uppal, waited on Gurū Hargobind and said, "Venerable True King ! We listen to discourses given by enlightened Sikhs and they do afford us mental peace, but when Bhāī Nivalā or Bhāī Nihālā expound the sacred word, it is a different experience altogether. We feel spiritually elated. Whence comes the difference, Master?" Gurū Hargobind said, "The Sacred Word is the fount of eternal bliss. But preachers vary as do the listeners." According to the Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, the Gurū then enumerated fourteen qualities each of a good preacher and of a good listener. A model preacher practised what he said and a model listener acted on what he heard.