TĀRŪ POPAṬ is listed in Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, XI.13, among prominent Sikhs of the time of Gurū Nānak (1469-1539). Bhāī Manī Siṅgh Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, elaborating the reference in Bhāī Gurdās says that Tārū Popaṭ was only a young boy of ten when he presented himself before the Gurū and made the submission, "Friend of the poor, I have heard that whosoever meets a saint obtains peace. I have taken refuge at thy feet !" The Gurū said, "You are yet too young and have hardly seen anything of this life. Where from have you learnt to think of these things." Spoke Popaṭ, "One day I watched my mother make a fire. I saw that the smaller logs caught fire sooner than the bigger ones. It occurred to me that I should see a saint as soon as possible so that I secure happiness. Who knows when death might strike?" The Gurū pronounced the blessing, "Tārū (lit. 'swimmer'), thou shalt be the salvager of thy clan. Learn to make an honest living and learn to share the fruit of thy labour with others. Remember thy Creator always." Acting upon the Gurū's word Tārū Popaṭ, says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, attained liberation.
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