ANAND, BĀBĀ, was the second son of Bābā Mohrī and a grandson of Gurū Amar Dās. He received his name from the Gurū himself who also uttered a long hymn in Rāmkalī measure calling it Anandu. The hymn has since formed an important part of Sikh liturgy. Bābā Anand lived up to the time of the Sixth Gurū, Gurū Hargobind (1595-1644), who held him in high esteem. He once sent messengers, with a palanquin, to escort Bābā Anand to Kīratpur. The Gurū himself came out to receive him as he arrived. Offerings were heaped up before him by the Gurū as well as by the saṅgat. Bābā Anand, however, declined saying, "You are the Gurū - the same as Gurū Nānak and his successors. You alone are competent to receive offerings. I shall not touch them. "

        Bābā Anand returned to Goindvāl where he spent the rest of his days. The palanquin in which he travelled is still kept as a relic at Goindvāl.


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Balbīr Siṅgh Dil