BACHAṄ SĀĪṄ LOKĀ KE, a book of morals in Punjabi prose belonging to the Sevāpanthī sect. There is no internal evidence to establish its date or authorship, but several of the bachans or sayings in this work are identical with those in Sahaj Rām's Pothī Āsāvarīāṅ. A manuscript copy of this work is preserved in the Central Public Library, Paṭiālā, under MS. No. 2142. In the text, man is adjured to overcome attachment and ever to remember God who is the Creator of all things, sentient and insentient, and watches over all. Poverty is a blessing; the riches are not accumulated without sin (16-17). A well-taught person who does not meditate on God is like a tree which does not bear fruit; one beautiful but faithless is like the bow sans arrows; the king who does not dispense justice is like a cloud without rain (18-19). Woman is a sword which destroys dharma (16). The five human jewels, truth, intellect, contentment, knowledge and generosity, are countered by five enemies, falsehood, anger, greed, arrogance, and resilement (25). Man must vanquish these enemies, for then alone can he break the cycle of birth and death and get united with the Supreme Being.

Dharam Siṅgh