BEṆĪ, PAṆḌIT, a learned Brāhmaṇ of Chūnīāṅ, in present-day Lahore district of Pakistan, was a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Amar Dās. As he first visited Goindvāl, he carne loaded with books to demonstrate his learning. Gurū Amar Dās spoke to him gently : "Mere learning begetteth pride. What aideth one is humility, love and devotion. " Paṇḍit Beṇī, as says Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, had no desire left to show his skill in arguing. He bowed at the Gurū's feet and became a disciple. Gurū Amar Dās, says the chronicler, uttered impromptu a hymn in the Mālār measure, addressed to Bhāī Beṇī.


  1. Bhallā, Sarūp Dās, Mahimā Prakāsh. Patiala, 1971
  2. Ranjit Siṅgh, Gurū Amar Dās Jī. Amritsar, 1980

Balbīr Siṅgh Dil