BHĀGO, MALIK, was, according to Sikh chroniclers, the Hindu steward of the Muslim chief of Saidpur, present-day town of Eminābād, now in Gujrāṅwālā district of Pakistan, during the days of Gurū Nānak. The tradition relates that once while Gurū Nānak was staying with Bhāī Lālo, a poor carpenter, in the town, Malik Bhāgo gave a feast to which Gurū Nānak, along with other holy men and dignitaries, was invited. As the Gurū declined the invitation, the Malik had him summoned to his presence and asked the reason for his refusal. Gurū Nānak took into one hand a quantity of Malik Bhāgo's rich food and in the other a piece of Lālo's coarse bread. He then squeezed both. From Lālo's bread trickled milk, and from Malik Bhāgo's blood. The moral was clear. The rich man's wealth had been selfishly amassed at the cost of others and his charities were thus tainted, whereas Bhāī Lālo's simple bread earned by honest labour was holy.

        See LĀLO, BHĀĪ


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