BHIKHĀ (pronounced as Bhikkhā), BHAṬṬ, a Brāhmaṇ bard of Sultānpur Lodhī in present-day Kapūrthalā district of the Punjab, became a Sikh receiving the rites of initiation at the hands of Gurū Amar Dās. He lived up to the time of Gurū Arjan to whom he introduced sixteen other Brāhmaṇ minstrels from his community. They sang in his presence praises to God and the Gurūs. Some of their compositions were included by Gurū Arjan in the Gurū Granth Sāhib. One of the two stanzas by Bhikhā recounts his wanderings in search of a true saint ending with his ultimate success by the grace of God. "Lord, " sang the bard, "hath caused me to meet the Gurū as thou willest for me so must I receive O God!"


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