BHULLĀ, BHĀĪ, and Bhāī Kullā, both Jhañjhī Sunārs, accompanied by Bhagīrāth, a Soinī Khatrī, presented themselves before Gurū Arjan and begged to be instructed in the pious way. The Gurū told them, always to act like gurmukhs, and not like manmukhs. The Gurū, according to Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, explained : "Gurmukhs are those who, turning their back on ego, heed the Gurū's word, who do not forget a good turn done to them but always forget anything done by themselves for the good of others. Still excelling gurmukhs are those who, having given up all ego, are good to others habitually, unmindful of how the others treat them. A gurmukh finally is one who has attained giān, or true knowledge. He consciously acts for the weal of others, even of those who bear him ill will. " "Manmukhs, on the contrary, " continued the Gurū, "are those ego-ridden persons who forget the good turn done them, but do not ever forget the injury inflicted upon them. Worse are those with malice towards all, good or evil. The worst are they who return evil for goodness. They are immune to the teaching of the Gurū. " Bhāī Bhullā and his companions, enlightened by the Gurū's precept, continued to serve the saṅgat with devotion.


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  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, Amritsar, 1926-37

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