BUDDHŪ, BHĀĪ, a kiln-owner of Lahore, whose name occurs in Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, XI. 25, among the prominent Sikhs of the time of Gurū Arjan, once waited upon the Gurū and begged to be instructed. The Gurū said, "Commence any task you may be launching on after an ardās or prayer in saṅgat seeking God's blessing, and distribution of kaṛāhprasād. Lay aside one-tenth of what you earn for the general weal. " Bhāī Buddhū took the Gurū's precept and became a Sikh. Once, as the tradition goes, Bhāī Buddhū undertook a large brick-baking project, involving considerable investment. He invited all local Sikhs to a feast after which ardās was to be offered for the success of the enterprise. It so happened that a pious but poorly looking Sikh, Lakkhū by name, came late and was denied entry to the feast. He kept standing near the door. As ardās was being offered with the words, "May Buddhū's pile of bricks be perfectly baked, " Bhāī Lakkhū cried : "May Buddhū's bricks remain half-baked!" Everyone was startled. Bhāī Buddhū was much concerned at the curse uttered by Lakkhū. He went to Gurū Arjan and begged him to cancel the curse. The Gurū said, "I cannot undo what my saintly Sikh has done. Your bricks will remain half-baked, but they will sell. " That year was marked by heavy rains and bricks even of inferior quality were in great demand . The spot, about 1. 5 km northeast of Lahore, where Bhāī Buddhū used to burn his bricks, is known to this day as Buddhū dā Āvā, or Buddhū's kiln.


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