BŪLĀ PĀNDHĀ, a learned Brāhmaṇ of Ḍallā in present-day Kapūrthalā district of the Punjab, called on Gurū Amar Dās as the latter once visited his village, and received the rites of initiation at his hands. One day Bhāī Būlā asked the Gurū how he might serve the saṅgat, for he could do little work physically. The Gurū, in the words of Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, spoke : "Give discourses on the holy bāṇī. Besides, prepare copies of the pothī, breviary of hymns, for distribution among Sikhs. Do not ask for any payment for your labour, though you may accept what is voluntarily offered to you. This shall be your sevā, i. e. service. " Bhāī Būlā adhered to the Gurū's direction and became a favourite Sikh of his. According to Giānī Giān Siṅgh, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā, Bhāī Būlā was one of those who, led by Bhāī Jeṭhā (later Gurū Rām Dās), went to the Mughal court at Lahore in the time of Gurū Amar Dās when complaints had been laid before Emperor Akbar about the Gurū's teaching refuting the Hindus' traditional belief and practices. Bhāī Jeṭhā and his companions explained to the Emperor how Gurū Nānak's message was meant for all, making no distinction between the Hindu and the Muslim.


  1. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā. Amritsar, 1955
  2. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā. Patiala, 1970

Balbīr Siṅgh Dil