CHAṄGĀ, BHĀĪ, a Bahil Khatrī, was a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Arjan. Once he, along with Bhāī Phirnā and Bhāī Jeṭhā of the same clan, waited on Gurū Arjan. They had a question: "Some repeat the name of Rāma, others of Kṛṣṇa, some repeat Om, others Soham. We have been taught to meditate on Vāhigurū. Tell us, True King, which name is the most efficacious?" The Gurū, says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, replied, "Any boat would take one across a river, but one should stick to the boat one has boarded. All names of God lead to liberation. For Sikhs the name revealed by Gurū Nānak is Vāhigurū. " Bhāī Chaṅgā and his companions concentrated on the name Vāhigurū and told others to do so.


  1. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā. Amritsar, 1955
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37

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