DĀSŪ, BĀBĀ (b. 1524), eldest son of Gurū Aṅgad and Mātā Khīvī, was born on 9 Bhādoṅ 1581 Bk / 7 August 1524 at Khaḍūr Sāhib in present-day Amritsar district of the Punjab. He was ambitious to succeed his father in the spiritual line, but the latter, as records Kesar Siṅgh Chhibbar, Baṅsāvalīnāmā, spoke : "He [Amar Dās] is my brother and to him I am entrusting the responsibility. . . . Him I have reckoned as capable of bearing the burden. " Dāsū kept quiet at the time, but, after the passing away of Gurū Aṅgad, as his duly anointed successor, Gurū Amar Dās shifted to Goindvāl, he proclaimed himself Gurū at Khaḍūr even against the remonstrances of his mother. Later he recanted and apologized to his mother who took him to Goindvāl. He made obeisance to Gurū Amar Dās whose true disciple he remained thereafter.


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Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)