DHIĀN SIṄGH, resident of the village of Mājrī near Chamkaur in present-day Ropaṛ district of the Punjab, was a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (1666-1708). According to Gur Ratan Māl (Sau Sākhī), Bishambhar Dās, a shopkeeper and a Sikh devotee of Ujjain in Central India, once sent his son, Har Gopāl, to the Punjab with an offering of six hundred rupees to be made over to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh at Anandpur. Har Gopāl made the offering and the Gurū gave him some kaṛāhprasād or consecrated food to be delivered to his father along with his message blessing him. Har Gopāl, on his way back, stayed with Dhiān Siṅgh and expressed to the latter his doubt about the Gurū's justice in giving a handful of food and a word of blessing in return for six hundred rupees. Dhiān Siṅgh told him that if he considered the blessing a poor return on his money, he could sell it to him (Dhiān Siṅgh) at a profit. Har Gopāl agreed and Dhiān Siṅgh bought the blessing for six hundred and five rupees. Har Gopāl resumed his homeward journey and investing his money on the way added to it a large profit. But when he reached home and narrated his experience and his deal, his father chided him for his folly. Bishambhar Dās with his son came to Dhiān Siṅgh and expressing his regrets over his son's error, begged for his intercession in obtaining the Gurū's pardon. Dhiān Siṅgh took them to Anandpur where the Gurū graciously pardoned Har Gopāl and instructed them in the virtue of ardās or prayer and in the Sikh code of ethics.


    Nayyar, Gurbachan Siṅgh, ed. , Gur Ratan Māl arthāt Sau Sākhī. Patiala, 1985

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