DHĪRĀ, BHĀĪ, a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Hargobind, was a resident of Ujjain. He used to visit Amritsar twice a year, to make obeisance to the Gurū. Once, records Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, he begged Gurū Hargobind to enlighten him about the qualities of a true saint. Gurū Hargobind recalled Gurū Arjan's śloka (GG, 1357) which, defines a man of God as one who meditates upon the mantra of God's Name; for whom dukh and sukh, suffering and pleasure, are the same; who, purged of rancour, has compassion for all; who subsists on singing God's praise and is free from māyā or worldly attachment; who treats friend and foe alike and instructs both in the love of God; who is selfless and humble; and who does not lend his ear to slander of others. According to Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, Bhāī Dhīrā, along with his brother, Hīrā, took part in the battle of Amritsar.


  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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