GĀṚŪ, BHĀĪ, a Vij Khatrī, received the rites of initiation at the hands of Gurū Arjan. Once he, accompanied by Bhāī Hāṛū, also a Vij, and Bhāī Chatur Dās and Bhāī Mūlā, both Kapūr Khatrīs, waited upon the Gurū and raised a question. They said, "While the advice of all other holy men is for the seeker to keep wakeful nights in meditation, Gurū Nānak had in one of his ślokas suggested that all effort was futile, for the reward, if He pleases, would come even during sleep." Gurū Arjan, says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, explained to them the correct import of the śloka. The Gurū said, "Remember, it is not the learned, proud of their accomplishment, who are blessed with giān or true knowledge, but the simple illiterates who seek with humility and dedication. Yet the learned are generally considered awake and the illiterate aslumber."

         Bhāī Gāṛū and his companions departed, enlightened in mind and humble in heart.They daily attended the holy saṅgat and recited bāṇī with complete faith.


  1. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā. Amritsar, 1955
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33

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