GOPĪ, BHĀĪ, a Bhārdvāj Brāhmaṇ, received initiation at the hands of Gurū Arjan. Once he, accompanied by Bhāī Vesā and Bhāī Tulsīā, also Bhārdvāj Brāhmaṇs, and Bhāī Bhīaṛā, who had been initiated along with him, waited upon the Gurū. They were confused by the diverse incarnations in which God was worshipped. The Gurū said, "All forms and attributes are God's, yet He transcends them. You should, therefore, worship only the Absolute One. At the same time you must abjure rancour towards those who have a different way of worship." Bhāī Gopī and his companions, says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, took the Gurū's precept and were blessed (Vārāṅ, XI. 20) .


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