HAṚĪ, BHĀĪ, a Kohlī Khatrī, was one of the prominent Sikhs of Lahore in the time of Gurū Arjan. Once he, along with Bhāī Kālū and Bhāī Nānū, masons by trade, waited on the Gurū. According to Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, they spoke to him : "Lord, your hymns are elixir for the soul, and Sikhs recite them morning and evening. Are they all liberated irrespective of the merits of their actions?" The Gurū replied, "No, how can those who sing the sacred hymns only to feed their own ego or desire for pleasure be saved? They alone receive liberation who sing or listen with faith, and with concentration."


  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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