JAITĀ, BHĀĪ, was a devout Sikh of the time of Gurū Arjan. He had received initiation at the hands of the Gurū at Amritsar. Returning home, he, along with his companions, Bhāī Nandā and Bhāī Pirāgā, had ceased observing the caste rites and rituals. Their family priests chided them for their departing from the customs of their forefathers. They, in the words of Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, quipped : "You yourselves have been telling us that religious rites are not to be performed in a house freshly defiled by a birth or a death. Since we have met our Gurū, death has taken place in our household of ignorance and new knowledge has taken birth. Customary rituals have therefore become irrelevant."

        See Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, XI. 28


  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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