JEṬHĀ, BHĀĪ, a Seṭhī Khatrī, and Bhāī Paiṛā Chaṇḍālīā once visited Gurū Arjan and complained that Brāhmaṇs ridiculed them for not observing the traditional rituals during the preparation and eating of meals, without which, according to the Brāhmaṇs, the food remained impure. The Gurū, as says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, told them that the only rituals worth observing were "feeding the hungry and the poor and reciting grace or thanks-giving prayer and uttering the name Vāhigurū before one starts eating."


  1. Gurdās, Bhāī, Vārāṅ, XI. 24.
  2. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā. Amritsar, 1955
  3. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)