LADDHĀ, BHĀĪ, a Sikh widely respected for his piety, compassion and selfless service, lived in Lahore during the time of Gurū Arjan. When Bhāī Buddhū, as says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, solicited Gurū Arjan's blessing to cancel Bhāī Lakhū's curse upon his brick-kiln, the Gurū deputed Bhāī Laddhā to intercede on his behalf. Bhāī Laddhā succeeded in softening Bhāī Lakkhū.

         Once, records Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūrāj Granth, the musicians, Sattā and Balvaṇḍ, by their greed and vanity and by their disparagement of the earlier Gurūs, had so annoyed Gurū Arjan that he not only banished them from his presence but also declared that anyone pleading pardon for them would face punishment which would amount to blackening the intercessor's face and a ride through town astride a donkey, with a garland of old shoes hung around his neck. Sattā and Balvaṇḍ were penitent, but found no one who would be willing to escort them back to the Gurū. They, continues Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, at last approached Bhāī Laddhā, who forthwith agreed to help even at the risk of earning the Gurū's displeasure. He blackened his face, put a string of old shoes around his neck, and riding a donkey, went to the Gurū's presence, leaving Sattā and Balvaṇḍ at the entrance. Gurū Arjan, seeing that Bhāī Laddhā had voluntarily undergone the proclaimed punishment for having Sattā and Balvaṇḍ pardoned, agreed to readmit the bards to the saṅgat, provided they indemnified the sacrilege committed by composing verses in honour of the Gurūs they had spoken ill of earlier. Bhāī Gurdās, in one of his stanzas, praises Bhāī Laddhā calling him parupkārī --- one ready to do a good turn to others even at personal risk.


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  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33
  3. Macauliff'e, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909

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