LĀLO BHĀĪ, was, according to Bālā Janam Sākhī, a carpenter by profession who lived at Saidpur, present-day town of Eminābād in Gujrāṅwālā district of Pakistan, and with whom Gurū Nānak put up for three days during his travel through those parts. Bhāī Lālo served him with devotion. That was the time when the Hindu steward of the local Muslim chief had announced a grand feast to which all caste Hindus and saints and sādhūs in town and the vicinity were invited. The Janam Sākhī records his name as Malik Bhāgo. At the end of the feast, report reached him that Nānak, a holy man born of Kṣatrīya parents, had ignored his invitation and had instead chosen to dine with a low caste carpenter. Messengers were immediately despatched to bring Gurū Nānak to his house. As he arrived, Malik Bhāgo spoke to him in resentful tones : "How is it that you ignored my invitation to the brahm bhoj (lit. feast in honour of Brāhmaṇs and other holymen) ? Or, is it that the food your casteless host serves you is better than mine?" Gurū Nānak said, "I eat what God sends. There are no castes in God's sight." "Then, you should eat whatever is offered in this house." Sumptuous victuals were thereupon summoned from his kitchen. At the same time, Gurū Nānak asked Bhāī Lālo, who had followed him to the Malik's mansion, to bring food from his house. In the words of Bālā Janam Sākhī, "Gurū Nānak took Lālo's coarse bread in his right hand and Malik Bhāgo's delicacies in the left. As he pressed both, milk dripped from Lālo's coarse bread and blood from Malik Bhāgo's delicacies. The entire assembly was lost in amazement."

         Bhāī Lālo is counted among the earliest emissaries of the Sikh faith. The word Lālo occurs several times in one of Gurū Nānak hymns in the measure Tilaṅg describing in moving accents the suffering caused by Bābar's invasion. The conjecture is that those lines were addressed to Bhāī Lālo, his disciple.


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  2. Vīr Siṅgh, Bhāī, ed., Purātan Janam Sākhī. Amritsar, 1982
  3. Harbans Singh, Guru Nanak and Origin of the Sikh Faith. Bombay, 1969
  4. McLeod, W.H., Early Sikh Tradition. Oxford, 1980

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