MĀĪ DĀS, a Vaiṣṇavite sādhū of the village of Nārlī, now in Amritsar district of the Punjab, embraced Sikh faith at the hands of Gurū Amar Dās. As a wandering sādhū, he once visited Goindvāl and desired to meet the Gurū, but since he was unable to comply with his injunction to partake of food in Gurū kā Laṅgar setting aside his caste scruple, he departed without seeing him. He, as says Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, had a vision while out on a pilgrimage to Dvārakā directing him to return to Goindvāl. He hastened back to the Punjab and, reaching Goindvāl, sat in Gurū kā Laṅgar to eat a meal and then humbly waited on Gurū Amar Dās, and received his blessing. He was apprenticed to Mānak Chand Jīvaṛā, a learned Sikh, and was subsequently appointed by the Gurū to preach Gurū Nānak's word in the Mājhā region.


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