MOHAN, BĀBĀ (b. 1536), the elder son of Gurū Amar Dās, was born to Mātā Mansā Devī at Bāsarke Gillāṅ, near Amritsar, in 1536. He was of a taciturn disposition and most of the time kept to his room in Goindvāl absorbed in study and contemplation. He had in his possession manuscript collections of the Gurūs' hymns inherited from his father. When Gurū Arjan (1563-1606) undertook the compilation of the (Gurū) Granth Sāhib, he sent Bhāī Gurdās and then Bhāī Buḍḍhā to borrow these from him, but Bābā Mohan refused each time to part with them. Finally, Gurū Arjan himself went to Goindvāl. He sat in the street below Bābā Mohan's attic serenading him on his tambūrā, a string instrument. Mohan was disarmed to hear the hymn and came downstairs with the pothīs (books) which he made over to the Gurū. These volumes are still extant and are known as Goindvāl Pothīs. Gurdwārā Chubārā Bābā Mohan Jī in Goindvāl perpetuates Bābā Mohan's memory. Among the relics preserved in the Chubārā Sāhib complex is the palanquin in which the pothīs were carried to Amritsar and then brought back to Goindvāl.


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