MŪLĀ KĪṚ, a Khatrī of Kīṛ sub-caste mentioned among Gurū Nānak's devoted Sikhs by Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, XI. 13. As Mūlā one day, appeared before the Gurū to seek instruction, he was told to resort to the śabda, work honestly for his living and serve the Sikhs. He practised devoutly the precepts laid down by the Gurū. He extended open hospitality to anyone who came to his door seeking food or shelter. Once, records Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, there came to his house a man who had learnt much of the sacred word by heart but whose deeds were not in conformity with what he professed. Mūlā treated him hospitably and offered him a bed for the night. During the night, as the hosts slept, the guest removed the box containing the jewellery of Mūlā’s wife. Much before dawn he awoke his host and asked for the key of the gate to go out and resume his journey. As the guest moved hastily towards the exit, the box fell down from under his arm. Mūlā’s picked it up and put it into the hands of his guest and bade him goodbye. When in the morning Mūlā wife discovered the loss, he told her that a burgler had broken into the house at night and stolen the ornaments. He explained the guest's absence by saying that he had left early in the morning lest anyone should blame him. Then he had new jewellery made for his wife. Mūlā did not wish it to be known that anyone calling himself a Sikh had committed a theft. The Gurū was pleased when he heard this. As Mūlā next went to see him, he said, "Thou hast shown esteem for the honour of the faith. The Gurū shall save thy honour."


  1. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā . Amritsar, 1955
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth . Amritsar, 1927-35

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