MURĀRĪ, BHĀĪ, a Dhauṇ Khatrī of Rohtās, now in Pakistan, was a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Arjan. He, as says Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, once came to see Gurū Arjan and said, "Lord, we regularly recite the sacred hymns and we reflect upon them; yet our minds are not cleansed." Gurū Arjan quoted from Gurū Nānak's Japu: "If the mind be defiled by sin, it is purged by the love of nām i.e. the Divine Name." "Therefore" said the Gurū, "continue reciting and listening to gurbāṇī and practise nām. Thus will your mind be purified." Bhāī Murārī, says Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth followed the Gurū's precept and took afresh to his spiritual pursuit.

         See, also, Bhāī Gurdās, Vārāṅ, XI. 24, wherein the story is first alluded to.


  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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