PADĀRATH, BHĀĪ, a devoted Sikh of the time of Gurū Rām Dās. Once accompanied by Bhāī Tārū and Bhāī Bhārū, he went to visit Gurū Rām Dās. He and his companions felt deeply moved to hear kīrtan being recited in the Gurū's presence. "O refuge of the poor," they prayed, "it is bliss to listen to such heavenly music. But we householders have duties towards our families and can have such chances but rarely. What shall become of our souls?" Gurū Rām Dās said, "Have faith in God. He is the sustainer of all." According to Bhāī Manī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, Bhāī Padārath and his companions entrusted their household responsibilities to their sons, and themselves remained in attendance upon the Gurū, rejoicing in the service of the saṅgat and in listening to kīrtan and kathā or holy discourse.


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

Gurdev Siṅgh