PREMĀ, BHĀĪ, a Khatrī of Talvaṇḍī, now called Talvaṇḍī Chaudharīāṅ, in Kapūrthalā district of the Punjab, was a devout Sikh of the time of Gurū Amar Dās. He was lame in the leg, yet he daily walked, on crutches, to Goindvāl, 8 km from his village across the River Beās, with a pitcher of curds for Gurū kā Laṅgar. Once the village chaudharī, i.e, headman, snatched in jest his crutches and said, "Thou takest curds every day to thy Gurū, but he hath not cured thy leg so far. Why dost thou torture thyself journeying back and forth thus?" Premā replied, "The True Gurū of mine is competent and compassionate; I rejoice in his will." The chaudharī returned the crutches to Premā but after a great deal of teasing, thus delaying him on the way. At Goindvāl, says Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, Gurū Amar Dās was waiting and would not eat until Premā, the devotee, had reached with his daily offering. As Bhāī Premā arrived and the Gurū asked him what had happened to keep him so long, Premā narrated his encounter with the Chaudharī of his village. Gurū Amar Dās asked him to visit Shāh Husain, a Muslim recluse living on the bank of Beās. Shāh Husain, continues the Mahimā Prakāsh, miraculously removed the deformity. He attributed this to the favour of Gurū Amar Dās, and refused to take any credit for himself.

        Bhāī Premā came back overwhelmed with gratitude and fell at the Gurū's feet. The Gurū appointed him to, head a mañjī, or preaching district.


    Bhallā, Sarūp Dās, Mahimā Prakāsh. Patiala,1971

Balbīr Siṅgh Dil