SAIDO, BHĀĪ, of Lahore, received the rites of initiation during the time of Gurū Amar Dās. He once led a saṅgat to the presence of Gurū Amar Dās to request him to lift the "curse" pronounced by Gurū Nānak upon Lahore. There is a line in Gurū Nānak : "The city of Lahore went through a quarter of a day's cruel atrocity" (GG, 1412). The somewhat obscure reference appears to be to the sack of Lahore by Bābar's invading host in 1524. Gurū Nānak was alluding to the terror let loose upon the citizens for well over three hours, to which he had probably been a witness. But the Sikhs of Lahore, says Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, thought that Gurū Nānak’s words, implied a curse foretelling a future calamity. Bhāī Saido accompanied by Bhāī Sāīṅ Dittā, a goldsmith, Jhāñjhī by caste, waited on Gurū Amar Dās and invited him to visit Lahore. In Lahore, the entire saṅgat, full of apprehension, requested the Gurū to cancel the curse. Gurū Amar Dās allayed their fear saying "The city of Lahore is the very pool of nectar." The verse is recorded in the Gurū Granth Sāhib like Gurū Nānak’s.

        Bhāī Saido and Bhāī Sāīṅ Dittā went to see Gurū Arjan and narrated to him the event. Gurū Arjan instructed them to repeat always Vāhigurū, the single word denoting the formless as well as the manifest nature of God. Bhāī Saido and his companion fell at the Gurū's feet and felt blessed.


    Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amrltsar,1927-35

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