SUKKHŪ, sādhū of the Divānā (lit. madmen) sect, was incited by his mentor, Ghuddā, to attack Gurū Gobind Siṅgh to avenge the death of one of his followers at the hands of a Sikh. The deceased had been mortally wounded while attempting to force his entry into Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's tent near Malūkā village, in present-day Farīdkoṭ district, where the Gurū was then camping. Now, while Gurū Gobind Siṅgh was staying at Bājak, in Baṭhiṇḍā district, Ghuddā collected 50 Divānā sādhūs to attack him, but all but two of them, Sukkhū and Buddhū, deserted him on the way. When Sukkhū and Buddhū came into the Gurū's presence, they were so impressed by his demeanour that all intent of harm vanished out of their hearts. They humbly made their obeisance and started entertaining the saṅgat with their ditties. As records the anonymous author of Sākhī Pothī, their refrain was : "The beloved (soul) resides in a mud hut (body); neither one's parents last nor does one's youth." The Gurū was amused and rewarded them with a square-shaped silver coin. As the Gurū set out from Bājak, Sukkhū and his companion asked for and were granted the privilege of carrying him on an improvised palanquin for some distance.


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