TILOKĀ, BHĀĪ, a Suhaṛ Khatrī officer in the Mughal army at Ghaznī, once waited on Gurū Arjan and said, "Soldiering being my profession, violence is my duty. How shall I be saved?" The Gurū spoke, "Remain firm in your duty as a soldier, but let not your mind be touched by violence." Tilokā received initiation as a Sikh and went back to Ghaznī. One day, as says Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, Tilokā slayed during the chase a pregnant doe. As he slashed his prey, twin embroys, almost fully developed, were discovered, both dying after a few convulsive movements. Bhāī Tilokā was filled with remorse and took a vow never to kill again. He started wearing a sword with a wooden blade, but a proper hilt for show. A complaint reached the ears of the governor, who ordered a parade. As he started inspecting the soldiers' weapons, Bhāī Tilokā prayed the Gurū for succour. Amazingly, tells the chronicler, Tilokā's wooden sword, when unsheathed, turned out to be gleaming steel. When Bhāī Tilokā next visited the Gurū, he narrated the story to the saṅgat.


  1. Manī Siṅgh, Bhāī, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā. Amritsar, 1955
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  3. Gurdās, Bhāī, Vārāṅ, XI. 18

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