VACHAN GOBIND LOKĀ KE (Sayings of the Saintly People) is a didactic work in Punjabi prose by Bhāī Aḍḍaṇ Shāh, a Sevāpanthī saint. Completed in 1904 Bk/AD 1847 and written in the hand of one Khīvaṇ Siṅgh, the work comprises 147 folios with 9+9 lines on each folio and 252 sākhīs or anecdotes, each with a lesson. The work remains unpublished, and the only known copy of the manuscript is preserved under MS. 99 in the Pañjāb University Library, Chaṇḍīgaṛh. Although Sevāpanthīs are counted a sect among the Sikhs; they depart in certain respects from the Sikh way of life : a Sevāpanthī saint, for instance, lives the life of a recluse renouncing all worldly attachments and remains celibate. Consequently, the work is an amalgam of Sikh and Sevāpanthī teachings. Humility, service, generosity, detachment and contentment are the common virtues recommended. Yet, contrary to Sikh principle, there is an emphasis on celibacy. The work contains sākhīs from the lives of several of the bhaktas such as Sadhnā (83), Sukhdev (88), and Darshan (214) rehearsing moral precepts and values.


    Gurmukh Siṅgh, Sevāpanthīāṅ dī Pañjābi Sāhit nūṅ Deṇ. Patiala, 1986

Dharam Siṅgh