The Apostle of Obedience

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The Apostle of Obedience

The atrocities, committed by the Muslim invaders, had, no doubt, put

the indigenous population of India into great suffering. But the

impact of the Brahmanical malpractices was much greater. Through the

convention of rituals and caste discrimination the Hindu priesthood

was plundering the innocent people. Under such circumstances Bhai

Lehna was born on March 31, 1504, AD, at village Mate-dee-Saran in the

present District of Ferzpore in Punjab. His father, Baba Pheru Mal,

ran a successful business of rope making. His mother, Mai Daya Kaur

was a very pious lady. He was married to Bibi Kheevi, the daughter of

Devi Chand in the year 1519 AD.

Although Bhai Lehna was an ardent devotee of the Goddess Vaishnu Devi

and used to go to her Temple in the Hills every year on pilgrimage, he

was disillusioned with the Brahmanical liturgy. While passing through

the vicinity of Kartarpur, on his way to the Temple, he had often

heard about the Unversal mission of Guru Nanak, his Gurbani (the

celestial revelations) and non-sectarian teachings. It was in the year

1532 AD when he decided to go and see Baba Nanak. Once he was there

the divine light transcended and the man, who was born in luxuries of

an affluent Khatri family, became the humble and most obedient

disciple of Guru Nanak.

Guru Nanak was busy in his rice fields when Bhai Lehna, dressed up in

spotless clean clothes, approached him. In spite of the presence of

farm-labour, Bhai Lehna was ordered to carry away a bundle of paddy

soaked with mud. Without a moment of hesitation he obeyed the order.

When Mata Sulakhni, Guru Nanak's wife, expressed her apprehension

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...'s pontification lasted a period of 13 years. His two sons

did not attain the level of piety required to carry the load of

Guruship. Amar Das, father-in-law of Guru's daughter, Amro, once a

devotee of Goddesses, rendered untiring and inexhaustible service to

the Guru, Guru's Sikhs and the in the Guru's Community Kitchen. Above

all, Guru Angad was overwhelmed by his spiritual retention. On March

29, 1552, he installed Guru Amar Das as the Third Supreme Master of

the Sikh Religion and resolved himself to merge with the Absolute.

* Only those do the real service, who being contented, meditate on

God, the trust of the true.

They place not their foot in sin, do good deeds and practise piety.

They burn (break) the worldly bonds and live (in humility) on paltry

corn and water.

(Rag Asa Guru Angad Dev, G.G.S.P.467)

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