PARTAPU, BHAI, a professional soldier, came to Guru Arjan, offered obeisance and spoke with folded hands, “Weilding of arms is my trade. Pray, advise me how best my soul can be saved.” Guru Arjan, as recorded by Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, said, “When death comes no one will save you, and until then no one can harm you. Therefore, be fearless in battle, but fight only for a righteous cause. When out of battle, be charitable. Through charity your arms shall be blessed, through charity you shall earn renown.” Bhai Partapu became a disciple and was so highly regarded for his devotion and piety that Bhai Gurdas made a special mention of him in his composition, the Varan.
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