DHIRA, BHAI, a devoted Sikh of the time of Guru Hargobind, was a resident of Uj[jain. He used to visit Amritsar twice a year, to make obeisance to the Guru. Once, records Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, he begged Guru Hargobind to enlighten him about the qualities of a true saint. Guru Hargobind recalled Guru Arjan`s sloka (GG, 1357) which, defines a man of God as one who meditates upon the mantra of God`s Name; for whom dukh and sukh, suffering and pleasure, are the same; who, purged of rancour, has compassion for all; who subsists on singing God`s praise and is free from maya or worldly attachment; who treats friend and foe alike and instructs both in the love of God; who is selfless and humble; and who does not lend his ear to slander of others. According to Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, Bhai Dhira, along with his brother, Hira, took part in the battle of Amritsar.
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sr; Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37