JAITA, BHAT, was a devout Sikh of the time of Guru Arjan. He had received initiation at the hands of the Guru at Amritsar. Returning home, he, along with his companions, Bhai Nanda and Bhai Piraga, had ceased observing the caste rites and rituals. Their family priests chided them for their departing from the customs of their forefathers.
They, in the words of Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, quipped: “You yourselves have been telling us that religious rites arc not to be performed in a house freshly defiled by a birth or a death. Since we have met our Guru, death has taken place in our household of ignorance and new knowledge has taken birth. Customary rituals have therefore become irrelevant.” See Bhai Gurdas, Varan, XI. 28
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, .Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33