JIVANDA, BHAI, whose name is included by Bhai Gurdas among prominent Sikhs of the first half of the sixteenth century, received initiation at the hands of Guru Arigad. As he first visited the Guru, he was accompanied by Bhai Durga and Bhai Lalu. The Guru in the words of Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, spoke to them: “There is nothing to match parupkdr, i.e. acts of goodwill and charity. One should put the welfare of others above one`s own interests, share with the needy what one has, contribute the labour of one`s hands and limbs for the common good, and pray for the well being of all.” Bhai Jivanda and his companions became the Guru`s disciples and practised his advice.

Bhai Gurdas, in his Varan, XI. 15, calls them parupkdrl or men dedicated to doing good to others. JIVANDA, BHAI, a pious Sikh of the time of Guru Arjan. He lived in Fatehpur and once, accompanied by BhaiJagsi and Tiloka Scth, both of the same village, visited the Guru in Amritsar. Guru Arjan was then engaged in assembling the compositions of the Gurus as well as some of the bhagats and Sufis into a volume. According to Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, Bhai Jivanda and his companions mentioned the names of Kanha, Chha|ju, Pilu and Shall Husain, who, then living in Lahore, were well known for their piety, and suggested that their hymns might also be considered for inclusion in the Book.

Guru Arjan invited the four poets from Lahore and had them recite their compositions, but forbore from incorporating these in his text. BIBLIOGRAPHY 1. Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955 2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Cur Pratdp Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-33

References :

1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Rhagat Maid. Amritsar, 1955
2. Sanlokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Cur Praia? Suraj Granlh. Ainmsar, 1927-33
3. Vir Singh, Bhai, cd.. Varan Bhai Gurdas. Amritsar, 1962