NIHALU CHADDHA, BHAINIHALU CHADDHA, BHAI, was a devoted Sikh who lived in Agra. Once he, accompanied by Bhai Saktu Mahita, visited Amritsar to pay obeisance to Guru Arjan. According to Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, they sought instruction saying, “Some believe that liberation is not possible without virtuous actions; there are others who assert that all action is merely temporal and that spiritual knowledge or insight, gidn (jndna), alone is the means of attaining liberation.
Which path should we follow?” Guru Arjan said, “Divine Name is the link between the temporal being and the Ultimate Reality. Good deeds, selflessly performed, along with concentration on the Name, purify the Self and lead to selfrealization. Gidn, without the Name, is incomplete. It finds consummation only in absorption in the True Name. You should, therefore, constantly recite the Name, i.e. Vahiguru.” Bhai Nihalu and Bhai Saktu practised now and attained to parampad, the state of spiritual bliss.
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Crur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35