ANABHI, a Jain hierarch, who, according to Puratan Janam Sakhi, met Guru Nanak during his journey to the South. Anabhi addressed the Guru thus: “Eatest thou corn, old or new, consumest thou parched gram, and drinkest thou cold water without filtering to ensure absence of living organisms; yet thou art called a Guru. What merit dost thou possess if thou art constantly killing living beings?” Guru Nanak, according to Puratan Janam Sakhi, recited verses saying: “By the Master`s grace is faith fulfilled,” and not by “having the hair of one`s head plucked, drinking befouled water and begging others for leftovers to eat. “Anabhi, says the Janam Sakhi, took the precept and became a disciple.
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