BULA PANDHA, a learned Brahman of Dalla in present day Kapurthala district of the Punjab, called on Guru Amar Das as the latter once visited his village, and received the rites of initiation at his hands. One day Bhai Bula asked the Guru how he might serve the sangat, for he could do little work physically. The Guru, in the words of Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, spoke: “Give discourses on the holy bani. Besides, prepare copies of the pothi, breviary of hymns, for distribution among Sikhs. Do not ask for any payment for your labour, though you may accept what is voluntarily offered to you.
This shall be your seva, i.e. service.” Bhai Bula adhered to the Guru`s direction and became a favourite Sikh of his. According to Giani Gian Singh, Twarikh Guru Khalsa, Bhai Bula was one of those who, led by Bhai Jetha (later Guru Ram Das), went to the Mughal court at Lahore in the time of Guru Amar Das when complaints had been laid before Emperor Akbar about the Guru`s teaching refuting the Hindus` traditional belief and practices. Bhai Jetha and his companions explained to the Emperor how Guru Nanak`s message was meant for all, making no distinction between the Hindu and the Muslim.
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Gian Singh, Giani, Twanlch Guru Khalsa. Patiala, 1970