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DHESI, BHAI

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DHESI, BHAI, and Bhai Jodh, both Brahmans converted to Sikhism, once came to Guru Arjan and complained, "0 True King ! other Brahmans treat us as out castes, for they tell us that by taking a Khatri as a guru, by discarding Sanskrit, the language of the gods, and singing hymns of gurbani composed in the common dialect, and by the nonobservance of fasts and other rituals and prayers, we are no longer fit to sit and dine with them. They are especially sore because in preference to the traditional places of pilgrimage like the Gariga and Kashi, we come to Amritsar. Pray, tell us how should we answer them." "Caste," said Guru Arjan, "has no meaning.

He alone is a true Brahman who meditates on Brahman. You should concentrate on sabda, the Divine Word. Thereby will you attain true understanding." Bhai Dhesi and Bhai Jodh fell at the Guru`s feet.

References :

1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Sirigh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37

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