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BHAGO, MALIK, was, according to Sikh chroniclers, the Hindu steward of the Muslim chief of Saidpur, present day town of Eminabad, now in Gujranwala district of Pakistan, during the days of Guru Nanak. The tradition relates that once while Guru Nanak was staying with Bhai Lalo, a poor carpenter, in the town, Malik Bhago gave a feast to which Guru Nanak, along with other holy men and dignitaries, was invited. As the Guru declined the invitation, the Malik had him summoned to his presence and asked the reason for his refusal.

Guru Nanak took into one hand a quantity of Malik Bhago`s rich food and in the other a piece of Lalo`s coarse bread. He then squeezed both. From Lalo`s bread trickled milk, and from Malik Bhago`s blood. The moral was clear. The rich man`s wealth had been selfishly amassed at the cost of others and his charities were thus tainted, whereas Bhai Lalo`s simple bread earned by honest labour was holy. See LALO, BHAl

References :

1. Kohli, Surindar Singh, Janamsakhi Bhai Bala. Chandigarh, 1975
2. Kirpal Singh, Janam Sakhi Prampara. Patiala, 1969 S.S.B.

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