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BHANGARNATH, was a Gorakhpanthi yogi whom, according to the BalaJanam Sakhi, Guru Nanak met in one of the mountain resorts of the siddhas or adepts who through austerities and penances had attained occult powers. Bhai Gurdas, Varan, I. 3941, places this meeting in Achal Vatala (Batala), now in Gurdaspur district of the Punjab, where Guru Nanak is said to have arrived from Kartarpur on the occasion of the Sivaratri fair. In the discourse that ensued, Bhangarnath chided the Guru for having discarded the garb of a recluse [referring to the way he clad himself for his journeys through different parts] and for reentering the life of a householder. Guru Nanak, as Bhai Gurdas reports, said, "How will they be approved who renounce worldly life and yet go to beg at the doors of the householders?"

References :

1. Kohli, Surindar Singh, ed., Janamsakhi Bhai Bala. Chandigarh, 1975
2. Jodh Singh, Religious Philosophy of Guru Nanak. Delhi, 1982
3. Trilochan Singh, Guru Nanak. Delhi, 1969

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