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Bhola the Robber

There was once a robber called Bhola whose used to sit daily on a high vantage point wearing white clothes and terrorise the road below. He was so fearless that he would tackle eight or ten men at a time and had committed countless crimes. When Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj came down the road, Bhola decended down to the road and told Maharaj, "Remove your clothes or I will kill you".

Satguru Ji exclaimed "Well, I have fallen into your clutches, do one thing for me and I will not run away. Return home and when you arrive there put a question to your father, mother, wife and sons. You commit evil and murder to provide for them. ask them this question, when you are in trouble is there anyone in your entire family who will stand by you?"

"You are deceiving me, you will run away" said Bhola
"Take my word for it, I will not go" promised Guru Ji.

Bhola the robber returned home and he gathered all his family together.

"Listen, I have committted a thousand murders and crimes without number to provide you with food. Tell me when I am in trouble will you share my anguish? Will any of you break the net of Yama. Will any of you share my suffering?"

"Your deeds will be your companions" they all replied "As you act so you will appear before the True Court, the relationship between you and us concerns only this life, Whether a man does good or bad providing for his family, in the True Court he must answer alone. No one can be a substitute for another"

At these answers Bhola became distressed and fell on the ground, he beat the ground with both hands, "I have foolishly wasted all these years for you " He cried. " If at the end you are going to desert me then why have I spent my life committing a thousand crimes and murders while providing for you "

He went off wailing and coming to Guru Nanak Dev Ji fell at this lotus feet, he then stood up and with joined palms said "I have been negligent (bhula), forgive my sin, my whole life has been spent in this manner. Accept me, amend my life that I may be saved"

Guru Sahib released Bhola from the penalty of his misdeeds. Having forgiven him Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj sang the following Shabad (Ang 729 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj).

sUhI mhlw 1 Gru 6

soohee mehalaa 1 ghar 6

Soohee, First Mehla, Sixth House:

<> siqgur pRswid ]

ik oa(n)kaar sathigur prasaadh ||

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

aujlu kYhw iclkxw Goitm kwlVI msu ]

oujal kaihaa chilakanaa ghottim kaalarree mas ||

Bronze is bright and shiny, but when it is rubbed, its blackness appears.

DoiqAw jUiT n auqrY jy sau Dovw iqsu ]1]

dhhothiaa joot(h) n outharai jae so dhhovaa this ||1||

Washing it, its impurity is not removed, even if it is washed a hundred times. ||1||

sjx syeI nwil mY clidAw nwil clµin@ ]

sajan saeee naal mai chaladhiaa naal chala(n)nih ||

They alone are my friends, who travel along with me;

ijQY lyKw mMgIAY iqQY KVy idsMin ]1] rhwau ]

jithhai laekhaa ma(n)geeai thithhai kharrae dhisa(n)n ||1|| rehaao ||

and in that place, where the accounts are called for, they appear standing with me. ||1||Pause||

koTy mMfp mwVIAw pwshu icqvIAwhw ]

kot(h)ae ma(n)ddap maarreeaa paasahu chithaveeaahaa ||

There are houses, mansions and tall buildings, painted on all sides;

FTIAw kMim n Awvn@I ivchu sKxIAwhw ]2]

dtat(h)eeaa ka(n)m n aavanhee vichahu sakhaneeaahaa ||2||

but they are empty within, and they crumble like useless ruins. ||2||

bgw bgy kpVy qIrQ mMiJ vsMin@ ]

bagaa bagae kaparrae theerathh ma(n)jh vasa(n)nih ||

The herons in their white feathers dwell in the sacred shrines of pilgrimage.

Guit Guit jIAw Kwvxy bgy nw khIAin@ ]3]

ghutt ghutt jeeaa khaavanae bagae naa keheeanih ||3||

They tear apart and eat the living beings, and so they are not called white. ||3||

isMml ruKu srIru mY mYjn dyiK Bulµin@ ]

si(n)mal rukh sareer mai maijan dhaekh bhula(n)nih ||

My body is like the simmal tree; seeing me, other people are fooled.

sy Pl kMim n Awvn@I qy gux mY qin hMin@ ]4]

sae fal ka(n)m n aavanhee thae gun mai than ha(n)nih ||4||

Its fruits are useless - just like the qualities of my body. ||4||

AMDulY Bwru auTwieAw fUgr vwt bhuqu ]

a(n)dhhulai bhaar out(h)aaeiaa ddoogar vaatt bahuth ||

The blind man is carrying such a heavy load, and his journey through the mountains is so long.

AKI loVI nw lhw hau ciV lµGw ikqu ]5]

akhee lorree naa lehaa ho charr la(n)ghaa kith ||5||

My eyes can see, but I cannot find the Way. How can I climb up and cross over the mountain? ||5||

cwkrIAw cMigAweIAw Avr isAwxp ikqu ]

chaakareeaa cha(n)giaaeeaa avar siaanap kith ||

What good does it do to serve, and be good, and be clever?

nwnk nwmu smwil qUM bDw Cutih ijqu ]6]1]3]

naanak naam samaal thoo(n) badhhaa shhuttehi jith ||6||1||3||

O Nanak, contemplate the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and you shall be released from bondage. ||6||1||3||