The Young Bibi Bhani

Bibi Bhani was from her earliest years, fond of prayer and seclusion.

When her young friends would come and invite her to go with them and play, she would go and inform her father, the king of kings, Satguru Sri Guru Amar Das Ji Maharaj, who would always give her permission. At the same time he would remind her of the following composition of his own:

The world is dead through pride, the proud have no means of living.
He, who walks as it pleases the Guru, shall obtain the dignity of eternal life.
They who fix their attention on God's feet shall live forever.
Nanak, when he who looks on all with favour, dwells in the heart, the pious man is easily absorbed in Him.

Bibi Bhani would go and tell her friends, 'We are thoughtless beings like the skipping and playing lambs while the butcher Death stands over us.' She would then recite the lines of Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, the king of kings and the saint of saints:

'This message is ever sent to every house, such invitations are ever issued.
Remember the Caller; Nanak, the day is approaching.'

By this she meant that Death stood ready for his victims, and it was a mistake to think too much of earthly pleasures.

One day a faithful Sikh asked Guru Ji's permission to offer Bibi Bhani money to purchase new dresses, as the ones she would wear were very old, so that she would not appear disadvantaged in the company of her friends. On hearing of the offer she repeated Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj's words:

'False is gold, false is silver, false are those who wear them.'

She then reminded the Sikh that the best use, to which the money could be applied, was to fill the kitchen of Satguru Ji with corn and to supply the needs of the Sikhs of the Guru.




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