Bhai Lalo was born in the year 1452 in the village of Saidpur, now in Pakistan. His father, Bhai Jagat Ram, was of Ghatura surname pertaining to the carpenter clan, now known as Ramgarhia. Bhai Lalo is known in Sikh world very well as a great story is related to him during the times of first Guru Nanak Dev. Bhai Lalo was a an honest man and worked hard to earn his living.
After leaving from Sultanpur, Guru Nanak Dev accompanied by Bhai Mardana, went to the west Punjab to spread the universal message among Hindus and Muslims. When Guru Ji went to his place, he welcomed them with great humility and reverence. There was a small well in the courtyard of Bhai Lalo, where Guru Nanak Dev used to have his daily bath. This well was filled up in the later years but recently Ramgarhia Community bought the house and the well was re-dug.
There was a rich government official in that area named Malik Bhago. He was organising a big feast and invited all the religious and holy men to join. He also sent invitation to Guru Nanak Dev, but Guru Ji declined his invitation. When Malik Bhago sent his man repeatedly with the message, Guru Ji finally went to his house. Malik Bhago was angry with Guru Ji and asked that why they didn’t come to his place to enjoy the royal meal instead stayed at the low caste hindu? Guru Ji asked, “ Do you really want to know why I refused to come?” “Yes”, Malik Bhago replied, “I want to know why you preferred Lalo’s bread over my feasts.” Guru Ji asked Malik Bhago to bring his food and asked Bhai Lalo to do the same. Guru Ji took Bhai Lalo’s food in one hand and Malik Bhago’s food in the other hand. When Guru Ji squeezed them, Bhai Lalo’s food oozed milk while Malik Bhago’s food trickled blood. Guru Ji said to Malik Bhago that you gathered wealth by exploiting the poor whilst Lalo earns his bread by the sweat of his brow. Malik Bhago was ashamed and prayed Guru Ji for mercy. People around were watching everything. Guru Ji said, “ That which belongs to other is unlawful and as dirty as eating the flesh of the dead. A Guru showers his grace on those who refrain from eating the dead. The flesh of the dead does not become lawful by breathing God’s name over it. Nor do we attain salvation by merely reciting the holy verses.”
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